Sachin Tendulkar coming out to play his last innings. Photo courtesy: Atul Kamble

Nov 28, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar’s last walk to the crease, on his farewell Test at Wankhede stadium, which featured on the cover of Wisden won the best photograph award. The photo, which was taken by photographer Atul Kamble has been adjudicated as the best photo at the fourth MFI-Yes Bank National Press Photo Contest 2014.

The image of the Indian batting legend looking at the sun, a trademark ritual of him throughout  his career with delirious fans whipping out their cameras and phones to capture the moment was a big hit amongst the masses and received widespread praise for the 41-year old, Mumbai based photojournalist, Kamble.

Tendulkar retired from cricket in his home ground, Wankhede Stadium in an emotionally drenched farewell innings against West Indies on 16th November 2014 and plugged the hear strings of millions in the country, most of them his ardent fans with a beautiful speech, straight from his heart. The photo, though is going to go down in history and will be used for decades as a reference note, which captures the essence of Sachin’s mass hysteria, whenever he walked to the wicket.