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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    Comment number 50.

    #1 Don't mention anything important
    #2 Never talk about anything important
    #3 Distract people with false idols

    seems to fit with the agenda mentioned here
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    copy this post before it disappears

    to be "on topic"
    "Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from IPL"
    SO WHAT?

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    Comment number 49.

    The people are starving. On this very day a woman is found to have been imprisoned for 19 years for want of just over £100. Factories burn. Workers are exploited. Terrorists are rife.

    But let's all worry about a few clowns with bats and balls.


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    Comment number 48.

    IPL is the EPL of cricket, with all the nefarious gambling scams that go with it (friends in the City get tipped the wink on managerial changes and betting huge amounts with inside information for a start: if it were shares they'd be in jail).

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    Comment number 47.


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

    Ummm. yeah well about that, I love cricket but Bradman and Sobers are also not known in most of the world. Ask a Chinese, an American, a Brazilian, a Swede or an Egyptian whether they've even watched a cricket match in their life.

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    Comment number 46.

    45 Peter
    Silly comment. Plenty more world famous sportspeople in sports that transcend many more countries. Usain Bolt springs to mind as the obvious one but there are many more. It's not Tendulkar's fault he excels in a global minority sport but let's not make nonsense up to try and compensate that.

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    Comment number 45.

    Post 2. With India having almost 1/5th of the worlds population, and Tendulkar probably being known by every one of them, as well as many in cricketing nations, and anyone with a keen interest in sport, it is very likely that he is the most popular person in the world. If so, he has earned that accolade rather than it being handed on a plate as it the case with Royalty and many other celebrities.

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    Comment number 44.

    Sachin is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about it. The younger generation has a lot more to learn from him, i.e. his courtesy, behaviour, approach, attitude all that have been contributed to his success in his life. Whoever heard of the game cricket can always remember his name. He is definitely setting an example. I wish him all the very best.

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    Comment number 43.

    Sachin is one of the best players in the world, no doubt about it. The younger generation has a lot more to learn from him, i.e. his courtesy, behaviour, approach, attitude all that have been contributed to his success in his life. He is defintely setting an example. I wish him all the very best.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 41.

    Cricket is a great game. It has much greater narrative than football, which is too one-dimensional. Cricket has a great story to tell.

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    Comment number 40.

    He is not known in most of the world. Some people seem to find it difficult to understand that. He is unknown to vast majority of EU,China,US,Russia, Indonesia, most of Africa.
    Some very one eyed people here thinking their beloved Tendulkar is world famous. He isn't.
    Kallis also beats him on every Test stat average: av Tests per century,50s, overall average and is much better bowler too.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 38.

    the people still keep talking his retirement they are stupid and shameless person. It have been already millions of comment that he should be retired. Come on man think about your own retirement plan. If you really want sachin full retirement then do something effective rather than useless comment.

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    Comment number 37.

    A privilege to have watched an all-time sporting great and a true master of his profession.

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    Comment number 36.

    Dear me!

    Firstly from ODI's.

    Now from IPL/Twenty20 Cricket!

    Why not from all forms Sachin?

    Every game he continues to play is effectively 'self-mutilation' of his own, spectacular greatness.

    Maybe he just has too much love for the game - and for that reason cannot walk away.

    Either way, anything of too much is not good and all but the unwavering Sachin fans have had enough Sachin I think.

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    Comment number 35.

    Its just sad he never really did that well in the IPL and we never got to see him at his full game, he will still go down as one of the greatest batsman the world has ever seen. The numbers and stats of his career were staggering to look at.

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    Comment number 34.

    Awesome batsman and the fact he has bowed out winning the coveted IPL crown is really good to see! His record speaks for itself & he did the right thing stepping aside now to let youth come through.
    And those slagging him obviously are clueless about cricket as he has stayed in the upper reaches of test rankings for last few years.
    And those saying it a non story. It's in the world / asia section

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    Comment number 33.

    You have got to be thinking that the beeb have got him signed up for expert analysis on live text.

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    Comment number 32.

    #16 You have not watched this years' IPL if you think that. He is one of the greatest batsmen ever

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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.


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