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

Waited six years for this - Tendulkar

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • raj 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.

  • Mradul 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ashfaq 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.

  • Vinod 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.

  • Dilshaad 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.

  • Thyagarajan 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.

  • Blessing 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

  • Dummy4 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...