Sachin Tendulkar: The 'God of cricket' retires

Cricket fans across the globe revered him. Teammates in India's test and World Cup-winning squads were in awe of him.
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Tendulkar compiled more runs and posted more centuries in international

cricket than anyone, and was the greatest batsman of his generation. - The Associated Press

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday paid tribute to first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru at Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi. President Rivlin is on a state visit to India on the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar during his first post retirement press conference in Mumbai on Nov.17, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay lift master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulder as the legend bid adieu to international cricket at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay lift master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulder as the legend bid adieu to international cricket at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay lift master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulder as the legend bid adieu to international cricket at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd at Wankhede stadium as he bids adieu to international cricket in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd at Wankhede stadium as he bids adieu to international cricket in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd at Wankhede stadium as he bids adieu to international cricket in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in action during the 3rd day of the 2nd Test Match between India and West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in action during the 3rd day of the 2nd Test Match between India and West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in action during the 3rd day of the 2nd Test Match between India and West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Artist H S Gill with a collage of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as the cricket legend bid adieu to international cricket after his 200th Test at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, in Amritsar on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Artist H S Gill with a collage of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as the cricket legend bid adieu to international cricket after his 200th Test at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, in Amritsar on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Artist H S Gill with a collage of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as the cricket legend bid adieu to international cricket after his 200th Test at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, in Amritsar on Nov.16, 2013. (Photo: IANS)
Indian cricket fans hold a poster of Sachin Tendulkar and cheer as they gather to honor him in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18. (AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian cricket fans hold a poster of Sachin Tendulkar and cheer as they gather to honor him in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18
Indian cricket fans hold a poster of Sachin Tendulkar and cheer as they gather to honor him in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18. (AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.)
Indian school students wear masks of Sachin Tendulkar at an event to honor him in Nagpur, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18. (AP Photo)
Indian school students wear masks of Sachin Tendulkar at an event to honor him in Nagpur, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18. (AP Photo)
Indian school students wear masks of Sachin Tendulkar at an event to honor him in Nagpur, India, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after playing his 200th test match in Mumbai from Nov. 14-18. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013 file photo, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a book release function in Mumbai, India. Tendulkar said he will retire from test cricket after his 200th test. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar to retire
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 28, 2013 file photo, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a book release function in Mumbai, India. Tendulkar said he will retire from test cricket after his 200th test. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar watch on from the Royal Box on Centre Court on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar watch on from the Royal Box on Centre Court on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar walks in to bat for his state team during the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on November 2, 2012. Tendulkar made a rare appearance in domestic four-day cricket Ranji trophy game to gain match practice ahead of the home Test series against England. The 39-year-old, the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket, whose last Ranji appearance was in 2009, struggled in a home Test series against New Zealand in August-September when he scored just 63 runs in three innings. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE
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Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar walks in to bat for his state team during the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on November 2, 2012. Tendulkar made a rare appearance in domestic four-day cricket Ranji trophy game to gain match practice ahead of the home Test series against England. The 39-year-old, the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket, whose last Ranji appearance was in 2009, struggled in a home Test series against New Zealand in August-September when he scored just 63 runs in three innings. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KULDIP LAL Cricket-WC2011-IND-India-Tendulkar (FILES) This file photo taken on March 20, 2009 shows Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar celebrating after scoring a century during the third day of the first Test match between India and New Zealand at the Seddon Park Stadium in Hamilton. A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as he attempts to win the World Cup for India in his record-equalling sixth appearance in cricket's showpiece event. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KULDIP LAL Cricket-WC2011-IND-India-Tendulkar (FILES) This file photo taken on March 20, 2009 shows Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar celebrating after scoring a century during the third day of the first Test match between India and New Zealand at the Seddon Park Stadium in Hamilton. A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as he attempts to win the World Cup for India in his record-equalling sixth appearance in cricket's showpiece event. