Big mo­ments of my life. Ex­hil­a­rat­ing, poignant

On eve of his fi­nal Test, Sachin Ten­dulkar writes about cricket, a chang­ing In­dia and play­ing for his coun­try

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE -

1993 to 2013: Two decades that were marked by some of t he most chal­leng­ing, ex­hil­a­rat­ing, poignant and mem­o­rable mo­ments of my life. Play­ing cricket for In­dia over the years has given me life time mem­o­ries. I have been for­tu­nate to be part of a gen­er­a­tion that has lived through some of the most ex­cit­ing years of Cricket. The game has seen so much change over the last two decades — from ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, new for­mats yet the ba­sic spirit and pas­sion sur­round­ing the game re­mains the same.

The last 20 years have wit­nessed more changes than any other era since In­dian in­de­pen­dence and we have all been for­tu­nate enough to wit­ness and par­tic­i­pate in t his j our ney. When I started my ca­reer in 1989, In­dia was a very dif­fer­ent place — op­por­tu­ni­ties were fewer than to­day but so was the com­pe­ti­tion. There was much to learn and ex­pe­ri­ence — a per­fect plat­form to start a new jour­ney.

To­day, t he world has ad­vanced much be­yond the lin­ear think­ing of the 90s. The spirit of the game re­mains strong even as the play­ers have evolved and given way to a newer, more com­pet­i­tive gen­er­a­tion. To­day, the field is pop­u­lated with young ex­cit­ing tal­ent. From a hard­core Test lov­ing na­tion, we have lov­ingly adopted the 20-20 for­mat. We have given the world the In­dian Pre­miere League, one of the big­gest sport­ing leagues in the world. The game has evolved over the years and many young and ta­lented play­ers have got a chance to prove their met­tle with th­ese for­mats.

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