A crowd of some 30,000 people greeted Indian cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar as he walked onto the pitch at Eden Gardens for the first test match of the 2013 series against the West Indies. The little master, as he known fondly by his legions of followers, lost his wicket shortly afterwards for just 10 runs, sending the spectators into a stunned silence.
Tendulkar will be playing his last innings at the historic ground before he sets off for the final test of the series and of his life at the Wankade Stadium in Mumbai, the little master’s home ground.
Carbonated TV takes a look at some of Sachin’s greatest performances, which show why he will always be regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced a cricket field.
No tribute to Tendulkar can be complete without his monumental innings of 200 not out against South Africa. He remains the only player to have scored a double century in the history of one day cricket.
Of course, he is also the only batsman to have scored a hundred centuries in international cricket. This was not only an emotional moment for Tendulkar, but cricket fans around the world.
We just saw his hundredth hundred, but what about the first one. Well it was against England back in 1990. Take a look.
Up next is the little master’s favorite innings, the one he rates the highest. Of course, it is against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup.
These are just a few of hundreds of mesmerizing performances from Sachin Tendulkar. Pundits are still having a difficult time determining whether he or Sir Don Bradman is the greatest batsman to have lived, but one thing is certain, there are few who come close.