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Monday, September 2, 2013

Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar To Bow Out At 200 And Retire?



The Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has crossed forty years of age having a glorious 24-year-long career during which he created and broke many world records and made 15,837 runs in 198 Tests with 51 hundreds. He has achieved the unique feat of scoring a century of centuries when we add 49 one-day hundreds to his Test tally. However, all good things finally come to an inevitable conclusion and therefore in case of this unbelievable cricketer too speculation about his retirement has been rife, particularly after he announced his retirement from one-day and T20 cricket rather suddenly. During the IPL-6 he suffered an injury to his left hand which perhaps advanced his retirement from IPL too. Meanwhile, he did recover fully from his injury and has been included in Mumbai Indians team for the Champions League this month. But two basic problems persisted all the time, first his age and second his indifferent form in Test cricket for the last 38 innings that did not witness a single century. On Sunday a sudden BCCI decision has brought this issue to the forefront again.

The BCCI in its meeting in Kolkata made an announcement about West Indies being invited to play a two-Test Series this November and reports say that West Indies has already agreed. This was really unexpected because India is already committed to play a bilateral Series in South Africa this November, 2013-January, 2014. Australia is coming in October for a 7-match ODI Series. From February to September, 2014 India have a packed cricket schedule too with West Indies coming for a full bilateral tour in October-November. Moreover, South Africa has not reacted well to this unilateral decision and what changes it agrees to make in the itinerary is to be seen.

The BCCI decision therefore is being clearly seen as a move to help the little master to complete the unique feat of figuring in 200 Tests on home soil. A feat no cricketer of the world has achieved so far. The two Tests are likely to be played in India’s cricket heaven Kolkata and the legend’s home-ground Mumbai. Nobody would ever want to miss out on the little maestro’s 200th Test in Mumbai and BCCI would definitely go to any extent to stage this momentous event. And befitting such a climax of climaxes Sachin Tendulkar would definitely to bow out after that saying a grateful goodbye to his fans and admirers all over. Yes, all good things do come to an end. But are we ready yet to see the last of our living legend Sachin Tendulkar?
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