The highest run-scorer in the history of international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after playing for an astonishing 24 years. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all-time, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on the day of his retirement.
'Secretiveness and the element of surprise in announcing decisions marks the Modi style of diplomacy. From being a voluble politician, he became a reticent statesman... But the diplomatic dance is performed on thin ice and his adroitness is still to be proved,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.