Cricket: Indian newspapers pay tribute to Sachin Tendulkar who's retiring
MUMBAI (REUTERS) - "God Bye" was what leaped out of the front page of India's largest selling newspaper today, reflecting the depressive mood of the cricket-crazy country after its favourite son, Sachin Tendulkar, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
The Times Of India dedicated four more pages to the world's most prolific international run-scorer, who announced on Thursday that he will retire after playing his 200th Test match at home against the West Indies next month.
The diminutive batsman, 40, has been the face of Indian cricket since he burst onto the global scene as a 16-year-old, curly-haired boy against arch-rivals Pakistan in a Karachi test.
And after 24 years, more than 34,000 international runs and a century of international hundreds, the news of Tendulkar's parting made the top story on the front page of every publication in the country.