IPL news May 26, 2013

Tendulkar announces IPL retirement

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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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  • sumit0071 on May 27, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Sachin, the name itself is an institution of Cricket, Encyclopedia of Cricketing knowledge. The day Sachin scored his first hundred, his batting display in the 1996 WC, his batting in Sharjah terrorising the Aussies, his batting in the 1999 WC in Kenya match after his father's death, his batting in 2003 WC where his SIX of Shoaib Akhtar, his batting against SAF in which he scored 200*, his batting against AUS while making 175, and innumerable many more occassions where he provided us a time of great joy that nobody else could have given. Now he will not be seen in coloured clothings anymore on the cricket field with bat in his hand, its sad but we respect his decision to quit as he knows best when to go, but hope his innings in white clothes will continue more aND ENDLESS.

  • harsha7938 on May 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    born in 1985, heard of cricket at an age of 4...in 1991 i first heard of a name called Sachin, dreamt of becoming u and picked up a bat to play cricket...at age 7 i had a fight wid my dad for not naming me as Sachin...at the 1996 world cup in the semis chasing 225, wen the collapse happened and u were shattered i skipped my meal...played with the same bats as u had like MRF, Adidas...loved ur straight drive, the cover drive, the upper cuts, the paddle sweep, the leg glance, the flick, ur thrashing of Warne...having loved u soo much, ur retirement to the ODI's and to the IPL yesterday were all the hardest things to digest...though the mind says u shud retire(ONLY BCOZ I PERSONALLY CAN'T SEE U GET HURT) the heart still wants U to play...

    As it is always said that u r the best person to judge abt future, I respect ur decision and as a fan would only say WE MISS U but then with all the memories over the years preserved in years, I wud be happy to watch them a million or zillion times..

  • Yeddu on May 27, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    True Legend of Cricket - a self made man with all the hard work and honesty earned a reputation of being a 'Gentleman of the game'. The nation adores this personality. He can be the perfect role model of coming generations and a real hero of masses if he could lead by example in the charity front.. aka Bill Gates..! Sachin you are a man!!

  • Kreacher_Rocks on May 27, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    By birth I should be a KKR supporter. By my fondness for the city I grew up in I should be an SRH supporter. By my liking for the city of my late adolescence I should be a DD supporter. By my attachment to the place of my first job I should be an RCB fan. Having lived in many places in and out of India all my life, the one city I could never bring myself to like has been Mumbai. Yet, when it came to the IPL, picking a team to support has always been a no-brainer - MI. The simple reason was that one person was playing for it - Tendulkar. To me SRT transcended all boundaries of age and regionalism and perhaps, even nationalism.

    Now that he has retired from the IPL, I have a more taxing task - picking my team to support for the next IPL.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Sachin has been a great inspiration and will always be a great inspiration to the cricketing world.He has retired form IPL and ODI's but he still continues to rule the heart of billions.People in India have grown see this man carrying the burden of cricket for India on his shoulder's. The day he held a cricket bat he was destined to be a great legend.I still cannot believe that i will get to see him bat only in Test cricket.He was the best cricketer for me and will remain the best cricketer forever.Massive respect to the God of Cricket. I want to thank this legend for all the Cricketing moments he gave to billion people's .I cannot express my gratitude in words.Massive respect to the greatest of all.SACHIN THE GOD OF CRICKET

  • Harmony111 on May 26, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    I am not too given to emotions and even while facing some personal tragedies have not had tears but today when Sachin announced that this was his last IPL my mind started going over all the great years that I have watched this great man. I remember as clear as day WC 1992 when Sachin came out to bat vs Aus and the commentator said something like this kid is special and then soon Sachin got out pulling a ball for some 14-15. I remember when he scored 77* and then 84 and in school we all talked of this man as a wonderboy. I think it was just recently when he scored 523 runs in WC 96 and that dreadful SF happened. That Chennai 100 seems just a few weeks old to my mind. That 6 off Shoaib looks so fresh to me still. That poke vs Aus in WC 1999 and that pull off McGrath in WC Final still pains me.

    I realize I myself have become a man watching this boy.

    Soon he will walk away entirely. Good that he is doing it in EMIs. We won't have withstood the shock if it had came en masse.

  • akpy on May 26, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    There are 3 sachins - 1) the man himself, quite, keeps to himself most of the time and opens out now and then (imagine the number of interview/public events that he must be getting by everyone who wants to milk his name for whatever gain. Still he tries his best to balance - for e.g. NDTV campaigns for children, etc he will be there 2) Second sachin is one created by some of his over-enthusiastic fans, who are mostly young people, who will make him 'god' etc and irritate some of the others. Their enthusiasm some times results in him being dis-liked for no fault of his 3) Last sachin is those created by his haters - who are fans of some other player and feeling sorry that their player's achievements is diminished by the clamour for sachin. Again, it is not sachin's fault or even the other players fault (dravid for example). It is people who probably do not know how to even hold a bat,who will be passing comments about cricketers like sachin and dravid

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • sumit0071 on May 27, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Sachin, the name itself is an institution of Cricket, Encyclopedia of Cricketing knowledge. The day Sachin scored his first hundred, his batting display in the 1996 WC, his batting in Sharjah terrorising the Aussies, his batting in the 1999 WC in Kenya match after his father's death, his batting in 2003 WC where his SIX of Shoaib Akhtar, his batting against SAF in which he scored 200*, his batting against AUS while making 175, and innumerable many more occassions where he provided us a time of great joy that nobody else could have given. Now he will not be seen in coloured clothings anymore on the cricket field with bat in his hand, its sad but we respect his decision to quit as he knows best when to go, but hope his innings in white clothes will continue more aND ENDLESS.

  • harsha7938 on May 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    born in 1985, heard of cricket at an age of 4...in 1991 i first heard of a name called Sachin, dreamt of becoming u and picked up a bat to play cricket...at age 7 i had a fight wid my dad for not naming me as Sachin...at the 1996 world cup in the semis chasing 225, wen the collapse happened and u were shattered i skipped my meal...played with the same bats as u had like MRF, Adidas...loved ur straight drive, the cover drive, the upper cuts, the paddle sweep, the leg glance, the flick, ur thrashing of Warne...having loved u soo much, ur retirement to the ODI's and to the IPL yesterday were all the hardest things to digest...though the mind says u shud retire(ONLY BCOZ I PERSONALLY CAN'T SEE U GET HURT) the heart still wants U to play...

    As it is always said that u r the best person to judge abt future, I respect ur decision and as a fan would only say WE MISS U but then with all the memories over the years preserved in years, I wud be happy to watch them a million or zillion times..

  • Yeddu on May 27, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    True Legend of Cricket - a self made man with all the hard work and honesty earned a reputation of being a 'Gentleman of the game'. The nation adores this personality. He can be the perfect role model of coming generations and a real hero of masses if he could lead by example in the charity front.. aka Bill Gates..! Sachin you are a man!!

