The leading run-scorer in Test cricket history and undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen to have ever graced the field, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, has announced his retirement from the 5-day format of the game.
The second game of the two-test match series against West Indies, his 200th appearance, will be the last time the little maestro will be seen representing his country. The match is likely to be held at his home ground in Mumbai.
“It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world,” he said in a statement. “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,” the 40-year-old added.
Having made his debut in 1989, Tendulkar was quick to make an impression on the game. He scored his first Test Cricket century against England in 1990 at Old Trafford. However, it was during the 1991-92 tour of Australia that he grew in stature after hitting superb hundreds on difficult pitches in Sydney and Perth.
Having amassed over 15,837 runs in his Test Cricket career at an average of 53.86, Tendulkar is over 2,000 runs ahead of the second highest run-scorer, Australia’s Ricky Ponting. The Indian cricketer has scored an incredible 51 hundreds and 67 half-centuries in his 198 matches to date. No doubt the legendary batsman will want to add to his already monumental record.
Sachin is one of those rare batsmen that can play all round the park and has the ability to tear any bowling attack apart on his day. However, he had not been at his best form in recent times and many believe that is the reason for his retirement.
Tendulkar’s one-day international career (ODI) was equally impressive. From 463 ODI matches, he scored a whopping 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. He is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries. His 51 Test hundreds are accompanied by 49 in ODIs.
"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,” he said in the statement released by the Board of Cricket Control for India.