Even though he retired over a year ago, Sachin Tendulkar was still the main attraction at the Lord's bicentenary celebration match, notching up a 44 that showed flashes of his brilliance. He has been busy in retirement, releasing an autobiography and buying an ISL team, Kerala Blasters. In February 2014, he became the youngest person-and the first sportsman-to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. The legend endures.
Fast Fact: Tendulkar's autobiography Playing It My Way broke all records for an adult hardback on pre-order subscriptions with 150,000 orders.