MUMBAI: Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from test cricket after he plays his 200th Test.Sachin Tendulkar announces he will retire from cricket after his 200th Test Match for India. India legend Sachin Tendulkar will call time on his career after his 200th Test Match against West Indies in November 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar ended months of speculation today when he announced his 200th Test match next month will be the last of the greatest batting career since Donald Bradman.
A statement issued by the Board for Cricket Control in India confirmed Tendulkar’s decision that the Test against West Indies will bring to a close an international career that has spanned 24 years and made him the most famous man in India and annual earnings, according to Forbes, of $22 million.
Since making his debut in 1989 as a 16 year-old against the fearsome pace of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Tendulkar has set batting records that it is impossible to imagine will be surpassed given the rise of Twenty20 cricket in the modern game.
In a statement released from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sachin said he had been living his dream of playing cricket for India. “It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.”
Tendulkar thanked the BCCI for everything and his fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes had given him the strength to go out and perform at his best.