After joining LinkedIn as an Influencer, the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has revealed he decided to retire from international cricket during a Champions League Twenty20 game in in Delhi October 2013 before throwing some light on his illustrious career, favourite moments and retirement decision.
“It was October 2013 during one of the Champions League games in Delhi. My mornings would start with a gym workout, a routine I had been following for 24 years. But that morning in October, something had changed,” he wrote in his write-up titled as ‘My Second Innings’.
Tendulkar has also mentioned about his best memories with the team during his 24-year remarkable career which had also seen many ups and downs.
“The years flashed before my eyes. The victories, the losses, the celebrations, the challenges and the silences… the journey. India’s win at the World Cup in 2011 was a dream come true as was the team’s generous gesture of dedicating the cup to me,” Tendulkar wrote.
In 2013, the right-handed batsman Tendulkar was the part of Mumbai Indians Champions League T20 winning team when they beat Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on October 2013.
“I realised that I had to force myself to wake up and go about my day. I knew that the gym training was a critical part of my cricket — something that had been my life for 24 years. Yet, there was reluctance. Why?,” wrote the 43-year-old Mumbaikar on LinkedIn.
Tendulkar has also revealed former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar was one of his idols while writing the post about his retirement decision.
“Sunil Gavaskar, one of my heroes and a former cricketer, once said that he made up his mind to quit the game when he found himself checking the clock, to see how much time there was left for the lunch and tea intervals,” Tendulkar added.
Tendulkar further expressed the die-hard fans had played an important role during his career before starting the discussion about his retirement with his family.
“The energising chant of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ that the crowds cheered each time I walked onto the field, was an indescribable feeling and rush. This probably won’t be heard anymore,” he further wrote.
Tendulkar, who is also known as ‘Little Master’ had played 200 Test, 463 One-day Internationals and only Twenty20 International for India since he made his debut in 1989 against arch-rivals Pakistan.
“These thoughts and a discussion with my family and closest friends helped make up my mind. My innings was indeed coming to an end,” he mentioned.
Tendulkar last played his international game against West Indies in Mumbai in November 2013.