Nov 16, 2013
It has truly been an emotional day, Tendulkar’s speech moved all those who were present at the Wankhede Stadium. But, even beyond the stadium, there were millions watching on television and were completed touched with his words.
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Sachin Tendulkar would now get a lap of honour as he takes the tri-colour. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni shoulder him first. Then Shikhar Dhawan comes up. And now you have Murali Vijay. There is a smile on his face now, after the tears. No one has left the ground.
He walks out of the ground, but not before running back to the pitch and saluting the strip.
Sachin Tendulkar continues, “I am happy Achrekar sir could see me today. Meeting him was the turning point. He made sure, I played. He has never said well played for 29 years. May be he can say it now. You have had an immense contribution in my life.”
My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground. Mumbai Cricket Association. I remember landing here early in the morning to be a part of the game. Thank you very much for taking care of me and allowing me to concentrate on my cricket.
The BCCI. Thanks to all the selectors to have faith in me. Really thank you for the support, especially when I was injured.
I have played with many senior cricketers. They inspired me, to play cricket and in the right spirit.
We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav and Anil is not here. It is going to be difficult not to be a part of the dressing room. You are my family away from home.
When MS Dhoni presented the 200th cap, I said we are lucky to play for the country.
I would be failing in my duty if I didn’t thank all the doctors, physios and trainers to put me back on the field. The amount of injuries I have had, I don’t know how you managed to keep me fit. The doctors have met me at weird hours. A big thank you for keeping me in good shape.
My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We lost him in a car accident. He was my well-wisher, and for the game. He knew what it took to play. He never pressurised me to do anything and took care of all that. Thank you Mark for all your contribution.
My current management team, WSG, for continuing what Mark started.
My manager, Vinod Naidu. He is more like my family. He has sacrificed. A big thank you to your family as well.
In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. You continue to do that. Thank you for supporting me and appreciating. Thank you to the photographers as well for the great pictures.
I know my speech is getting long, but one thing I want to say. I want to thank all those people here. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever, you have done for me. I have met guys who fasted for me, or done things for me. I want thank you for all that. I will remember all that, especially “Sachin Sachin.” If I have missed out on something, I hope you understand. Good bye.”
I first thank my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would have stood here. He gave me freedom at the age of eleven. He told me,” Chase your dreams, but don’t find short-cuts. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being. Whenever, I showed my bat, it was for him.”
My mother, I dont know how she dealt with a naughty child like me. She was worried about my safefty and health. She took care of me. For last 24 years and even before that. She prayed for me the day I started playing for me. Her prayers have given me the strength to go out and perform. A big thank you to her.
During my school days, I stayed with my aunt and uncle. They treated me like a son. When I played, she fed me food. They treated me like a son.
My elder brother. He doesn’t like to talk much, but Nitin said, “I know you will give your 100 per-cent.”My sister Savita and her family, it was no different. She gave me my first bat. She continues to fast when I bat.
Ajit my brother. I don’t know what to say about him. We lived this dream together and sacrificed his career for me. He took me to Achrekar sir after he saw the spark in me. Even last night, he called me and we discussed our dismissal. Various things we agreed about, so many things I didn’t agree on technique with him. When I look back, if that hadn’t happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer.
The most beautiful thing happened in 1990, when I met my wife Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and would continue that way. I know, being a doctor, she had a wonderful career. When we decided to have a family. She said you continue with your cricket, I will take care of family. Without that I don’t think I would have done it. Thanks for staying by my side through the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I have had.
Then the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so special. You cannot imagine. I haven’t spent enough time. The next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.
My in-laws, Anand and Anabel. They have been so loving and supportive. I have discussed a lot with them. The most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali.
In the last 24 years, I have made new friends. Before that I have had friends from childhood. As and when I have called them to bowl to me. They have come.
Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Series. he says, “I wanted to continue my form. It was important for the team. Love playing at Wankhede and it was a memorable Test match. I am happy for what we have achieved.Just the start for my Test career and there is a long way to go. It is a good start and I want to carry on.”
