‘It will be a surreal moment when we’ dismiss Sachin Tendulkar for the last time, says Kieran Powell

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“His final dismissal will signal the beginning of a new era for our sport”

West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell has admitted that “it will be a surreal moment” when his side dismiss India batsman Sachin Tendulkar for the last time.

Tendulkar will retire from international cricket after his 200th Test, which will come against the West Indies in his hometown of Mumbai next month.

“It will be a surreal moment when we get him out for that one last time,” Powell told the Indian Express. “It’s been a lifetime of Sachin for most of us and his final dismissal will signal the beginning of a new era for our sport.

“Even the 199th will be an incredible setting, and I expect the energy to be electric. But we all know that once the flight takes off from there and we head for the last Test, India will come to a standstill for the next eight days, and all you will hear about and see is one Sachin Tendulkar.”

Batsman Kirk Edwards also remembers how pace bowler Ravi Rampaul dismissed Tendulkar on 94 when the West Indies last toured India in November 2011.

Edwards also reminisced about how Tendulkar walked up to him and congratulated him for his brilliant half-century.

“Sachin walked up to me and said that he enjoyed my innings and he liked the way I batted,” Edwards said. “It was an incredible moment and I was speechless. He was always a true inspiration for me but that day he showed me what true humility is.”

Powell also recalled the moment when Rampaul dismissed Tendulkar, and said: “Ravi [Rampaul] was the most hated man in India that day, especially in Mumbai. And he told us about being worried to go and field near the boundary rope to face those thousands who had come to see Tendulkar’s 100th century. The kind of noise and the roars I heard that morning will remain etched in my memory. But once he got out, I will never forget how the crowd emptied in that one instant. There were many who were screaming to let him back just for those six runs. I expect it to be crazier this time.”

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