On November 16, 2013, Wankhede Stadium was crowded and shedding collective tears as legend Sachin Tendulkar played the last day of his illustrious international career.
Tendulkar's last test was also the 200th in the longest format. The series, which was against the West Indies, had two test matches and the last one was played at Wankhede in Mumbai, Tendulkar's hometown.
The West Indies were first with 182 hits and India posted 495 in response, making the possibility of a second Indian entry unpleasant. The crowd knew this, and that may be why Tendulkar's resignation was met with a shocked silence that lasted a few seconds before the applause sounded in the stands.
The great hitter scored 74 at that time and was replaced by Virat Kohli in the middle, so the occasion also marked the last time the current Indian captain's arrival to the crease passed under the radar.
November 16 was the last day of the test, with Mohammed Shami dismissing Shannon Gabriel. Tendulkar's testing career thus ended in 15,291 races, 51 centuries, 68 fifties and an average of 53,78 out of 329 entries. He scored 18,426 impressive races in his ODI career on an average of 44.38 in 463 matches, crushing 49 tonnes and 96 fifties.
Tendulkar had already retired from ODI cricket and had played his last match in the Indian Premier League, but the retirement of the Test had a sense of purpose.
It was the only format Tendulkar played on a regular basis, and so hanging his boots in the longest format of the game meant that fans were really about to see an Indian team without Tendulkar anywhere in the picture, something that hadn't happened for 24 hours. years in the history of Indian cricket.