India wrapped up a victory before lunch on Day 3 against the West Indies in Mumbai. On the last day of his Test career, Sachin Tendulkar was handed the ball by MS Dhoni for a couple of overs but his golden arm did not strike one last time.
After the match, he made one of the most memorable speeches in cricketing history.
A few hours later, Sachin was awarded the Bharat Ratna. Here's what the Twitterati had to say as the day's hectic developments unfolded:
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw @kiranshaw
Sachin is a true jewel of India and richly deserves Bharat Ratna. I join my fellow citizens and say "Sachin tujhe salaam"
Bishan Bedi @BishanBedi
Gr8 breakthru fr Indn sport-SRT getting Bharat Ratna-right decision at right time!Fr once al pol parties r 1-such is impact of gr8 l'l fela!
Madhur Bhandarkar @mbhandarkar268
Just came out having darshan from Ajmer Shareef Dargah & got news that Sachin has been honored with the Bharat Ratna! Thank you God! Proud!
ian bishop @irbishi
I recommend Sachin Tendulkar's retirement speech as mandatory viewing for every young player. Humility & gratitude even in greatness.
Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar
That speech of Sachin touched our hearts because it came straight from his heart. He had a piece of paper in hand but did not need it
They should show Sachin's farewell speech to Bigg boss people, so that, for a change, they can get real tears in their eyes.
Preity zinta @realpreityzinta
There never was & there never will B any1 like U! Thank U Sachin 4making me a cricket fan & 4starting my love affair with this game :-) Ting
Chris Gayle @henrygayle
Was absolutely a pleasure being apart of history Sachin Tendulkar 200 Test Match. #legends #Lara… http://instagram.com/p/gxMsp-IeYo/
Omar Abdullah @abdullah_omar
Difficult to imagine Indian Cricket without Sachin - the highs, the lows, the celebration & the exasperation that he brought #ThankYouSachin
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
Thank you @sachin_rt for giving us countless memories on the field. Words will never describe what you mean for India & sports lovers.
Javed Sohail @darkbadwolf
"I would like to thank everyone whose flown in from different parts of the world and supported me whether I scored a 0 or a 100"- Sachin
Sanani Mangisa @ladysans
Sachin! Sachin! No one dares to give Sachin the Oscar music.
Richard Hinds @rdhinds
What a speech by Tendulkar. Didn't realise he was the Little Toast Master. #GoodByeSachin
Tom Moody @TomMoodyCricket
Moving & classy speech by the "little master" composed & graceful to the very end. #ThankYouSachin
Matthew Hayden @HaydosTweets
#humility #love of family#love of game#love of country equal absolute champion of life as I have said before not many sports #Sachin has!!!!
Ms Bennet @Purple_Rules
My entire family is in tears!! What an emotional speech!! Will miss you Sachin!! Sachin....Sachin nohup.out replace_dependentitem_tags.sh a million times!!
Kofi The Red Army @KofiAkwaboah_MU
Sachin: "My father gave me the power to chase my dreams. Every time I have done something special and showed my bat it was for him"
For 29 years my coach Achrekar has never said 'well played' to me as he thought I would get complacent: Sachin
Sachinnnn Sachinnn!! @VerifiedBeer
Thanking Vinod Naidu who's been with Sachin for 14 years is the closest Sachin have come across in thanking any 'Vinod'. @Trendulkar
Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ganguly and Kumble are like my family: Sachin #ThankYouSachin
Sachin's prowess as a public speaker has grown astonishingly too. Seems like just yesterday that he could barely mumble a few words...
Rohit Sharma gets the Man of the Series and Sachin Tendulkar, as always, gets the GOD of the series. #ThankYouSachin
Harbhajan Singh @harbhajan_singh
It's been an honour playing,learning,sharing d same dressing wid u.best human being I hv evr met.thnx sachin
Freddie Wilde @fwildecricket
“It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old.” - Sachin Tendulkar
rohit roy @rohitroy500
It killed me to see Sachin cry while walking off one last time...... How come he affects our psyche so intensely ?? SRT .. Forever......
Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar
Can imagine cricket without Sachin but cannot imagine Sachin without cricket - Anjali Tendulkar. ... Brilliant !
B.C. : Before Christ. A.D. : Anno Domini. A.S. : AFTER SACHIN. New era begins.
Trance In Delhi @TranceInDelhi
Accept it or not, Somewhere between "Kaun jeeta" and "Sachin ne kitne banaye" we all grew up.
Shillingford and Ramdin are stupid. Why don't they give their wicket away to Sachin and remain in history?
Aakash Chopra @cricketaakash
Asked dada to lead the last session, stayed in d background after WC win & now, getting Sachin to bowl. MSD's sense of occasion is brilliant
Sachin resumed his innings at the Wankhede Stadium with the nation willing him on towards a fairytale finish to his storied career. But a 52nd Test century was not to be!
