Did Sachin Tendulkar bat or bowl in his last day as India cricketer?

17 Nov 2019 admin

first_imgNovember 16, 2013 was a day like any other. Only it was not. On this day, Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to international cricket.The Test match was historic for several reasons. It was Tendulkar’s last and his 200th. No man has played those many Test matches and no man will anytime soon.But nothing else mattered to the packed house at the Wankhede for the the three days that the Test lasted. India were all over the West Indies and on the second day, the capacity crowd got what it wanted – a Sachin Tendulkar masterclass for one final time.Read – November 16, 2013: The end of the Sachin Tendulkar eraA packed house at the iconic stadium saw Tendulkar unleash some of those textbook drives. He faced 118 balls, hit 12 boundaries and scored 74. In the 150 minutes he spent at the crease in his final innings, there was hope of a farewell hundred.There was stunned silence when Tendulkar edged Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy held on to a smart catch at slip and then refused to celebrate. That was a mark of honour to the greatest batsman that ever played the game.The shocked Wankhede crowd finally rose to their feet and applauded the ‘Little Master’ as he walked up the steps back to the dressing room. In those final moments, it was almost easy to forget that Tendulkar had played an unprecedented 200 Test matches. Throw in those 100 international hundreds and you would have a perfect career. Exactly 24 years after his fabled debut in Pakistan, the Master Blaster had decided to walk away from the game that had brought him the adulation and admiration from kings, presidents and ambassadors.advertisementThere was an outpouring of emotions across the country for well over a month after Tendulkar had announced his retirement in October.Read – Sachin Tendulkar reveals what happened on the morning he decided to retireThe fans had got what they wanted – there was no Tendulkar hundred but their hero had played a superb knock and India were about to bid goodbye to its favourite cricketing son with a resounding victory.However, MS Dhoni had a special gift in mind.When West Indies lost skipper Darren Sammy (at that stage West Indies were 162/8), Tendulkar was brought into the attack. There was a huge roar around the ground as the Little Master marked his short run-up.Tendulkar bowled the 41st and 43rd overs, giving away eight runs. He did not pick a wicket but for millions of emotional cricket fans, that was a sight to behold. Ironically, one of the greatest batsmen in the game’s history, bowed out by bowling a couple of overs. But then he had done his job as a batsman the previous day and by all accounts, Tendulkar loved bowling.. he loved playing mindgames with batsmen.Shortly after, Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Tenulkdar and got the ninth West Indian wicket. Dhoni got his troops around as Tendulkar walked back to take his fielding position.Also read – November 15, 29 years ago: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar begins quest for greatnessAs Mohammed Shami castled Shannon Gabriel, the last wicket to fall, Tendulkar got surrounded by his teammates and was asked to lead the team off the field for one final time. Dhoni and the rest of the players gave Tendulkar a never-seen-before rolling guard from the pitch towards the pavillion. Tendulkar had a tough time controlling his tears as the packed stadium erupted in chants of “Sachin, Sachin”.Watch – Sehwag feels Kohli can break all records except Tendulkar’s 200 TestsFormer India all-rounder Ravi Shastri quickly completed the formalities of the post-match presentation and then promptly handed over the mike to Tendulkar, who had both the teams, his wife and kids for company on the field. Former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble were also present, while his mother and coach Ramakant Achrekar witnessed the scenes from the VIP stand. Then came the speech which everybody was waiting for. Tendulkar started with the words, “My life between 22 yards, for 24 years”, and everybody was reduced to tears almost instantly. Tendulkar then went on to thank everybody from his family to his coach, former and current teammates, the media, fans and the goundsmen.READ – Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech: FullFor nearly 20 minutes, Tendulkar mesmerised the crowd for one last time, this time with the mike in his hands and gave the most emotional and fitting farewell speech any sportsperson has ever given.Also watch –last_img

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