FIFA World Cup 2014: Schedule – Third Place and Finals


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Brasil

 


QUARTER-FINALS


FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #57

France vs Germany

FULL-TIME
0-1

France

Germany

Estadio do Maracanã
Rio De Janeiro


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Friday)

15:00 EST (Friday)

17:00 BRT (Friday)

Match #58

Brazil vs Colombia

FULL-TIME
2-1

BrazilColombia

Estadio Castelão
Fortaleza

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #59

Argentina vs Belgium

FULL-TIME
1-0

Argentina Belgium

Estadio Nacional
Brasilia


SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #60

Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Netherlands won on Penalties (4-3)Netherlands Costa Rica

Arena Fonte Nova
Salvador


SEMI-FINALS


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Tuesday)

15:00 EST (Tuesday)

17:00 BRT (Tuesday)

Match #61

Brazil vs Germany

FULL-TIME
1-7

Germany

Brazil

Estadio Mineirão
Belo Horizonte


THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Wednesday)

15:00 EST (Wednesday)

17:00 BRT (Wednesday)

Match #62

Netherlands vs Argentina

 Argentina won on Penalties (2-4)

Netherlands

Argentina

Arena de São Paulo
São Paulo 


THIRD PLACE


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #63

Brazil vs Netherlands

Brazil

Netherlands

Estadio Nacional
Brasília


FINAL


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

0:30 IST

19:00 GMT (Sunday)

14:00 EST (Sunday)

16:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #64

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã
Brasilia

BRT = Brazil Standard Time  EST = Eastern Standard Time
IST = India Standard Time  GMT = Greenwich Mean Time

 

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Schedule – Semi-Finals, Third Place and Finals


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Brasil

 


QUARTER-FINALS


FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #57

France vs Germany

FULL-TIME
0-1

France

Germany

Estadio do Maracanã
Rio De Janeiro


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Friday)

15:00 EST (Friday)

17:00 BRT (Friday)

Match #58

Brazil vs Colombia

FULL-TIME
2-1

BrazilColombia

Estadio Castelão
Fortaleza

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #59

Argentina vs Belgium

FULL-TIME
1-0

Argentina Belgium

Estadio Nacional
Brasilia


SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #60

Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Netherlands won on Penalties (4-3)Netherlands Costa Rica

Arena Fonte Nova
Salvador


SEMI-FINALS


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Tuesday)

15:00 EST (Tuesday)

17:00 BRT (Tuesday)

Match #61

Brazil vs Germany

Germany

Brazil

Estadio Mineirão
Belo Horizonte


THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Wednesday)

15:00 EST (Wednesday)

17:00 BRT (Wednesday)

Match #62

Netherlands vs Argentina

Netherlands

Argentina

Arena de São Paulo
São Paulo 


THIRD PLACE


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #63

Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62

Estadio Nacional
Brasília


FINAL


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

0:30 IST

19:00 GMT (Sunday)

14:00 EST (Sunday)

16:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #64

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã
Brasilia

BRT = Brazil Standard Time  EST = Eastern Standard Time
IST = India Standard Time  GMT = Greenwich Mean Time

 

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Hurry Curry to Brazil for Bangladeshi FIFA Fans


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Mustafa Azim, a director of Imperial Air Salvage, is a Bangladeshi. When Tom Cruise’s latest blockbuster The Edge of Tomorrow was being shot at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, the Imperial Air Salvage provided planes to be blown up on the set.

Azim and a couple of his friends have tickets for the World Cup final. Many of his football crazy friends from Bangladesh are already in Brazil. Since curry, rice, and fish are the main items in their regular diet, they were disappointed when they realized that there are no Indian restaurants in Brazil and intimated him.

Waiter Habib Miah with restaurant owner and chef Mohammed Wahid (Source: worthingherald.co.uk)

Waiter Habib Miah with restaurant owner and chef Mohammed Wahid (Source: worthingherald.co.uk)

So, Azim approached Mohammed Wahid, the owner of Chilcha, an Award Winning Indian Restaurant in Montague Street, Worthing, West Sussex, to arrange a 12-person delivery to Brazil of some of their favorite dishes. “Chilcha” is the Bengali word for happiness.

Azim was already aware of Wahid’s delicious, appetizing cooking when the latter provided catering on the set of The Edge of Tomorrow at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden.

