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The 18-minute farewell speech was as meticulous as one of those masterly innings that he often constructed. Sachin revealed little-known facts from his life: that his sister presented him with his first bat, that she fasted when he batted, that his coach Ramakant Achrekar took him on a scooter to different parts of Mumbai so that he could play two games in a day and get enough match practice. And lot more. The batting genius also displayed a smart turn of phrase. “You are the best partnership I've had in my life,” he told his wife Anjali, standing nearby. But, more than that, Sachin came across as a warm, caring and sensitive son, father, husband, friend and more; someone who remembered everyone -- family, friends, coaches, media, administration, fans -- who had guided and supported him in his 24-year journey in international cricket and who had contributed in creating the Sachin Tendulkar phenomenon. The farewell speech made us feel closer to him. Many of us will remember it among the most honest that we had ever heard. Which is why it was also so moving. To any aspiring batsman his batting will always be a model to emulate. But as the speech revealed, his entire life is worthy of emulation. It showed that he had achieved everything only through hard work, commitment and discipline. Along with his coach, friends and administrators, the entire family had worked for his success. Success is teamwork – that was the underlying message. It was a speech with multiple take-aways. Sachin said that even last night he had discussed how he got out to Narsingh Deonarine with brother, Ajit. It underlined how passionate he was about the sport and how focussed he was about his job even a day before he retired. Any teenager’s father would have been comforted when the batsman said that he was simply following his father’s instructions: “Chase your dreams but make sure you don’t find short cuts. The path might be difficult but don’t give up,” his father told him. And he listened. Role models don't get any better than that. Sachin spoke of his mother’s prayers and everything else she had done for him. That would have surely touched a chord with every mother hearing the speech. If you are feeling low, Sachin’s farewell speech is bound to lift your spirits. If you are feeling directionles, it could be a beacon light. It should be part of every school's curriculum. Let it be soul curry for future generations.