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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th centuries as Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan watches during their One Day International (ODI) cricket match of Asia Cup in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th centuries as Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan watches during their One Day International (ODI) cricket match of Asia Cup in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot as Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim (R) watches during India's One Day International (ODI) cricket match of Asia Cup in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot as Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim (R) watches during India's One Day International (ODI) cricket match of Asia Cup in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th international centuries during India's Asia Cup one- day international (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th international centuries during India's Asia Cup one- day international (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th international century during India's Asia Cup one- day international (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th international century during India's Asia Cup one- day international (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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Sachin Tendulkar signs autographs during India's one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Brisbane February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien

Sachin Tendulkar signs autographs during India's one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Brisbane February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during India'sTri-series one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval in Hobart February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during India'sTri-series one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval in Hobart February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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Sachin Tendulkar sits in the nets area during a practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Sachin Tendulkar sits in the nets area during a practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 2, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) stretches during a training session before a 's test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown

Sachin Tendulkar (L) stretches during a training session before a 's test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown

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Sachin Tendulkar raises his arms during a training session before a test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown

Sachin Tendulkar raises his arms during a training session before a test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts as he watches a replay of his teammate Rahul Dravid's escape from being bowled out on a big screen during the third day of their third test cricket match against West Indies' in Mumbai November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Sachin Tendulkar reacts as he watches a replay of his teammate Rahul Dravid's escape from being bowled out on a big screen during the third day of their third test cricket match against West Indies' in Mumbai November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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Sachin Tendulkar talks to West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul (R) during the presentation ceremony after the fifth day of India's third and final test cricket match in Mumbai November 26, 2011.REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Sachin Tendulkar talks to West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul (R) during the presentation ceremony after the fifth day of India's third and final test cricket match in Mumbai November 26, 2011.REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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Sachin Tendulkar arrives to bat as fans try to take pictures during the third day of their third test cricket match against West Indies in Mumbai November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Sachin Tendulkar arrives to bat as fans try to take pictures during the third day of their third test cricket match against West Indies in Mumbai November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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Sachin Tendulkar gestures to a teammate during the third day of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 16, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Sachin Tendulkar gestures to a teammate during the third day of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 16, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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Sachin Tendulkar exercises during a practice session ahead of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 13, 2011. The second test match starts in Kolkata from November 14. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Sachin Tendulkar exercises during a practice session ahead of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 13, 2011. The second test match starts in Kolkata from November 14. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Sachin Tendulkar play soccer during a practice session ahead of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) and Sachin Tendulkar play soccer during a practice session ahead of their second test cricket match against West Indies in Kolkata November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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Sachin Tendulkar leaves the field during a drink break at the fourth day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Sachin Tendulkar leaves the field during a drink break at the fourth day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Sachin Tendulkar dives to stop the ball during the first day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Sachin Tendulkar dives to stop the ball during the first day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts while speaking with team coach Duncan Fletcher (L) during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Sachin Tendulkar reacts while speaking with team coach Duncan Fletcher (L) during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Sachin Tendulkar (R) stretches during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Sachin Tendulkar (R) stretches during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the third day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the third day of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 8, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Sachin Tendulkar watches his teammates during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Sachin Tendulkar watches his teammates during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Sachin Tendulkar reacts during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against West Indies in New Delhi November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

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Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar (L) and his wife Anjali visit the Ferrari motorhome before the Indian first F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 30, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar (L) and his wife Anjali visit the Ferrari motorhome before the Indian first F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 30, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Sachin Tendulkar (R) poses with his new wax statue made by Madame Tussauds London museum, during its unveiling in Mumbai April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

Sachin Tendulkar (R) poses with his new wax statue made by Madame Tussauds London museum, during its unveiling in Mumbai April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) poses with his new wax statue made by Madame Tussauds London museum, during its unveiling in Mumbai April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

Sachin Tendulkar (L) poses with his new wax statue made by Madame Tussauds London museum, during its unveiling in Mumbai April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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Sachin Tendulkar runs to the crease safely in the second match of the tri-nations one-day international series against New Zealand in Colombo September 11, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Sachin Tendulkar runs to the crease safely in the second match of the tri-nations one-day international series against New Zealand in Colombo September 11, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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Sachin Tendulkar hits a shot off the bowling of Sri Lanka's Thilan Thushara during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballer-Reynolds

Sachin Tendulkar hits a shot off the bowling of Sri Lanka's Thilan Thushara during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballer-Reynolds

