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Top 5 Sachin Tendulkar moments

The National staff   |  November 14, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar began his final Test today, reaching the crease after India bowled out West Indies for only 182 and then proceeding to form an unbeaten 80-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujera that took India from 77 for 2 all the way to 157 for 2.

Sachin himself ended the day 38 not out from 73 balls.

Anand Vasu wrote for our cover story today about how the cricket world has never quite seen a celebration like that of the one surrounding Sachin's exit from the game:

"However, no Indian connected to cricket — fan, supporter, follower, journalist, player, stakeholder — has ever had an experience approaching Tendulkar's last Test match."

While our own Chitrabhanu Kadalayil and Osman Samiuddin recorded a special Extra Time podcast to discuss it:

The plaudits have poured in and the memories have been shared as Tendulkar tries to deliver one final lasting image of his greatness.

Before it's all through, we offer our top five Sachin Tendulkar moments:

1. World Cup, April 2011: His 482 runs was second-highest in the tournament, and securing the game’s greatest title, on home turf, in his fifth try, obscured his 18 runs in the final. Teammates hoisted him on their shoulders; Virat Kohli said Tendulkar had carried them for so long, it was only fitting they carried him.

2. A 51st Test century, January 2011: Tendulkar’s unprecedented 51st Test hundred was one of his best. Two Tests earlier he had made his 50th Test hundred, in a losing cause. Here he saved India, defying a South Africa attack led by Dale Steyn, in making 146. It remains his last Test hundred.

3. First ODI double, February 2010: It took nearly 40 years but it was appropriate that Tendulkar scored the 50-over format’s first double hundred, reinforcing his status as one of the greatest one-day international batsmen. This was a dexterous and brutal innings; half his runs came in fours.

4. Dance with Warne, March 1998: Billed as the “best batsman in the world against the greatest leg-spinner”. Shane Warne had dismissed Tendulkar in the first innings, but there was no respite in the second. He launched a savage attack; his 155 ensured an India win, and doused Warne.

5. For Mumbai, December 2008: Days after the horrific terror attack on his city, Tendulkar tried his best to bring some good cheer with a quality fourth-innings hundred that helped India complete an improbable chase, on a deteriorating pitch, of the 387 set by England.