Written by Staff Writer
16 Nov, 2013 | 1:43 pm
Sachin Tendulkar bowed out of international cricket with India winning by an innings and 126 runs against West Indies in Mumbai.
In his 200th test match, the 40-year-old batting legend’s final day came 24 years and one day after his Test debut.
He bowled two overs but was unable to take a wicket as West Indies, resuming on 43-3, were bowled out for 187.
India players formed a guard of honour for Tendulkar, who was presented with a host of awards in a lavish ceremony.
“It’s hard to believe that wonderful journey is coming to end,” a clearly emotional Tendulkar told a packed Wankhede Stadium.
“It’s getting a little difficult to talk but I’ll manage. The most important person in my life, and I’ve missed him a lot since he passed away in 1999, is my father, without his guidance I don’t think I’d be standing in front of you.”
It was the second successive innings victory for India, and their comprehensive 2-0 series victory lifts them above England into second place in the Test rankings.
The International Cricket Council paid tribute to Tendulkar, who played in 664 international matches, scored 34,357 runs and made 100 centuries.
ICC chief executive David Richardson, who played for South Africa against Tendulkar in the 1990s, said: “He was an exceptional cricketer who earned the utmost respect of his peers, team-mates, opponents and fans all over the world through his talent, performances and fierce competitiveness.
“Sporting geniuses like Sachin are rare phenomenons and we are privileged to have seen him in action. On behalf of the ICC and the entire cricketing family, I thank Sachin for his unprecedented services to our sport and we wish him well in the future.”
We are using some archive pictures for this Test because several photo agencies have been barred from the ground following a dispute with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, while other agencies have withdrawn their photographers in protest.
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