The full text of Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech
after his 200th and last Test match.
“Friends please settle down, I’ll get more
emotional. It’s hard to believe my wonderful
journey is coming to an end, my life between 22
yards for 24 years has come to an end. I’ve a list of
names to thank. The first is my father, who passed
away in 1999. Without his guidance I wouldn’t be standing in front of you. He said ‘chase your
dreams, don’t give up, the path will be difficult.’ I
miss him today.
My mom, I don’t know how she managed a
naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed
from the day I started playing the game. For four
years I stayed with my uncle and aunt when in
school, they treated me like their own son. My
eldest brother Nitin doesn’t like to talk much but he said, whatever you do, I know you will give
100%. My first cricket bat was presented to me by
my sister Savita. She still continues to fast while I
Ajit my brother – we have lived this dream
together, he sacrificed his career for me – he took
me to Achrekar sir first. Even last night he called me
to discuss my dismissal. Even when I’m not playing
we will still be discussing technique. If that hadn’t
happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer.
“The most beautiful thing happened to me when I
met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a doctor
there was a big career in front of her. But she
decides that I should continue playing and she
took care of the children. Thanks for bearing with
me for all the nonsense I’ve said (Anjali wipes tears). Then the two precious diamonds of my life
Sara and Arjun. I’ve missed out on several
birthdays, holidays, annual days. I know for 14-16
years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I
promise you I will spend the next 16 or whatever
“My in-laws – I’ve discussed several things with them. The most important thing they did was allow me to marry Anjali. In the last 24 years my friends have made terrific contributions. They have been with me while I was stressed. They have been with me even at 3 AM when I was injured. Thanks for being there for me.
“My career started when I was 11. I was extremely
delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used
to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day.
Sir took me along to make sure I played. On a
lighter note, Sir never said ‘well played’ because he
didn’t want me to be complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir, since I’m not playing cricket
“I started my career here in Mumbai. I remember
landing from NZ at 4 AM and playing a Ranji game
the next day. The BCCI was fantastic from my
debut. Thanks to the selectors. You were right with
me making sure my treatment was taken care of.
“Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have
played with me. We see on the screen Rahul, VVS,
Sourav and Anil – who is not here. All the coaches.
I know when MS presented the 200th Test cap, I
had a message to the team – I said we are all so
proud to be representing the nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation with dignity. I have
full faith that you will serve the country in the right
I will be failing in my duty if I didn’t thank the
doctors who have kept me fit. Given the injuries I
have suffered. They have treated me in odd hours.
My dear friend the late Mark Mascarenhas. I miss
him. My current management team WSG, for
continuing what Mark has done. Someone who
has worked closely with me for 14 years is my
friend Vinay Nayudu.
“The media has backed me a lot, since my school
days. Even today. Thank you. Thanks to the
photographers for capturing those moments.
“I know my speech has become long. I want to thank people who have flown in from different parts of the world. I want to thank my fans from the bottom of my heart. “Sachin, Sachin” will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing.”