Mohammed Wahid owner and chef of Chilcha Restaurant in Montague Street, Worthing. (Source: m.theargus.co.uk)

Mohammed Wahid owner and chef of Chilcha Restaurant in Montague Street, Worthing. (Source: m.theargus.co.uk)

Wahid was surprised at first and agreed to cater to him.

Mustafa Azim, will fly into Shoreham Airport on a chartered plane to collect the dishes. He will then head to an airport near Heathrow, before boarding a commercial plane to take him and the food to Brazil.

The overall cost of the delivery is £4200: £1200 for the curry, £1800 for the flight to Brazil, £1000 for a chartered flight to Shoreham to collect the takeaway, £100 landing and parking charges, and £100 for the taxi to the hotel.

 

FIFA World Cup 2014: Schedule – From Quarter-Finals To Finals


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Brasil

 


QUARTER-FINALS


FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #57

France vs Germany

France

Germany

Estadio do Maracanã
Rio De Janeiro


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Friday)

15:00 EST (Friday)

17:00 BRT (Friday)

Match #58

Brazil vs Colombia

BrazilColombia

Estadio Castelão
Fortaleza

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #59

Argentina vs Belgium

Argentina Belgium

Estadio Nacional
Brasilia


SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #60

Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Netherlands Costa Rica

Arena Fonte Nova
Salvador


SEMI-FINALS


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Tuesday)

15:00 EST (Tuesday)

17:00 BRT (Tuesday)

Match #61

Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58

Estadio Mineirão
Belo Horizonte


THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Wednesday)

15:00 EST (Wednesday)

17:00 BRT (Wednesday)

Match #62

Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60

Arena de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo 


THIRD PLACE


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #63

Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62

Estadio Nacional
Brasilia


FINAL


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

0:30 IST

19:00 GMT (Sunday)

14:00 EST (Sunday)

16:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #64

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã
Brasilia

BRT = Brazil Standard Time  EST = Eastern Standard Time
IST = India Standard Time  GMT = Greenwich Mean Time

 

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Schedule – From Round of 16 To Finals


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Brasil

 


ROUND OF 16


SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #49
Brazil vs Chile

Brazil

Chile

Estadio Mineirão


SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #50
Colombia
vs Uruguay

ColombiaUruguay

Estadio do Maracanã

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #51
Netherlands
vs Mexico

Mexico

Netherlands

Estadio Castelão


MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Sunday)

15:00 EST (Sunday)

17:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #52
Costa Rica
vs Greece

GreeceCosta Rica

 

Arena Pernambuco

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #53
France
vs Nigeria

FranceNigeria

Nacional


TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Monday)

15:00 EST (Monday)

17:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #54
Germany
vs Algeria

Algeria

Germany

Estadio Beira-Rio

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #55
Argentina
vs Switzerland

Argentina

Switzerland

Arena Corinthians


WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Tuesday)

15:00 EST (Tuesday)

17:00 BRT (Tuesday)

Match #56
Belgium vs United States

Belgium

USA

Arena Fonte Nova


QUARTER-FINALS


FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #57

Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54

Estadio do sMaracanã


SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Friday)

15:00 EST (Friday)

17:00 BRT (Friday)

Match #58

Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50

Estadio Castelão

21:30 IST

16:00 GMT

11:00 EST

13:00 BRT

Match #59

Winner Match 55 vs Winner Match 56

Nacional


SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #60

Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52

Arena Fonte Nova


SEMI-FINALS


WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Tuesday)

15:00 EST (Tuesday)

17:00 BRT (Tuesday)

Match #61

Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58

Estadio Mineirão


THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Wednesday)

15:00 EST (Wednesday)

17:00 BRT (Wednesday)

Match #62

Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60

Arena Corinthians


THIRD PLACE


SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

01:30 IST

20:00 GMT (Saturday)

15:00 EST (Saturday)

17:00 BRT (Saturday)

Match #63

Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62

Nacional


FINAL


MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

0:30 IST

19:00 GMT (Sunday)

14:00 EST (Sunday)

16:00 BRT (Sunday)

Match #64

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã

BRT = Brazil Standard Time  EST = Eastern Standard Time
IST = India Standard Time  GMT = Greenwich Mean Time

 

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Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in India – #21 to #40


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Season 7 IPL

After playing the first twenty matches of the seventh season of Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, the rest of the matches will be played in India.

JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India.

JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India.

The 21st match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played on May 2, 2014 at JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi.

Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in India

 M21 2nd May 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
 M22 3rd May 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M23 3rd May 2014 (Saturday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M24 4th May 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M25 5th May 2014 (Monday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
 M26 5th May 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M27 6th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M28 7th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M29 7th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
 M30 8th May 2014 (Thursday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
 M31 9th May 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M32 10th May 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M33
10th May 2014 (Saturday) 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M34 11th May 2014 (Sunday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
 M35 11th May 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M36 12th May 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
 M37 13th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
 M38 13th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M39 14th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
 M40 14th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah


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Season 7 IPL

The seventh season of Pepsi Indian Premier League opens at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi today with an opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT) .

The Teams for Pepsi IPL 2014

 CSK  DD  KKR  KXI
 MI  RCB  RR  SH

The Captains of Pepsi IPL 2014

The Captains  of IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen, Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

The Captains of IPL 2014 – Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen, Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan

Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in Abu Dhabi,  Dubai and Sharjah

 M01 16th April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M02 17th April 2014 (Thursday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M03 18th April 2014 (Friday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M04 18th April 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M05 19th April 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M06 19th April 2014 (Saturday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M07 20th April 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M08 21st April 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M09 22nd April 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M10 23rd April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M11 24th April 2014 (Thursday ) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M12 25th April 2014 (Friday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M13 25th April 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M14 26th April 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M15 26th April 2014 at (Saturday) 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M16 27th April 2014 (Sunday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M17 27th April 2014 (Sunday ) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M18 28th April 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M19 29th April 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M20 30th April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
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Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club: An Initiative Aimed at Forging Ties


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From left, Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, Australian Ambassador John McCarthy, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, and Fr. Eamon O' Higgins. (AP Photo)

From left, Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, Australian Ambassador John McCarthy, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, and Fr. Eamon O’ Higgins. (AP Photo)

Cricket is a game traditionally played in Rome only by anglophones, eccentric English aristocrats and immigrants from the subcontinent. However, on October 22, 2013, John McCarthy, the Australian Ambassador to The Holy See, Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Father Eamon O’ Higgins, and Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India, met the journalists and announced the launch of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club.

John McCarthy QC – Ambassador to The Holy See. (Photo:- Kerry Myers)

John McCarthy QC – The Australian Ambassador to The Holy See. (Photo:- Kerry Myers)

Saint Peter’s CC is the brainchild of John McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to The Holy See. His son trained for the priesthood in Rome was frustrated by the lack of cricketing possibilities in the Vatican even though there is a significant number of people, mostly seminarians and clerics from cricket-playing countries who are keen to play cricket. McCarthy wanted something similar to the Clericus Cup – a soccer tournament among the religious colleges and seminaries of Rome.

Father Theodore Mascarenhas

Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India.

Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India, the club’s chairman, an off-spin bowler, said:

“I think cricket will begin to speak a new language — perhaps Latin, coming into the neighbourhood of the Vatican and beginning to take its first baby steps. We have the expertise. We have the will to do things. And I’m sure we’ll start with our baby steps and we’ll go far ahead. … We hope to have ecumenical dialogue through cricket and play a Church of England side by September.”

In response to a suggestion that cricketing terms and field positions might be translated into Latin or Italian, John McCarthy was firm: “English is the language of cricket and will remain the language of cricket”.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, known for both intercultural and interfaith dialogue, is a known football enthusiast than a cricket watcher. He still supports the San Lorenzo football club of his native Buenos Aires. Father Mascarenhas said he believed the pontiff, as a “very open man”, would come to accept cricket.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture. ( Andrew Medichini  Associated Press  March 5, 2013 )

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture. ( Andrew Medichini Associated Press March 5, 2013 )

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture, praised the launch of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s CC as a chance to celebrate the nobility of “true sport,” an “expression of inter-culturality” and a “dialogue between people”.

Ambassador McCarthy said: “It is certainly the case that the Holy Father has heard of cricket … as a sport that was played in schools conducted by his [Jesuit] order in Argentina.”

Father Eamon O’ Higgins said: “But I think this is something that goes in line with one of the objectives of Pope Francis, which is to reach out and not stay within our own security zone.”

The organizers hope this initiative for forging ties with teams of other faiths, eventually, would lead to interfaith activities involving cricket matches against teams from Buddhist, Hindu,  Muslim, and Sikh educational institutions.

