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 10.

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    Poster #2 is correct actually - most of Europe, the Americas, most of Africa and the largest fraction of Asian people will never have heard of Tendulkar.

    And cricket is virtually an unknown sport outside its core areas and with little money and markting footprint it gains little coverage in most of the world.

    No need for people to vote his comment down because technically it is correct.

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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

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    Comment number 8.

    2. He is not known in most of the world actually.

    He is one of the most well known cricketers ever. All over the world, if anyone has even the slightest, tiniest little bit of knowledge about cricket, they will know Sachin Tendulkar. You, however, obviously don't know what you are talking about.

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    Comment number 7.

    2. stevieeng34

    "He is not known in most of the world actually."

    Yeah, there may be some isolated pockets of pygmies in the Congo or Indians deep in The Amazon jungle who've never heard of him! Are you serious?

    If you know the word "cricket" you will understand the term Tendulkar. He's about as famous as Bradman or Sobers.

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    Comment number 6.

    2. stevieeng34 - if you actually read the comment it says he's loved all over the world, not 'most of the world'. Given that his fan-base stretches across the Indian sub-continent, Europe, Caribbean, Australasia and Southern Africa, I think its a pretty accurate comment.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 5.

    stevieeng34

    He is not known in most of the world actually.

    are you actually kidding me? The most successful cricketer of all time isn't known over the world? Do you even watch cricket?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 4.

    @2 it depends how you look at it - given India has a very large proportion of the worlds population, along with Pakistan the Uk and Australia I would suggest that he is know by a large percentage of people living today. Just because he is not famous in America doesn't mean he isn't famous!!

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    Comment number 3.

    A lot of people had interest in IPL because of players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Next year, IPL is going to miss a mass of viewers.

    I hope he continues with Tests. His presence means a lot to fans like me.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 2.

    He is not known in most of the world actually.

  • 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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