TENDULKAR TO RETIRE ON HIS 200TH TEST MATCH
By: Raymond Padya
After record-breaking performances in the world of cricket, legend and former India captain, Sachin Tendulkar plans to retire from cricket after playing his 200th test match next month.
The batsman announced his plans to retire on Thursday and he will play his last two matches against West Indies.
“It’s been a huge honor 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 said on SuperSport.
Being the only cricket player to make a 100 centuries (a century of centuries) and the highest run-scorer, Tendulkar sets to become the first player to play 200 international tests matches.
The 40-year-old has scored 15 837 runs in his career which started when he was 16 years old and he still holds an unbeaten record with his top score of 248 runs against Bangladesh back in 2004.
In 2011, Tendulkar was part of the India team that won the Cricket World Cup and was given praise with all his teammates. A lot of cricket icons have proclaimed him as one of the greatest players in cricket after they heard about his announcement to retire.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised Tendulkar on tweeter. “One of the greatest ever, Sachin Tendulkar is retiring. One of my heroes and an absolute joy to play against,” he tweeted.
The President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, N Srinivasan said that Tendulkar is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. “In fact, one should say he ranks among the top of all-time great sportspersons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has,” he said on BBC sport.
Cricket practically raised Tendulkar and despite stating that he has to retire, his attachment to the game is hard to break. “Its hard to imagine a life without cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11,” he said.