India’s ‘God of Cricket’ Is Retiring

Sachin Tendulkar will step away from the sport next month

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Indian students hold a large poster of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar after Tendulkar batted for his landmark 100th century, at a school in Chennai, southern India, March 16, 2012.

Legendary cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from the sport next month.

The 40-year-old former India captain, profiled by TIME last year as the “God of Cricket” and “the world’s best cricketer,” will end his career with two matches against West Indies, which will make 200 Tests for his career, BBC reports.

Tendulkar is the highest scorer in both Tests and One Day Internationals, with 15,837 runs in 198 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODI’s. He made his international debut in 1989, when he was 16, and last year became the only batsman in the history of the game to reach 100 international centuries.

“All my life I have had a dream of playing cricket for India,” said Tendulkar according to the BBC. “I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years.”

The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, said Tendulkar “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.”

[BBC]

32 comments
Brian Price
Brian Price

No one knows what you're saying dude.

Gaurav Raj Anand
Gaurav Raj Anand

One of the greatest sportsperson ever and yes definitely the greatest in cricketing history....He was my GOD btw!!

Gaurav Raj Anand
Gaurav Raj Anand

kyun be...tere ko bahut ginti soojh rha hai...!!....mtlb samajhte rehna iska

Shariq Dhinda
Shariq Dhinda

Hi is very very very goooooood and gooooood and my favourite hero . But he is not god

Arif Sultan
Arif Sultan

Great Player! But everything has an end!

Ge Evo
Ge Evo

really never mind there are only 3 country in the world who like and can play this game,england,australia and pakistan even rugby is more popular

Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins

Respect Sachin !!! Awesome player. He and Lara r the best of their generation!!

Pravin Sitaraman
Pravin Sitaraman

In the picture it looks like school children holding up the picture.. There is absolutely nothing wrong with young people admiring a sports star of this caliber. For that matter if adults do as well it is fine. Much like baseball stars and football stars are admired in the US I do not think it is a bad thing for people to enjoy watching the athletes perform and bring glory to their country.. Just my opinion.. If you enjoy something in your life it is never a waste of time...

Brian Price
Brian Price

Maybe they can find 11 men to play soccer/football now. They do have a billion freaking people.

Abhishek Bhardwaj
Abhishek Bhardwaj

Please give time to think about your lines Time, India's God?! Think again. Don't be naive

Sachi Mohanty
Sachi Mohanty

Cricket is the biggest 'time-waster' for Indians ... or may be it's religion. Or Bollywood. All equally dumb. Hope Indians — my countrymen — outgrow these silly, childish infatuations.

UnniN
UnniN

There have been very good cricketers as indeed there have been excellent sportsmen in every other field but it takes the unique Indian habit of bestowing mahatmahood upon some of its idols to kill objectivity. As a result of which no fault will be seen, no criticism will be countenanced and no law will be allowed to apply. A God by definition ought to be infallible, the Supreme Being who can do no wrong and who is above the ordinary failings of mortals. Sachin has never been any of these and his failings over the past few years have been spectacular. Yet because of the Divinity bestowed upon him it was considered sacrilege to even broach the subject of dropping him from a game or to contemplate asking him to quit. Any other batsman if given the leeway that Sachin has would have scored as prolifically ...who else has been allowed to take year long breaks has been persisted with when failures repeated game after game after game? All the super batsmen of our time would have scored as highly with the same opportunities. Sachin would not play in a game only if he chose not to, not because the Selectors decided not to take him because of poor form. This has not happened with any other player. A great batsman but lowered by our own tendency to be sycophantic, to be servile and to use hyperbole recklessly. The only religion was personal achievement and it towered above national requirements (as in the ignominious episode of the hundredth hundred in Bangladesh when the overarching desire to reach that personal milestone the batting slowed agonisingly after reaching 90 and as a consequence though Sachin got his hundred, India lost the match. 

If at all we must call someone a genius in cricket, then there has been only one and that is Don Bradman. Period. 

Eldho M Ittan
Eldho M Ittan

Not only India, he is the god of world cricket

LalgudiRajgopal
LalgudiRajgopal

Sachin is certainly a 'LEGEND'! There is no need to put his idol in a temple! He will remain an inspiration for many cricketers in the whole world. It may take many years for some one to surpass his records, as it took Sachin to do so after Don Bradman. But some one will in years to come!


ScottWan
ScottWan

"God of Cricket" are they going to make his Temple and Idol?

RVJ
RVJ

@Abhishek Bhardwaj  It said  : India's "God of cricket" , and they couldnt be more right.