Bangalore, Dec 24: Is it the end of One Day International cricket? Many fans think so following the exit of arguably the greatest batsman of the 50-over format, Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar's retirement from the ODI scene has left many fans shocked world over, most in India.
The Master Blaster, worshipped in India as a God, redefined batting in ODIs. The Mumbai man broke every possible record in his illustrious 23-year journey. Now the pleasure of seeing their "God" has ceased for millions of fans.
What Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana of Sri Lanka displayed in 1996 World Cup, was already done by Tendulkar when he first padded up to face the new ball against New Zealand in 1994.
On March 27, 1994 at Eden Park, Auckland, Tendulkar's journey as specialist ODI opener began. On that day, he blitzed 49-ball 82 (15x4 2x6) to power India to winning target of 143 in just 23.2 overs!
From then onwards there was no bowler who could stop Tendulkar. He kept reaching milestone after milestone. There were many batsmen who came and left but Tendulkar stood there for years.
Tendulkar was the reason for many to follow cricket. And when his quitting decision was announced on Sunday, many fans termed it the "death of ODI cricket." With Tendulkar's departure, they want to stop watching ODIs.
One of the fans, Kapil, reacting to the news on Tendulkar's retirement, wrote on Thatscricket "It was not on December 21 that world was suppose to end, but on December 23 the world has really ended. I will not watch ODIs anymore."
Tejveer Singh would like to retire from watching ODIs now. "GOD of cricket has retired from ODI who will take care of now? I fear to imagine cricket without Sachin. Perhaps I too retired from watching ODI cricket. Thanks Sachin for being a reason for me to watch cricket for the past 23 years."
Another Tendulkar supporter, Ramana, commented: "As long as India plays cricket we miss you Sachin, no one can fill your place."
"What a news I can't believe it. Little Champion is going I wish time stops for me in cricket end of an era. Thanks Sachin to have played during my lifetime," said Rohit.
For Kumara Swamy, there is no cricket without Tendulkar. "Without Sachin there is no more cricket."
Shubham Kumbhakar wrote: "Sachin of course we will miss you but the amount of entertainment that you had been serving for last 2 decades its uncommencable,truely you are one of world's most brightest most evergreen Kohinoors."
As once Shane Warne famously said, "You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer."
Now, there won't be people queuing up outside grounds to watch the great Tendulkar enter in coloured clothes.
A legend has chosen to declare his innings after entertaining the fans for 23 long years.