To begin with, the Vatican cricketers challenged their Anglican counterparts to play cricket at Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, London – the home of cricket. Ambassador John McCarthy said:

“It is hoped there will be a team of sufficient level that, for instance, in the next year they could play a team nominated by the Church of England. … It would be the dearest aspiration of so many of the cricketers here that that game take place at Lord’s.”

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, wears a cricket helmet. (AP Photo)

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, wears a cricket helmet. (AP Photo)

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, was not so optimistic. He quietly said the Vatican would try to put together a team which could “lose with dignity” against the English. “I think they’re very strong,” he added.

Reverend Mark Rylands, Suffragan Bishop of Shrewsbury

Reverend Mark Rylands, Suffragan Bishop of Shrewsbury

Responding to the Vatican’s proposal, Mark Rylands, suffragan bishop of Shrewsbury and a keen cricketer, said:

“I am delighted to hear of the formation of Saint Peter’s Cricket Club and look forward to welcoming them to England as brothers. We do not have a national team at present, but I’m confident that it will be possible for an annual fixture to be played in the spirit of ecumenism. To that end I hope we can keep any sledging to a minimum and that neutral umpires will not be necessary.”

Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy Durham diocese)

Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy Durham diocese)

On December 20, 2013, the Church of England formally took up the Vatican’s challenge to settle scores on the cricket pitch almost 500 years after their split with the Vatican. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the 80-million strong worldwide Anglican communion, accepted the challenge through his representative to The Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, from New Zealand.

Archbishop David Moxon - Anglican representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Archbishop David Moxon – Anglican representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Archbishop Moxon said the match would be held at Lord’s in September 2014 after the Anglicans formed a team of amateurs from Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and nearby theological schools.

When asked if a combination of sports diplomacy and inter-religious dialogue could help improve relations between the two Churches, Archbishop Moxon said:

“It will introduce a conversation piece all over the world whenever Catholics and Anglicans get together. … I think it can only do good and increase the bonds of affection we have for each other.”

Father Eamonn O’Higgins, the organizer of the Vatican cricket team, gave Archbishop Moxon the ball that will be used in the match.

A league composed of best players among priests and seminarians from countries with a cricket tradition – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – form the Saint Peter’s Cricket Club.

The Official emblem on the Saint Peters Cricket Club jacket. (Credit Ellis Haris - CNA)

The Official emblem on the Saint Peters Cricket Club jacket. (Credit Ellis Haris /CNA)

The Vatican team will wear the official white and gold colours of The Holy See and their jackets will have two crossed keys – the seal of the papacy,

Brother K.K. Joseph, an Indian who trained a number of future test players while they were in schools run by his religious order in India will coach the Vatican team.

A Vatican XI player during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae's Catholic College in Rome. (Photo: Reuters)

A Vatican XI player during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae’s Catholic College in Rome. (Photo: Reuters)

Saint Peter’s CC has already organized trial matches. It aims to have a Twenty20-style tournament between all the pontifical colleges of Rome. A pitch near Ciampino airport on the outskirts of the city has been made available.

While Saint Peter’s CC is currently men only, the organizers are also on the lookout for Indian, Pakistani or Sri Lankan nuns, who have played cricket before, in order to form a women’s cricket team.

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International Cricketers Tweet Tribute to Sachin Tendulkar


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 “I don’t know about cricket but I watch to see Sachin play, as I want to know why my country’s production goes down 5% when he bats” – Tweet by Barack Obama.

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Sachin Tendulkar (Source: thehindubusinessline.com)

Sachin Tendulkar (Source: thehindubusinessline.com)

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Here are some of the tweets from cricketers all around the world who paid their tribute to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar :

AB de Villiers (cricresults.com)

AB de Villiers (cricresults.com)

AB de Villiers (Abraham Benjamin de Villiers) is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African One Day International team:

“Now that things have settled down a bit, I’d just like to take this opportunity to congratulate @sachin_rt on an amazing career!”

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Alan Wilkins (123people.com)

Alan Wilkins (123people.com)

Alan Wilkins or ‘Wilko’ as he is known in the industry is an experienced sports broadcaster having taken up broadcasting after a career as a professional cricketer playing for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. He is also a first-class rugby player:

“This is a Test Match like no other! Let Sachin enjoy it as much as he can…this is a celebration of the greatest Cricket Career of all time.”

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Alviro Petersen (trialx.com)

Alviro Petersen (trialx.com)

Alviro Petersen (Alviro Nathan Petersen) is a South African cricketer who plays his domestic cricket in England for Somerset and in South Africa for the Highveld Lions:

“A legend of the game says goodbye… #SachinTendulkar . An honour to have played against him.”

