Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar to bid farewell in Mumbai

Sachin Tendulkar will be ending his long and illustrious cricketing career at his home ground, Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. He will be part of the Indian test team for one final time for the series between India and West Indies that’s scheduled for the month of November this year.

Sachin Tendulkar is easily India’s most loved sports icon and is undoubtedly one of the most respected names everywhere cricket is played. Revered as ‘god of cricket’ in the country, Sachin holds almost every batting record of the game. The soft-spoken, right hand batsman is world cricket's most prolific international run-scorer and has a record 100 international centuries to his name. He has scored a record 15,837 runs to date in Test matches, and in one-day internationals, the ‘Master Blaster’, as he is lovingly known, amassed 18,426 runs. The legend has already retired from the ODIs as well as T20 cricket.

The historical test series between India and West Indies will have two matches. The first one will be played in Eden Gardens of Kolkata and the second, which will be Sachin’s last and also incidentally his landmark 200th, will be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. A huge gathering is expected to mark the man’s penultimate and ultimate outings. A list of officials, former players, celebrities and VIPs are expected to be there at both stadiums. Sachin Tendulkar’s mom will be among the thousands thronging to see his final bow in Mumbai. She has never seen her prodigious son play in an international match before!

Seldom in the history of cricket or any other sport there has been a man who has carried the hopes and aspirations of over a billion people, offering them boundless joy with his every triumphant outing. It is time for this man to bow out. And make no mistake about it, the entire cricketing world will stand up in respect!

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