Two thousand, four hundred and seventy words.

Give or take a few more, that’s how long Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech was on November 16, 2013.

For a speech that began with the lines ‘between 22 yards for 24 years’, and for a career that was filled witnessed a hundred international 100s, it is rather fitting that the count of words went a bit over 2400 words.

Sachin Tendulkar: One man, one hundred centuries

And the fans who packed the stands at Wankhede Stadium, as well as millions listening to it around the world, hung on to every one of those words. Every ‘thank you’ was cheered, every sentence absorbed, every pause an event unto itself.

And finally, when he thanked those fans, the crowd roared loudest... tears were shed... and down came the curtains on an international career like no other.

When Sachin Tendulkar played his last international innings for India

Watch the speech that, to borrow Tendulkar’s words, will reverberate in the ears of cricket fans for a long time:

Full text of Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech:

All my friends. Settle down let me talk... I will get more and more emotional.

(Pause... as crowd cheers)

My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that, that wonderful journey is coming to...

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