Sachin's farewell: Twitter pays tribute to Sachin Tendulkar as 200th and final Test kicks off
The world of cricket unites to pay tribute to Sachin Tendulkar as he makes his 200th and final Test appearance.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 6:06pm
'The Little Master' reached 38 not out on the opening day of his finale against the West Indies in Mumbai, and a packed crowd is again expected at the Wankhede Stadium for Friday's play.
On Twitter, the hashtag #ThankYouSachin was used more than 1.5 million times on Thursday alone and plenty of cricket stars past and present joined in the celebrations.
England batsman Joe Root said: "Sachin made his debut before I was born. Then he played in my Test debut #ThankYouSachin."
From all-rounder Stuart Broad: "A remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love #200 #ThankYouSachin."
Jonny Bairstow added: "Yorkshire's first overseas player making his final appearance in Text cricket! An absolute genius of the game #cheers."
Australia's Aaron Finch wrote: "Amazing scenes with @sachin_rt walking out to bat. I can guarantee no work will be getting done in India right now! #ThankYouSachin."
And former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood said: "Will never forget the roar when Sachin came walking out to bat in India, a true cricketing God #ThankYouSachin."
There were also tributes from his current India team-mates, including one from Pragyan Ojha, who took 5-40 to ensure fans with first-day tickets got a chance to see Tendulkar bat.
He wrote: "He has been a gr8 motivator & helped me come this far. Feels great to be playing with him in this unbelievable atmosphere #ThankYouSachin."
And spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, also among the wickets on day one, added: "Clapped for every single ball that he faced today. Need to thank the Mumbai crowd for taking me down the memory lane.#ThankYouSachin."