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Teary-Eyed Sachin Tendulkar Says Final Goodbye To An Incredible Career

posted 16 Nov 2013, 10:15 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 16 Nov 2013, 10:16 ]

Sachin Tendulkar brings his glittering career to an emotional conclusion

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA (NOVEMBER 16, 2013)  (ANI) -  Sachin Tendulkar did not get a chance to bat again in his final test but India's 'Little Master' was allowed to bowl a couple of overs on Saturday (November 16) before drawing his 24-year glittering career to an emotional conclusion.

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Earlier, responding to chants of "We want Sachin, We want Sachin" from a packed Wankhede Stadium crowd, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni allowed Tendulkar to bowl two final overs in his 200th Test match, fittingly at his home ground.

A wicket was not forthcoming for the world's most prolific run-scorer but he did show off a full repertoire of deliveries in his cameo, offering leg-spin, off-spin and an immaculate googly which tail-ender Shane Shillingford somehow defended.

The regular bowlers returned to finish off a match that will be largely forgotten as a contest but remembered as a fitting farewell for a man who may be small in stature but cast a giant shadow of greatness over cricket in India and beyond.

A fan dressed up like the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was upset that Tendukar did not get to bat again in a second innings.

"This match was eventful not only for Sachin Tendulkar but also for all of us. By winning the match, the cricket team including Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain of Indian cricket team) gave a gift to Sachin. But we are sad that we could not watch his second innings," he said.

Expressing dismay over Tendulkar's retirement, fans said it would be difficult for them to imagine cricket without the 'Little Master'.

"It's like the game of cricket has come to an end as there is no one else like Sachin. We will really miss him. In a way we will say RIP (Rest in Peace) cricket," saidKaran.

Tendulkar fell short of a fairytale ton in his last innings on Friday (November 15) but the batsman's 74-run knock was embellished by a full repertoire of the classy shots he was renowned for during a sparkling 24-year career.

Cricket fever also gripped Kolkata as fans came out in droves and shouted slogans praising Tendulkar.

"We wish Sachin Tendulkar 'all the best' for the rest of his life. He is a great player and we have never come across any player like him," said Anil.

A sense of disappointment and disbelief hung in the air before the crowd came to terms with the magnitude of the moment to give their favourite sporting icon a prolonged standing ovation as he returned to the pavilion at his home stadium for the final time.

"He played for 24 years and has faced some of the best international bowlers. We believe that Sachin Tendulkar is the eighth wonder of the world," said Abhishek.

The city of Jammu in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state also celebrated Tendulkar's career.

"We are very sad and we will always miss him. We will not be able to see his batting. At the age of 40, he used to bat and field in an extraordinary way. We used to look forward to him and he was an inspiration for us. We will always miss him," he said.

Tendulkar, who made his debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 as a curly haired 16-year-old, has most batting records in his kitbag, and enjoys unmatched adulation in cricket-crazy India.

He has scored the most runs in Tests and one-day internationals and his 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI hundreds are also records.