Sachin Tendulkar became the first sportsperson and the youngest person to receive India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna on Monday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sachin Tendulkar is trading his cricket uniform for a red turban and a fake mustache and a career in ads by an online travel agency.
Former Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad - a veteran of 55 Tests between 1952 and 1969 - remembers telling Sachin Tendulkar that he is a jewel. He writes that he is glad Tendulkar broke several records and retired when he was sure of his.
Cricket was lucky to have an enduring phenomenon like Sachin Tendulkar, who didn't just inspire an entire generation but around whom, the game's administrators managed to build a huge industry which ran into billions.
Sachin Tendulkar's speech after his final Test was emotional, exhaustive and one that covered everyone who loved, cherished, supported and hailed the legend.
Once Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed, chants of "declare, declare" followed. But then the crowd starting appealing in sync with the bemused West Indians.
As the Indian economy took off - expanding more than five-fold in the three decades that Sachin Tendulkar has been completing his hostile takeover of cricket's record books - he earned fabulous wealth, becoming one of the highest-paid athletes in any sport.
Suhas Marathe kept score for All India Radio when Sachin Tendulkar played his first Test match at Wankhede Stadium in February 1993. Today, he is blind and will have to follow the score on TV, but his heart will still be at the ground.
The Wankhede Test match is about a grand farewell to the greatest cricketer India has ever produced. One of the greatest the world has ever seen.
The India-West Indies Test match begins on Thursday, but Tendulkar needs to be cautious on a ground where he twice got out in the 70s, once in the 80s and on a couple of occasions in the 90s.
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