The Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has made his plans known that he plans to retire after his 200th Test, which will be played in November against the West Indies. Tendulkar has said that he will be retiring from all forms of competitive cricket.
The 40-year-old Tendulkar has had an excellent run in his cricket career, and has played, so far, in 198 Tests, and has run 15,837 runs in Test cricket. He has played in 463 ODIs, having run 18,426 runs in ODIs. He has achieved the largest number of Test cricket runs, having beaten Brian Lara’s record in 2008. He made his first century when he was just 16 in his debut against Pakistan, and has already reached 100 centuries.
While not many get to really follow their dreams, Sachin Tendulkar is one who has. He said: “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 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.”
When people talk about the Indian skipper, there is much praise and no criticism. He has helped the Indian team to win over and over again, and will be missed.
N Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, could not seem to praise India’s star cricket player enough. He enthused: “He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact, one should really say he ranks among the top of all-time great sportspersons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has.”
Srinivasan spoke about how Tendulkar has been an ambassador for both the sport and for India on an international level, and that he has been an inspiration for both cricketers and other sportsmen.