Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, IPL final, Kolkata May 27, 2013

Waited six years for this - Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar was thrilled that Mumbai Indians finally won their first IPL title, after beating Chennai Super Kings in the finals. Tendulkar, who has been with Mumbai for all six years of the IPL, announced his retirement from the IPL moments after his team was crowned champions.

"I have waited for this for six years and six years is a long time." he told the IPL website. "But it's never too late. This has been an outstanding season for us; we have thoroughly enjoyed every moment with each other. It's been really solid. The goal for this season was to win the trophy and I am glad that we have been able to do that."

Tendulkar captained Mumbai the last time they reached the finals in 2010. He was also the tournament's leading batsman that season, as his team topped the league table. "It was good to reach the final [in 2010] but this year we made it till the end." he said, "Whoever is the captain, it doesn't matter as long as we lift the trophy. That is what you play for and Sunday was that moment."

Tendulkar, who did not feature in the playing eleven that won the trophy after tendon damage to his wrist, was overjoyed with Mumbai's achievement. "It's a different feeling to get your hands on that trophy and I can't wait to celebrate with the team. We've really worked hard for it. After two and a half months of sheer hard work we have been able to win this trophy. It's a wonderful feeling."

It still remains to be seen whether he has played his last game for Mumbai or whether he will represent them in the Champions League T20.

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  • mrgupta on May 29, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Yesterday we a bunch of colleagues had a discussion over lunch about Cricket. One my team mates very excitedly claimed, Sachin only plays for record but Lara played for his team! I said 'ok, Lara the same guy who scored 375 and 400 runs to make records no matter if his team didn't win those games?' He said when i saw Lara playing i realized what a player and he plays for team, i asked again, are you aware that Sachin once played through a career threatening injury to score 137 and brought India close to a famous victory against Pak?. He said Ok Dravid played for his team, he scored lot of 100 where India won abroad. I checked Statsguru and he was right 7 such innings, but there was a glitch, Sachin has 9 such innings and Lara had 3. India won 53 games lost 25 when Sachin scored 100, India Won 24 and lost 8 when Dravid scored 100. So i am still not convinced how Sachin played for records and others didn't. How do we decide? whats the criteria?

  • Johnny_129 on May 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    SRT's CV is now filled that one void that remained (if a lack of an IPL win could indeed be considered a void - important to Indian fans, I suppose). If there was one batsman who deserved to be in the number one team in Test, ODI and IPL then that is Sachin. And if I had to pick another then it would be Ponting. Lara would be the next of the modern greats that deserved such success. Dravid & Kallis are also worthy if not as gifted and dominating as the other three mentioned.

  • mrgupta on May 29, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Thyagu5432: In a team game like Cricket its not only the On field performance that affects a game, its also the mixture of youth and experience which gives positive results. If the criteria to remain in the team for a country of Billion people is to give chances to people then all players above the age of 30 should retire. Sachin, though failing by his standards, has still done better than Raina, Yuvi, Mukund, Sehwag and Gambhir in last 2 years. Also his presence in the dressing room is also very comforting and useful for all players. Currently i don't see him blocking any 18-19 year old who can easily replace him and his experience. He himself decided not to play T20 cricket and said it belongs to youth, didn't he? Test Cricket is a different game, not every 18-19 year older is a Sachin...

  • on May 29, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    It's not about we are against SRT. It's about our expectation, when you are a child we expect you to be childish, when you a teen we expect you to behave so, when you are old enough to marry we expect you to be a parent and take care of your own child. Similar applies you when you are granny. You translate it into a cricket's life cycle.

  • Mashq on May 28, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    MI could have done it in first or second year of IPL if they know that he is waiting to see this and get rid of him. very childish excuses indeed.

  • Pathiyal on May 28, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    was a bit disappointed when Mumbai Indians beat my favorite team in the finals until i saw Sachin's smiling face :-) imagine the guy can pass on a lot of positive energy thru your tv screens!!! whether he plays or not, we would be more happy and comfortable with his presence around the pitch or in the dug out.

