Sachin Tendulkar terms 22 yards of a pitch as 'temple'

Sachin Tendulkar bid an emotional farewell to cricket © PTI

Nov 17, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday recalled the moments he spent at the Wankhede Stadium pitch, after the end of the second Test match between India and the West Indies in Mumbai.

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.”

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.

“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.