The Twitterati were as excited as ever - and that included current and former cricketers. Here are some of their tweets:
Mick Jagger @MickJagger
Saluting you @Sachin_RT on your last Test match. Thanks for all the wonderful cricket you've shown us over the last 25 years, we'll miss you
Lewis Hamilton @LewisHamilton
Congrats to @sachin_rt. He is a true sporting legend and achieved so much in his incredible career. #ThankYouSachin
Amitabh Bachchan @SrBachchan
Out of country, getting updates on cricket via net .. just read Sachin out .. heart sank ..
Mahesh Bhupathi @Maheshbhupathi
Been to 2 world cup football finals but the atmosphere and the emotion at the stadium today was second to none, glad I went
Ravi Bopara @ravibopara
Still feels like only yesterday when I was watching Sachin smash 134 in Sharjah vs Aus in coca cola cup final. My fave inn. #ThankYouSachin
Irfan Pathan @IrfanPathan
How can u concentrate in ur training when u know u might be seeing Sachin batting live for the last time #ThankYouSachin
Pat Symcox @PatSymcox77
Today I sit to watch with sadness that the greatest cricketer in history will walk out to play his final hand.He exudes all that is good
Suresh Raina @ImRaina
Current total runs of Sachin Tendulkar in test are 15847which is the independence date of India. 15/8/1947
Darren Gough @DGoughie
#ThankYouSachin been a privilege to play with you at Yorkshire and against you for our countries
True gentleman and hero
Priya Adivarekar @priyaadivarekar
The most adorable moment was to see Arjun as the ball boy near the boundary,while his father Sachin was busy hitting one four after another.
Siddhartha Sahu @SIDDHU253
Could we please stop comparing God and Sachin? I mean he's great and really amazing and all but he's just not Sachin.
Karen Lyon @klioness
I love that Sachin's mum waited until his very last test to see him bat live. Seeing your child so beloved by so many must be overwhelming.
Only Indian who would have heaved a sigh of relief after Sachin 's dismissal -Sanjay Leela Bhansali. People will go to watch RamLeela now.
Derek Pringle @derekpringle
In the end 1-day cricket undid the Little Master, the cut/steer off Deonarine a banker in IPL but not when a slip lurks - top catch by sammy
Andrew Wu @wutube
Assuming he doesn't bat again, Sachin Tendulkar made 74 more than Bradman did in his last Test innings - but 127 fewer than Jason Gillespie
SANCHIT MITTAL @iSanchitMittal
Hey MS, declare out innings now...we can STILL WIN...want 2see #Legend batting again! Dedicate this test to sachin #ThankYouSachin @BCCI
Carly Weinberg-Adno @CarlyW226
Sammy looked positively devastated after taking that catch! Probably cost him an IPL contract too. #sachin
Akash Chopra @cricketaakash
Straight Drive-Check, Cover drive-Check, Square Cut-Check, Sweep-Check...can we pl have a pull too :) Greedy. #ThankYouSachin
Sanjay Manjrekar @sanjaymanjrekar
Crowd love Pujara so much. Huge cheer Everytime he takes a single :)
Gautam Gambhir @GautamGambhir
Tough to concentrate on our delhi-mumbai game today as the great man is batting some kilometers away at wankhede.
As Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay added 77 for the first wicket, it looked as though 1.2 billion Indians would have to wait another day to watch Sachin Tendulkar.
But West Indian off spinner Shane Shillingford also is a Sachin fan, it appears, for he dismissed both openers in the space of two balls!
The West Indian players and the umpires lined up to give Sachin a well-deserved guard of honour.
Meanwhile the Twitterati also lined up to cheer him along. Here's what they had to say!
Local Tea Party @localteaparty
Beautiful moment. When the producer decided the whole world should see Madam Ambani's face when Sachin walked in. Priceless.
David Cameron @David_Cameron
India transfixed by @sachin_rt's final test match. Today I sent him this pic of his 1st century in the UK #Tendulkar pic.twitter.com/OWdxALUGvb
Mpumelelo Mbangwa @mmbangwa
Walked in the door to witness the dismissal of Vijay. Enter the 'Humongous' Little Master...to chants of Sachin, Sachin.
Aaron Finch @AaronFinch5
Amazing scenes with @sachin_rt walking out to bat! I can guarantee no work will be getting done in India right now! #thankyousachin @BCCI
Brett Lee @BrettLee_58
All the best to the little Master Sachin. A true legend of the game @sachin_rt Best Ever !
Amit Prabhu K @amitprabhu
The one thing that India will always be greatful to #HSBC for is the Sachin.. Sachinnn.... ad
Andrew Fernando @andrewffernando
Has there ever been a batsman so under pressure to not cause a run out as Pujara right now? #sachin
Mihir Sharma @mihirssharma
Twitter to expand character limit to 200 when Sachin is batting.
The Bad Doctor @doctoratlarge
Forget Rahul Dravid, today even Nehru is being overshadowed by Sachin
Faking News @fakingnews
Nigel Llong is such a Sachin troll. First he gave Sachin out and now he's not giving out to openers.
DhoomMachale update: Aamir was on his way to YRF Studios but has returned to the stadium to watch Sachin bat! Song launch postponed to 6pm.
AamirKhan was in the Stadium.. Hes there for 2 reasons 1.) For Sachin 2.) To show SRK That what he can do and SRK Cant! #OkSorrySRKFans :P