  • GerrardLK on May 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    MI won as Sachin was sitting in the dugout since Playoffs. That was a good move by the managment asking Sachin to sit on the bench cause whenver Sachin scores, his team loses. This is the case for team India as well.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @bingorighton: You are right. If you have a poll today on if Sachin should continue, it will be an "Yes" hands down. The same poll a year from now, would still be an "Yes" but it no longer would be hands down. 2 years from now, the same poll would be a big "NO" hands down. People don't talk about retiring when on top for fun. He has already lost that chance (I dont think he will ever score at the rate he used to). Atleast, he should retire before it comes to a stage where he is pushed out. In a country of more than a billion, you cannot make use of your unenviable position to hold on to something that could potentially be used better by somebody else. There are other 18 and 19 year olds who want to show their talent and here is an oldie who is preventing that from happening. After all, a playing 11 can have only 11 players. I was a huge fan of Sachin once upon a time but no longer.

  • 2nd_Slip on May 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I wont be surprized if he retires after the SA series every good test player nowadays wants to retire having played their last game against the current best team in the world Straus,Ponting,Hussey

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Stalin Subburaj: 1. In WC 2011, Sachin has more winning contribution overall. Do not judge him because you think he wants credits for WC. It's people who gave the credits to him. It's team game after all. 2. In IPL, his mere presence ilfted the pressure off from team members. He might not have added much contribution in IPL-6 but overall IPL tournaments, he had already contributed. 3. He carried the immense burden of all cricket fans over 23 years, so he earned all the due respect (e.g. GOD) and his retirements. 4. We don't have authority to even blame such a class, down to earth person who just loves cricket more than anything. 5. He might not be GOD of cricket but earning faith of billions and standing for their expectations over such long period is not a non-GOD task. Take a note of that...

  • mrgupta on May 29, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Yesterday we a bunch of colleagues had a discussion over lunch about Cricket. One my team mates very excitedly claimed, Sachin only plays for record but Lara played for his team! I said 'ok, Lara the same guy who scored 375 and 400 runs to make records no matter if his team didn't win those games?' He said when i saw Lara playing i realized what a player and he plays for team, i asked again, are you aware that Sachin once played through a career threatening injury to score 137 and brought India close to a famous victory against Pak?. He said Ok Dravid played for his team, he scored lot of 100 where India won abroad. I checked Statsguru and he was right 7 such innings, but there was a glitch, Sachin has 9 such innings and Lara had 3. India won 53 games lost 25 when Sachin scored 100, India Won 24 and lost 8 when Dravid scored 100. So i am still not convinced how Sachin played for records and others didn't. How do we decide? whats the criteria?

  • Johnny_129 on May 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    SRT's CV is now filled that one void that remained (if a lack of an IPL win could indeed be considered a void - important to Indian fans, I suppose). If there was one batsman who deserved to be in the number one team in Test, ODI and IPL then that is Sachin. And if I had to pick another then it would be Ponting. Lara would be the next of the modern greats that deserved such success. Dravid & Kallis are also worthy if not as gifted and dominating as the other three mentioned.

  • mrgupta on May 29, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Thyagu5432: In a team game like Cricket its not only the On field performance that affects a game, its also the mixture of youth and experience which gives positive results. If the criteria to remain in the team for a country of Billion people is to give chances to people then all players above the age of 30 should retire. Sachin, though failing by his standards, has still done better than Raina, Yuvi, Mukund, Sehwag and Gambhir in last 2 years. Also his presence in the dressing room is also very comforting and useful for all players. Currently i don't see him blocking any 18-19 year old who can easily replace him and his experience. He himself decided not to play T20 cricket and said it belongs to youth, didn't he? Test Cricket is a different game, not every 18-19 year older is a Sachin...

  • on May 29, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    It's not about we are against SRT. It's about our expectation, when you are a child we expect you to be childish, when you a teen we expect you to behave so, when you are old enough to marry we expect you to be a parent and take care of your own child. Similar applies you when you are granny. You translate it into a cricket's life cycle.

  • Mashq on May 28, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    MI could have done it in first or second year of IPL if they know that he is waiting to see this and get rid of him. very childish excuses indeed.

