Mumbai, Nov 16: An emotional Sachin Tendulkar was in tears as he walked off the cricket field for the final time in India jersey. A few hours after his final match, he was chosen for Bharat Ratna honour.
Tendulkar ended his 24-year international cricket career with 200 Tests and 15,921 runs. He was handed a winning farewell by Team India as they thrashed West Indies by an innings and 126 runs on Saturday at his home ground - Wankhede Stadium.
Just before noon on Saturday, Mohammed Shami took the last West Indian wicket and India broke into celebrations. Tendulkar, with a stump in hand as a souvenir, waved to the the crowd with tears rolling down his eyes.
The team members saluted the batting icon by giving him a mobile guard of honour till he crossed the boundary line. Before that Tendulkar shook hands and hugged his team-mates.
The 40-year-old Tendulkar's international career began on November 15, 1989. And exactly 24 years and 1 day, it ended.
In this illustrious journey, Tendulkar set several records. He played a record number of Tests and One Day Internationals for the country and ended as the highest run-getter in both formats. To add to that, he scored 100 international centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar's International Numbers As A Batsman
Strike Rate: 86.1
Highest Score: 248*