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Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat up as he celebrates scoring a century (100 runs) during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat up as he celebrates scoring a century (100 runs) during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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Sachin Tendulkar holds up his helmet to celebrate scoring a century (100 runs) during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Sachin Tendulkar holds up his helmet to celebrate scoring a century (100 runs) during the finals of the tri-nations one-day international cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts after being dismissed during their ICC Champions Trophy cricket match against Pakistan in Pretoria, September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Sachin Tendulkar reacts after being dismissed during their ICC Champions Trophy cricket match against Pakistan in Pretoria, September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the fourth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Mohali November 2, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the fourth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Mohali November 2, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the crowd after completing his 17,000 runs during the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Hyderabad November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the crowd after completing his 17,000 runs during the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Hyderabad November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Hyderabad November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the fifth one-day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia in Hyderabad November 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) listens to former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar during a function in Mumbai November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

Sachin Tendulkar (L) listens to former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar during a function in Mumbai November 12, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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Sachin Tendulkar speaks during a news conference in Mumbai November 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar speaks during a news conference in Mumbai November 13, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a practice session in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a practice session in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century against Sri Lanka during the final day of their first test cricket match in Ahmedabad November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century against Sri Lanka during the final day of their first test cricket match in Ahmedabad November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the second day of their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts during a cricket practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar reacts during a cricket practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Harbhajan Singh sit on the ground during a practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Harbhajan Singh sit on the ground during a practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar carries bats during a practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar carries bats during a practice session ahead of their second and final test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 12, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back towards the pavilion after his dismissal on the fourth day of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 9, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar walks back towards the pavilion after his dismissal on the fourth day of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 9, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the fourth day of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 9, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after scoring a century on the fourth day of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 9, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar carries his batting gear during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 5, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar carries his batting gear during a practice session ahead of their first test cricket match against South Africa in Nagpur February 5, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the man of the match trophy after India won the first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/Files

Sachin Tendulkar holds the man of the match trophy after India won the first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored a century during the second day of first test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong January 18, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored a century during the second day of first test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong January 18, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar plays soccer during a cricket training session in Kolkata December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar plays soccer during a cricket training session in Kolkata December 23, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar hits a shot during the third one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Cuttack December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar hits a shot during the third one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Cuttack December 21, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the third day's play of the second test cricket match against Australia in Sydney in this January 4, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the third day's play of the second test cricket match against Australia in Sydney in this January 4, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a cricket training session in Nagpur December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a cricket training session in Nagpur December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar blows a kiss as he celebrates after scoring a goal during a soccer match at a cricket training session in Nagpur December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar blows a kiss as he celebrates after scoring a goal during a soccer match at a cricket training session in Nagpur December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a cricket practice session in Rajkot December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar smiles during a cricket practice session in Rajkot December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar receives an award for completing 20 years in international cricket as a player in Indian national team, during the annual Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) award function in Mumbai December 6, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar receives an award for completing 20 years in international cricket as a player in Indian national team, during the annual Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) award function in Mumbai December 6, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar reacts while playing soccer during a cricket training session ahead of their third test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai November 30, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar reacts while playing soccer during a cricket training session ahead of their third test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai November 30, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar laughs as he walks off the field at the end of the second day's play of their third and final test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo August 4, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar laughs as he walks off the field at the end of the second day's play of their third and final test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo August 4, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar bounces a ball off his bat during a practice session ahead of the third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo August 1, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar bounces a ball off his bat during a practice session ahead of the third cricket test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo August 1, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar raises his helmet to celebrate after scoring his century against Sri Lanka during the third day of their second test cricket match in Colombo July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar raises his helmet to celebrate after scoring his century against Sri Lanka during the third day of their second test cricket match in Colombo July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a practice session ahead of the second test match against Sri Lanka, in Colombo July 24, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a practice session ahead of the second test match against Sri Lanka, in Colombo July 24, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a practice session in Galle July 17, 2010. India will play Sri Lanka in a three-test series starting on July 18 at Galle. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a practice session in Galle July 17, 2010. India will play Sri Lanka in a three-test series starting on July 18 at Galle. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar sprints between wickets during a practice session in Galle July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar sprints between wickets during a practice session in Galle July 16, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar waves as he arrives on Centre Court for the match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files

