<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar terms 22 yards of a pitch as 'temple'" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131113203957.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar terms 22 yards of a pitch as 'temple'" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sachin Tendulkar bid an emotional farewell to cricket © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Nov 17, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> on Sunday recalled the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Sachin-Tendulkar-rsquo-s-emotional-farewell-and-some-of-the-other-saddest-moments-in-Indian-sports/33895" target="_blank">moments he spent at the Wankhede Stadium pitch</a>, after the end of the second Test match between <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India </a>and the <a href="/tags/West-Indies/post" target="_blank">West Indies</a> in Mumbai.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar said during a press conference in the city, "When I went on the wicket and stood between the 22 yards, I realised that it was the last time I was standing in front of so many Indians and also the fact that I wouldn’t have a cricket bat in my hand playing for India... while I was walking backing and while shaking hands, I didn’t want to look up as I was in tears. But I’m sure the decision is correct."<br /> <br /> He added, "Those 22 yards have given me everything in life. It’s like a temple to me. So I want to say a big thank you to cricket. So every time I go to wicket I go and touch the wicket. That is what I did yesterday. I just went and thanked the wicket.<br /> <br /> "I had one dream of winning the World Cup. I had to wait for 22 years, and it was a long period. I’m fortunate that God let me see that moment. Even yesterday was a special moment. The defeat in the 2003 World Cup final was a disappointment. Despite coming so close to victory," Tendulkar concluded.