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On This Day: Sachin Tendulkar bid adieu to his ‘life between 22 yards’ in 2013

Sachin Tendulkar retired on November 16, 2013, after helping India register an innings victory over West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium. He featured in 200 Tests in a 24-year-long playing career.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 16, 2021 11:40:41 am
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Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, after playing more than two decades of international cricket, is not an occasion that fans can easily erase from their memory. It was on this day on November 16, 2013, that the Master Blaster who began his wonderful journey on November 15, 1989, called it a day.

In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODI cricket and then finally retired from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test match, against the West Indies in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

On the eighth anniversary of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from international cricket, we take a look back on the day that India stood still as Tendulkar bid adieu to the game.

Tendulkar’s final international match took place during the two-match Test series which India was playing against the West Indies. While he did not manage to score a hundred on his last Test, the legendary Indian batsman did finish his career on a high as India won the Test within three days.

Sachin’s farewell speech:

In his last Test, Tendulkar also hit a fluent 74 which featured some his trademark cover drives and square-cuts. However, he was dismissed by Narsingh Deonarine when he edged one to the slips. But before leaving the ground Sachin went back to the pitch, touched it, felt it for the last time and came back slowly, trying to hold back his tears.

“My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end,” Tendulkar had said after the conclusion of the match. “In the last 24 years that I have played for India, I have made new friends… as and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me.”

“The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions.”

“I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn’t have been like this for me,” he had added.

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially “Sachin, Sachin” which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. Goodbye.”

Sachin Tendulkar scored 34357 runs in 664 international matches. (File)

In 200 Test matches, he played 329 innings and scored 15921 runs at an average of 53.79. He also hit 51 hundreds and six double hundreds. Tendulkar’s highest score was 248.

Similarly, in ODIs Tendulkar has a phenomenal record. In 463 matches he racked up 18426 runs at an average of 44.83. He was also the first player in history to score an ODI double hundred.

At a tender age of 16 years and 205 days, Tendulkar made his debut and to date, he is the youngest cricketer to have ever represented India.

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