Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar's emotional farewell speech left many wiping their tears, but the master said that his only preparation for the stirring address was to remember the "important" names he wanted to mention.
The long speech, which delivered after his final Test in Mumbai last year, was lauded by one and all for its emotional clarity so much so that the spectators at the Wankhede and millions glued to the TV sets were left teary-eyed.
Reflecting on it, Sachin revealed that he planned on delivering a speech after his penultimate Test on a flight from Calcutta to Mumbai. "I was flying back from Calcutta to Mumbai and then I realised that this is going to be my last match.
File photo of Sachin delivering his farewell speech after the Mumbai Test against West Indies. (PTI)
"I was sitting alone and you know, I felt I should better think of something, think of people I need to mention because before I could realise, the Mumbai match would also be over and all of a sudden, I would be standing in front of my peers," Sachin said.