  • Kreacher_Rocks on May 27, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    By birth I should be a KKR supporter. By my fondness for the city I grew up in I should be an SRH supporter. By my liking for the city of my late adolescence I should be a DD supporter. By my attachment to the place of my first job I should be an RCB fan. Having lived in many places in and out of India all my life, the one city I could never bring myself to like has been Mumbai. Yet, when it came to the IPL, picking a team to support has always been a no-brainer - MI. The simple reason was that one person was playing for it - Tendulkar. To me SRT transcended all boundaries of age and regionalism and perhaps, even nationalism.

    Now that he has retired from the IPL, I have a more taxing task - picking my team to support for the next IPL.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Sachin has been a great inspiration and will always be a great inspiration to the cricketing world.He has retired form IPL and ODI's but he still continues to rule the heart of billions.People in India have grown see this man carrying the burden of cricket for India on his shoulder's. The day he held a cricket bat he was destined to be a great legend.I still cannot believe that i will get to see him bat only in Test cricket.He was the best cricketer for me and will remain the best cricketer forever.Massive respect to the God of Cricket. I want to thank this legend for all the Cricketing moments he gave to billion people's .I cannot express my gratitude in words.Massive respect to the greatest of all.SACHIN THE GOD OF CRICKET

  • Harmony111 on May 26, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    I am not too given to emotions and even while facing some personal tragedies have not had tears but today when Sachin announced that this was his last IPL my mind started going over all the great years that I have watched this great man. I remember as clear as day WC 1992 when Sachin came out to bat vs Aus and the commentator said something like this kid is special and then soon Sachin got out pulling a ball for some 14-15. I remember when he scored 77* and then 84 and in school we all talked of this man as a wonderboy. I think it was just recently when he scored 523 runs in WC 96 and that dreadful SF happened. That Chennai 100 seems just a few weeks old to my mind. That 6 off Shoaib looks so fresh to me still. That poke vs Aus in WC 1999 and that pull off McGrath in WC Final still pains me.

    I realize I myself have become a man watching this boy.

    Soon he will walk away entirely. Good that he is doing it in EMIs. We won't have withstood the shock if it had came en masse.

  • akpy on May 26, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    There are 3 sachins - 1) the man himself, quite, keeps to himself most of the time and opens out now and then (imagine the number of interview/public events that he must be getting by everyone who wants to milk his name for whatever gain. Still he tries his best to balance - for e.g. NDTV campaigns for children, etc he will be there 2) Second sachin is one created by some of his over-enthusiastic fans, who are mostly young people, who will make him 'god' etc and irritate some of the others. Their enthusiasm some times results in him being dis-liked for no fault of his 3) Last sachin is those created by his haters - who are fans of some other player and feeling sorry that their player's achievements is diminished by the clamour for sachin. Again, it is not sachin's fault or even the other players fault (dravid for example). It is people who probably do not know how to even hold a bat,who will be passing comments about cricketers like sachin and dravid

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Harmony111 on May 29, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    @Kris Tee: It is only people like you who would say that 6s are more imp than 4s and other modes of scoring runs. Others know that every run is imp. Matches have been lost due to scoring one run less. It would be a person with a shallow grasp on the game who would say what you are saying here.

    As for commentators celebrating Sachin's no of 4s, you did not say a word about the way they show the distance a 6 went in the matches, blind to that huh? To me that seems more banal cos each 6 is a 6 whether it is a 80 metre 6 or a 120 metre 6. Why did you not say anything for that? --- cos it suited you and you had to say anything against 4s cos it suits you.

    No where did I say that scoring 6s is easier than 4s, once again you half-read my words and twisted them to suit your purpose and were caught red handed. My question was about 4s in isolation.

    If hitting 4s is no big thing in your eyes why did no one else hit more of them than Sachin? What stopped them? Gilly/Kallis for eg?

  • on May 29, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Harmony111, how come you've decided I was targeting you. The commentators were seen in an anxious mood to see he reaches a landmark which, if anything, only would have further exposed his inadequacy in the particular format. The ratio between 4's and 6's getting into a somewhat ridiculous pattern, esp in this format's context. The scenario had prompted me then into that 100/200 equation. Maybe the timing of my comment owed to a certain remark of yours and that's all. Ya, hitting 6's takes a lot more than hitting 4s, given the relevant pattern.

  • PRaj1 on May 28, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Sachin , I just want to say "Big Thank you" . I had my bad patches. , when i used to give up on anything in my life , your great knock would bring back my confidence. Your awesome shots to likes of alan donald, vaas,macgrath,shane,shohaib made me believe that if demanded we should conquer odds too ... When you came back from your father's funereal and made century , i did watch it with teary eyes and gave me lesson on dedication. Even on bad umpiring decision you choose to walk slowly to pavilion tells everyone how to accept and be polite ... No stats/numbers can include these values. Thats why i always say please dont measure Sachin's carrer in those numbers( averages/centuries ... )

  • PRaj1 on May 28, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @Harmony111 Please ignore comments from InsaneInsaan, his display name suggests why you should not bother to clarify :-) There is difference between criticising and targeting and people like " InsaneInsaan" like to target SRT so best to ignore.

  • Harmony111 on May 28, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    @Kris Tee: The habit of some people is to half-read words of others and base entire rebuttals on their own flawed understanding of it (or may be they do it deliberately cos when it comes to facts and truthfulness they stand no chance). These are called Straw man tactics and easily noticed.

    In my comment you noticed that I talked about the 4s hit by SRT in the IPL (& nothing else)? I had also mentioned that SRT was among the top 5 run scores in IPL and till for about 5.5 seasosn of IPL was the 2nd highest in that list.

    The point about Sachin's 4 was kind of a footnote and nowhere did I say that it made him more valuable than Raina.

    When people like you and InsaneInsaan have to manufacture arguments to back up the silly notions you have about a great great player then you tend to omit the main points of the other side, focus too much on minor aspects and add your own imaginary and almost diabolical twists to the whole of it. Too bad I caught you right at it.

    Btw, scoring 4s is easy?

  • Harmony111 on May 28, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @ InsaneInsaan: Wow, now that you can't argue on facts you are trying to use Argumentum ad populum? Even there you failed to notice that most people on this forum are saying they will miss Sachin in IPL, some have even said they will stop watching IPL after Sachin's retirement but to your biased eyes all that is invisible and all that you can see is ppl talking about his Intl knocks.

    Actually I had a cursory glance at the comments. Very few ppl, if any, have actually mentioned any of Sachin's knocks whether Intl or IPL. So your "Popular Opinion" argument is easily busted here in one shot. Earlier you were merely wrong but now you are lying openly.

