Student or Learner
Thirty-nine and counting. Sachin Tendulkar has been the subject of many debates, about whether he should retire or not, if he was losing his touch, or if he should also be clubbed with those who have outlived their utility.
All of those debates were dumped in the trash as Adelaide rose as one to salute the best in the business.
Please explain the emboldened parts to me.
(all of the residents of the town of Adelaide) rose as one (got up at the same) to (pay honor to) salute the best in the business (Tendulker)