As Tendulkar's illustrious career draws to an end, the famous personalities and fraternity want the legend to say final goodbye with his head held high. (Getty Images)
As Sachin Tendulkar's illustrious career draws to an end, the famous personalities and fraternity want the legend to say final goodbye to the international cricket with his head held high.
Tendulkar will retire from his glorious 24-year-long career after the two-Test series against the West Indies, beginning November 6 at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The legend will play his 200th Test at his home ground - the Wankhede Stadium - in Mumbai from November 14 to 18.
Olympian wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Amit Kumar Dahiya want the retiring Indian batsman to enthral the cricket-crazy nation by scoring centuries in his final two Tests.
"He has given this country and its people so much that is beyond imagination. His achievements in cricket speak for him. It's a big loss to the world cricket. We will miss his presence on the cricket field. It would be a sad day for all of us when he will walk on to the field for one last time during the Wankhede Test. I would like to see him score centuries in both the Tests. He should make the series memorable for every cricket-loving Indian," Yogeshwar told PTI.
"I wish him all the very best for his life after cricket. He has been an inspiration for the youth. He has done so much for cricket and it's just amazing to see all his world records. The Indian cricket team will definitely miss him. I would like to see him score many runs against the West Indies and bow out on a high," said Amit.
"I can remember his match-winning knock of 98 against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup, that was a special innings and long remembered by every Indian. There were many such masterly innings from his bat but for me, that stood out. I will watch him bat on TV with my whole family. I am eagerly awaiting for the series to begin," added Yogeshwar.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he shared a special bond with batting maestro, who will retire on November 18, as their children were born on the same day in a Mumbai hospital.
"You can not replace Sachin Tendulkar -- We will win matches -- but Sachin Tendulkar like personality cannot be replaced in cricket," Omar said.