    Many years back Sachin transcended that barrier of being measured in terms of knocks. After a certain point Maestros are not seen in terms of one symphony or other. They are seen as Proven Already. Ppl don't need to talk about Sachin's stats anymore. And even on stats I proved you to be wrong way back but you still hold on to your bias.

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Good decision by Sachin. Age is finally catching up with him and he is still a joy to watch regardless of which format he is playing in. Things come and go in life and this is just another one. I would be expecting his test match retirement coming next year. We should just watch his last few years in international cricket silently instead of criticizing the amount of runs he has scored in his last few games. Although it's a shame we wont get to see 'Pondulker' again.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 28, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    @itisthewayuplay and FB guy above - totally agree with u guyzzzzzzz......

  • InsaneInsaan on May 28, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @harmony111 sachin has always been a mediocre IPL player..... see all the people in this forum are speaking of his memorable international innings not IPL inninggs........

    infact not even a guy mentioned an ipl innings frm tendulkar....... sachin was good until WC 2011 after that mediocre ina ll formats of the game..... dont deny it.....

  • deepakRajbanshi on May 28, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Bye bye Mr. India from IPL and one dayers. U R a complete cricket book, we lop u so much,salute frm my side 2 u... but Dnt retire from the test like the way you did in T20 and odis.., make it large, which crazy like us waiting for.

  • on May 28, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    See how all his stats are being celebrated. No of 4s? Well, he has meanwhile hit very few 6s and putting him above the likes of Raina in a format where 6s rather than 4s matter would be very absurd indeed. Perhaps his injury (if it wasn't just a ploy especially toward the end) spared the cricket followers of animated discussions about another irrelevant landmark. Suppose 200s were counted separately and a batter misses out on No of 100s by converting some into 200s, would that mean he's any lesser? (B'man would have suffered badly, if that were the case!) Okay, T'kar's was a decent career. But he'd have looked too inadequate in this particular format, if part of some other teams.

  • itsthewayuplay on May 28, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Interesting that Tendulkar feels that he can't play on in the 40-over game because of age but continues with 5 day game. He seems to be retiring from the game in wrong order - first it should have been tests then ODIs and then T20. Unfortunately he didn't have the same impact on T20 as he did in the other 2 formats when he was at his peak and certainly nowhere near the impact players such as Gayle, Dhoni, Pollard etc. His stats in tests and ODIs are a testament to his longevity and it's been many years since he was at the peak of his powers but his IPL performances have generally been forgettable. It's sad to say this about someone people once thought 'it doesn't matter if India loses as long as we can watch Sachin bat', but he will not be missed in the IPL.

  • Harmony111 on May 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @InsaneInsaan: Don't change the line now. You said his SR was 90 something and now you were proven wrong. It is seen by everyone that you started out with wrong facts and made that comment about Sachin. You have been shown to be completely wrong here.

    What kind of a ridiculous comment is it that Sachin played his innings in the powerplays so no big thing if he scores 4s. Tomorrow you will say that Sachin scores more runs cos he plays with a bat and you will ask him to first use a tennis racket and then score runs as well as win Wimbledon if he is some real player.

    I think your mind is totally fermented. Is that why your handle is InsaneInsaan?

  • InsaneInsaan on May 28, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @Harmony111 for all the praise tendulkar gets..... he must be the top scorer with 150 SR.... too much overrated .. he played all his innings in powerplays.... no surprise in hitting most fours.... cant u see that?????

    btw, i wouldnt have found so many problems with sachin if he had retiredsoon after 2011 WC...... BURDEN =sachin.

  • Harmony111 on May 28, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    @InsaneInsaan: Yet another uninformed Sachin-basher who just writes things without caring to see if they make sense or not. FYI, Sachin finished as among the top 5 run scorers in the history of IPL. Sachin's SR was not 90 something, it was ~120, that is not poor by any means. Sachin has hit the most 4s in the history of the IPL. Even in his 40th year and in his final season in the IPL, Sachin's SR was 124, higher than his overall avg.

    As for MI's strongest XI, I think it is generally admitted that MI won the 2nd qualifier & the IL Final not because of their batting but because of their bowling. In both the matches they showed the weakness in their batting.

    But I have a feeling telling you all this won't make a difference to you.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    a mediocre IPL player has retired...... why r people so sad.... other teams will be sad that walking wicket old and slow feilder and 90 strikerate player sachin has retired...... team MI will be soo happy..... becoz tendulkar wasnt playing in final MI could play their strongest team and hence beat CSK......

    tendular retired........ very very happy tht this mans "greatness" LOL wont be so frequently mentiobned in IPL....

    he had to retire and has done so .... should not hav e played last 3 seasons...... why fuss over waste batsmen retiring????????????

  • FAB_ALI on May 27, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    He should have retired from Internationals as soon as India won the World Cup, that could have kept his dignity high. His performances at international level after that has been very shaky and at times embarrassing. He will always be great as he has been but I think he had missed that golden moment of retiring with pride & dignity. Retiring from IPL is not a big deal, after all who cares for it. What a cricketer will always be remembered by is the work he has done at the international level.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    I like the way Sachin is doing it. I am a Bangladeshi and I love this guy and a big fan of him. It would have been really hard for us Sachin fan if he retired from all form of Game at once. Its good that he is leaving one form of game at once. Leave some hope for us that we are going to see him playing in another format and time to except the fact that soon our favourite player will leave. Sachin career is older than me and I have been watching him all my life. It won't be same when he is gone but we've to accept it :(. Looking forward to see him in test :)

  • on May 27, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    When is he going to retire from test cricket. He should announce the same soon. Lot of young talent waiting for the opportunity.

  • on May 27, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Gud luck Sachin for your future, hope you can be a great commentator.

  • on May 27, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @narabvi -wow. Dhoni did it. So it wasn't sachin's golden run in 2007-2010 that took India to world no 1. It wasn't sachin scoring almost 500 runs in worldcup. Yes dhoni did well in final, but I never new a worldcup can be won by one good game - considering dhoni's scores in rest of tournament that is someting u can conclude.

  • here2rock on May 27, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    First time he gets the decision right about retirement.

  • gsingh7 on May 27, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    thanks sachin for ipl. enjoyed when u won games for mumbai and india, enjoy ur retirement. by the way, when u going to leave indian test team for better young players?? u have over stayed ur shelf date. hope we hear the news of test retirement soon.

  • Wick_key on May 27, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Life will not be the same . So do the Ipl. But Sir we respect your decision. Already feeling the hollowness.

  • on May 27, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @AL_bundy relax man. Who was the highest run scorer for India and the second highest run scorer in world cup. That's right Sachin Tendulkar. u are talking about Sachin thanking Yuvraj and Zaheer Khan, well lets face it it was him and yuvraj that took India to the final. And any cricket fan would have been happy if their team reaches grand final.