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KULDIP LAL Cricket-WC2011-IND-India-Tendulkar (FILES) This file photo taken on April 2, 2009 shows Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar practising his batting skills before the final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve stadium in Wellington. A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as he attemps to win the World Cup for India in his record-equalling sixth appearance in cricket's showpiece event. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY KULDIP LAL Cricket-WC2011-IND-India-Tendulkar (FILES) This file photo taken on April 2, 2009 shows Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar practising his batting skills before the final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve stadium in Wellington. A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as he attemps to win the World Cup for India in his record-equalling sixth appearance in cricket's showpiece event. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) This April 2, 2011 file photograph shows Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final match at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On March 16, 2012 Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer in history to score 100 international centuries, reaching a new record in his glittering two-decade career. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) This April 2, 2011 file photograph shows Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final match at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On March 16, 2012 Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer in history to score 100 international centuries, reaching a new record in his glittering two-decade career. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) This April 2, 2011 file photograph shows Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final match at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On March 16, 2012 Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer in history to score 100 international centuries, reaching a new record in his glittering two-decade career. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 02: Piyush Chawla (L), Sachin Tendulkar (2L),Yusuf Pathan (2R) and Gautam Gambhir (R) in the dressing room with the winners trophy during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
India v Sri Lanka - 2011 ICC World Cup Final
MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 02: Piyush Chawla (L), Sachin Tendulkar (2L),Yusuf Pathan (2R) and Gautam Gambhir (R) in the dressing room with the winners trophy during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Sachin Tendulkar (L) poses with his daughter Sara (2nd L), son Arjun (2nd R) and wife Anjali (R) following the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on April 24, 2011. (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sachin Tendulkar (L) poses with his daughter Sara (2nd L), son Arjun (2nd R) and wife Anjali (R) following the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on April 24, 2011. (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this photograph taken on April 2, 2011, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is carried on his teammates' shoulders after India defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final played at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India's record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar on December 23, 2012 announced his retirement from one-day cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. AFP PHOTO/William WEST/FILES (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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(FILES) In this photograph taken on April 2, 2011, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is carried on his teammates' shoulders after India defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final played at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India's record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar on December 23, 2012 announced his retirement from one-day cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. AFP PHOTO/William WEST/FILES (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar kisses the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy with the Gateway of India monument in the background during a photo call at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on April 3, 2011. India won the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983 with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on April 2. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar kisses
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar kisses the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy with the Gateway of India monument in the background during a photo call at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai on April 3, 2011. India won the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1983 with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on April 2. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricket fans offer special prayers for their team to win the Cricket World Cup, especiallly for Sachin Tendulkar (cardboard cut out), in Hyderabad on March 5, 2011. Many Cricket fans offer special prayers for the Indian team and especially for their star player Sachin Tendulkar. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricket fans offer special prayer
Indian cricket fans offer special prayers for their team to win the Cricket World Cup, especiallly for Sachin Tendulkar (cardboard cut out), in Hyderabad on March 5, 2011. Many Cricket fans offer special prayers for the Indian team and especially for their star player Sachin Tendulkar. