India’s greatest batsman in cricket and legend Sachin Tendulkar called it quits from Test cricket, announcing his retirement after his 200th match.
Bringing the curtains down on an extraordinary career spanning a marathon 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar confirmed on Thursday that he will retire from cricket after playing his 200th Test match against the West Indies next month.
Sachin, who has scored a monumental 15,837 runs in 198 Tests at an average of 53.86, contacted Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI), about his decision to retire from Test cricket.
Tendulkar said in a prepared 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. 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.”
“I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time! I thank my 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.
The batting icon, who has already retired from the ODIs last December, thanked the BCCI for its support throughout his career.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match is most likely to be held at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is also a contender for hosting that historic match. The BCCI has not yet announced the venues for the two Tests against the West Indies.