Sachin Tendulkar created a one more record today by making 1.3billion people cry with his farewell speech.
Sachin Tendulkar: The most important person in my life and I have missed him a lot since 1999. My father. He gave me freedom since I was 11. Chase your dream but make sure you don’t take shortcuts. Above all, he told me to be a nice person, which I have tried to do. Every time I have showed my bat, it was for him.
Sachin Tendulkar: My mother – I don’t know how she managed to cope with such a naughty child. She must have a lot of patience. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that, she just prayed for me. She just prayed and prayed and prayed. Given me the strength to go out and perform.
Sachin Tendulkar: My aunt and uncle treated me like a son. Stayed with them for four years.I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.
Sachin Tendulkar: My eldest brother, doesn’t talk much. But the one thing he has always said was that he knows I will always give 100 percent. Sachin Tendulkar: My sister Savita gave me my first bat – a Kashmir willow. She is one of those who still continues to fast when I bat.
Sachin Tendulkar: Ajit, now what can I talk about him?He sacrificed his career for me. He spotted the spark in me and took me Achrekar, my coach. Even last night he called me and we were discussing my dismisall, knowing there was a small chance we might bat again. Just a habit we have since birth. Maybe when I am no longer playing cricket, we will still discuss technique.
Sachin Tendulkar: If those discussions did not happen, maybe I would have been a lesser cricketer.
Sachin Tendulkar: In 1990, the most beautiful thing to happen to me when I met my wife Anjali. When we decided to have a family, she said I will look after the family. You play cricket. Thanks for bearing with me and the rubbish I say. You are the best partnership I have had in my life.
Sachin Tendulkar: Then the two precious diamonds of my life: Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like birthday, sports days, going on holiday. whatever. I have Missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding.
Sachin Tendulkar: I promise you the next 16 years and even beyond that, everything is for you.
Sachin Tendulkar: It is so important to have a strong family with you and guiding you. The most important thing my in-laws did was allowing me to marry Anjali.
Sachin Tendulkar: My old friends have dropped everything to come and bowl to me in the nets. When I was injured and thought my career was over, they would take calls at 3 am. Thanks for being there for me.
Sachin Tendulkar: The turning point of my career was when my brother took me my coach, Achrekar. I was extremely delighted to see him in the stands. Normally he watches every game on television.
Sachin Tendulkar: Sir would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I would get match practice. On a lighter note, sir has never said well played to me because he thought I would get complacent and stop working hard. Maybe now he can say well played for my career.
Sachin Tendulkar: I remember coming back from NZ at 4 am and turning up for a match at 9 am not because anyone forced me but because I wanted to be here. Thank you to Mumbai Cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar: Thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself in the middle. I really appreciate your support, especially when I was injured.
Sachin Tendulkar: Many seniors inspired me to play cricket and play cricket the right way. I have not been able to play with them but have high regard for them and the way they played the game.
Sachin Tendulkar: Rahul, Laxman, Sourav. Anil is not here. My team today. You are my family away from home. It is going to be difficult being away from the dressing room and not sharing those moments.
Sachin Tendulkar: I just feel that all of us are so fortunate and proud to be part of Indian cricket team serving the nation. I know all of you will continue serving the nation in the right spirit and right value. I believe we are the lucky ones chosen by the almighty to take care of this sport. Each generation has the opportunity to take care of the sport. I have full belief that you will continue to serve the country and the sport in the right spirit.
Sachin Tendulkar: A big thank you to all the doctors for keeping me in good shape.
Sachin Tendulkar: My dear friend, the late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. He was such a well wisher of cricket my cricket, specially Indian cricket. He understood what it takes to represent the nation and let me go out there and express myself and never put pressure on me to do what the sponsors wanted me to do. Today, I miss him. Thank you Mark.
Sachin Tendulkar My current management team – WSG – has understood what I needed and continued on from Mark. So thank you WSG. Vinod, his manager, also got a big thank you. And the media as well, who have always backed him. “It surely had a positive effect on me.”
Sachin Tendulkar: I know my speech is getting a bit too long.
Sachin Tendulkar: I want to thank all of you here. Your support is so dear and has meant a lot to me. I met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me. Without all that life would not be like this for me. Time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left for me will be with me always. Especially Sa-chin, Sa-chin, will be in my ears until I stop breathing.
Sachin Tendulkar: My life between 22 yards for 24 years. It is hard to believe that wonderful journey is coming to end. Would like to thank people for the wonderful role they have played in my life. I am carrying a list for the first time. Getting difficult to talk but I will manage. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.