He is the heartbeat of a nation. An entire generation grew up not knowing what an Indian team without Sachin Tendulkar was like. He brought cheer into their stressful lives, hope in their hearts and joy on their faces. November 16, 2013 was one of the saddest days in post-Independent India. The man whose cricketing career was intertwined with a billion plus Indians moved even the impassive to tears with his thank you speech before leaving to what is arguably the most emotionally-charged farewell in cricket history.