It was on the 16th of November 2013 that Sachin Tendulkar’s illustrious career in all forms of the game came to an end. Sachin Tendulkar was the most elite batsman of the generation and is a custodian of several records in Test and ODI cricket, having debuted in 1989. The 47-year old revealed to have received a gift from West Indies cricket and his friends in that country in Chris Gayle and Brian Lara.
Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test ended in a crushing win for India when they beat the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Though there were centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, the game was special only because it was Sachin’s retirement match. He departed in his 200th Test for 74 as part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine claimed his wicket.
Sachin Tendulkar took to his official Twitter handle where he spoke about a beautiful drum that the West Indies team presented him in his final match. He credited the West Indian cricket Board and a fierce competitor during his playing days but a good friend in Brian Lara for giving him the drum. He thanked all of them for displaying all the love and respect.
“Exactly seven years ago, on this very day I was presented with this beautiful steel drum by the West Indian cricket board, the entire team, and my dear friend Brian Lara. To me this represents love and respect that you have had for me, and I reciprocate that. Thank you so very much for the special gift,” Tendulkar stated in the video.
Tendulkar also recalled the time the Prince of Trinidad came to his home to play it, sounding sweet. The Mumbai batsman tried playing the same, mentioning it as a tribute to all of them and showing his gratefulness.
“I remember when Brian Lara had come home, he had played this and it sounded amazing. Let’s see if I can play a bit. I know it’s not gonna sound like that but this is my tribute to all of you. Thank you for everything that you have done for me,” he added and went on to play the drum,” the record-breaking batsman added.
Below is Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet:
I will always be grateful for such a wonderful gift and thank them for their love and respect.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 16, 2020