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L), Indian Bollywood star Gulshan Grovar (R) and President and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration Bernie Ecclestone (C) pose for media in paddock prior to the Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L), Indian Bollywood star Gulshan Grovar (R) and President and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration Bernie Ecclestone (C) pose for media in paddock prior to the Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L), Indian Bollywood star Gulshan Grovar (R) and President and CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration Bernie Ecclestone (C) pose for media in paddock prior to the Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / PERFECT RELATIONS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) interact during the Formula One Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. World champion Sebastian Vettel made history by winning India's first ever Formula One with ease as McLaren's Jenson Button tightened his grip on the championship's second place. AFP PHOTO/PERFECT RELATIONS (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / PERFECT RELATIONS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) interact during the Formula One Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. World champion Sebastian Vettel made history by winning India's first ever Formula One with ease as McLaren's Jenson Button tightened his grip on the championship's second place. AFP PHOTO/PERFECT RELATIONS (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / PERFECT RELATIONS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) interact during the Formula One Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida on October 30, 2011. World champion Sebastian Vettel made history by winning India's first ever Formula One with ease as McLaren's Jenson Button tightened his grip on the championship's second place. AFP PHOTO/PERFECT RELATIONS (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
A fan wears a t-shirt with a portrait of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar outside Wankhede Stadium to pay tribute to Tendulkar who retired today in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time.Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A fan wears a t-shirt with a portrait of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar outside Wankhede Stadium to pay tribute to Tendulkar who retired today in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time.Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries
A fan wears a t-shirt with a portrait of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar outside Wankhede Stadium to pay tribute to Tendulkar who retired today in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time.Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Fans of Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar hold a banner after his last international match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time. Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Fans of Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar hold a banner after his last international match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time. Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries
Fans of Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar hold a banner after his last international match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Tendulkar's last day featured a cameo appearance bowling for a couple of overs, and a guard of honor from teammates as he walked from the field for the last time. Among his other prominent milestones include becoming the first man to score a double-century in limited-overs internationals (200 not out vs South Africa at Gwalior in 2010) and the first to reach 100 international centuries. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat and helmet after scoring the 44th Test century (100 runs) of his career during the second day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and India at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on January 18, 2010. Sachin Tendulkar completed a superb century under pressure before India crashed to their lowest-ever total of 243 against Bangladesh in the opening Test. The middle-order batsman hit an unbeaten 105 for his 44th Test hundred just when his team desperately needed runs following a below-par batting performance against a disciplined Bangladeshi attack on Sunday. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN
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Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat and helmet after scoring the 44th Test century (100 runs) of his career during the second day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and India at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on January 18, 2010. Sachin Tendulkar completed a superb century under pressure before India crashed to their lowest-ever total of 243 against Bangladesh in the opening Test. The middle-order batsman hit an unbeaten 105 for his 44th Test hundred just when his team desperately needed runs following a below-par batting performance against a disciplined Bangladeshi attack on Sunday. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar signs autographs for fans after he became the first ever batsman to reach the millestone of 14000 Test runs during the second day of the second Test between India and Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on October 10, 2010. In reply to Australia's first innings of 478 runs India are 110 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar signs
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar signs autographs for fans after he became the first ever batsman to reach the millestone of 14000 Test runs during the second day of the second Test between India and Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on October 10, 2010. In reply to Australia's first innings of 478 runs India are 110 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: A Tendulkar fan celebrates after his double century in Gwalior on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
South Africa v India
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: A Tendulkar fan celebrates after his double century in Gwalior on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejected after been caught out for 13 runs bowled by South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe and caught by Jacques Kallis on the first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejec
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejected after been caught out for 13 runs bowled by South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe and caught by Jacques Kallis on the first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
India's bowler Sachin Tendulkar in action during South Africa's 2nd innings on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
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India's bowler Sachin Tendulkar in action during South Africa's 2nd innings on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 200, the first ever double hundred in a one day international, during the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on February 24, 2010 in Gwalior, India. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
India v South Africa - 2nd ODI
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 200, the first ever double hundred in a one day international, during the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on February 24, 2010 in Gwalior, India. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his century during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Second Test - Australia v India: Day 3
