There has been a big build up to the end of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from international cricket since he recently announced his retirement. While Tendulkar knew that the day was coming, his recent statement makes it clear that although he has played his last match, even he is having a hard time believing that the time has arrived.
Tendulkar has referred to the game of cricket as his “oxygen” and it certainly has been as he went through an incredible cricket career. He explained that after this time, and as he is getting older, the physical pressure of international cricket is taking is making it harder for his body to cope.
The much loved cricketer said: “It hasn’t struck me that I won’t play cricket again. It has been a dream journey, no regret that I am leaving cricket. This was the right time to stop playing cricket. It was an enjoyable journey.”
The 40-year-old Tendulkar chose to make this move to coincide with playing his 200th Test match for India. He was somewhat emotional at the press conference that was held, and explained that he would be taking some time off but would still be involved with the game.
“Cricket has been my life, it is oxygen to me,” said Tendulkar. “In 40 years, at least 30 years, I have played proper cricket. Seventy-five per cent of my life has been cricket, so there will be some association with the game, maybe not in the immediate future.”
Tenjulkar has no plan to rush his decision. He told fans: “It is only 24 hours since my retirement, give me at least 24 days to relax. Then I will see what to do.”
When asked how he knew it was the right time to retire, Tendulkar said that while he could still train, it was now becoming an effort for his body, rather than an automatic response, as it had been before. He explained that after 24 years of intense playing, and some injuries, that it was time to give his body a rest.