This might be a bad news for all cricket fans especially Sachin’s fans that the God of cricket took a retirement from cricket after playing his 200th Test against West Indies at Wankhade stadium.
On various occasions, Sachin showed their feeling about cricket like “All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India,” said Tendulkar in a statement. “I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. I Sachin Said, it’s very tough time to take this decision and to imagine a life without playing cricket. He said it’s been a huge honor for him to be a member of Indian Cricket team and played all over the world. On their special interview he said,” I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.”
The 40-year-old “Master-Blaster”, Sachin Tendulkar as the 5ft 6in player is affectionately known, is a superstar for Indian cricket fans of all creeds from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and is admired worldwide for his prowess with the bat.
In his cricket career, he broke numerous run-scoring records, leading India’s renaissance as a power in world cricket. Most often he compared with the Australian Don Bradman and Viv Richards of West Indies, both of whom were knighted for their services to cricket.
On Thursday morning, Cricket’s most prolific run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th and final test match at his home ground in Mumbai against West Indies on 14th Nov. before bringing the curtain down on a glorious 24-year international career.
In his cricket career, Sachin played his first international match against Pakistan in 1989 as a 16-year-boy. He played his 199th test in the series opener at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens stadium. Tendulkar has accumulated 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals. This will be a inspiration and life’s target for upcoming cricketers or Sachin’s fan club.
The diminutive batsman holds the record for playing the most number of tests, with retired Australians Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh second with 168. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the nearest active player with 163.
In his cricket career, Sachin made various benchmarks in his cricket history as well as financially too. Forbes, the famous business magazine, lists Tendulkar as the world’s 51st highest paid sportsperson with an income of more than $20m this year from sponsorship deals and winnings.