Along with Indias economy, Sachin became a legend. Taking off with his first ODI century against Australia in Colombo in 1994, the master blaster went on to become the highest run scorer for both the 1996 World Cup and 2003 World Cup, and even hit a 200 not-out against South Africa in 2010. His partnerships with the likes of Ganguly, Dravid and Sehwaghe holds an ODI partnership record of 331 runs with Dravidproved formidable. The journey had to culminate in the 2011 World Cup victory, where Sachin was also the second-highest run-scorer. All in all, this glittering ODI career comprised, at 18,426 and 49, a record number of runs and centuries scored, respectively. Meanwhile, India, in many ways, became the centre of cricket and India versus Pakistan the new Ashes.
Now, amidst declining performance, the little master finally retires from playing ODIs, and will soon retire from international cricket altogether. Besides countless records and awards, his legacy amounts to being the parcel, the overseer, the contributor and the symbol of Indian crickets rise. They say, he is at his best when playing an ODI against Pakistan. We, along with millions of fans, will miss him in Bangalore today.