Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the BCCI announced today.
The Indian maestro will play his last Test in India against West Indies, which will also be his 200th Test.
He retired from ODI cricket last year in December and played his last limited-overs match in CLT20 for Mumbai Indians, lifting the title. The two Tests against West Indies will be his last international matches.
Tendulkar has made 15837 runs, the highest in Test cricket so far, with 51 hundreds and 67 fifties in 198 matches at an average of 53.86.
Sachin has made the most runs in Test cricket, with therecords of the highest number of centuries and most matches played by any player also to his name.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar was quoted by BCCI after his retirement as saying, “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.”
Sachin was part of the Indian team which reached the pinnacle of rankings in 2009. His highest Test score so far has been his innings of 248 not out against Bangladesh which he made in Dhaka in 2004.
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