  • on May 27, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Most comments suggest the individual-oriented Indian psyche that misses the plot. Cricket is a team game. Even the tournament stressed this fact: Gayle, Hussey, Bravo, Watson, Miller... all ended up missing out. MI would not have missed him, that's the fact. And everyone knows this, too.

  • maharshisurya on May 27, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Its great that at least now sachin has opted to retire from IPL cricket and hoping to take the same from other matches tooo...its unquestionable that he is a great player and god of cricket apart from being a cricketer but nobody denies that he has spoiled many cricketers life as he has almost spent more than 2 decades and Boost advertisement is an example. I feel he had delayed his decisions of retiring from cricket by atleast 2-3 years.

  • on May 27, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    with tendlya's retirement, my childhood too retired..... damn, i m adult now!!! :(

  • mahtabtanim1 on May 27, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Great Decision and it required a lot of courage to turn down the request of Sunny Gavaskar to play a single match in Mumbai next season. Salute and love.

  • Morfi on May 27, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    High time he announced this - I think he should have retired from IPL before anything else... now with all the Spot fix drama, it is good he goes away without any spalshes of the mud stain his stirling career.... IPL is good riddance for a grat like Sachin... - IPL did not deserve him...

  • on May 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @ latecut_04 - He was the orange cap winner in the 3rd IPL season. At least do some research before posting anything - he's still one of the top run-scorers in the IPL with a relatively high average!

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 27, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Sachin, u are the greatest indian batsman ever to walk on the surface of the earth. Your dedication to the country and love for the game will never be seen in another player . India will never be the same without you. I still remember when he said, " i have 2 dreams, to play for india and to win the world cup". Haters will keep hating, but they will never be able to take away your achievements. U have truly made us proud. Anyone who denys sachins greatness should 1st try and achieve 1 millionth of what he has and then talk. Hope for more memorable innings from you in future as well!

  • on May 27, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Feels great to be a part of an era where we got to read Sachin Tendulkar's retirement Statements, considering the fact that he's played throughout all the eras that came and went!

  • lazyplayers on May 27, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Sachin, you could have played 10 years more of IPL. But, please we are eagerly awaiting your annoucement from Test cricket.

  • on May 27, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Thank goodness! I dont think Sachin should associate himself with a corrupt organization like IPL! Good timing.

  • on May 27, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Best wishes from Zimbabwe, thank you for the wonderful cricket in the IPL. Good luck with the remaining forms/competitions of the game. All the best, Sir.

  • indianpunter on May 27, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Alas!! if only it were from all forms of cricket. does this mean that we have to suffer him in SA this year or will the selectors make the bold ( and the right ) call?

  • Anwaruzz on May 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    True legend indeed. So he hung up his bat from ODI and now IPL, maybe T20 too after next Indian engagement. He has already been on and off in test matches for the last couple of years and very soon will also retire from that. To me, he will be missed most in Test matches.

  • on May 27, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Likers or haters, one has to admire the fact that he has chosen to announce his retirement from IPL and ODI's both after he has played his last match, unlike many others who might wanted the glory and cheer of playing their last match with the audience in the know. Perhaps he didn't want the pressure or the adulation that comes anyways, and would have gained even greater proportions and overshadowed the game itself if the people were in the know. That to me just shows how much he admires the game, and wants the game to take precedence over his own decision.

    @Kreacher_Rocks, you have pretty much summed up what i had in mind too. I have lived in Chennai all my life, and yet was cheering like mad for MI simply because of one man, SRT. Guess its back to CSK from next season for me. :(

  • cricketpurist on May 27, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Perfect timing "Sachin" who knows if you had continued to Play IPL you might get a few black stain marks because of others Greed. I request all the Mr. Clean players like Sachin, Dravid, Ponting to get rid of IPL. You all belong to a different league a league of Legendaries.

  • on May 27, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    This is the right decision at right time. MI has fulfilled Legend's wish and earned the trophy as a farewell

  • haldarsuman on May 27, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Goodbye Sachin. Well wishes for your future.

  • sahbas_s on May 27, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    This is the huge blow to ipl, more than the scandals and bettings etc., i am sure MI had to contempt with the fans inside mumbai only...

  • Makkumatr on May 27, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    CSK achieved something bigger than winning the title - getting Sachin to retire. :-p Just kidding, hope Sachin stays to play Tests till next year.

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    I heard his interview where he said this is his last season in IPL because he cant cope up with travelling but he can still play all Mumbai Indians home games. At least there will be something to watch for in IPL other wise just like everyone i will give up watching IPL if he does not rethink about this

  • on May 27, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    bye bye to mumbai sachin gone ma support fr mi gone!!!!!!

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    now i don't have anything to look forward in IPL..well played master. hope your exploits in whites stay for some more time...can't digest all your retirements at the same time

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    we always miss you sachin all the best our prayers are always with you,i'm not indian i'm from pakistan but loves you, you are the biggest player ever we seen but i think you are a best human bigger than a player no scandale no contervorsey always clean & fair I slaute you sachin from my self & every pakistani we loves cricket & love sachin

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Am supporting Mumbai because of Sachin Remsesh Tendulker. If he is not wearing Blue jersey of Mumbai I will get confused which team i will give support. We are gonnna miss Sachin. I have a dream that I need to watch sachin plying in Blue jersey but i don't knpw it will happen or not. I dont know why i like you very much Am watching cricket because of Sachin Am watching IPL because of Sachin Am supporting Mumbai Indians because of Sachin Am gonna miss you sachin :(

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    now from next IPL i wont be supporting mumbai anymore !!!!!!!! Sachin We will miss u !!!!!!!! :(

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Thank you for all the entertainment, excitement, some heart felt moment, lots of happy moment u share with us. Thank you sir. We will gonna miss ya. from now i m not ganna watch IPL and ODI cricket.

  • on May 27, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Wat else Sachin do!! Team management left him out for matches..It is same like Sachin is in 15 Man squad of Test Team and dint selected for playing 11.

  • GerrardLK on May 27, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    As you all know sachin is a master of non retiring cricketing star.A man who played int'l cricket for than 20 years & still continuing. But announces his IPL retirement after just 6 editions. Something really fishy here. Perhaps he knows there is no IPL anymore with the current spot fixing scandals taking place. Good & wise decision.

  • mayhem.rules on May 27, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    We are very sad today knowing that the master will no longer be playing IPL henceforth. But we all have a belief that he will be around as a batting coach for MI and Indian National Team. As much joy as it has been watching him play for Mumbai / MI / India, we are eager to watch him do wonders for the team in his new roles...

  • on May 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    god we r gonna miss u :(......best of luck for ur future sir :) love u n adore u like crazy sir :(

  • Shahbaz_Alam on May 27, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Yes a real FATHER FIGUR of Indian Cricket. He made cricket known to all the world. The greatest follower of cricket in all time. But still some problems with him. He is not a big heart player. Not a go man player. IPL is entertainment not cricket so it would be wise to leave it coz cerdibility of IPL is on risk. Everybody knows the fate and rate of IPL. This was to facilitate the business tycones.

