Who's who of sports react to Tendulkar's retirement
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.cricket Updated: Nov 16, 2013 22:34 IST
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."
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."
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 15, 2013
Sania Mirza, India tennis player
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) November 16, 2013
Michael Carrick, England footballer
A true great of sport @sachin_rt retiring, had some innings!! The little master will be missed.— Michael Carrick (@carras16) November 16, 2013
Graeme Smith, South Africa captain
Sorry I missed @sachin_rt last game.what can you say about a man that did so much for our great game!all the best in retirement & thank you!— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) November 16, 2013
Matthew Hayden, former Australia cricketer
Brett Lee, former Australia cricketer
Congrats to the legend @sachin_rt well done mate on everything you have achieved. A phenomenal career ??— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) November 16, 2013
Darren Lehmann, Australia coach
Congratulations to Sachin on a magnificent career ! One of the best of all time in the world of cricket , plenty of memories from him !
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) November 16, 2013
Damien Fleming, former Australia cricketer
Tom Moody, former Australia cricketer
Moving & classy speech by the "little master" composed & graceful to the very end. #ThankYouSachin— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) November 16, 2013
Graeme Swann, England cricketer
I'm not sure if you heard but Sachin Tendulkar retired today! What a great little player and lovely bloke #ThankYouSachin— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) November 16, 2013
Luke Wright, England cricketer
Such a honour to have watched and played against Sachin. He is a different class and yet still a great person. #ThankYouSachin— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) November 16, 2013
Chris Gayle, West Indies cricketer
Virender Sehwag, India cricketer
Sanjay Manjrekar, former India cricketer
That speech of Sachin touched our hearts because it came straight from his heart. He had a piece of paper in hand but did not need it— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 16, 2013
Excellent commentary too from Harsha Bhogle at the end of the game & when the focus was on Tendulkar.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 16, 2013
Aakash Chopra, former India cricketer
24 years on the field told us about Tendulkar-the cricketer. 24 mins with the mike told us so much more about Tendulkar-the man. Thank You.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 16, 2013
Damp eyes...lump in my throat. A final goodbye. #ThankYouSachin— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 16, 2013
Harbhajan Singh, India cricketer
Let's salute the master.cricket won't be the same without u.for me u r cricket.thank u paji for everything— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) November 16, 2013
Irfan Pathan, India cricketer
Most emotional retirement of world cricket but Sachin Tendulkar isn't retiring from our heart,#ThankYouSachin
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 16, 2013
First Published: Nov 16, 2013 19:05 IST