Farewell Speech of Sachin Tendulkar | Sachin Tendulkar Good-Bye Discourse
Knowledge Showledge salutes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and his contribution to Indian cricket. We dedicate this post to Sachin Tendulkar.
When Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar said goodbye to his cricket career that lasted for 24 years, the eyes of everyone present at the Wankhede Stadium were moist.
Let’s read the Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech after the last Test match:
For the last 24 years, my life has passed between 22 yards. It is hard to believe that the end of that wonderful journey has come. I want to thank all the people who have played some role in my life. For the first time I have a list in my hands. It’s hard to talk but I’ll try.
The most important person in my life whom I have been missing since 1999, my father. He kept me free since I was only 11 years old. Chase your dreams but never take shortcuts. Not only this, he advised me to become a better person, which I adopted. Whenever I picked up the bat, it was for him.
My mother – I don’t know how she was able to overcome such a devil child. There will be a lot of patience in them. She has been praying for me for the last 24 years when I played for India, she took care of me. Prayer and only prayer. It has given me the power to go on the field and perform.
My uncle and aunt have raised me like a son. Been with him for four years. I am like his son and I am happy that it is going on like this.
My elder brother doesn’t talk much but one thing he has always said is that he knows that I will give my 100%.
My sister Savita gave me my first bat – Kashmiri Willow. She is one of those who keep fast when I am batting.
What can I say for you Ajith? He sacrificed his career for me. He saw a glimpse of the talent in me and took me to my coach Achrekar. Last night also he called me and we both were discussing about my dismissal knowing that there is little chance that he might get to bat again. Habit that is probably from birth. Now that I am not playing cricket, we may talk about techniques.
Had those discussions not been there, I might have become a lesser better cricketer.
The most beautiful moment in my life came in 1990 when I met my very own wife Anjali. When we decided to settle down, she said she would take care of it. You play cricket Thank you for supporting me and listening to my crap. You are the best partnership of my life that I have ever had.
Sara and Arjun are two precious gems of my life. He has grown up. My daughter is 16 years old, my son is 14 years old. Time flew by with wings. I always wanted to spend time with him on special occasions like birthdays, sports days, holidays. I have missed all those things. Thank you for your understanding.
I promise whatever comes after the next 16 years or so is for you.
It is very important for you to have a strong family and to keep showing your way. Thanks to my mother-in-law for allowing her to marry Anjali.
My old friends have been coming to throw me the ball on the net leaving everyone behind. When I was hurt and felt that my career was going to end, he would pick up my phone even at 3 in the morning. Thank you for having me.
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A milestone in my life came when my brother took me to the coach, Achrekar. I was overjoyed to see him at the stand. Usually he watches all the matches on television only.
Sir would take me all over Mumbai and ensure that I could do match practice. Jokingly, sir never told me well plaid because he thought I would be complacent and would not work hard. Now maybe he can say well plaid for my career.
I remember returning from New Zealand at 4 a.m. and then appearing for the match at 9 a.m. not because someone asked me to be there, but because I wanted to mark my presence there. Thanks to Mumbai Cricket.
Thanks to all the selectors for reposing faith in me and BCCI for giving me the freedom to express my views here. I am deeply thankful to all of you especially when I was injured.
Many seniors inspired me to play cricket and play it the right way. I couldn’t play with him but I have respect for him and his game.
Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, Anil are not here today. You are my extended family here in the city. Being away from the dressing room and not being able to live those moments is going to be very difficult.
I think we all feel fortunate and proud to be a part of the Indian cricket team and serve the nation. I know that all of you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and with the right values. I believe we are lucky that all of us have been chosen by the above to take care of the game. Every generation has a chance to take care of the game. I am sure that you will continue to serve the country and the sport in the right spirit.
Thanks to all the doctors for keeping me healthy.
My dear friend, Mr. Mark Maskerhans, my first manager. He was a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket especially Indian cricket. He understood what it was like to represent the country. He never forced me to do what the sponsors wanted me to do. Today, I am missing him. Thanks Mark.
My current management team WSG understood my needs and picked up where Mark left off. Thanks WSG. Also a big thank you to his manager Vinod. Also for the media who always supported me. It has made me feel a lot better.
I think my speech got too long.
I want to thank you all. Your support is close to my heart and invaluable to me. I’ve come across a lot of folks who have prayed and fasted for me. Without all this my life would not be what it is today. Time flies by with wings, but the memories you have left for me will always be with me. Especially that voice of Sachin Sachin which will resonate in my ears till my last breath.
Thanks. If I have missed something, I believe you will understand. Goodbye.
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