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Brett Lee (fanpop.com)

Brett Lee (fanpop.com)

Brett Lee is a former Australian cricketer and a Channel Nine cricket commentator. During his international career, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in the world of cricket:

“All the best to the little Master Sachin. A true legend of the game @sachin_rt Best Ever!”

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Chris Gayle (fanphobia.net)

Chris Gayle (fanphobia.net)

Chris Gayle (Christopher Henry “Chris” Gayle) is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010:

“Was absolutely a pleasure being a part of history Sachin Tendulkar 200 Test Match. #legends #Lara…”

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Daniel Vettori (thesun.co.uk)

Daniel Vettori (thesun.co.uk)

Daniel Vettori (Daniel Luca Vettori, ONZM) is a cricketer for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs:

“He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive.”

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Dinesh Karthik (espncricinfo.com)

Dinesh Karthik (espncricinfo.com)

Dinesh Karthik (Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik) is a wicketkeeper-batsman who made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods:

“Wishing Sachin paji a grt test match,will be watching it only for the legend. #ThankYouSachin”

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Graeme Swann (Rui Vieira - PA)

Graeme Swann (Rui Vieira/ PA)

Graeme Swann (Graeme Peter Swann) is an English international cricketer:

“I’m not sure if you heard but Sachin Tendulkar retired today! What a great little player and lovely bloke #ThankYouSachin”

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Harbhajan Singh (Reuters)

Harbhajan Singh (Reuters)

Harbhajan Singh (Harbhajan Singh Plaha) born 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, commonly known as Harbhajan Singh, is an Indian cricketer and former captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab state for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season:

“Let’s salute the master.cricket won’t be the same without u.for me u r cricket.thank u paji for everything.”

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Harsha Bhogle (hindu.com)

Harsha Bhogle (hindu.com)

Harsha Bhogle is an Indian cricket commentator and journalist. Bhogle has recently become a freelance TV presenter:

“Sachin, i’ll say this again, you were a great habit. i’ll live every moment of these last two games.”

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Ian Bell (ecb.co.uk)

Ian Bell (ecb.co.uk)

Ian Bell (Ian Ronald Bell, MBE) is an English cricketer who plays international cricket for the England cricket team. He also plays county cricket for Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

“The atmosphere in Mumbai right now must be immense!! #ThankYouSachin #LittleMaster”

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Irfan Pathan (skysports.com)

Irfan Pathan (skysports.com)

Irfan Pathan (Irfan Khan Pathan) is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in late-2003 and was a core member of the national team:

“Most emotional retirement of world cricket but Sachin Tendulkar isn’t retiring from our heart, #ThankYouSachin.”

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Joe Root (zimbio.com)

Joe Root (zimbio.com)

Joe Root (Joseph Edward Root) is an English cricketer, who plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England: 

“Sachin made his debut for India before I was born. Then played in my test debut #ThankYouSachin”

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Mahela Jayawardene (AFP)

Mahela Jayawardene (AFP)

Mahela Jayawardena (Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene), is a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman:

“@sachin_rt Great opponent, fantastic memories..no better role model. Enjoy ur last game!”

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Mathew Hayden (topnews.in)

Mathew Hayden (topnews.in)

Matthew Lawrence Hayden AM is a former Australian cricketer. He was a powerful and aggressive left-handed opening batsman, known for his ability to score quickly at both Test and one day levels:

“@bhogleharsha @alanwilkins22 Sachin…..Sachin #Legend please pass on my respects during your commentary in Honour to Tendulkar #whataplayer”

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Michael Vaughan (ecb.co.uk)

Michael Vaughan (ecb.co.uk)

Michael Vaughan (Michael Paul Vaughan, OBE) is a retired cricketer who represented Yorkshire and England.  A classically elegant right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner, Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen::

“What a Speech… #ThankYouSachin #God”

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Rohit Sharma (topnews.in)

Rohit Sharma (topnews.in)

Rohit Sharma (Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an Indian international cricketer. He isright-handed batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler, who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is the captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.:

” I can never retire from Sachin. #SRTFOREVER”

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Russel Arnold (sify.com)

Russel Arnold (sify.com)

Russel Arnold (Russel Premakumaran “Rusty” Arnold) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer of Tamil descent. Arnold made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1997 and his One day international debut against South Africa later in the year:

“Good luck to Sachin today…. Hope he dishes out a treat for his mother!!! #IndvsWI”I

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Sanjay Manjrekar (jaintv.com)

Sanjay Manjrekar (jaintv.com)

Sanjay Manjrekar (Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar) is a former Indian cricketer. He played international cricket for India from 1987 until 1996 as a right-handed middle order batsman: “It was a long speech but then it was a long career. Every minute was worth it. Emotional words from Sachin to finish an emotional series.”

