Starting as a prodigy he rode like a giant in the cricket firmament for well-nigh three decades amassing tons of runs creating records after records. He started his career as a school boy cricketer with a record partnership of over 600 runs with his school boy friend Vinod Kambli his appetite for runs was insatiable which continued till his prowess declined after many years of playing nonstop cricket. He is the proud and only cricketer who has one hundred centuries in test and ODI cricket a feat that will not be excelled in the near future.
Statistics will not fully reveal his dedication and love for the game. He deserved the accolades he received all through his playing days. He has not fully quit his cricket and when he announces his decision to finally retire from all forms of the game he loved so much the country will salute a great achiever and gentleman.