• SACHIN FAREWELL SPEECH

    Sachin's Speech.... 16/11/2013
    "Friends please settle down, I'll get more
    emotional! It's hard to believe my wonderful
    journey is coming to an end.
    I've a list of names to thank. The first is my
    father, who passed away in 1999. Without his
    guidance I wouldn't be standing in front of
    you. he said 'chase your dreams, don't give up,
    the path will be difficult.' I miss him today. My
    mom, I don't know how she managed a naughty
    child like me. She just prayed and prayed from
    the day I started playing the game. For four
    years I stayed with my uncle and aunt when in
    school, they treated me like their own son. My
    eldest brother Nitin doesn't like to talk ,much
    but he said, whatever you do, I know you will
    give 100%. My first cricket bat was presented
    to me by my sister Savita. She still continues
    to fast while I bat. Ajit my brother - We have
    lived this dream together, he sacrificed his
    career for me, he took me to Achrekar sir
    first. Even last night he called me to discuss
    my dismissal. Even when I'm not playing we will
    still be discussing technique. If that hadn't
    happened, I would have been a lesser
    cricketer.
    "The most beautiful thing happened to me when
    I met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a
    doctor there was a big career in front of her.
    But she decides that I should continue playing
    and she took care of the children. Thanks for
    bearing with me for all the nonsense I've said
    (Anjali wipes tears). Then the two precious
    diamonds of my life Sara and Arjun. I've
    missed out on several birthdays, holidays. I
    know for 14-16 years I've not spent enough
    time with you. But I promise you I will spend
    the next 16.
    "My inlaws - I've discussed several things with
    them. The most important thing they did was
    allow me to marry Anjali. In the last 24 years
    my friends have made terrific contributions.
    They have been with me while I was stressed.
    They have been with me even at 3am when I
    was injured. Thanks for being there for me.
    "My career started when I was 11. I was
    extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the
    stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play
    two matches a day. Sir took me along to make
    sure I played. On a lighter note, Sir never said
    'well played' because he didn't want me to be
    complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir,
    since I'm not playing cricker anymore.
    "I started my career here in Mumbai. I
    remember landing from NZ at 4am and playing
    a Ranji game the next day. The BCCI was
    fantastic from my debut. Thanks to the
    selectors. You were right with me making sure
    my treatment was taken care of.
    "Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have
    played with me. We see on the screen Rahul,
    VVS, Sourav, Anil who is not here. All the
    coaches. I know when MS presented the 200th
    Test cap, I had a message to the team - I said
    we are all so proud to be representing the
    nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation
    with dignity. I have full faith that you will
    serve the country in the right spirit.
    I will be failing in my duty if I didn't thank the
    doctors who have kept me fit. Given the
    injuries I have suffered. They have treated me
    in odd hours.
    My dear friend the late Mark Mascarenhas. I
    miss him. My current management team WSG,
    for continuing what Mark has done. Someone
    who has worked closely with me for 14 years is
    my friend Vinay Nayudu.
    "The media has backed me a lot, since my
    school days. Even today. Thank you. Thanks to
    the photographers for capturing those
    moments.
    "I know my speech has become long. I want to
    thank people who have flown in from different
    parts of the world. I want to thank my fans
    from the bottom of my heart. "Sachin, Sachin"
    will reverberate in my years till I stop
    breathing."
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