The Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar brought us tears in his last day of test career as well as it is last day of his International career which was held on 16 November 2013. The man who takes the Indian team to higher level and carried the hopes of over millions for two decades.
The BCCI arranged a two-match series against West Indies in a haste to bid an apt farewell to the legendary batsman, Sachin Tendulkar. The first Test was played at Eden Gardens which India won by an innings and 51 runs. Sachin could not do much in the match and scored only 10 runs. The caravan then moved to Sachin’s hometown- Mumbai.
Pragyan Ojha, who was in the team for both the matches, has now shared his experience on Sachin’s retirement.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, the left-arm spinner said:“ I find it a little hard to believe that is has already been three years since Sachin paaji retired from cricket. We’ve grown up watching him play and I was quite emotional when I came to know that he’ll be playing his final Test series (he, of course, had retired from One-Day Internationals). To be honest, I didn’t really know how to react. I was feeling sad but then I was happy as well that I’ll be part of his final series. I felt I was fortunate enough to have played with him.”
“I was very focused on doing well in that game. I was determined but I really didn’t look at it as an opportunity to get my name into the history books. I wasn’t thinking on those lines. I believe winning any Test is special because you have to pick those 20 wickets. You have to get each batsman out twice and at the international stage, it’s not easy to do,” Ojha added.
Speaking on the knock, Ojha said:“Everyone was wishing that he ended his career with a century. We were all a little disappointed when he got out on 74. If he would have got the century then it would have been a fairytale ending. But nevertheless, his achievements, his contributions to Indian cricket can’t be surpassed. It’s just tremendous. When he was caught at slip, I don’t know how to explain the feeling. I just fall short of words every time.”
“Also it came as little surprise that he got so emotional after the Test was over. It’s never easy to bottle up emotions – good or bad. For someone, who had played the game for over 24 years, to suddenly realise that he’ll not be representing India anymore is a big thing,” he added.
“To say that it was the most special series of my career would be just stating the obvious. I’ll always remember each and every moment I lived in that series for the rest of my life. Getting those wickets, getting the Man of the Match award in his final Test is special. But those moments lived with Sachin paaji are even more special. That time has a special place in my life and I’m just grateful that I was part of that series.”