  • SherjilIslam on May 27, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I don't have words to express my sadness.....No words in this man's praise can be enough.Salute to the Master and hope he keeps playing test for a while, at-least let us know before announcing his retirements. I hope his haters and bashers leave him alone in at least his retirement.

  • mano.mcse on May 27, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    First of all i want to thank to Master Blaster.As we know He's true legend.we'll miss you in IPL as well as ODI. i was watching IPL because of Sachin.I cann't believe cricket without sachin.We want see in test. i'm eager and waiting to watching Sachin in SA tour...I love you Sachin. you are me role model and you God of cricket. i'm not believing god but i accept as a God of cricket.

  • anand_sreekumar on May 27, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    The little commentary that Sachin did was one of the highlights of this IPL That he correctly described that ball from Harbhajan sitting in the dug out..wow!

    I was giving out the same expression as Ponting did while Sachin casually announced his retirement.So now we can see him only in White colours..and after that..................

    Hope a section of people crying for Sachins retirement got something on their plate now..Eat your starters...Maincourse will follow soon......

  • latecut_04 on May 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Really dont understand why all these emotional posts are pouring in.He should have made this decision at least after the 2nd IPL.He has played on for 4 more seasons based on past glory.Have to say right decision made too late.This is an abject matter of fact assessment.Please publish.This is what mostly all cricket fans feel(especially outside India)

  • on May 27, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Will miss you... ODI cricket has already ended for me... Now even the IPL ends... :(

  • smartsagy on May 27, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    after the world cup evry1 said that this is the right time to retire for SACHIN..but then he fight....if he would continues and fails to make runs in next season then also the peoples said that last season when Mumbai won the IPL tht was the right time !!!.... i thought thts wy The LEGEND decided to retire from IPL.!!! SAlute to master!!

    If cricket is religion SACHIN is my god! thnx sachin for ur all memories !!

  • srikanths on May 27, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Suddenly a few macthes back we saw a very relaxed and smiling Tendulkar. It was a smile of a man who had taken some decision and at peace with the decision. The injury almost similar to his tennis elbow ... though this time it is tendon injury I believe, made one get the feeling that may be , may be he may have difficulty returning. At 40 injuries take much longer , of course he might have decided before the tournament started this year. It was huge dilemma and not easy to come to grips with . His passion to play and be in cricket Vis a Vis reduced physical capabilities . Difficult choice for a man who has been playing top floght cricket for 24 years. You might well see him announce retirement from Tests also unless people have been influencing him to play 200 Tests. 200 is not going to make him any greater.He is such an intelligent cricketer with ability to read and understand the game and situations better than most. He will make a good expert coach, Keep him to technical roles .

  • dakshinap on May 27, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Thankyou Sachinji, for your great entertainment & All the best for your rest of the future. But we are going to loose the great legend. Our onlu hope is Test Cricket. Thankyou Champion.

  • on May 27, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Some of the best comments are published as featured comments, but the "near" perfect comment of akpy really deserved to be categorized on a higher level than the others...Very well summed up bro!!

  • MEHATELK on May 27, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    the number fans sachin got is the sole reason why others fans hate sachin and his fans, all indian middle age people will feel now they are too old, sachin we really miss you. in a way thank you very much for retiring , because now we can have enough time to do other thing other than watching cricket.

  • on May 27, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    If a Mumbai Indians win in the IPL final can still bring great joy to a true CSK fan like me, it can be for one reason n one reason only and that's Sachin! I'm still hanging on to that last thread of Test cricket where i will be seeing you and just like billions of other adoring fans, I'll be hoping that thread is made of indestructible steel and it will hold on tight forever!! We salute you MASTER!!

  • saikarthikg on May 27, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @akpy - spot on sir... I was born in 1990, so I pretty much grew up watching Sachin and idiolizing him. He was a treat to eyes when he plays his signature strokes. Seeing him retire from IPL doesn't bother me much, but, can not tell how people like me will react when he retires from test cricket. It has been a pleasure, Sachin entertained us throughout our life and even in the IPL. Now, just waiting for the start of SouthAfrica tour where we can see the great man bat again...

  • DTom on May 27, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Farewell Sachin, we will miss you a lot. Cricket for me will never be the same. There have been great players before, but not one like you. The focus and determination you showed in your 40th year is more than some 20 year olds are showing. Others focus on glitz, celebrity, money, power and connections ... But you stayed true to your calling. And others things followed. Hope to see you in commentry box, just to experience your enthusiasm. But please do not emulate Sunny or Shastri. Be forthright and frank, and failing that (since it is not in your nature to confront), be measured and stately.

    And please convince Kumble to join you. One of the best analytical minds in Indian cricket is depriving us of his analysis!

  • TATTUs on May 27, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I would say fantastic decision. Now please keep playing test matches until you can and also Ranji trophy matches. If possible play English county cricket too. I know I am getting greedy here. But I , I am sure most of the others, want to see you playing in white clothes where ever possible.

  • on May 27, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    All the best Sachin for your future Test matches and life. I Was following IPL only for Sachin.

  • Kunal.Vohra on May 27, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    When Tendulkar casually let it slip in the course of that brief interview that Harsha Bhogle did with him and Ponting, even the latter seemed a little surprised. But, it was Harsha's response that, perhaps, typified how most of us feel. "Hang on," Harsha said, when he heard Sachin say that he had played his last game at the IPL. "We'll talk about it…" he added, as Sachin and Ponting got back on the victory lap.

    I guess, we all know it's time, as Sachin slowly withdraws from all forms of the game. But, hell, if we could, like Harsha Bhogle, wouldn't all of us want to talk him out of it?

  • on May 27, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Dhoni Makes Sachin's Dream Come true both in the world cup and IPL career.

  • Uppercut07 on May 27, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    THE only reason MI won the IPL final is BENCHING SRT!!!! otherwise we all know wat happens when SRT makes runs! the team looses!

  • lisan on May 27, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    It's true that time waits for none. To me i'm going to be disappointed that i'll never see Sachin in Cricket. Actually I luv cricket dearly instead love Sachin very extremely form my boyhood. Really i don't know how do I manage myself of depriving Sachin absence in cricket. Lots of luv SRT. We always miss u & ur batting.

  • drlimpel on May 27, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Last man off a sinking ship!

  • rshanx on May 27, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Better late than never. Limited contribution this season and time to make way for younger players and others. Hope he quits Tests too instead of waiting for 200 tests.

  • viktorvish on May 27, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    I can only salute the Legend for the inspiration that he has been (for his predecessors and contemporaries) and will continue to be for generations to come :)

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    We are happy to see you always playing, so Sachin sir don't leave the game.