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his century during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHENNAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: Sachin Tendulkar of India is lifted up by Youvraj Singh of India after scoring the winning runs and reaching his century during day 5 of the First Test Match between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on December 15, 2008 in Chennai, India. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
India v England - 1st Test Day Five
CHENNAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: Sachin Tendulkar of India is lifted up by Youvraj Singh of India after scoring the winning runs and reaching his century during day 5 of the First Test Match between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on December 15, 2008 in Chennai, India. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to fans during the day one of the tour match between an ACT Invitational XI and India at Manuka Oval ground in Canberra , 10 January 2008. India currently bat on 211 for 3.RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE PUSH TO MOBILE SERVICES OUT. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autograph
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to fans during the day one of the tour match between an ACT Invitational XI and India at Manuka Oval ground in Canberra , 10 January 2008. India currently bat on 211 for 3.RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE PUSH TO MOBILE SERVICES OUT. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: A Tendulkar fan celebrates after his double century in Gwalior on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
South Africa v India
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: A Tendulkar fan celebrates after his double century in Gwalior on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejected after been caught out for 13 runs bowled by South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe and caught by Jacques Kallis on the first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejec
Indian Sachin Tendulkar walks back dejected after been caught out for 13 runs bowled by South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe and caught by Jacques Kallis on the first day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
India's bowler Sachin Tendulkar in action during South Africa's 2nd innings on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
India's bowler Sachin Tendulkar in actio
India's bowler Sachin Tendulkar in action during South Africa's 2nd innings on the third day of the second Test at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on December 28, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 200, the first ever double hundred in a one day international, during the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on February 24, 2010 in Gwalior, India. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
India v South Africa - 2nd ODI
GWALIOR, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 200, the first ever double hundred in a one day international, during the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa at Captain Roop Singh Stadium on February 24, 2010 in Gwalior, India. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his century during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Second Test - Australia v India: Day 3
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his century during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHENNAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: Sachin Tendulkar of India is lifted up by Youvraj Singh of India after scoring the winning runs and reaching his century during day 5 of the First Test Match between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on December 15, 2008 in Chennai, India. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
India v England - 1st Test Day Five
CHENNAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: Sachin Tendulkar of India is lifted up by Youvraj Singh of India after scoring the winning runs and reaching his century during day 5 of the First Test Match between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on December 15, 2008 in Chennai, India. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to fans during the day one of the tour match between an ACT Invitational XI and India at Manuka Oval ground in Canberra , 10 January 2008. India currently bat on 211 for 3.RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE PUSH TO MOBILE SERVICES OUT. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autograph
India's sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to fans during the day one of the tour match between an ACT Invitational XI and India at Manuka Oval ground in Canberra , 10 January 2008. India currently bat on 211 for 3.RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE PUSH TO MOBILE SERVICES OUT. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
MOHALI, INDIA - OCTOBER 17: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates becoming the highest run scorer in Test match history during day one of the Second Test between India and Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on October 17, 2008 in Mohali, India. Tendulkar overtook Brian Lara's run record of 11,174 Test runs. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
2nd Test - India v Australia: Day 1
MOHALI, INDIA - OCTOBER 17: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates becoming the highest run scorer in Test match history during day one of the Second Test between India and Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on October 17, 2008 in Mohali, India. Tendulkar overtook Brian Lara's run record of 11,174 Test runs. (Photo by Global Cricket Ventures/BCCI via Getty Images)
India - 387 for 4 vs England at Chennai in December 2008. BRIEF SCORES: England 316 (Andrew Strauss 123, Matt prior 53*, Harbhajan Singh 3-96, Amit Mishra 3-99) and 311-9 declared (Andrew Strauss 108, Paul Collingwood 108, Zaheer Khan 3-40, Ishant Sharma 3-57) LOST TO India 241 (MS Dhoni 53, Harbhajan Singh 40, Andrew Flintoff 3-49, Monty Panesar 3-65) and 387-4 (Sachin Tendulkar 103*, Yuvraj Singh 85*, Virender Sehwag 83, Graeme Swann 2-103).
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India - 387 for 4 vs England at Chennai in December 2008. BRIEF SCORES: England 316 (Andrew Strauss 123, Matt prior 53*, Harbhajan Singh 3-96, Amit Mishra 3-99) and 311-9 declared (Andrew Strauss 108, Paul Collingwood 108, Zaheer Khan 3-40, Ishant Sharma 3-57) LOST TO India 241 (MS Dhoni 53, Harbhajan Singh 40, Andrew Flintoff 3-49, Monty Panesar 3-65) and 387-4 (Sachin Tendulkar 103*, Yuvraj Singh 85*, Virender Sehwag 83, Graeme Swann 2-103).
