Sachin Tendulkar Retires
The end of an era, one of the greatest cricketers ever has announced his retirement from all cricket.
From his debut aged 16 he looked a special talent, but few would have thought he would be looking back at the end of his career having made 100 International centuries, 200 Test matches etc.Tendulkar said: "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India . I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day. I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best."
More impressive than any of his sporting achievements is the fact that he managed to do so with a smile on his face & carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, most men would have crumbled under the pressure, but he rarely appeared anything other than a humble man happy that he had the pleasure of playing Cricket for a living.
All over Twitter & cricketing websites there are tributes flying in, but the final word should probably belong to the greatest batsman of all time, the incomparable Don, Sir Donald Bradman:
I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel!
BBC Sport - Sachin Tendulkar: India batting legend to retire from all cricket
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3 men push over 200 million year old rock formation in Goblin Valley.....(video)
I give up on humanity.
Men may face felony charges after toppling Goblin Valley formation
Goblin Valley for reference:Ancient formation » 3 Scout leaders claim they worried the rock would fall and hurt someone.
A group of Boy Scout leaders is potentially facing felony charges for destroying a rock formation nearly 200 million years old in Emery County.
The trio of men was adventuring in Goblin Valley State Park when they decided to film themselves knocking over one of the formations, known as "goblins." They said later it appeared to them that it was ready to fall and might hurt someone.
After the rock falls, the three men laugh, cheer and high five each other.
Park officials said the formation’s rock dates back to the Jurassic period nearly 200 million years ago.
Glenn Taylor said Thursday afternoon that he was the man who pushed over the formation, while Dave Hall filmed and Dylan Taylor looked on. According to Taylor, he and Hall are leaders for a local troop of the Boy Scouts of America. Hall added that the men also were acting as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth leaders.
Taylor said he knocked the boulder to the ground after seeing a family walk by on a nearby popular path. When he touched the rock, Taylor noticed it was loose .
"I put my hand on a rock and it moved," he said. "While we were sitting right there we thought, ‘Man if this rock falls it’ll kill them.’ I didn’t have to push hard."
Taylor said that at the time he thought he was doing a "civic service" by taking down a loose rock. However, as he walked back to his car, he began thinking that he should have contacted a ranger about the loose rock. He also said he wished he could take back his actions.
"Glad we did it, wish we wouldn’t have done it," he said Thursday of his feelings about the incident.
Hall agreed with Taylor and added that the park was especially crowdedthat day, Oct. 11, due to national park closures during the government shutdown. The men were worried that a child would be crushed by the boulder, he said, and during his time in the park he only saw one ranger, who was stationed at the entrance.
"With the information we had we made the best decision we could," he said. "We weren’t there for vandalism or anything like that."