Batting great Sachin Tendulkar Thursday decided to quit from all forms of international cricket after his 200th Test against the 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. 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,” he was quoted as saying in a BCCI press release.
Sachin has communicated his wish to the BCCI and the statement followed.
Tendulkar had retired from ODIs in December 2012. And since then, he has been in patchy form over the last two seasons and the issue of his retirement has caused plenty of debates.
India is to play a two-Test series against the West Indies in November. And the series will enable Tendulkar, who has already made 198 test appearances, to become the first player to reach the 200 landmark.
He expressed his wish to play his last test match on the on home soil. His 200th test match will be against West Indies.
“I have been living my dream every day since the last 24 years’ Playing cricket is all that I have done since I am 11,” he said.
BCCI chief N. Sriniasan said in a statement: “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. In fact, one should really say he ranks among the top of all-time great sports persons in the world,” he said.
Srinivasan praised him as a true ambassador of Indian cricket.
India’s another cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar said after hearing the news: “Just like you talk of Jersey no.10 in football, number 4 in Indian cricket has always been great, because they face tremendous pressure. We know how Sachin has excelled in that. You can see that even the past players who had played at that slot, were all remarkably tough.”
“His are extraordinary innings and he is the greatest Indian to wield the willow,” said Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of state for HRD and an ardent cricket fan.
Reports in early September had suggested that selection panel chief Sandeep Patil had spoken with Tendulkar about his much-awaited 200th Test against West Indies at home, and his future beyond. Patil, however, himself refuted the report and said he hadn’t even spoken to Tendulkar in the last 10 months, while the BCCI went on to issue a denial.
Tendulkar also thanked the BCCI, his family as well as his fans for their support and encouragement.