India, as well as the cricketing fraternity, mourned when Sachin Tendulkar called it a day from international cricket in November 2013. His illustrious career stretched back to the late-90s and continued till 2013. In 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar inscribed numbers for fun and left some of the best bowlers clueless and gasping for mercy.
In 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, Tendulkar managed 15921 and 18426 runs respectively. He retired from One-day international cricket in December 2012 and from all forms of the game in November 2013. He couldn’t have picked a better ground to pull curtains on his career, having played his final Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in 2013.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean fast bowler Tino Best, one of the 22 men involved in that match recalled the electrifying crowd in Mumbai. The spectators kept booing the 38-year old speedster and revealed that bowling to Sachin was the highlight of his career. Tino went on to say that he wanted to pick Sachin’s wicket for his son, but it didn’t happen.
“I hugged and thanked him for being so kind and said that I hope to bowl at him someday. Finally, when I got an opportunity to bowl at him in his final test I was like, Legend I am going to give my everything at you. I wanted to pick his wicket for my son but it didn’t happen. But, I remember the Wankhede crowd going “Tino Sucks, Tino sucks”..and I just loved that energy. So for me, that was the highlight of my career,” Best stated in a conversation with a Yash Kashikar on “Say Yash To Sports”
Sachin Tendulkar reveals the funniest moment involving Tino Best:
The Barbabos fast bowler recalled his conversation with Sachin when the batting maestro said that he rememberd him running in to bowl to Andrew Flintoff without the ball. That particular moment was the most comical one and memorable as well.
“Sachin told me the funniest thing he had seen was when I ran into Freddie Flintoff and bowled at him without the ball..and he always remembered me for it. He also gave me his Champions Trophy India shirt.” Best stated further.