One of the best hitters in the history of the sport is largely considered Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who holds the record for the most runs scored in Tests and ODIs, earned the moniker “Master Blaster” for his batting prowess and was an essential part of the Indian batting order throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s. Tendulkar gained the respect of both teammates and rivals throughout his playing career, and even after the Indian star retired in 2013, people who were a part of his squad still talk about how much of an impact he had on the group and the game as a whole.

During his commentary stint at the SA20 league, Suresh Raina, who represented India between 2005-2018, shared a special memory of Tendulkar from 2014, when the former had smashed a century during an ODI against England in Cardiff.

“We worked on this for two weeks” (before the England tour in 2014). We weren’t doing so well in the Test series, and I had a tattoo that said, “Believe Yourself” while I was practicing. I hit a century in Cardiff when I first arrived in England (in ODIs). Paaji was the first person to contact me after the century, with the message “Believe yourself.” You may act on behalf of the nation. After hearing that message, I felt wonderful, Raina said.

Between 2008 and 2013, Raina and Tendulkar shared a dressing room while playing for India, who won the World Cup in 2011 with the “master blaster.” While Raina played his last match for India in 2018, he retired two years later after falling out of favor with the team across all forms of the game. Tendulkar said goodbye to the sport after participating in his 200th Test in Mumbai.

After the 2021 season, when the MS Dhoni-led team won their fourth championship, Raina ultimately decided to retire from playing for Chennai Super Kings, an IPL team.