Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid retirement: Cricketing fraternity salute the legends

Rahul Dravid (left) and Sachin Tendulkar played their last T20 match on Sunday © IANS

New Delhi: Oct 7, 2013

As the two stalwarts of cricket — Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid — bid adieu to the slam-bang format, the cricket community took to social networking site twitter to express love and admiration for the two icons.

Bidding farewell to his friend and one-time rival on the field Tendulkar, West Indies batting legend Brian Lara tweeted: “The last scoring shot in T20 cricket from @sachin_rt was one of the best I have seen from the “Little Master” #legend.”

Tendulkar’s final T20 act and Dravid’s last hurrah in competitive cricket were the talking points at the Ferozeshah Kotla at New Delhi on Sunday as the two legends played their last match in coloured clothing for Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, respectively, in the title clash of the Champions League T20 (CLT20).

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla said the two veteran batsmen would always be missed.

“Today’s match was the last T20 match for both the legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Salute to both of them. India will always remember you,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir said Indian cricket will be poorer without Rahul Dravid.

“Standing ovation to Rahul Bhai. Thanks for all what you have done for Indian cricket. It will be poorer without you Rahul bhai. #respects,” Gambhir wrote on his Twitter handle.

While India middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary wrote, “It was a nostalgic moment seeing Sachin & Rahul paaji  playing their last match in coloured clothes. Thank you for inspiring us all”

Former India cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar was all praise for Dravid.

“Rahul Dravid – I have never met a cricketer with such intelligence & abundant knowledge of the world he lives in,” Manjrekar tweeted.

Rajasthan Royals team owner Shilpa Shetty said: “Saw the team 4 d last time tis yr was nd emotionl send off esp to Rahul. Until next yr nd a new squad.Thanks 2 uall 4 all the love nd support (sic).”

Tendulkar and Dravid’s respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise teammates also extended their best wishes to the two veterans.

Royals’ Dishant Yagnik tweeted, “We miss on ground badly ‘Rahul bhai’. Hats off to you.”

While Glenn Maxwell of Mumbai Indians wrote: “What a way to send off @sachin_rt last night! Congrats to Rajasthan also on a great tournament, and also to Dravid on an amazing career!”