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Tendulkar announces IPL retirement

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May 26, 2013

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Sachin Tendulkar walks off with the team physio after suffering from cramps, Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai, May 13, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar's last sighting as an IPL player © BCCI
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Moments after Mumbai Indians won their first IPL title, Sachin Tendulkar announced he had played his last IPL. He didn't say if he will play the Champions League T20.

The last ball Tendulkar played in the IPL didn't come in the victory in the final, but a fortnight ago in a league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. That ball was sent over long-on for a six, but in the process Tendulkar also injured himself. He retired-hurt after that, and didn't recover in time to play another Mumbai game.

"This is my last IPL," Tendulkar announced casually in a TV interview after the win. "This has been a fantastic season. I thought our third IPL season was the best before this.

"I think this is the right time to stop playing the IPL. I am 40. Got to accept it. I had decided this was my last season."

In 78 IPL matches, Tendulkar scored 2334 runs at an average of 34.83 and a strike rate of 119.81. He scored one century and 13 half-centuries. When asked if he was tempted to play the first match of the next season as a defending champion in front of his home crowd in Mumbai, Tendulkar said he was happy with his decision. "This is the best point to say 'thank you very much' to all the supporters and well-wishers," he said.

Tendulkar had announced his ODI retirement towards the end of the last year. With the IPL retirement, the Champions League remains the only cricket he might play other than first-class. The India players' next first-class assignment is the Ranji Trophy at the end of the year, before the national team goes to South Africa for a full tour.

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Posted by Harmony111 on (May 29, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

@Kris Tee: Even if one goes by your own twisted arguments then Gayle has scored most 6s in the history of IPL --- please tell me how many times has RCB won the title or reached the SF/Qualifiers? This time as usual Gayle was miles ahead of others in terms of hitting 6s yet RCB failed to finish in the top 4.

Should I expect yet another reply from you where you show your poor grasp at reading and the tendency to twist my words? I can see a nice rebuttal to this comment of mine but one needs to be a lot more aware of the game to see that rebuttal and that rebuttal would only prove my original point.

I have given you the hint, let's see if you get it or fail even there. I won't be surprised :-p

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 29, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@Kris Tee: Once again I want to tell you that no where have I said that hitting 6s is easier than hitting 4s or that hitting 6s does not matter. Therefore it is puzzling to see that you keep saying that 6s are more imp than 4s. It seems you can't get rid of the original bias you had in your mind or that you still have to twist my words to somehow compose a reply.

As for your analogy of 100s and 200s, it is irrelevant here. I never said that someone who scores 50 6s and 20 4s is less imp or a poorer player than someone who has scored 15 6s and 50 4s. Read my comments again, no where have I said that Sachin was more valuable than Gayle or Gilly. You seem to have a problem in basic reading.

Someone here had said that Sachin was a mediocre IPL player, had a 90 something SR and I had rebutted it with facts. If no one else could hit more 4s than him then he must not have been a mediocre player.

Pls stop misquoting me and stop replying to things I never said.

@InsaneInsaan: What Hua Kid?

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Harmony111, in this format 6 is the clear winner. Gayle suits the format and he was consistently going the distance and so the commentators' excitement was understandable. Gayle unfortunately played in the wrong team whose bowlers and fielders let him down. I was exactly referring to your brand of logics; Gilly was hitting more sixes and so his account in terms of fours won't place him below T'kar. My analogy about converting 100s into 200s becomes relevant here. As for Kallis, he was often a go to bowler and somewhat made amends to his batting form. Still, he was overall underperforming.

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