1) Journey is over
Sachin Tendulkar started off by calming the crowd down so that he could talk. He also spoke on how emotional he was, as his journey as an international cricketer had finally ended.
2) Father, mother, uncle and aunt
The master batsman then went on to remember his father Ramesh Tendulkar, who sadly passed away during the 1999 World Cup in England. During the tournament, Tendulkar had hit a marvellous century against Kenya after attending his father’s funeral in India. That showed how remarkable a cricketer and human Tendulkar was.
He thanked his mother Rajni Tendulkar for keeping up with all his antics when he was young and for all her prayers over the years. He also thanked his uncle and aunt, with whom he stayed for four years during his schooling as he found it hard to travel from his house to his school, which were far off from each other.
3) Nitin, Savita, Ajit
The man with 100 tons in international cricket acknowledged his step-brothers Nitin Tendulkar, Ajit Tendulkar and step-sister Savita Tendulkar. He spoke of how much confidence Nitin had in him, whilst revealing that Savita was the person presented him with his first bat. He also disclosed that Savita always fasted while he was batting.
Ajit was probably the most influential family member with respect to his cricketing career and Sachin showed his gratitude to Ajit by saying that he would have been a much lesser cricketer if not for Ajit. Ajit was also the one who introduced him to coach Ramakant Achrekar, who Sachin would thank later on in his speech.
4) Anjali, Sara, Arjun
Sachin spoke on how the most beautiful thing to have happened to him was in 1990 when he met his would-be wife Anjali. He thanked her for bearing with him for all the years. Anjali looked on, struggling to hide her tears. Sachin called his partnership with Anjali as the best of his life.
He then had a word about his children – Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar – whom he described as the “two precious diamonds” of his life. Having not had much of a chance to spend a quality time with them over the years, he promised that he will make up for lost time from now on.
5) Anand and Annabel Mehta
He thanked his in-laws Anand and Annabel Mehta for allowing him to marry their daughter Anjali. Sachin’s father-in-law Anand Mehta is a Gujarati industrialist, while his mother-in-law is a Britain-born social activist who has been working in India for the last 47 years.
Legendary musician Bob Marley once said, “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
I’m sure that Tendulkar’s friends will all agree that he was worth suffering for. And Sachin was grateful for that, thanking them for helping him through the difficult times even at odd hours of the night.