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AUSTIN---Mexican flags with a mari-
juana leaf displayed outside two
McLaren team stores at the US Grand
Prix prompted a complaint from the
The Formula One team removed the
flags and apologised.
McLaren said in a statement the
flags next to a merchandise stall at the
Circuit of the Americas were not au-
thorised or manufactured by the
The statement blamed a third-party
contractor it did not identify.
The Mexican consulate in Austin
complained about the flags to F1 on
Friday and demanded they be re-
McLaren is one of two teams that
have Mexican drivers this season. But
McLaren said this week it will not
bring back Sergio Perez in 2014 after a
disappointing first season with the
Mexico officials complain about 'marijuana' flags
MUMBAI---Cricket fans across the
globe revered him. Teammates in
India s Test and World Cup-win-
ning squads were in awe of him.
Sachin Tendulkar compiled more
runs and posted more centuries in
international cricket than anyone,
and was the greatest batsman of his
generation. He has been compared
with the previously incomparable
Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian
batsman who averaged almost 100
per innings in a long career punc-
tuated by World War II.
Tendulkar s near celestial status
meant that his dismissal for 74 in
his last innings---at the age of 40
and in his 200th Test match---
silenced a packed and boisterous
crowd at Wankhede Stadium.
But only for a few seconds. Really,
they just wanted to see more. He
walked off, with raised bat, to thun-
derous applause and chants of "Sa-
He did not get a second chance
to claim a 101st international cen-
tury, as the Test against the West
Indies was wrapped up yesterday,
with India winning without the need
to bat a second time.
In another sign of how highly he
is revered in India, the batsman s
career had hardly ended before he
was awarded India s highest civilian
Tendulkar was bestowed with the
"Bharat Ratna" within four hours
of the end of the match, becoming
the youngest person and the first
sportsman to get the award.
Tendulkar s last day featured a
cameo appearance bowling for a
couple of overs, and a guard of hon-
our from teammates as he walked
from the field for the last time.
The insatiable appetite for runs
was only part of Tendulkar s aura.
He ll be remembered around the
cricket world for the numerous bat-
ting records he set during a glittering
24-year international career, but he
has also set a high benchmark of
work ethics for others to follow.
"He has guided youngsters very
well, showed them how to lead life
after you become successful, and at
the same time how you re supposed
to prepare," India captain Mahendra
Singh Dhoni said. "He s been fan-
tastic and we ve learnt a lot from
By the time of his retirement he
had played a significant role in
developing a dynamic, unified Indian
"The standards he has set have
been benchmarks for us," Yuvraj
Singh said. "Whether he gets a 100
or no runs, he will hit the same
number of balls (in the nets), remain
"Everybody talks about his
records, but the standard he set off
the field was incredible---how to
carry yourself off the field."
With 15,921 runs in 200 Tests and
18,426 in 463 one-dayers, Tendulkar
has ended all comparisons with
batsmen other than Bradman.
Among his other prominent mile-
stones include becoming the first
man to score a double-century in
limited-overs internationals (200
not out vs South Africa at Gwalior
in 2010) and the first to reach 100
Tendulkar was always known for
his compact defense, immaculate
drives and cunning cuts but he later
added the uppercut and paddle-
sweep to his repertoire and reaped
plenty of runs from those.
His 51 centuries in Tests and 49
in ODIs are also records and winning
the 2011 World Cup was the prover-
bial icing on the cake.
"Winning the World Cup was a
lifelong ambition and it was a matter
of great honour that my teammates
wanted to do it for me," Tendulkar
said after the victory on his home
ground of Wankhede Stadium,
which was also the venue of his
200th and last Test.
Memories of an emotional Ten-
dulkar being carried around the
ground during the victory lap in
2011 will linger long in the minds
of Indian fans.
The "Little Master" learnt early
how to carry the weight of expec-
tations as he became the youngest
Indian to debut in international
cricket, playing both tests and lim-
ited-overs internationals at the age
of 16 during a tour of Pakistan in
Tendulkar had a penchant for per-
forming well against Australia as an
intense cricket rivalry between the
two nations developed over his
career. Among the standouts: his
114 on a fiery Test pitch at Perth in
1991-92 when he was still in his
teens; a 241 not out at Sydney in a
rare series drawn in Australia in
2003-04; and 155 not out in the
Chennai Test of 1997-98.
Consequently, some of his best
rivalries also came against Australian
bowling greats Glenn McGrath and
Shane Warne, both of whom have
been liberal in their praise of Ten-
dulkar after their retirement.
Ever since his retirement from
limited-overs cricket, the questions
about when he d bring his interna-
tional cricket career to an end have
abounded. At 40, he decided the
two-Test series against the West
Indies would be his last international
games, setting the stage for a festival
and general celebration across India.
Tendulkar had his share of
injuries, mainly to the back and
elbow, but he was never a liability
to the team and could outplay team-
mates and rivals half his age with
his fast running between the wickets
and agile fielding.
He was also a useful bowler who
could either bowl "seam-up" or
A low period was during 2004-
2005 when he once went for 17
innings without a single test half-
century, but that was the exception
rather than the rule in a glorious
career in which he was often her-
alded as a "God of cricket."
"He has had an absolutely
delightful career and changed the
outlook of parents and how they
encourage their children to play the
game," Dev said about the impact
Tendulkar has had on Indian society.
"People started saying You don t
need to become an engineer or doc-
tor, that you could (now) become a
cricketer. " (AP)
Fitting farewell for Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar is held aloft
by Virat Kohli and India captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni during
a lap of honour on the third
day of the second Test
yesterday at the Wankhede
Stadium in Mumbai, India.
Sachin Tendulkar factbox
after his retirement from
Full name: Sachin Ramesh
Date of birth: April 24, 1973
Height: 1.65 metres (5 feet, 5
Major teams: India, Mumbai,
Mumbai Indians, Yorkshire,
Nicknames: Tendlya, Little
Coach: Ramachant Achrekar.
First international captain:
First-class debut: Mumbai vs
Gujarat, Mumbai, 1988.
Test debut: vs Pakistan at
Karachi, Nov. 15, 1989.
ODI debut: vs Pakistan at
Gujranwala, Dec. 18, 1989.
Maiden Test century: 119 not
out vs England at Old Trafford,
Manchester in 1990 (ninth test
Maiden ODI century: 110 vs
Australia, Colombo, 1994 (79th
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