Mumbai, India (4E Sports) – Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced that he will end his glittering 24-year international career after playing his 200th Test against West Indies in November.
“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 in a statement prepared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),
“It’s been a huge honor 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,” added Tendulkar, who retired from ODIs in December 2012.
Tendulkar thanked the BCCI for permitting him to move on and his 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,” he added.
BCCI president N Srinivasan said that it was hard to imagine an India team without Tendulkar.
“I have been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar from the days he came to play Buchi Babu in Chennai. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced,” Srinivasan said.
“No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has. He has truly been an ambassador for India and Indian Cricket. He has been an inspiration for generations of sportsmen not just cricketers,” he added.
The 200th Test will be the last of numerous milestones in Tendulkar’s career. No cricketer has played so many. He also owns the records for most runs and centuries in both Test and one-day cricket.
Tendulkar began his international career in November 1989, and was the third youngest Test cricketer at the time. He established himself in the middle order and after the early 1990s, he has remained the first name on India’s team-sheet for the majority of his career.