Sachin Tendulkar played his last Test match on this day back in 2013. A day which will forever be remembered in the Indian cricket history as the Master Blaster bid adieu to a 24 years long and glorious career amidst Sachin Sachin chants at Wankhede, Mumbai.
Sachin’s career started on 15th Nov 1989 in Karachi where the youngster had to deal with the fierce Pakistani bowlers. Waqar Younis was also making his debut in that game and he also went on to become a legend along with Tendulkar. Sachin’s glorious career lasted exactly 24 years where he saw lots of ups and downs but most significantly, he went on to become a yardstick for the next generation cricketers.
It was an emotional moment for more than one billion cricket fans in India and across the world when Tendulkar decided in advance to hang up his boots in the 2 match Test series against West Indies. First of the two Tests was played in Kolkata where Sachin got a rough umpiring decision for the nth time in his career as the Kolkata crowd which came with massive expectations was left fuming and disappointed. The hype for his last Test in Mumbai, was massive and so were the expectations to finish the career with a century. Sachin started his last inning with surviving a caught behind appeal against Tino Best and then eased in to his inning like he did for a long 24 years to finish the day on 36.
101st century was in people’s mind as Sachin started the next day with some trademark Sachin’s straight drives. However, in an attempt to cut a ball behind point he nicked a ball where West Indies skipper Daren Sammy took a good catch to break a billion hearts at once. Sachin remained 26 runs short of the 100 as he walked back to the pavillion with Sachin Sachin chants. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara went on to score 100s as West Indies could not score enough to make India bat again and this turned out to be the end of Sachin’s batting wizardry. The match ended with an emotional Sachin talking about his career in a nutshell and thanking everyone in his 24 minutes long swansong speech.
Little Master had a stellar career over the years in both the formats he played. He still has most significant batting records in Test cricket as he has scored 15921 runs, most in 200 Tests with an average of 53. He is the only player till now to score more than 50 centuries in any format as he has scored 51 Test 100s and a total of 100 international 100s. His retirement from ODIs came a year ago in March during Asia Cup. His ODI career too was nothing but a spectacle where he scored 18426 runs from 463 ODIs at a more than healthy average of 44.83. He also captained India in 25 Tests and 73 ODIs although his captaincy stint didn’t turn out to be as successful as his batting mastery. Tendulkar’s impact on this game is beyond numbers. He made a lot of Indians fall in love with this game. Today, after 6 years of the end of his career, he is contributing to India and Indian cricket as the member of Rajya Sabha and CAC respectively. He also received Bharat Ratna few months after his retirement for his contributions to Indian cricket.