Sachin Tendulkar, who is entering his farewell series in 24th position, will have the opportunity to draw curtains on his illustrious career by moving into the top-20 while India have a chance to snatch second place from England if they win the Test series against the West Indies.
The entire nation might be celebrating Sachin Tendulkar`s upcoming farewell series but former West Indies captain and team`s cricket manager Richie Richardson had a word of caution for the hosts stating that the Caribbeans are here to "play hard cricket".
"God Bye" screamed the front page of India`s largest selling newspaper on Friday reflecting the depressive mood of the cricket-crazy country after its favourite son, Sachin Tendulkar, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
The union sports minister Jitendra Singh today congratulated legendary Sachin Tendulkar on a wonderful career, which will come to an end after the historic 200th Test match against West Indies in an upcoming home series, terming him an "extraordinary sports icon".
An apocryphal story freely circulated about Sachin Tendulkar holds that for most of his career India`s selectors never debated his place in the national team. They merely asked him if he was available.