Zee Media Bureau/Shashank Verma
New Delhi: More than the fever of Champions League Twenty20 finale, Feroz Shah Kotla felt the compassion of the great legend playing his last T20 international innings. Sachin Tendulkar played his last T20I match in Delhi on Sunday.
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and opted to field first. The God of cricket entered the park with his opening partner Dwayne Smith to play for one last time in his colored jersey. The blood in each and every vein of the fans present in the stadium was pumping at pace and all the eyes were set on the legend.
Although the match was between RR and MI but the situation and the moments were presenting something else. Two of the brightest shinning lights of the Indian cricket over the past two decades – Dravid and Tendulkar - were pitted against each other.
Though the match was very special for the God of cricket and everyone was hoping to see something special from the Master Blaster, but sometimes luck doesn’t favor you. Sachin scored 15 runs in 13 balls hitting three boundaries and Shane Watson engraved his name in the history of CLT20 cricket by taking Tendulkar’s wicket in his last T20 game.
All the smiling faces came to a haphazard dullness. Watching the 40-year-old approaching the team dugout was a sort of bruised moment for the fans present there.
Rajasthan Royals might have enjoyed uprooting the off stump of Tendulkar but the crowd felt an undefined pinch.
As Sachin headed back, his teammates gave him a ‘guard of honor’. The legend too waved his bat around the stadium acknowledging the capacity crowd.
Mumbai Indians might have won the match but for cricket fans it was their last chance to see ‘Little Master’ smashing the ball in a colored clothing.
Sachin might have played his last limited over game but he leaves behind a rich legacy that is bound to inspire the coming generations of cricketers. He might be ending his T20 international career but has left many unforgettable moments in the mind of each and every cricket lover.