In his final appearance on the cricket field on Saturday, the quintessential team man Tendulkar walked to the middle, uprooted a stump, hugges MS Dhoni and joined his fellow players who too were clearly battling back tears as they gave a guard of honour to the maestro. It was time to bid the legend a formal goodbye as Wankhede rose on its feet and chanted "Sachiin, Sachiiin" for one last time. Their hero made it a point to thank everyone who helped him build a successful career. (Read his full message here)
Dhoni too raved Tendulkar and his experience of having played in his final Test. "It was the biggest match in cricket history and one we will never witness again," said Dhoni. Opposition skipper Darren Sammy too was overawed by the occasion. "Indian fans have set a benchmark in how to treat a champion," he said at the post-match ceremony.
As Mohammad Shami scalped the final wicket, every single Tendulkar fan in the stands, and on the field, stood as one to bid adieu to Tendulkar. Today, Team India did not have eleven players - it had a billion. And the signboard at Wankhede read: You will always be remembered!(News Source : NDTV and NDTV Sports)
Honours for Sachin Tendulkar after the match:
* Tribute from the host broadcasters
* Tribute from the Sri Lanka government
* Tribute from Mumbai police