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Who's who of sports react to Tendulkar's retirement

Reuters  Mumbai, November 16, 2013
First Published: 19:05 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:34 IST(16/11/2013)

Sachin Tendulkar finally said goodbye to cricket with never-before-seen tears on his face. Sportspersons across the globe paid tribute to the Master Blaster as he walked into the golden sunset.


David Richardson, CEO of International Cricket Council (ICC)

"He was an exceptional cricketer who earned the utmost respect of his peers, team mates, opponents and fans all over the world through his talent, performances and fierce competitiveness.

"His 664 internationals, 34,357 runs and 100 centuries over 24 years not only illustrate his determination and commitment to the game but also his mental and physical toughness which are the vital ingredients to reach the highest pedestal in any sport.

"Sachin always put his team ahead of himself during his illustrious career but he picked up a number of personal accolades which highlights his brilliance.

"Sporting geniuses like Sachin are rare phenomena and we are privileged to have seen him in action. On behalf of the ICC and the entire cricketing family, I thank Sachin for his unprecedented services to our sport and we wish him well in the future."

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Jitendra Singh, sports minister of India

"Sachin Tendulkar is one of the finest examples of sportsmen we have ever had with love for the sport, humility, integrity, honesty and pure unbridled talent. His sterling performance across all formats of the game, from Tests, ODIs and T20 over 24 years, is a rare feat of exemplary elegance, earnest application and commitment."

Anjali Tendulkar, wife of Sachin Tendulkar

"I have always known, from even before we got married, he is not only mine. Cricket comes first. He belongs to Mumbai, he belongs to the country and then he belongs to us.

"I can imagine cricket without Sachin but I can't imagine Sachin without cricket."

Sachin Tendulkar timeline

Roger Federer, tennis player

What a remarkable career @sachin_rt. Wish you the very best moving forward #ThankYouSachin

Sania Mirza, India tennis player

Michael Carrick, England footballer

 

Graeme Smith, South Africa captain

Matthew Hayden, former Australia cricketer

Brett Lee, former Australia cricketer

Darren Lehmann, Australia coach

Damien Fleming, former Australia cricketer

Tom Moody, former Australia cricketer

Graeme Swann, England cricketer

Luke Wright, England cricketer

Chris Gayle, West Indies cricketer

Virender Sehwag, India cricketer

Sanjay Manjrekar, former India cricketer

Aakash Chopra, former India cricketer

Harbhajan Singh, India cricketer

Irfan Pathan, India cricketer


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