Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from IPL

 
Sachin Tendulkar with wife celebrates his team Mumbai Indians' victory in IPL 6 in Calcutta on Sunday Sachin Tendulkar's team Mumbai Indians won the sixth season of IPL on Sunday night

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Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

"I think this is the right time to stop playing the IPL. I am 40. Got to accept it," Tendulkar said.

The announcement came moments after his team Mumbai Indians lifted their first IPL title on Sunday night, beating the Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs.

The IPL has been dogged by controversy with allegations of spot-fixing against several cricketers and team owners.

In the last fortnight, three bowlers from Rajasthan Royals team and the owner of the Chennai Super Kings team have been arrested.

The tournament's final match was played in the eastern city of Calcutta.

"This is my last IPL," Tendulkar said in a television interview after the match.

"This has been a fantastic season... I had decided this was my last season," he said.

Tendulkar, who turned 40 last month, has a huge fan base in India. He was the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries.

He also holds the record for more test runs than any other player (15,837) and more one-day international (ODI) runs than anyone else (18,426).

Earlier this month, limited edition gold coins with his face engraved on them were launched by an Indian jewellery company.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 31.

    I agree with everything that has been said about Sachin. He has broken all the records and thrilled cricket fans all over the world with his inspirational batting.

    Now is the right time to call it a day before age & loss of technique blight his outstanding contribution to Indian & World cricket.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 16.

    The man should have retired from all of cricket 5 years ago.

    He has been in permanently bad form and should have stepped down years ago. His technique and composure had all but disappeared. The man was a walking wicket.

    Now I love the man but watching him has been torturous.

    #MyViews

  • rate this
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    Comment number 14.

    If there ever was a legend, Sachin is one!
    Saw him score his century at the age of 16 at OT against England... the rest is history.

    He has accomplished more than any other cricketer of his era.
    Good luck Sachin!!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 9.

    He was a great player for 2 decades but given he started playing international cricket since he was sixteen he was given a huge amount of time to accumulate a stack of records. I was a big fan of Sachin for a long time not only for his obvious skill but his form for a few years now has been poor. I guess he could have only kept his place in the Indian team not others because of his God like status

  • rate this
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    Comment number 1.

    Time for him to retire but what a way to go out, still some Test matches left in the Little Master yet, great man and loved all over the world.

 
 

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