Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech full text: 'No more matches in my life'

Sachin TendulkarNot known to express his emotions on the field, Sachin Tendulkar expressed many during his emotional speech at the post-match presentation (IE Photo Prashant Nadkar)

For the record: Sachin Tendulkar's emotional speech

All my friends, settle down, let me talk, I will get more and more emotional. My life between 22 yards for 24 years it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end. But I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life, I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It's getting a little bit difficult to talk, but I will manage.

The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, was my father. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me, 'Chase your dreams, but make sure you do not find short cuts. The path might be difficult, but don't give up'. And I have followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to try, and try my best. Every time I have done something special, showed my bat, it was for my father.

My mother... I don't know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She has taken care of me for the past 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that, she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket... Her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform. So a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.

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