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Tendulkar to retire from all forms of cricket
October 10, 2013, 11:22 am

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The legendary batman’s last match will be his 200th test game [Getty Images]

Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and will play his last two Test matches against the West Indies next month.

Tendulkar, 40, retired from one-day international cricket late last year.

“It’s hard to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I’ve ever done since I was 11 years old,” said the legendary batsman in a statement to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).

Tendulkar is the highest scorer in both Tests and ODIs (one-day internationals), with 15,837 runs in 198 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.

“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” said Tendulkar.

The batting legend’s last match will be his 200th test game.

“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.”

BCCI President Narayanaswami Srinivasan said in a statement that he had been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar.

“He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact one should really say he ranks among the top of all time great sports persons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has.

“He has truly been an ambassador for India and Indian Cricket. He has been an inspiration for generations of sportsmen not just cricketers. We respect his decision to retire although many of us can’t imagine an Indian team without Sachin” said Srinivasan.

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