16 November 2013 in Mumbai:
Millions of cricket fans not only in India but all around the world shed tears as they watched a cricketing legend for the last time on the field. Sachin Tendulkar, who has entertained the crowds for last 24 years, finally bade goodbye to the sport, taking with him the memories he will cherish for the rest of his life.
Tendulkar, who is known as ‘The God of Cricket’, played against the West Indies team in his 200th Test match, the final match of his career. It was played at the historic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the hometown of Tendulkar.
The crowd was in mixed up emotions when Mohammed Shami clean bowled the final West Indies batsman Shannon Gabriel for a duck. The wicket signaled the 2-0 series win over the Caribbean team, but more than that, it meant an end of a golden cricketing career for Tendulkar.
Team members gave a guard of honor as the cricket star made his way towards the dressing room. Tears were seen clearly rolling from his cheeks.
During the presentation ceremony, when the mike was handed over to Tendulkar, he thanked each and everyone who played an important role in his life. Tendulkar first thanked his father Ramesh, saying that without him he wouldn’t have come up so far. (Ramesh died in the middle of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.)
Tendulkar also thanked his wife Anjali, brothers Nitin and Ajit, sister Savita, coach Ramant Achrekar, his team members, and friends. He also thanked the media and fans for their constant support and wishes. He said that that it motivated him to perform well in his final match.
After the presentation ceremony, team members lifted him on their shoulders as they took a victory lap of the stadium. At the end, Tendulkar once again made his way towards the cricket pitch, touched it for the last time and teared up.
Sachin Tendulkar has heaps of records registered to his name. He has scored the most runs in both One-Day-International and Test format. All together, in 663 matches, 34,347 international cricket runs are registered in his name, including 74 in his final match. He has also scored a total of 100 centuries in his career.
Pragyan Ojha was awarded the Man of the Match for taking 10 wickets, while Rohit Sharma was awarded the Man of the Series for hitting two straight centuries in his debut Test matches.
Team India will now face West Indies in a three-match one day (ODI) series. The first match will be played on 21 November at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi.
Photo Credits:and Sudhir Kothari via Twitter.com