The cricketing world has farewelled one of the best players in its history after Sachin Tendulkar, whose 24 year career is testament to his raw talent, put down the bat that he first held at the age of 11. He saluted fans that came to show their support in his hometown of Mumbai as he played his final test against the West Indies last week.
The right-handed batsman made his international debut in 1989, at the age of 16 against Pakistan. Though very much developing, it was evident there was no gamble in bringing in India’s youngest test cricketer to the side.
Entering the noughties, the Little Master really hit his stride, giving up the captaincy he’d been appointed in 1996 which inevitably proved to serve his batting well. With 673 runs under his belt, Tendulkar earned the record of highest score by any player in a World Cup, taking away with him the 2003 Player of the Tournament while doing so.
…He is the highest test run scorer…
Tendulkar spent the following years overtaking many legends of the game in claiming various records including, but not remotely limited to, the highest amount of test appearances for India and test centuries as well as test runs scored away from home. He is the highest test run scorer, the most capped player in test history, while being the first person to score a double century in an ODI.
With 50 Test centuries and over 100 international centuries, I can’t think of a better time to bow out of a sport he has thoroughly conquered. Having exhausted all record options, and at the age of 40 with a following akin to God himself, his retirement merely references a physical absence from the game, as legend of his play and records of his achievements will echo through future cricketing generations.