NEW DELHI: India’s record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced on Thursday that he would retire after playing his 200th cricket Test match next month.
“It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world,” Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket, said in a statement.
India is to play a two-Test series against the West Indies next month which would endow Tendulkar, who has currently made 198 appearances, to become the first player to come to the 200 breakthrough.
“All my life, I have had a illusion of playing cricket for India. I have been dwelling this dream every day for the last 24 years,” said the 40-year-old.
“It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever finished since I was 11 years old.”