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.