  • vaidyar on May 27, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Although every time Mumbai won something SRT was out injured, his leaving would make it the most despised team if they continue to have Bhajji, Pollard, Mitch etc. He was the only one who had any grace and dignity on the field and placed them behind RCB and KKR among the most ill-behaved teams. Its a good time to go considering all this mess. With Gilly, Dravid and now SRT calling it their last season, next season is going to be absolute dog-eat-dog. It's not going to be cricket, as they say. But is he playing the Champions League btw?

  • Romenevans on May 27, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Thank god! Finally...! This circus should end ASAP!

  • Lovetesh on May 27, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Finally he got his timing right regarding retirements. He should have retired from ODIs after 2011 WC. But anyway thank you Sachin for all the great memories and servicing this nation and sport with so much humility for past two decades.

    Next year IPL will be an acid test for the popularity of IPL. Dravid gone, Dada gone, Sachin gone, Sehwag on decline, general election in India next year and on top of that this year's IPL end with all these fixing scam. Difficult to see people getting as excited about IPL next year as they were over the last six years.

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    A practical decision.....but as a cricket fan in general and cricket fan in particular, I have the premonition that the SA tour could be his last test tour too. Too bad, since i thought England 2014 could be his swansong. If he does not play IPL 2014, i don't foresee him playing in England, unless and until he decides to play some county cricket. Good that he has given us time to overcome the shock....now we know that the end is coming soon :(

  • on May 27, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Harmony111 has said it beautifully. I was 23 when Tendulkar made his debut. I was an obsessive G R Viswanath fan and when he retired, I was heartbroken and felt that I could never worship another cricketer with that intensity. Yet the boy genius won be over within a couple of years and has given me more cricketing joy than I had any right to expect. Seeing his smile yesterday, his childlike joy, made the evening special. Thre wont be another like him.

  • abhi4298 on May 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Yesterday when i saw mi win the title, i was shocked, because i'm an ardent csk fan... but when i heard that this is sachin's last ipl, a wave of happiness surged through me, and created a vacuum..while i felt empty that we could never see sachin again in ipl, i felt immense pleasure in watching a legend lay his hands on trophy in his last ipl and laugh like an innocent childish boy..i don't know whether we could see an innocent legend like that ever again..

  • crickketlover on May 27, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Good decision. SRT should have made the same decision after winning World Cup - maybe he learned from that mistake and made the right one this time.

  • stephonTT on May 27, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Could you please remove the "featured comment" from your forum. Let persons air their views and opinions. You guys already screen comments, don't pick and choose which ones make the most "sense". let readers do that.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on May 27, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Very late. You should have retired from Test Cricket 5 years ago.

  • Kashi0127 on May 27, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Finally! Hope he does the same in other, more important formats of the game

  • on May 27, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    Harmony111 it seems u have no knowledge of test cricket and the critical overseas test centuries he hammered against all strong teams around the world ...

  • harshadphadke on May 27, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    How casually he said that this was my last IPL, I simply couldn't believe my ears all that joy of MI winning started to seem too small. I completely agree with Harmony111 that atleast sachin is exiting in EMIs,can't even imagine what would be the state of mind had he quit them all in one go so now its only TEST cricket it is where we will get to see him :(

  • on May 27, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    I don't care man! At least he wont get booed from his own Indian crowd, right? But he should not retire from Tests, because he is one of the best Test cricketer in the world, if not THE best!

  • ashok2510 on May 27, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    I just hope he plays test cricket for at least a year or two. And my only request to Sachin is not to deprive us fans a last chance to cheer for his last runs. Please announce beforehand if and when you decide to play your last test match. This is the only way to make our pain a bit bearable.

  • intcamd on May 27, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    IPL is a tamasha, a joke of a game, and now we all know it is also scandalous. It has become a place for has-been players from Aus/SA/India to collect their retirement money, while playing a few overs a week. The bosses made their money from the TV and tickets and when that was not enough, from betting on the side. Some, may be many, players joined in as well in the betting gig. The likes of Tendulkar should have retired from cricket along time ago, no body knows why he hung around (other than the obvious money factor), and now his "fans" are devastated that he is retiring (which he is not, since he will still be playing test cricket). Used to be, players retired once and for all; now, they have retirements from one day, T20, IPL, test cricket, county, blah blah. I guess every time, the fans have to act shocked and full of sorrow that the world is ending. Meanwhile true Indian champions like V Anand are relegated to the sidelines in terms of public glory. What a travesty.

  • on May 27, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    John Wright, Anil Kumble, Robin Singh, Johnty Rhodes, Shaun Pollok, Sachin Tendulkar, ,Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan.... if Ambanis recruit a few more veterans, they can as well start a veteran's league and perhaps win it too. Some of the new additions could include Dravid, Mahela & Gilchrist. Of course, John Wright might be a non-playing captain! If that is not possible, (in a game like cricket) he could continue as their "Veterans' Coach" .

  • on May 26, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Right decision thank u sachin u are great player in world u are the best ever

  • EverybodylovesSachin on May 26, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    StraightHit - Sachin never made any mistakes...LOL it is your point of views and I disagree 100%

  • fancythat on May 26, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Good call to go out as a IPL champion - he has played his part in their journey and now he is ready to bow out before his levels drop even more.

    Having watched this series in the UK chanal ITV4 it is clear that some top class acts have to also consider their futures after weak contributions. Sanga, Mihela, Dilshan, Sewag, Kallis and Ponting have been huge stars but inevitable age is going to limit their killer performances.

    Time we had more England players in IPL if only the authorities will permit it although the game must get rid of its ` fixing` issues asap.

    Well done MI but it is Sunrisers time in 2014

  • Venkatb on May 26, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    With all the recent muck in the IPL, Tendulkar is doing the right thing to move away from this league that has been murky even in the best of times. The last thing he would want is to receive a casual call from a stranger and ergo his name would get dragged into the muck. He still has first class and Test cricket ahead of him - let him focus on that and come out with his name intact. The Test series against the Aussies did not do him any good - he needs one good series for redemption, cross 200 Tests and then retire.

  • Al_Bundy1 on May 26, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Good Riddance!! He was a burden on Mumbai Indians. Did any one notice that MI did well whenever SRT didn't play?? He should have retired from ODI as well after 2011 World Cup. He should have thanked Yuvraj and Zaheer for winning the world cup for India, and retired like an honest man with dignity still intact.

  • on May 26, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    I always believed that ricky ponting , Tendulkar and Lara belong to the same league. I have to eat my words after watching childish bhaviour of ponting on and off the field. As a batsman he is a treat to watch, but in decency and behavior he is miles away from Tendulkar. I have watch this great batsman for over two decades and cant remember a single game where he was involve in any kind of argument with the bowler or/and the fielder. This is something special from a special human being. Age cathes up with all and Tendulkar is no different. would definatley miss him watching in ODI's, T20 is not for the players of his caliber anyways. T20 is a child play. Is not for masters. waiting for SA series to see him in action again. hats off of to the great man.

