Tendulkar to retire from all cricket
Posted Friday, October 11 2013 at 01:00
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test next month. The 40-year-old former India captain, who retired from one-day internationals in December 2012, will end his career with two matches against West Indies.
“It’s hard to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I’ve ever done since I was 11,” he said. Tendulkar is the highest scorer in both Tests and ODIs, with 15,837 runs in 198 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs. He made his international debut aged 16 in November 1989 and last year became the only batsman in the history of the game to reach 100 international centuries.
“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years,” Tendulkar said. He played his final Twenty20 match last weekend in the Champions League T20 final between his Mumbai Indians team and a Rajasthan Royals side led by another former India skipper, his long-standing team-mate Rahul Dravid. Tendulkar’s final appearances will also take place in India and he said: “It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world.”