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Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from the IPL

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Sachin Tendulkar decided to announce his retirement from the Indian Premier League moments after his side, the Mumbai Indians, won their first IPL trophy at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Sachin made the announcement while being interviewed by Harsha Bhogle on TV, catching the whole nation completely off guard. The legendary batsman said, "This will be my last IPL. This has been a fantastic season. 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."

Tendulkar's last IPL game as a player was against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on 13 May 2013 at the Wankhede Stadium where he made a 31-ball 38 before being forced to retire hurt after he injured his left hand. He didn't come out to bat again in that match and didn't recover in time to play any of Mumbai's remaining five games in the competition, including the final on Sunday against the Chennai Super Kings. He continues to be sidelined for a few weeks with what has now been diagnosed as a tendon injury.

Tendulkar scored 2334 runs in 78 IPL games for the Mumbai Indians, at an average of 34.83 and strike rate of 119.81, including 13 half centuries and a century, against the Kochi Tuskers in the 2011 edition of the IPL. His contribution of course is so much more that just the runs he gets, with his leadership and immense experience a terrific learning opportunity for all those who shared the dressing room with him.

"This is the best point to say 'thank you very much' to all the supporters and well-wishers," Tendulkar said on a memorable night for his side.

Tendulkar is still expected to feature in the Champions League T20 later this year, though an official announcement on the same is awaited.