The Mayans were right about something coming to an end. Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one day international (ODI) cricket. Thank you Sachin, for countless memorable ODI innings and victories. Memories are still fresh, be it the 49 ball 82 in your first innings as a opener, Operation Desert Storm in Sharjah in 1998 when your single handedly mauled the Aussies, the 2003 World Cup, The CB Series finals in Australia, the first double century in ODI cricket, and all the way down to the victory in the 2011 World Cup. My entire generation grew up as Sachin progressed through his career. No other person in India perhaps bought so much joy or smiles on people’s face as Sachin did. Time Magazine rightly said, “We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”
I wish Sachin Tendulkar gets a chance to sign off on a high when he decides to hang up his boots in Test Cricket as well. Thats when part 2 will come. Hoping he regains his form and there is still some time before we bid him the big adieu from cricket.