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Shane Warne (Paul Rovere)

Shane Warne (Paul Rovere)

Shane Warne (Shane Keith Warne) is an Australian former international cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game:

“@warne888 #Sachin was the best batsmen I’ve seen. @brianlara second and outstanding too. These 2 were so much better than everybody else….”

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Stuart Broad (topnews.in)

Stuart Broad (topnews.in)

Stuart Broad (Stuart Christopher John Broad) is an English cricketer who plays Test and One Day International cricket for England and is currently the captain of their Twenty20 team:

“Remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love. #200 #ThankYouSachin”

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Suresh Raina (espncricinfo.com)

Suresh Raina (espncricinfo.com)

Suresh Raina is currently a player of Indian Cricket Team from Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir now living in Rajnagar town in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is an attacking left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler:

“No matter how many times u say it, still feels less. The greatest ever. The Legend. Wonderful to say #SalaamSachin”

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Virender Sehwag (DC)

Virender Sehwag (DC)

Virender Sehwag is an Indian cricketer. An aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler, he played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test team in 2001:

“Been an emotional time for me since the announcement #SRT. Can’t articulate what he means to me, it’s so personal! @BCCI.”

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Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and Final Test Match of His Career.


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I hate you Sachin, you are making millions cry, don’t go,‘ stated a placard at the ground.

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Sachin Tendulkar (PTI)

Sachin Tendulkar (PTI)

As a 16-year-old cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made headlines on November 15, 1989, for being the third youngest Test debutante by playing against Pakistan. On October 10, 2013, the 40 year-old cricketer known to his ardent fans as “God of Cricket” announced his retirement ending a blazing 24-year career.

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium  (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

The 200th and last Test Match for Sachin Tendulkar began yesterday, November 14, 2013, at his home ground, Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai.

Before the start of the Second Test between India and West Indies, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) honoured Sachin Tendulkar by presenting him with a trophy.

Gold Toss coin

Gold Toss coin

India’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni tossed a specially crafted gold coin with Sachin’s image on one side and the MCA’s logo on the other as West Indies skipper Darren Sammy called. Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first disappointing Sachin’s fans.

Sachin  received the gold toss coin as a memento as he plays his 200th and last Test match of his 24 years career. Select dignitaries will receive 1000 replicas of the coin at the stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar poses with a stamp book released to commemorate  his last and 200th test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. (Photo - K.R. Deepak)

Sachin Tendulkar poses with a stamp book released to commemorate his last and 200th test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. (Photo – K.R. Deepak)

Two Postage Stamps to honour Sachin Tendulkar

Two Postage Stamps to honour Sachin Tendulkar.

After the toss, the Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal released the commemorative postage stamps to pay tribute to the prodigious cricketer. Union Minister Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla and Milind Murli Deora also joined in releasing the postage stamp honouring Tendulkar. After Mother Teresa, the 40-year old legend is the second person to have a postage stamp released after him, when still alive.

Sachin Tendulkar leading the Indian team on February 14, 2013. (Image - Cricinfo)

Sachin Tendulkar leading the Indian team on February 14, 2013. (Image – Cricinfo)

Great cricket stalwarts of yesteryear such as Clive Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarksr, Ravi Shashtri, Wasim Akram greeted Sachin Tendulkar, walked on to the field with the rest of the Indian team to field against the West Indies.

Sachin Tendulkar's Amma (Mother).

Sachin Tendulkar’s Amma (Mother).

Union ministers Kabil Sibal, Sharad Pawar, Milind Murli Deora, Rahul Gandhi, actors Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, and many other VIPs, were seen at the stadium yesterday and today along with the ever-roaring die-hard fans including Sachin’s mother, his daughter Sara and son Arjun.

Sachin Tendulkar's daughter Sara along with brother Arjun.

Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara along with brother Arjun. (Image: Indiatimes)

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The West Indies were bowled out for 182 in their first innings. Pragyan Ojha took a five-wicket haul.

