The news of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement spread faster than expected at the place where it all started. He might have left the Shivaji Park long ago but the ground that produced one of India’s greatest sportspersons bore the look of shock and sorrow.
Mopli Sulwaraj, an off-spinner playing for MIG Cricket Club, shares a close bond with the Master Blaster. The 23-year-old has bowled to Sachin at practice on numerous occasions. “I still remember the first time I bowled to him as if it happened yesterday. Everyone at that level has made it big but in no time I could tell how he stands apart from the rest.”
Ajay Keer has been coaching kids at the nursery of Mumbai cricket for the past 20 years. “Cricket has will lose much more than just the individual. We were lucky enough to see him play live and on television but Sachin will go down into folklore as far as the younger generation is concerned. Cricket will never be the same again.”
Sandeep Paralkar, 44, plays for MIG Club and has bowled to Sachin in the nets. He said: “More parents push their kids to play well because they have seen Sachin play. That will be missed.
People turned off their TV sets once Sachin got out. Where will we get to see that now?”