Ojha is looking for his sixth wicket as he bowls with two slips and a forward short-leg. After he bowls a maiden over, Dhoni gives the ball to Shami. The first ball is an in-swinging yorker and it hits Gabriel on the pads, but was going down the leg-side.
There is another appeal for LBW, but the ball is going over the stumps. Then he bowls Gabriel in another in-swinging yorker.
India win the Test by an innings and 126 runs.
Shillingford does not want to just defend deliveries. He clears his front foot and smashes Ojha for a four towards long-on. After seeing that Tendulkar was not troubling the batsmen much, Dhoni immediately throws the ball to Ashwin. Ramdin has reached his half-century. A well-played innings.
He strikes quickly as Shillingford is out LBW. He tried to slog-sweep, but missed. Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
Asked dada to lead the last session, stayed in d background after WC win & now, getting Sachin to bowl. MSD’s sense of occasion is brilliant
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 16, 2013
Ojha continues from the other end. In between overs, the crowd were shouting in praise of MS Dhoni as he had thrown the ball to Tendulkar. Ramdin pulls away a high full-toss from Tendulkar for a four through square leg. He is going after Tendulkar, who is not getting his length right.
Tendulkar then bowls a very good googly to Shillingford which surprises the batsman. The last ball of Tendulkar’s second over is a yorker and it is defended by Shillingford.
Sachin Tendulkar has come into the attack and the crowd have erupted. His first over resulted in only one run and Tendulkar got some spin while bowling leg-spin. The crowd are sensing an early victory in the extended lunch session.
Sammy is gone and Ojha has ten for the game. He bowls the arm ball and is trapped right in front of the stumps. The Tendulkar farewell is coming cloer and closer.
Chanderpaul has been trapped in front by Ashwin. He misreads the turn and merely pads it with the bat behind it. A fighting partnership has come to an end. India are now looking at a huge win before them as Darren Sammy walks out. He edges the first-ball, but Ojha at mid-off couldn’t get there.
Chanderpaul and Ramdin have put on 50 for the seventh wicket. Chanderpaul is now looking comfortable as he picked two boundaries off Ashwin. He first cut a short-one through the off-side and then charged to drive him through wide long-off.
Ramdin is also growing in confidence as he smashes Shami through point for four.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin have steadied the West Indies, taking them past the 100-run mark. The Indians are maintaining pressure with Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha bowling from the two ends.
Dietmar Hamman, the former German footballer tweets:
Unfortunately we won’t see Sachin bat again.What a career the little Master had.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) November 16, 2013
Narsingh Deonarine is out! He tries to drive Pragyan Ojha and lobs a catch back to him. So, the West Indies crumble once again and this isn’t something one expected.
Gayle was taking the attack here. He smashes Ojha high over mid-wicket and the ball sails into the stands. The fielder could only watch the ball go over. This was right out of his T20 hand-book. And he goes. Ojha keeps teasing him around off-stump and he rocks back to hit it past point, but gets an edge to Dhoni.
Samuels is gone! He dances down to a tossed up delivery from Ojha and misses it completely. Dhoni does the rest behind the stumps. India draw first blood. Enter Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Gayle hits the last ball of the 18th over behind point for a couple.
Marlon Samuels gets off the mark by guiding one through point and running two. MS Dhoni has summoned Pragyan Ojha this morning after Ravichandran Ashwin completed his over. Gayle has padded a couple of deliveries as Ojha comes from around the wicket.
Ashwin bowls a full toss and Gayle sits down and carts it over square leg. He also sweeps the next ball directed at his legs. Gayle then pushes him through mid-wicket for another four. A very good start for him. Samuels then walks down and drives Ashwin to the long-off boundary.
Samuels too smashes Ojha through the covers for a four. The fielder had no chance as the ball was past him by the time he dived.
Until then, you can read this article on the difference Tendulkar brought.
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