India news October 10, 2013

Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar will bring an end to his glittering 24-year international career after he plays his 200th Test, which is scheduled to be during the home series against West Indies in November. Tendulkar announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon, via a BCCI statement, like he had done when he retired from ODIs in December 2012.

"All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years," Tendulkar said in a statement. "It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.

"I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time. I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best."

Tendulkar's retirement had been the matter of much speculation. He had wound down his career in phases, announcing his retirement from ODIs in late December 2012, and with the BCCI shoehorning a home series against West Indies before the controversy-hit tour to South Africa, it had seemed an apt moment for a home farewell. The venues for Tendulkar's last two Tests have not yet been announced.

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said in a tribute that it was hard to imagine an India team without Tendulkar. "I have been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar from the days he came to play Buchi Babu in Chennai. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact one should really say he ranks among the top of all-time great sports persons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has. He has truly been an ambassador for India and Indian Cricket. He has been an inspiration for generations of sportsmen not just cricketers. We respect his decision to retire although many of us can't imagine an Indian team without Sachin."

The 200th Test will be the last of numerous milestones in Tendulkar's career. No cricketer has played so many. He also owns the records for most runs and centuries in both Test and one-day cricket.

Tendulkar began his international career in November 1989, and was the third youngest Test cricketer at the time. He established himself quickly in the middle order and after the early 1990s, he has remained the first name on India's team-sheet for the majority of his career.

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  • Dummy on October 25, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Great player and great ambassador of the game. Good luck to him.

  • Dummy on October 24, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good player and great ambassador to the game

  • Dummy on October 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Great player on and off the pitch. Will miss him.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is unarguably the most love cricketer in the world and the best at the game. He has exceeded so many expectations and it is sad to see him go. He had a good carrer with many great innings. Being an Indian I say,

    Goodbye Sachin "God of Cricket" Tendulkar.

  • TRUSHAR on October 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    I didn't follow the game of Cricket, I followed this boy.

    Sachin is cricket's synonymous.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I agree that if you go by stats,the likes of Lara,Dravid,Ponting,etc. were better match winners than Sachin. But,IMO, Sachin's career has to be viewed from an another angle.He was a cricket prodigy.And this is the thing with prodigies - they tend to be burdened with over-expectations and thus end up as someone who hasn't satisfied all the requirements .It can be said that the biggest benifactor of his career is cricket itself as he has contributed immensely to the aesthetics of the game.And every sport needs such people to just add that extra spice.True,he might not have won many games for india but he brought immense pleasure to fans worldwide.The hooked six off Caddick,his straight drives,the six over point off Akthar,the face off with Steyn in CT are marks of pure genius. As he is retiring ,celebrate the genius and remember his special knocks rather than berate him for his shortcomings. Every mortal has shortcomings and so did Sachin. Well done and keep in touch with cricket :)

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    The world is gion to mis the legend god master whatever u can say about this man who taugjht the youngsters learned from the god

  • Sharn on October 14, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    No doubt the turning point was just after the successful world cup campaign when Sachin decided to rest himself for the West Indies tour. He had gone into the world cup in the form of his life in the test arena and instead of capitalising on his personal, success especially in SA, he decides to rest himself. He himself said that it is selfish for a player to retire at the top but same principle applies for resting. He came back for the England tour and as they say the rest is history. Don't get me wrong I watch cricket because of SRT but I think he missed a trick by making himself unavailable for the WI tour.

  • Manesh on October 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    We miss you, few of the so called 'great' blowers can relax and say ' he retired because of fear facing me'...I still remember how Waquar, Washim, Akthar gone all over the park in the WC match in England. Legend will reply with bat not with tongue. We salute you.