Sachin Tendulkar announces IPL retirement

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Tendulkar was pleased to end his IPL career on a high

India veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after spending six seasons with the Mumbai Indians.

Since Mumbai were crowned champions of this year’s IPL, they automatically qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in September, but Tendulkar did not say whether he would participate in the tournament.

“This is my last IPL,” the ‘Little Master’ said. “This has been a fantastic season. I thought our third IPL season was the best before this.

“I think this is the right time to stop playing the IPL. I am 40. Got to accept it. I had decided this was my last season.”

Having played 78 IPL matches, Tendulkar scored 2334 runs at an average of 34.83 and a brilliant strike rate of 119.81.

In the six seasons he spent with the Indians, Tendulkar also scored one century and 13 half-centuries.

When asked if he would be tempted to play the first IPL match of next season in front of his home crowd, the ‘Little Master’ said: “This is the best point to say ‘thank you very much’ to all the supporters and well-wishers.”

Tendulkar also announced his ODI retirement at the end of last year.

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