  • Pathiyal on May 28, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    was a bit disappointed when Mumbai Indians beat my favorite team in the finals until i saw Sachin's smiling face :-) imagine the guy can pass on a lot of positive energy thru your tv screens!!! whether he plays or not, we would be more happy and comfortable with his presence around the pitch or in the dug out.

  • GerrardLK on May 28, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    MI won as Sachin was sitting in the dugout since Playoffs. That was a good move by the managment asking Sachin to sit on the bench cause whenver Sachin scores, his team loses. This is the case for team India as well.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 28, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @bingorighton: You are right. If you have a poll today on if Sachin should continue, it will be an "Yes" hands down. The same poll a year from now, would still be an "Yes" but it no longer would be hands down. 2 years from now, the same poll would be a big "NO" hands down. People don't talk about retiring when on top for fun. He has already lost that chance (I dont think he will ever score at the rate he used to). Atleast, he should retire before it comes to a stage where he is pushed out. In a country of more than a billion, you cannot make use of your unenviable position to hold on to something that could potentially be used better by somebody else. There are other 18 and 19 year olds who want to show their talent and here is an oldie who is preventing that from happening. After all, a playing 11 can have only 11 players. I was a huge fan of Sachin once upon a time but no longer.

  • 2nd_Slip on May 28, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I wont be surprized if he retires after the SA series every good test player nowadays wants to retire having played their last game against the current best team in the world Straus,Ponting,Hussey

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @Stalin Subburaj: 1. In WC 2011, Sachin has more winning contribution overall. Do not judge him because you think he wants credits for WC. It's people who gave the credits to him. It's team game after all. 2. In IPL, his mere presence ilfted the pressure off from team members. He might not have added much contribution in IPL-6 but overall IPL tournaments, he had already contributed. 3. He carried the immense burden of all cricket fans over 23 years, so he earned all the due respect (e.g. GOD) and his retirements. 4. We don't have authority to even blame such a class, down to earth person who just loves cricket more than anything. 5. He might not be GOD of cricket but earning faith of billions and standing for their expectations over such long period is not a non-GOD task. Take a note of that...

  • test_cricket_is_real_cricket on May 28, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    stalin suuburaj: a player of his stature, had he been born in a country with a slightly less pathetic bowling attack, would've won every trophy there is over and over again... a player who scores 2000+ runs in the world cup and holds almost every batting record there is in the world cup, and is one of the top 5 overall run getters in the IPL, certainly deserves more trophies... CRICKET IS NOT A ONE-MAN GAME, but if there has been one player in history to make it appear so, it is Sachin...

  • bingorighton on May 28, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    what is with all you guys posting comments on sachin ? when he didnt retire after india won world cup you guys blamed him for carrying on. now he retires on a high from IPL and you say all he wanted was the cup ? he cant keep everyone happy. when even the god has nastiks, so will this god . but the ones who love him outnumber those who are ready to point a finger at him. even today if a poll comes out asking if sachin should continue or not, the battle will be one-sided!!! you are talking about a legend of game. and you who talk against him havent scored 1 international run and you judge a guy who holds all the records in book. BRAVE or FOOLISH ?

  • on May 28, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    I think SRT should pass his cricketing skills to young generation through coaching, not by being a player member in the dressing room. If you wait for him to retire from test cricket and take a coaching role, it will be late and the aftermath would be disastrous as it is happening in Australian cricket since last few years.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Good that we do not have any new tournament announced, otherwise, he will wait another 6 years to win that before retiring. Now on to retirement from tests. When would that happen? After his average drops to 40?

  • Harmony111 on May 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @Stalin Subburaj: Who scored a 50 in that chase vs defending champs Aus in the QF? Who scored 85 vs Pak? Had Sachin scored one run less in the match vs Eng then Ind would have lost it and that would have changed the whole table situation....Sachin contributed in 2 of the 3 most crucial matches and it does not seem enough to you? I think all this is beyond your grasp judging by the comments you have made here.

