Thursday, 10 October 2013

Sachin's Retirement : Cricket will never be the same!

The "God of Cricket" Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month, Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test match is most likely to be held at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14.

Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in November 1989. His ODI debut also came during the same tour.

It will not be easy to fill Sachin's position overnight, to fill the gap left by Sachin will invite huge amount of pressure. The No.4 position for India, has been occupied by Tendulkar for almost two decades and it will be impossible to replace him.

In an emotional statement, Tendulkar said: "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 recently retired from the IPL and the Champions League T20 event after his franchise Mumbai Indians won both the titles this year.

Foreign media on Sachin Tendulkar's retirement :

The Guardian: Sachin Tendulkar to retire from cricket after 200th Test for India.

The 40-year-old Tendulkar is the most prolific batsman in international cricket history with 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals.

Daily Mail: End of an era: Indian great Tendulkar to retire from cricket after 200th Test.

The Indian batting genius, 40, will call it a day following the second match against West Indies, which runs from November 14-18.

Sky Sports: Sachin Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test against West Indies next month.

Tendulkar holds almost every major batting record in Test cricket, scoring a remarkable 15,837 runs at an average in excess of 53, including 51 centuries and 67 half-centuries.

Mirror: Cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar to retire after his 200th Test following 'dream' career.

One of the greatest batsman ever to play the sport has confirmed it's nearly time to hang up his boots - 24 years after his international debut.