Tendulkar thanks father, mother, sister, brothers, uncle, aunt

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Veteran Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar delivered an emotional farewell speech, after completing a record 200th – and final – Test match on Saturday.

Veteran Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar delivered an emotional farewell speech, after completing a record 200th – and final – Test match on Saturday.

Tendulkar scored a fine 74 and bowled to parting overs in an innings and 124-run triumph over the West Indies on day three of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where spinner Pragyan Ojha's 10-wicket haul and centuries from right-handers Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara led the charge.

"It's hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end. I have 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," said Tendulkar.

"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 percent.' 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. 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."

Ojha was named Man of the Match – thanks to telling figures of 10 for 89 in 29.2 overs. Rohit took the Player of the Series accolade – on the back of 288 runs in two innings.

The Indians and Windies will contest three ODIs later this month, the first of which will get underway at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. The Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam and Green Park in Kanpur will host matches two and three respectively.

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