Montego Bay, JAMAICA: Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to Indian fans after teams sightseeing trip in Montego Bay 10 March 2007. The opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held in Trelawny, Jamaica on 11 March. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gives
Montego Bay, JAMAICA: Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gives autographs to Indian fans after teams sightseeing trip in Montego Bay 10 March 2007. The opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held in Trelawny, Jamaica on 11 March. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
Trelawny, JAMAICA: India Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R) shakes hands with Jamaican fans after the warm-up match between India and West Indies, in Trelawny, 09 March 2007. India beat West Indies by nine wickets in their final World Cup warm-up match. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
India Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R) sha
Trelawny, JAMAICA: India Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R) shakes hands with Jamaican fans after the warm-up match between India and West Indies, in Trelawny, 09 March 2007. India beat West Indies by nine wickets in their final World Cup warm-up match. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 02: Fans take pictures of Sachin Tendulkar of India during the 5th NatWest One Day International match between England and India at Headingley on September 2, 2007 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
England v India - 5th NatWest ODI
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 02: Fans take pictures of Sachin Tendulkar of India during the 5th NatWest One Day International match between England and India at Headingley on September 2, 2007 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 29: Fans celebrate Sachin Tendulkar of India's 15,000th ODI career run during the second One Day International match between South Africa and India at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont on June 29, 2007 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
2nd ODI: South Africa v India
BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 29: Fans celebrate Sachin Tendulkar of India's 15,000th ODI career run during the second One Day International match between South Africa and India at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont on June 29, 2007 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA - OCTOBER 17: Sachin Tendulkar of India enjoys a laugh as he leaves the field at the end of Australia's innings during the seventh one day international match between India and Australia at Wankhede Stadium on October 17, 2007 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
India v Australia - 7th ODI
MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA - OCTOBER 17: Sachin Tendulkar of India enjoys a laugh as he leaves the field at the end of Australia's innings during the seventh one day international match between India and Australia at Wankhede Stadium on October 17, 2007 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 05: Sachin Tendulkar of India with his man of the match award after the 6th NatWest ODI between England and India at the Oval on September 5, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
England v India - 6th NatWest ODI
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 05: Sachin Tendulkar of India with his man of the match award after the 6th NatWest ODI between England and India at the Oval on September 5, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and VVS Laxman of India celebrate their series win against England during day five of the Third Test match between England and India at the Oval on August 13, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
Third Test: England v India - Day Five
LONDON - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and VVS Laxman of India celebrate their series win against England during day five of the Third Test match between England and India at the Oval on August 13, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 17: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly of India look on during the India Nets session at Lords Cricket Ground on July 17, 2007 in London England (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
England and India Nets & Press Conference
LONDON - JULY 17: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly of India look on during the India Nets session at Lords Cricket Ground on July 17, 2007 in London England (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 3: Brett Lee of Australia congratulates Sachin Tendulkar of India on his double century during day two of the 4th Test between Australia and India at the SCG on January 3, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
4th Test Australia v India Day Two
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 3: Brett Lee of Australia congratulates Sachin Tendulkar of India on his double century during day two of the 4th Test between Australia and India at the SCG on January 3, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
MULTAN, PAKISTAN: Indian batsman Virender Sehwag (R) is congratulated by his teammate Sachin Tendulkar after his triple century during the second day of the first Test match between Pakistan and Indian in Multan, 29 March 2004. Sehwag hit a triple century and became the highest Indian Test scorer. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian batsman Virender Sehwag (R) is co
MULTAN, PAKISTAN: Indian batsman Virender Sehwag (R) is congratulated by his teammate Sachin Tendulkar after his triple century during the second day of the first Test match between Pakistan and Indian in Multan, 29 March 2004. Sehwag hit a triple century and became the highest Indian Test scorer. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MULTAN, PAKISTAN - APRIL 1: (L to R Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, V.V.S Laxman and Virender Sehwag of India celebrate their teams victory after day five of the first Test Match between Pakistan and India at Multan Stadium on April 1, 2004 in Multan, Pakistan. India claimed their first-ever Test win in Pakistan by an innings and 52 runs. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
First Test: Pakistan v India Day Five
MULTAN, PAKISTAN - APRIL 1: (L to R Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, V.V.S Laxman and Virender Sehwag of India celebrate their teams victory after day five of the first Test Match between Pakistan and India at Multan Stadium on April 1, 2004 in Multan, Pakistan. India claimed their first-ever Test win in Pakistan by an innings and 52 runs. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R) along with his wife Anjali (L) looks around the 'The Fun Factory' which he inaugrated in Bombay, 23 April 2004. Tendulkar who celebrates his 31st Birthday 24 April, toured around the fun factory which is an activity and play gym for kids between the age of 2 and 6 years. AFP PHOTO/Sebastian D'SOUZA.