At the third session of day’s play, Darren Sammy opened the bowling for the visitors, and Murali Vijay took the strike.

At 13.2 overs, when the score was 77, Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul to Shane Shillingford bowling after scoring 33 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara walked into bat. Four balls later Murali Vijay fell to Shillingford for 43.

At the fall of the second Indian wicket the loud cheer from the live audience at Wankhade Stadium and Sachin’s fans around the globe glued to the TVs in their homes and offices, invariably welcomed Sachin. Coming on to bat as number 4 has been Sachin’s cherished batting position.

In 1948, while playing in his last Test innings at the Oval, Sir Don Bradman’s eyes became moist and he failed to spot Eric Hollies’ googly. He got out for a duck. Luckily, Sachin Tendulkar has escaped from that type of predicament for at the end of the first day’s play Sachin had scored 38 runs from 73 balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 34 runs from 49 balls. At the end of the first day’s play India after facing 34 overs had scored 157 runs for the loss of two wickets. In the Indian dressing room Bhuvneshwar Kumar padded up as the nightwatchman removed his gear.

Here are some of the tweets from cricketers all around the world who paid their tribute to Sachin:

  • Alan Wilkins tweets: This is a Test Match like no other! Let Sachin enjoy it as much as he can…this is a celebration of the greatest Cricket Career of all time.
  • Ian Bell tweets: The atmosphere in Mumbai right now must be immense!! #ThankYouSachin #LittleMaster
  • Joe Root tweets: Sachin made his debut for India before I was born. Then played in my test debut #ThankYouSachin
  • Mahela Jayawardena tweets: @sachin_rt Great opponent, fantastic memories..no better role model. Enjoy ur last game!
  • Matthew Hayden tweets: @bhogleharsha @alanwilkins22 Sachin…..Sachin #Legend please pass on my respects during your commentary in Honour to Tendulkar #whataplayer
  • Michael Vaughan tweets: 38 no… #Sachin. #God. Alarm clock will be set…..
  • Russel Arnold tweets: Good luck to Sachin today…. Hope he dishes out a treat for his mother!!! #IndvsWI
  • Shane Warne tweets: @warne888 #Sachin was the best batsmen I’ve seen. @brianlara second and outstanding too. These 2 were so much better than everybody else….
  • Stuart Broad tweets: Remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love. #200 #ThankYouSachin

Tweets from Indian cricketers:

  • Dinesh Karthik tweets: Wishing Sachin paji a grt test match,will be watching it only for the legend #ThankYouSachin
  • Rohit Sharma tweets: I can never retire from Sachin. #SRTFOREVER
  • Suresh Raina tweets: No matter how many times u say it, still feels less. The greatest ever. The Legend. Wonderful to say #SalaamSachin

Today, morning, a very relaxed and calm Sachin Tendulkar walked on to the field with Cheteshwar Pujara. The play started with Pujara facing Best.

Tendulkar hit a four off Best’s last ball in the 39th over (38.5) to reach his 68th Test fifty. It was also, his 10th against West Indies. Pujara reached his 4th Test fifty getting one run off a ball from for Gabriel.

Last ball of the 48th over (47.5) off the relatively new bowler Narsingh Deonarine proved fatal for Sachin Tendulkar.

Narsingh Deonarine

Narsingh Deonarine

“Deonarine to Tendulkar, out Caught by Sammy!! No, no, no, Tendulkar, no, no, no. How many times have we seen a relatively new bowler get his wicket. It is that man Sammy again taking another blinder. I tell you what, it was not an easy catch at all. Flatter delivery outside off stump, Tendulkar looks to cut late and gets a thick outside edge, the ball flies quickly off, and Sammy leans back and takes a wonderful catch. The entire ground is stunned. He gets a standing ovation as some are in tears. Wife Anjali cannot believe that he’s been dismissed and so can I. He was batting so beautifully, unfortunately, the treat has come to an end. Thank you Master for all that you’ve done. “

Sachin Tendulkar walking back to the pavillion (Image - Cricinfo)

Sachin Tendulkar walking back to the pavillion  (Image – Cricinfo)

Tendulkar c Sammy b Deonarine 74(118) [4s-12] and Virat Kohli, right handed bat, came to the crease.

With his 68th half-century, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born April 24, 1973) may well be concluding his long and spectacular cricketing career.

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