  • on May 26, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Its right decision from sachin....its painful to see him struggle with fastest format of the game,...he is wisely making his retirement from different forms of game....i hope he plays ranji and guide our next generation players...sachin is the inspiration for most of our cricket players and i hope he ll be the same henceforth..

  • PT03 on May 26, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Started watching cricket because of you. From the very first season of IPL supported Mumbai Indians, nothing else matters. Always want you to score big runs. When you announced your retirement from ODI then Test and IPL are the only other source of watching you play. Now IPL, it's like you are preparing us for the future. But i don't want to think about the future cricket without you sir. Thank you sir for all those wonderful memories in coloured clothes. It will remain with us forever.

  • on May 26, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    O my GOD (Sachin)....! What you have said, when i was just going to start the celebrations. I clearly remember i was in class 3rd when one of close friend introduced me to you by emulating your shots @ Lunch & telling what a wonderful player this new Kid is named Sachin after watching your knock of 77 against West Indies @ Brisbane in 1992. From then i have started watching as well as playing Cricket. Yes, you are one of God....I am grateful to you for making me believing in the religion of Cricket after so many falls. I admires your commitment towards what you do & do in a Gentlemen's way. I have just waited for this Day since last 6 Yrs.....!!! Hope never let us down. I invariably believe in FAITH, COMMITMENT & EFFORT.....It may come late, but what a great feeling ACHIEVEMENT is @ the end.....!!!

    Well said: "Listen to the mustn'ts. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the im

  • vish2020 on May 26, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    People really are embarrassing here when they put money, greed, selfish, overrated etc. in the same line as Sachin's Name. He is and will be the best cricketer to ever hold the bat. He has broken most of all batting records and that's because he was consistently the best player and no one could do it because they couldn't last that long. He is very humble and at age 40 his enthusiasm is more then a 15 year old kid on a national team. A very sad sad day for Indian and Sachin fans. I thought he will continue playing IPL and this is a huge shock. I felt he should retire this year but now that it has happened it really hurts that i won't ever see him bat in ODI or T20 a format that showed the glimpses of the one and only 'MASTER BLASTER'

  • Rohit... on May 26, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Loss of words... Still We will Respect ALL YOUR DECISIONS... Wished I had known before hand that the match against Steyn and Co. was ur last so that I could have cheered for all your runs and not just sixes.

  • CricketChat on May 26, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Right decision!. At least, he corrected his earlier mistake of not retiring from ODIs on high after WC win in 2011. Along with Sachin, there are several aging stalwarts who might not be around for the next edition of IPL, like, Glichrist (retired), Ponting, Dilshan, Kallis, Sangakkara, Jayawardane and Shewag.

  • on May 26, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    We all know you are 40 .......we all know most of the players of your age have retired long time back.....but there is something about sachin because of which still feel he should be there ......personally for me the other name of cricket is sachin.....but you are the god of cricket....your decision is final decision.....but we will still go to wankhede stadium and will still shout a loud.....sachin....sachin......thanks a lot sachin tendulkar for giving those wonderfull memories

  • on May 26, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    i am in usa and was trying to see him live i was trying to go and see ipl but i was unfotunate i am happy that mumbai indian win the ipl because i am also mumbaikar and surely this win is dedicated to maestro sachin , good luck sachin and may god bless u all the happiness

  • avmd on May 26, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Good decision, IPL is not for the cricketers like Dravid and Tendulkar anymore. They played cricket with honor and grace and I'm glad they will not be seen in this mess called IPL anymore.

  • deep2sha on May 26, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    life will definately not be tha same for billions in india the day he leaves test...forget about cricket...sachin is part of an indian family...there was a days when sachin united this country.... he is so honest and so emotional....even in this fixing saga we all can say that this man is there so nothing to worry....the respect he gets from other is there for everyone to see....crowd loves him...nation treasures him and billions adore him...... his calmness is lesson for kohli. sachin thanks for the memories.....even after 100 years i am sure no one will touch ur greatness

  • Virendra_Y on May 26, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    :-(

    That's all I could think of....

  • ashishashah1975 on May 26, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    A vaccum in life..I grew up watching you..You formed a major part of my childhood..Lately I have felt that Sachin should retire ,but NOW when you ARE retiring , i am so sad!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    This is only from IPL so its not big deal imo, though I do not believe he will retire so quietly with the amount of money they will pay him. Although it might be strategy to have him retire as auction might take place & MI team want to retain rohit/dk under retention clause for indian players. Not sure but its no biggie. Waiting for test retirement.

  • deol84 on May 26, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    well done sir and good luck, you have done so much for your country its time to put your feet up.

  • on May 26, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    THANK YOU Sachin; you're the best :)

  • Htc-Baseball on May 26, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    MI fans are hopeless..Anyway sachin wud be a mentor and again his patrons will queue to watch him sit at he dug out... Really pathetic fans belittle the great man.

  • vrn59 on May 26, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Wow, I did not see this coming. He was expected to retire next year. He will now be seen only in whites for India (and Mumbai). I would expect him to retire after the SA series. It's funny: although I have been clamoring for his retirement for a while now, it is still a sad feeling to see this great man go. His little commentary stint today brought joy to Indian fans in a way that not even a century from another player would. It may not be easy for non-Indian fans to understand the obsession with Sachin. This legend is not just a cricketer to Indians, but a phenomenon. There can never be another quite like him. This love for Sachin extends greater than his records (his runs, his averages, his 100 100's) and his match-winning contributions. He has been one of the few constants in peoples' lives since 1988-89. Even when he fails to perform now, the frustration felt by us is fueled by our sadness as we watch our hero slowly bow out. Dear Sachin, you will always be loved. :)

  • Gladkick on May 26, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    This was a shocking news for me. I almost felt it like the death of cricket. I'm going to miss you my hero. For as long as I live, you will be the one and only hero in my life. Please be a part of Indian or world cricket in anyway you can. Its my humble request. Goodluck my hero!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    For most of the viewers I came across who supported Mumbai, the only subtle factor was this legend. If I asked them a reason for their blind support, after a pause of self-exclamation, the first word used to be "Tendulkar". What a place he has in the heart of we Indians. We are proud to have taken birth in this era because we could see this MAGICIAN playing. Any appreciation would fall short to explain what this man really is and has done for the WORLD of CRICKET. For me Cricket started and ended with Tendulkar. And I am sure, the story is not different either for many of us here. Take a bow GOD! We salute YOU!

