By Saloni N
The curtains will finally come down on an illustrious 24-year-old career when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar retires after his 200th test that will be played against West Indies (November 14-18).
The Master blaster announced his retirement via a statement released by the BCCI in which he 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. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day.”
This announcement was expected in some quarters with speculation being rife that the BCCI was pushing Sachin to retire after his 200th test match. The 40-year-old cricketer has already retired from ODIs and holds several records amongst which is the record that he is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries ( 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs).
Sachin’s quiet way of announcing his retirement without a big press conference is in line with how intensely private he is. All the news channels and the social media were abuzz with this news, with special segments on Sachin, comments from the public and prominent cricketers pouring in.
On Facebook #Tendulkar was trending and #Sachin Retires on Twitter. A young 16-year-old when he made his debut, Sachin’s career has had great triumphs and failures, but he will forever remain a cricketing legend.