  • on May 28, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    guys all of them who responded to my comment, sorry if i hurt you feeling - being part of team and winning the cup is called team work, contributing alone and winning the cup i called one man show (if we have won 2003 - that is called one man show), winning 2011 world cup is called team work not because of Sachin, all of you(Media) portraying that Sachin is the only person deserves the world cup, if that is your point - then i would say this world cup belong MSD and MSD alone, no once can share it. If you say Sachin 85 is the reason we through to final and i would say because of MSD final knock (91) is the reason we won the cup.

  • on May 27, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Well done Mumbai Indians.We Sri Lankans are very happy that you won the title.

  • BIRANCHI_1979 on May 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    It is unfortunate on anybody's part to comment on an institution of SRT's caliber. He is a legend in his field and we are no way near to him to make any comments on him. Just because this is a public site we are able to post some comment. But let's not mis-utilise the scope by posting some unnecessary comment. If we can't praise somebody's good work, better be quite. A person's mere presence inside the dressing room is enough.Nothing to post extra.

  • RS77 on May 27, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    @Stalin, his contribution was nothing in World cup 2011 ?? He was highest scorer for India in the tournament and second highest overall ... His contribution in quarter final was 53 (second highest again after Yuvraj) and in semi final an 85 ... I agree he did not contribute for IPL6 but then he has contributed for last 23 years and the team India has been playing nothing but nonsense much of his career so he has deserved more than his share of trophies ... and no he is not just a class batsman but arguably one of the best batsman in the world ...

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Well, good for him. Tendulkar has now added the IPL to his already impressive resume and now he can go home gladly. It was a pleasure seeing him in coloured clothing for more than 25 years. Hopefully he can call it a day in whites as well. Truly the end of an era.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Guys!!! This is not the way we should be talking about the World's Best Batsman of all times...Sachin scored a crucial 85 runs in the Semi final against Pak in the 2011 World Cup and that helped India to reach the final ..Its a team game no doubt but this knock was crucial...He scored a great 50 against the mighty Australians as well..So dont pass comments without knowing the statistics ...Sachin is always the GOD (Genius,Outstanding Class and Devastating ) of Cricket Undoubtedly..Nobody on Earth can score and will score 33000 plus runs in International Cricket!! Just think about the Magnitude of this achievement..

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    if tendulkar laugh like that, losing the cup doesnot matter.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @Stalin : Do you understand anything about cricket? Are you sure Sachin shouldn't get the credits for World Cup 2011 Vicotry? Have you seen the stats of worldcup? He was the highest scorer for India and second in overall. Did you forget his inning of 85 in semifinal.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @stalin subburaj , Dont agree to your statement "Tendulkar did nothing in WC 2011" You must remember that, India vs Pakistan semifinal, we just won becoz he scored 85 , India vs South Africa, he scored a century , he got out when india was at 266/2 and eventually got all out at 295, India vs England, we managed a tie, just becoz he scored 120. So he is still the best Batsman India has seen. Hoppppping that he would change his decision...........:(

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

    @Stalin Subburaj- The claim that Sachin did not deserve the World Cup in 2011 does not make any sense. He was the second highest run-getter in the entire tournament. He also had centuries against South Africa, England, and had the highest contribution in the semi-final against Pakistan--all of which were crucial matches against top-quality opposition.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @stalin subburaj : I think you have zero cricket knowledge. Get your basics correct dude. Sachin was the leading run scorer in 2011 worldcup. His contribution is there in almost every match. People like you who don't know how to hold the bat has no right to comment n "THE GOD".

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    What are we talking?? Sachin was not even in th eplaying eleven and he dint contribute much?? the same was said when when dhoni and boyz won the world cup.. yuvraj gambhir and dhoni were stars in the world cup win and it was pollard for the mumbaikars and rayudu who steadied the ship for mumbai.. are we overdoing the sachin thing?? He may want the credit but i strongly condemn sachin getting the credit and he wont be missed in the ipl 7...lets not overdo it

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Sachin is a class batsman, but i am not sure he deserve this IPL cup or world cup, because his contribution in this both cup is very less - if India won the 203 world cup, then i accept his is one deserve that more than anyone, but not these two. Sorry Sachin you may be best in what you does, but for these tournament credit is not yours.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    So how was the final match.... MI bowlers handcuffed so called long n destructive csk batting line up... Even helicopter crashed... Champions play in crunch time n when it matters most... MI beat Csk hansomely to lift IPL trophy... Its all due to and For God of Cricket... Love to see Sachins smile... Hearty congrats MI paltan... Party begins in City of Joy...

