Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the talk of the town as India beat West Indies by an inning and 51 runs in his 199th Test at Eden Gardens on Friday.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly honours master blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the presentation ceremony after the end of the first Test match against West Indies at Eden Garden in Kolkata. (PTI Photo)
While it didn't matter to fans that he got out cheap in the penultimate match of his career, there was clamour from all across to bid the legend goodbye in cricket-crazy Kolkata.
It was a memorable moment for fans when former captain Sourav Ganguly embraced the master blaster during the felicitation ceremony after the match.
Delighted fans set Twitter abuzz with snaps of the two ace cricketers hugging each other. For many, it was their favourite moment of the match to see "God" (Tendulkar) being crowned with a 'pagdi' (turban) and hugged by the "Prince of Kolkata" (Ganguly).
Comments trending are: "The best moment was when Sourav Ganguly hugged Sachin Tendulkar" and "When God met the prince."
"What a moment!!! The two gr8s, Ganguly & Sachin hugging each #Goosebumps #ThankYouSachin @SouravGanguly @sachin_rt Treat to watch d scene," tweeted one.
Fans have begun to register that Tendulkar now has only one match to play before retirement.
"Sachin Tendulkar has just one match left in his career. Let that sink in. #ThankYouSachin #IndvWI ... SACHINNNNNNNNNN SACHINNNNNNN," wrote a fan.
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee presented one of her paintings to Tendulkar even as the Eden Gardens crowd gave a standing ovation to the legendary batsman at the end of the match.
As a farewell tribute, Banerjee gifted him a painting of a tree, an artwork that has her trademark brush-strokes. Banerjee also presented Tendulkar with a turban, which Ganguly put on the iconic batsman's head.
A fan also dressed like Mahatma Gandhi to pay tribute to the star batsman in his own way.
Flaunting Khadi attire, round-framed spectacle and walking with a stick, Ranchi-based businessman Rajendra Kumar Rathore stood out in the crowd as his unique attire attracted the attention of TV cameras and photographers.
"This is my way of paying tribute to my favourite cricketer. I want to wish him all the best for a life after retirement as a cricketer," he said.
When asked why he chose Gandhi to communicate the message to Tendulkar, he said, "Just like Gandhi, he has never showed any form of aggression or violent behaviour during matches."
Rathore also plans to watch the Mumbai Test, which will be Tendulkar's last.