Indian cricket’s pride calls it a day! Master blasted Sachin Tendulkar today announced his retirement from Test cricket, after playing his 200th Test match against West Indies scheduled next month. “It’s been a huge honor to have represented my country and played all over the world,” Tendulkar stated. The highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket said that life ahead won’t be the same without cricket, as that’s what he’s known and grown with since he was 11. It was like living a childhood dream for the past 24 years, he added.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2013
Here’s Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) media release announcing Sachin’s retirement:
“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. 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.
I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.
Sachin’s last is on Indian soil, and this may be your last chance to catch your ‘cricket-as-we-know-it’ moment.