  • goindiago2012 on May 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @Indefatigible: While some of your points are correct, there are plenty other players who failed miserably and have not received as much criticism as Sachin. True, with his reputation and status in Indian cricket comes all the feedback, but he did play 2-3 good innings for his team. Also, while he may not have scored many runs, he didn't play too slowly either, so he didn't affect MI all too much when he failed.

  • SRISESH on May 27, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    It is sad to know that he wont be playing in the next IPL season. But I am sure he will be around as a team consultant.

  • Indefatigible on May 27, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Has Sachin done anything noteworthy this IPL? Not really. His batting has been atrocious, his running between the wickets comical at best and his fielding has been pathetic. Thank God he's retiring. It's about time he accepts the physical limitations that come with being 40 years of age. Prudence and common sense have prevailed at last.

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Sakthiivel, He made contribution in 2010. Read the article again, "He was also the tournament's leading batsman that season, as his team topped the league table."

  • Sakthiivel on May 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    I dont see much contribution made by Sachin in IPL so there is nothing going happen to IPL of his retirement.

  • Sakthiivel on May 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    I dont see much contribution made by Sachin in IPL so there is nothing going happen to IPL of his retirement.

  • on May 27, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Sakthiivel, He made contribution in 2010. Read the article again, "He was also the tournament's leading batsman that season, as his team topped the league table."

  • Indefatigible on May 27, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Has Sachin done anything noteworthy this IPL? Not really. His batting has been atrocious, his running between the wickets comical at best and his fielding has been pathetic. Thank God he's retiring. It's about time he accepts the physical limitations that come with being 40 years of age. Prudence and common sense have prevailed at last.

  • SRISESH on May 27, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    It is sad to know that he wont be playing in the next IPL season. But I am sure he will be around as a team consultant.

  • goindiago2012 on May 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @Indefatigible: While some of your points are correct, there are plenty other players who failed miserably and have not received as much criticism as Sachin. True, with his reputation and status in Indian cricket comes all the feedback, but he did play 2-3 good innings for his team. Also, while he may not have scored many runs, he didn't play too slowly either, so he didn't affect MI all too much when he failed.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    So how was the final match.... MI bowlers handcuffed so called long n destructive csk batting line up... Even helicopter crashed... Champions play in crunch time n when it matters most... MI beat Csk hansomely to lift IPL trophy... Its all due to and For God of Cricket... Love to see Sachins smile... Hearty congrats MI paltan... Party begins in City of Joy...

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Sachin is a class batsman, but i am not sure he deserve this IPL cup or world cup, because his contribution in this both cup is very less - if India won the 203 world cup, then i accept his is one deserve that more than anyone, but not these two. Sorry Sachin you may be best in what you does, but for these tournament credit is not yours.

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    What are we talking?? Sachin was not even in th eplaying eleven and he dint contribute much?? the same was said when when dhoni and boyz won the world cup.. yuvraj gambhir and dhoni were stars in the world cup win and it was pollard for the mumbaikars and rayudu who steadied the ship for mumbai.. are we overdoing the sachin thing?? He may want the credit but i strongly condemn sachin getting the credit and he wont be missed in the ipl 7...lets not overdo it

  • on May 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @stalin subburaj : I think you have zero cricket knowledge. Get your basics correct dude. Sachin was the leading run scorer in 2011 worldcup. His contribution is there in almost every match. People like you who don't know how to hold the bat has no right to comment n "THE GOD".

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

    @Stalin Subburaj- The claim that Sachin did not deserve the World Cup in 2011 does not make any sense. He was the second highest run-getter in the entire tournament. He also had centuries against South Africa, England, and had the highest contribution in the semi-final against Pakistan--all of which were crucial matches against top-quality opposition.