Sachin Tendulkar - The family man
BOMBAY, INDIA: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (R) along with his wife Anjali (L) looks around the 'The Fun Factory' which he inaugrated in Bombay, 23 April 2004. Tendulkar who celebrates his 31st Birthday 24 April, toured around the fun factory which is an activity and play gym for kids between the age of 2 and 6 years. AFP PHOTO/Sebastian D'SOUZA.
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MARCH 11: Sachin Tendulkar of India plays a shot during the Pakistan 'A' v India warm-up match March 11, 2004 in Lahore, Pakistan. It is the Indian team's first full tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years, comprising five one-day internationals followed by three Tests. The tour is seen as evidence that the two nuclear-armed rivals are getting closer after almost going to war over the Himalayan region of Kashmir less than two years ago. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Indian Cricket Team Begin Pakistan Tour With Match Against Pakistan 'A'
LAHORE, PAKISTAN - MARCH 11: Sachin Tendulkar of India plays a shot during the Pakistan 'A' v India warm-up match March 11, 2004 in Lahore, Pakistan. It is the Indian team's first full tour of Pakistan in almost 15 years, comprising five one-day internationals followed by three Tests. The tour is seen as evidence that the two nuclear-armed rivals are getting closer after almost going to war over the Himalayan region of Kashmir less than two years ago. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
This combo picture shows from LtoR Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in Rajkot on December 15, 2009,Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 28, 2007 and West Indies former captain Brian Lara in Southampton on September 22, 2004. Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara hold the record for the maximun runs on the World Cup with 1796, 1573 and 1225 respectively. AFP PHOTO/ Pal Pillai/Greg Wood/Martyn HAYHOW (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
This combo picture shows from LtoR India
This combo picture shows from LtoR Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in Rajkot on December 15, 2009,Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 28, 2007 and West Indies former captain Brian Lara in Southampton on September 22, 2004. Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara hold the record for the maximun runs on the World Cup with 1796, 1573 and 1225 respectively. AFP PHOTO/ Pal Pillai/Greg Wood/Martyn HAYHOW (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) gives a piece of cake to his wife Anjali on the eve of his 31st birthday in Bombay, 23 April 2004. Tendulkar had a get-together with family and friends as he will be attending the wedding reception of his colleague Virender Sehwag who recently got married in Delhi. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) gi
BOMBAY, INDIA: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (L) gives a piece of cake to his wife Anjali on the eve of his 31st birthday in Bombay, 23 April 2004. Tendulkar had a get-together with family and friends as he will be attending the wedding reception of his colleague Virender Sehwag who recently got married in Delhi. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
BOMBAY, INDIA: India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (L) holds six-year old cancer patient Ganesh Shankar 02 Febuary 2002 at Wankhade Stadium in Bombay. Shankar will undergo major surgery to remove a tumor from behind his right eye. India will play England in the last of six one-day internationals 03 February. AFP PHOTO / Sebastian D'SOUZA (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (L) holds si
BOMBAY, INDIA: India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (L) holds six-year old cancer patient Ganesh Shankar 02 Febuary 2002 at Wankhade Stadium in Bombay. Shankar will undergo major surgery to remove a tumor from behind his right eye. India will play England in the last of six one-day internationals 03 February. AFP PHOTO / Sebastian D'SOUZA (Photo credit should read SEBASTIAN D'SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - 20 JUNE: Sachin Tendulkar of India bowls in the nets during a training session prior the triangular series against Sri Lanka and England, at Lord's, London on 20 June, 2002. (photo by Craig Prentis/Getty Images)
Sachin Tendulkar of India
LONDON - 20 JUNE: Sachin Tendulkar of India bowls in the nets during a training session prior the triangular series against Sri Lanka and England, at Lord's, London on 20 June, 2002. (photo by Craig Prentis/Getty Images)
West Indies' bowler Cameron Cuffy (L) looks on India's Sachin Tendulkar scoring a run during the 2002 fifth Test Match Cricket Series 19 May 2002 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY
CRICKET-INDIA -WEST INDIES-TENDULKAR
West Indies' bowler Cameron Cuffy (L) looks on India's Sachin Tendulkar scoring a run during the 2002 fifth Test Match Cricket Series 19 May 2002 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY
BANGALORE, INDIA: Tennis players Leander Paes (L) and Mahesh Bhupati (R) share a joke with ace Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (C) at a function in Bangalore 17 December 2001 to launch the official match ball for the 2002 Soccer World Cup, "Fevernova". The three sportsmen are the Indian brand ambassadors for adidas, the official sponsor of the 2002 World Cup. It has become common among Indian sportspersons to endorse commercial products to supplement their income. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Tennis players Leander Paes (L) and Mahesh Bhupati
BANGALORE, INDIA: Tennis players Leander Paes (L) and Mahesh Bhupati (R) share a joke with ace Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (C) at a function in Bangalore 17 December 2001 to launch the official match ball for the 2002 Soccer World Cup, "Fevernova". The three sportsmen are the Indian brand ambassadors for adidas, the official sponsor of the 2002 World Cup. It has become common among Indian sportspersons to endorse commercial products to supplement their income. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
21 Dec 2001: Sachin Tendulkar of India walks out to bat in front of local admirers during the third day of the 3rd test between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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21 Dec 2001: Sachin Tendulkar of India walks out to bat in front of local admirers during the third day of the 3rd test between India and England at the Chinaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
26 Feb 2001: Sachin Tendulkar of India and Shane Warne of Australia, catch up at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, India. X DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Hamish Blair/ALLSPORT
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26 Feb 2001: Sachin Tendulkar of India and Shane Warne of Australia, catch up at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, India. X DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Hamish Blair/ALLSPORT
22 Aug 1990: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India during a training session held before the Third Test Match against England to be played at the Oval, in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar
22 Aug 1990: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India during a training session held before the Third Test Match against England to be played at the Oval, in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport
Jun 1990: Sachin Tendulkar of India in action during a net session at Headingley in Leeds, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar of India
Jun 1990: Sachin Tendulkar of India in action during a net session at Headingley in Leeds, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
11 Aug 1990: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates hitting 119 runs not out during the Second Test match against England played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar
11 Aug 1990: Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates hitting 119 runs not out during the Second Test match against England played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford /Allsport
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India in Lahore, Pakistan. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar of India
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India in Lahore, Pakistan. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India in Lahore, Pakistan. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar of India
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India in Lahore, Pakistan. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Oct 1989: (L-R) Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammed Azharuddin all of India pose for the camera before the Test series against Pakistan in India. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammed Azharuddin all of India
Oct 1989: (L-R) Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammed Azharuddin all of India pose for the camera before the Test series against Pakistan in India. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India before the Test series against Pakistan in India. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Sachin Tendulkar of India
Oct 1989: Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar of India before the Test series against Pakistan in India. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

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