India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

India batting legend to call time on 24-year career after series against West Indies in November.

Sachin Tendulkar has played in 198 Tests for India since his debut in 1989. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP
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Sachin Tendulkar, India’s batting legend, has said he will retire after 200th Test, which is scheduled during the home series against the West Indies in November.

The 40 year old, who has already retired from limited-overs cricket, made the announcement in an Indian cricket board news release.

“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India,” he was quoted in the release. “I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old.

“It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.

“I thank the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time. I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.”