A life for cricket

Print edition : December 13, 2013

Tendulkar walks off the field after his dismissal on Day 2 of his final Test match. Photo: PTI

Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 16, with his family and teammates. The Test match against the West Indies was Sachin's 200th and last. Photo: K_R_DEEPAK;THE HINDU

Salutations to the home turf. Photo: PTI

After his maiden test 100, against England at Old Trafford in August 1990. Photo: Ben Radford/Getty Images

At his marauding best: 143 off 134 balls, against Australia, in the 1998 Coca-Cola Cup league match in Sharjah. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

One of his best Test innings: On his way to his 18th Test century, at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in January 1999. He made 136, but India lost the match. Photo: THE HINDU

For 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar was the most dominant player of the game and an artist and a genius throughout. He represented the hopes and dreams of millions of Indians and yet carried the burden lightly.
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