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    With No Sachin , No Dravid....next IPL will not be like this

  • yogi.s on May 26, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Good decision and for me personally the best part of this decision is that tendulkar's last match ever will be as an INDIAN player and not as a Mumbai or Delhi player.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    thanks sachin for giving such a beautiful memories in cricket

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    I started watching cricket because of you. I learned the rules of cricket only through you. I came to knew that there is ODI and Test cricket forms only after watching you play. If some one asked me about some events (relatives marriage date,DOB etc) , i dont have any clue, but at the same time, if somebody asks about Sachin's innings (when , where etc) i will be able to answer quickly.Now you are not there & I am not gonna watch cricket anymore

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    sad the reason i started supporting MI but the good thing is that in his last season we won the IPL and he hit a last ball that he faced the IPL

  • RS77 on May 26, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    IPL just got poorer in quality with Sachin's retirement ... while listening him talk today felt how he still is soo passionate about the game and then picking Bhajji's ball (doosra) from 75 m away just showed his class and knowledge of the game ... u will be missed Sachin

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    and So i am also retiring as a TV audience from IPL......This is the right time to leave.....i am 20 but i got to accept it....I just decided this is my last season."....no Sachin NO CRICKET .....

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    i loved watching sachin of his 16 yr to 40 yr cricket expedition and which is joyful. now it is time to sign off cricket

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    You(Sachin) are the main reason for me to watch IPL... Now that also gone.... :(

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    love you Sachin, It was great to see player like you..............the all cricket fans will miss u lot................thanks

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    West Indies Fan---for the sake of Cricket i wish Tendulkar and Lara played for ever.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Its a grt time for Sachin to retire... Anyway feeling bad... Cup in the hand... Its been a grt show from the legend for the past 6 years... Goodbye legend...

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    salute to you my master .... what a pleasure it was , a well deserved trophy for u...hope u will still come and encourage the younger generation in future as well

  • ddr3 on May 26, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    wanna see him in the next season too!

  • bombaytogoa on May 26, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    I stopped watching One days now now IPL on list ...Sachin please do not retire from Test . You are in our heart and will never retire from our heart.

  • SPotnis on May 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Thank god or thank cricket. Sachin thanks for this favor

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    End of an era, IPL will be be the same ...

  • mar2000 on May 26, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    The end of an ERA . Sachin has called it quits and we all shall miss him . The IPL will not be the same but I will keep watching .

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    i am a die hard csk fan now..... but i had to accept that if there was no sachin.. csk would be something different for me...hail master blaster... thanks for everything.. keep concentrate on test cricket.. alll th best for ur rest of ur life :-)

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Miss u little master............

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    HERE ENDS IPL... Hope Dravid will continue playing in IPL..

  • 22many on May 26, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    well done to John Wright....shame on NZCricket for not having you in charge of the team in England instead of a nobody who will never do anything positive for NZCricket....

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    My last IPL as a viewer as well then. Thank you sachin for wonderful moments , Mhy first post and my be last .

    Miss u sachin , really

  • Narabavi on May 26, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Sachin Wanted no.1 test rank - Dhoni did it Sachin Wanted One Day World Cup - Dhoni did it Sachin Wanted IPL championship - Dhoni did it

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    After 20 years of cricket Sachin is enthusiastic and excited for winning a domestic trophy... Felt like a 20 year guy excited when on mike on seeing his team in winning position though showed his experience by predicting and saying bajji's ball was a wrong one and bounced from dugout without any replays ... No one has the right to say the man to retire... Sachin play forever... But should respect when he takes his decision.. Hope to see you in South Africa...

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    I quit supporting MI as well .... We'll miss you sachin Sir

  • EverybodylovesSachin on May 26, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Sachin will be missed very much and for me IPL will not be same again. Congrats Sachin for your first IPL title and Thank You for all the entertainment. I hope to see Sachin being part of Mumbai Indians team in coming IPL season...

  • TheLastJeed on May 26, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    well that's not a good news. He is already retired from international t20s and odis. Now ipl? That only leaves test matches. Does champions league counts?

  • atthipatti on May 26, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    You'll be immensely missed :(

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    We will Miss You Sachin... I can find 3 groups supporting their Team every time in the stadium... Team A, Team B and Sachin... One of The Great to play the game and Cricket.

    Good Luck!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Now for the Nation team retirement to follow.

  • rsurya on May 26, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    The joy of winning vanished the moment sachin announced his retirement from IPL. We are left with only test cricket. Oh god what a sad night.

  • on May 26, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Finally time has come ! I have decided to stop following IPL :( Without SRT no T20,ODI and now IPL .....

  • viratAHUJA on May 26, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    What is with Sachin and not playing his farewell match after announcing it!! first odi's and now IPL...Oh come on Sachin, i will miss you a lot!! no more ipl, after having already left watching ODI

  • Vishal_07 on May 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    One less reason to watch IPL now, if there is one next year! will miss him.

    BTW, between Dravid and Tendulkar cricinfo has picked the latter. Dravid made his announcement on Friday and that statement was buried somewhere in a link. Tendulkar makes his, and that is the t

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I think there'll be a.few other "retirements" before the start of the next season....

  • SRBW on May 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Last World cup for Sachin resulted in a win for India and last IPL also as a win for the Mumbai Indains. His best innings for me in the IPL was in Delhi in 2010 when he scored a magnificent 63 of 32 balls. Will miss legends like Sachin, Dravid and Ponting in the next season

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    goodbye sachin from another format of cricket.

  • dev_000 on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    So Sachins last shot in limited overs cricket was a six! Take a bow master!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    R.I.P. IPL u wont get that craz as u get in the past leaving DRAVID, GILCHRIST and SACHIN sir :(

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Sachin we really miss you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    We will miss you sachin in this format of cricket. It would have been great if I could see you playing today :)... All the best sachin for future we love you.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    :( My last IPL as a viewer as well then.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    :( My last IPL as a viewer as well then.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    We will miss you sachin in this format of cricket. It would have been great if I could see you playing today :)... All the best sachin for future we love you.

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Sachin we really miss you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    R.I.P. IPL u wont get that craz as u get in the past leaving DRAVID, GILCHRIST and SACHIN sir :(

  • dev_000 on May 26, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    So Sachins last shot in limited overs cricket was a six! Take a bow master!!!

  • on May 26, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    goodbye sachin from another format of cricket.

  • SRBW on May 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Last World cup for Sachin resulted in a win for India and last IPL also as a win for the Mumbai Indains. His best innings for me in the IPL was in Delhi in 2010 when he scored a magnificent 63 of 32 balls. Will miss legends like Sachin, Dravid and Ponting in the next season

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    I think there'll be a.few other "retirements" before the start of the next season....

  • Vishal_07 on May 26, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    One less reason to watch IPL now, if there is one next year! will miss him.

    BTW, between Dravid and Tendulkar cricinfo has picked the latter. Dravid made his announcement on Friday and that statement was buried somewhere in a link. Tendulkar makes his, and that is the t

  • viratAHUJA on May 26, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    What is with Sachin and not playing his farewell match after announcing it!! first odi's and now IPL...Oh come on Sachin, i will miss you a lot!! no more ipl, after having already left watching ODI