Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed how and when he came to a decision of retiring from international cricket.
Tendulkar recently joined professional networking site Linkedin as an ‘influencer’, he posted a write-up titled ‘My Second Innings’ from his account. The former Indian batsman wrote about his experiences in his 24-year long career in the game and his time after retirement. He also revealed that the thoughts of retirement came to his mind during a Champions League T20 match in New Delhi in October 2013.
“It was October 2013 during one of the CL T20 game in Delhi. My mornings would start with a gym workout, a routine I had been following for 24 years. But that morning something had changed. I realized that I had to force myself to wake up and go about my day,” he wrote.
Tendulkar gets candid about his retirement
“I knew that gym workout was a critical part of my cricket—something that had been my life for 24 years. Yet there was reluctance. Why? Were these signs that I should stop?” Tendulkar said.
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Tendulkar was a part of the CLT20 winning Mumbai Indians squad and played the final against Rajasthan Royals which was also the last game of Rahul Dravid’s cricketing career. He played his final two Tests in Kolkata and Mumbai in November against West Indies before retiring from international cricket.
Writing about his course of making the retirement decision, he wrote, “Sunil Gavaskar, one of my heroes, once said that he made up his mind to quit the game when he found himself checking the clock, to see how much time was left for the lunch and tea intervals."
"Suddenly I knew what he meant. My mind and my body were telling me the same thing. Maybe it’s time to hand up my boots.”
“The energizing chant of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ that the crowds cheered each time I walked onto the field, was an indescribable feeling. The years flashed before my eyes. The victories, the losses, the celebrations, the challenges and the silences. India’s win in the World Cup 2011 was a dream come true as was the team’s generous gesture of dedicating the cup to me. But that chapter of my life was ending. What now, I wondered.”