Sachin Tendulkar has had several cricket partnerships through his 24-year career. The one he cherishes the most in his life though is the 'partnership' with his wife. An emotional Tendulkar thanked Anjali for standing by him throughtout his career which ended at Wankhede with his 200th Test on Saturday. "The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife Anjali. Those were the most wonderful years," he said.
"Being a doctor, there was a wonderful career ahead of her. She told me when we wanted to have a family that I should concentrate on cricket and she will take care of everything. Thanks for being there. You are the best partnership I have had in my life."
Anjali had tears in her eyes when Tendulkar was making his speech as a packed Wankhede cheered his every word. The Little Master went on to thank his in-laws too for supporting him. "My in-laws have been loving and caring. It is so important to have a strong family. They allowed me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much," he said.
Tendulkar - who played his 200th and final Test in front of home fans, began his speech by thanking his parents, siblings and his first coach before a solemn promise to his children that he will make up for all the lost time and be there for Arjun (14) and Sara (16). (Read full speech here).
Not known to be emotional, Tendulkar's tears brought tears to the eyes of almost everybody present. Earlier, Anjali had said that she expected her husband to manage his emotions, as he has done throughout his career. "Sachin is really good at hiding his emotions. He has never shown he's facing the pressure. Even at home, he does not show his emotions," she had said. (Read: Cannot imagine Sachin without cricket, says Anjali)