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Tendulkar announces 200th Test to be his last

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Just days after being crowned Champions of the T20 world for the second time, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has declared that he will finally hang up pads once and for all, after providing the cricketing world with insurmountable joy over the last two and a half decades.

Tendulkar has declared that his 200th Test match to be played next month will be his last. In a statement issued by Tendulkar through the BCCI, the legend said, "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.

"I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best."

Tendulkar's retirement at the end of the Mumbai Test has been widely anticipated, with the BCCI rushing to organize the home series, much to chagrin of the South African cricket board, probably because of Tendulkar's desire to play his last match on home soil.

The West Indies will play just 2 Tests on their Tour of India with the first taking place from the 6th to the 10th of November (Tendulkar's 199th) and the second from 14th to 18th November (200th). The venue for this match is yet to be decided, but it is widely anticipated that it will be played in Mumbai.