PHOTOS : Fans Show their Support for Sachin Tendulkar at Pune During Ind vs Aus 1st ODI

There was an eerie sense of emptiness even as cricketers, past and present, on Thursday paid rich tributes to Sachin Tendulkar as he decided to call time on his illustrious career after playing in his landmark 200th Test in Novamber.

Tributes poured in from across the cricketing world, complementing the batting legend for giving fans many, many cheerful moments."It has left such a big hole to fill in the Indian Test batting line-up. It wouldn't be easy to replace him. See what happened after Laxman, Ganguly and Dravid retired, it would take time for the middle-order to gel," said former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar.
"Number four position in Indian cricket has been with some of the greats. Whoever bats at number four, he is going to be under a lot of pressure and will have to live upto huge expectations," added Gavaskar. Tendulkar, regarded as the greatest batsman in contemporary cricket, today called it quits from Test cricket after the West Indies series, bringing the curtains down on an extraordinary career spanning a marathon 24 years.(PTI)