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
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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