Sachin Tendulkar waves as he arrives on Centre Court for the match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 26, 2010. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his double century during the second one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa teams in Gwalior February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his double century during the second one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa teams in Gwalior February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar hits a ball during the second one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa in Gwalior February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar hits a ball during the second one-day international cricket match between India and South Africa in Gwalior February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) plays with a ball as his team mate Virender Sehwag watches during the cricket practice session in Gwalior February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) plays with a ball as his team mate Virender Sehwag watches during the cricket practice session in Gwalior February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) celebrates with a team mate Harbhajan Singh after India won their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) celebrates with a team mate Harbhajan Singh after India won their second test cricket match against South Africa in Kolkata February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the series trophy after the India team defeated Australia during the fifth day of their second test cricket match against Australia in Bangalore October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar holds the series trophy after the India team defeated Australia during the fifth day of their second test cricket match against Australia in Bangalore October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Australia's Mitchell Johnson (C) watches as India's Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Rahul Dravid celebrate after India beat Australia during the fifth day of their second test cricket match in Bangalore October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Australia's Mitchell Johnson (C) watches as India's Sachin Tendulkar (L) and Rahul Dravid celebrate after India beat Australia during the fifth day of their second test cricket match in Bangalore October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a practice session in Bangalore October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a practice session in Bangalore October 8, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar smiles after he was presented the honorary rank of Group Captain by P. V. Naik, chief of the Indian Air Force, during a ceremony in New Delhi September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar smiles after he was presented the honorary rank of Group Captain by P. V. Naik, chief of the Indian Air Force, during a ceremony in New Delhi September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar poses with the trophy after winning the 'Cricketer of the Year 2009' award at a function in Mumbai January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Sachin Tendulkar poses with the trophy after winning the 'Cricketer of the Year 2009' award at a function in Mumbai January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar avoids a short pitched delivery during the fifth day of their third cricket test match against South Africa in Cape Town, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

Sachin Tendulkar avoids a short pitched delivery during the fifth day of their third cricket test match against South Africa in Cape Town, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar throws a ball during a practice session before their first test cricket match against New Zealand in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sachin Tendulkar throws a ball during a practice session before their first test cricket match against New Zealand in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar attends a practice session before their first test cricket match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sachin Tendulkar attends a practice session before their first test cricket match against New Zealand in Ahmedabad November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to bowl in the nets during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan on Wednesday, in Mohali March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to bowl in the nets during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan on Wednesday, in Mohali March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar gestures as he waits for his turn to bat in the nets during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan on Wednesday in Mohali March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar gestures as he waits for his turn to bat in the nets during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan on Wednesday in Mohali March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) and coach Gary Kirsten laugh together in the nets during a practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) and coach Gary Kirsten laugh together in the nets during a practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar kicks a ball in a warm-up soccer game during a practice session ahead of their ICC cricket world cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sachin Tendulkar kicks a ball in a warm-up soccer game during a practice session ahead of their ICC cricket world cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar gestures during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sachin Tendulkar gestures during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) stretches with the help of a member of the support staff during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) stretches with the help of a member of the support staff during a cricket practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final match against Australia in Ahmedabad March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar looks at his shades during a training session before Sunday's ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against the West Indies in Chennai March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar looks at his shades during a training session before Sunday's ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against the West Indies in Chennai March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his century during their ICC Cricket World Cup group B match against South Africa in Nagpur March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his century during their ICC Cricket World Cup group B match against South Africa in Nagpur March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar gestures durring batting practice ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against South Africa in Nagpur March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar gestures durring batting practice ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against South Africa in Nagpur March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar bowls a ball during a practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup group B match against Ireland in Bangalore March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar bowls a ball during a practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup group B match against Ireland in Bangalore March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar throws a ball against a bat during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 20, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar throws a ball against a bat during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 20, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar (L) gestures as he speaks to coach Duncan Fletcher during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar (L) gestures as he speaks to coach Duncan Fletcher during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a training session before Thursday's first cricket test match against England at Lord's cricket ground in London July 19, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar speaks to a gathering after receiving India's Best Cricketer of the year 2009-10 award during the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) awards ceremony in Mumbai May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar speaks to a gathering after receiving India's Best Cricketer of the year 2009-10 award during the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) awards ceremony in Mumbai May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the trophy at the Taj hotel, the day after India defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup final, in Mumbai April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar holds the trophy at the Taj hotel, the day after India defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup final, in Mumbai April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the trophy after they defeated Sri Lanka during their ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar holds the trophy after they defeated Sri Lanka during their ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar is carried by his teammate Yusuf Pathan after they beat Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar is carried by his teammate Yusuf Pathan after they beat Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar gets his hat back by the umpire after bowling an over against Sri Lanka during their ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar gets his hat back by the umpire after bowling an over against Sri Lanka during their ICC Cricket World Cup final match in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar poses with his man of the match trophy after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Sachin Tendulkar poses with his man of the match trophy after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match against Pakistan in Mohali March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar eats a banana at a break during a test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar eats a banana at a break during a test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a training session before a test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar prepares to throw a ball during a training session before a test cricket match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar plays football during a cricket training session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files

Sachin Tendulkar plays football during a cricket training session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar gestures during a cricket training session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files

Sachin Tendulkar gestures during a cricket training session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar sits on a ball during a training session before Friday's second cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Sachin Tendulkar sits on a ball during a training session before Friday's second cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

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Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot against Australia during the second cricket test, at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot against Australia during the second cricket test, at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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