At number four...Sachin Tendulkar....never more
Let the dust settle. Let this deluge of news reports, archive interviews, teenage Tendulkar, Warne on Tendulkar, Dravid on Tendulkar, Cricinfo Tendulkar, 2011 World Cup final; draped in tri-colour Tendulkar, Facebook outpourings on Tendulkar, 'special coverage' on Tendulkar, office-room debates on Tendulkar, your Tendulkar -- ebb a bit.
Go to Mumbai on 14th November. Watch his final, 200th Test. Pray for one final ton. Chant 'Saachin, Saaachin!' Say goodbye.
Watch YouTube videos of your favourite Sachin knock. Watch the clip when he sledged McGrath or your all-time favourite 'Desert Storm.' Watch the post-match presentation 'squeaky-voiced' Sachin start off, "I thought aaa..."
It still won't sink in
In South Africa, later this year. In the first Test. When two wickets will fall...then you'll feel it. Then it'll start aching a bit. Then an emptiness will descend in your heart and stay there forever.
At number four...Sachin Tendulkar....never more.
This article was first published when Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement on October 10, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket after playing his 200th Test in the home series against the West Indies next month.
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