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PHOTOS: Azhar, Ganguly grace Tendulkar's retirement bash

Last updated on: November 19, 2013 16:27 IST

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The hype and hoopla on Sachin Tendulkar just refuses die down!

Monday night’s party at Waterstones Club, in Andheri East, Mumbai, was a star-studded affair. Though it was the iconic batsman’s private bash, the who's who of the nation, foreign guests and members of the Indian cricket team were present.

Mohammad Azharuddin too made a rare public appearance.


Image: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin arrives for the party on Monday
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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Hosts Sachin and wife Anjali were both dressed in impressive black outfits.


Image: Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar arrive at the venue
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
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A notable guest was Sachin’s first coach Ramakant Achrekar. His presence elated the Master Blaster.


Image: Ramakant Achrekar
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Former batting ace Sunil Gavaskar and son Rohan were among the guests who arrived early.


Image: Sunil Gavaskar (right) and Rohan Gavaskar
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Former India captain and popular commentator Ravi Shastri also made the guest list.


Image: Ravi Shastri
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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with his glamorous wife, Sakshi.

The captain spoke a few kind words about his legendary senior teammate at the function, but he went against the grain and spoke in Hindi.

‘That was Dhoni speaking in Hindi.... and now Yuvi,’ wrote columnist Ayaz Memon on his Twitter feed.


Image: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with wife Sakshi
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West Indies batting legend and Tendulkar’s contemporary Brian Lara too was among the foreign guests.


Image: Brian Lara looks dapper in a pair of geeky glasses
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Former India batsmen Dilip Vengsarkar and Kiran More too attended the bash. 

Sachin Tendulkar's first captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth was also one of the invitees.


Image: Kiran More and Dilip Vengsarkar
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India’s chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil were among the guests to make an early entry.


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Sachin Tendulkar’s former teammates, pacer Javagal Srinath, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were also in attendance.

It is learnt that Tendulkar’s ex-teammates took turns to share their experiences with the batting maestro towards the end of the party.


Image: Javagal Srinath, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman
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Team India's young brigade was also at the party. Shikhar Dhawan, Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane arrived in the team bus.


Image: Shikhar Dhawan, Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane
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Tendulkar's close friend Yuvraj Singh arrived with Rohit Sharma.

Yuvraj Singh read out a poem for his Sachin paaji and discarded spinner Harbhajan Singh turned emotional.


Image: Yuvraj Singh arrived and Rohit Sharma
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Tendulkar's probable successor for the No 4 spot in the Test squad, Virat Kohli made it in time for the function.


Image: Virat Kohli
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Former India openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag too were present. Robin Uthappa was also on the invitees list.

The guest-list was reportedly prepared by Sachin's wife Anjali. 


Image: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Utthappa
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Sachin's former Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar also made a public appearance after a long time.


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Cricket expert Boria Majumdar was also one of the invitees.

The cricketers, while cutting a cake towards end of the party, smeared Tendulkar’s face with icing.

Depicting the scene, a sports columnist and guest tweeted, “Zak, Bhajji, Yuvi plaster Sachin's face with cake. Looking like a dressing room, all boys party now...”  


Image: Boria Majumdar
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

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