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An emphatic unbeaten century on debut from Rohit Sharma (127*), and his 198 run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin (92*) allowed India to end Day 2 of the first Test against the West Indies in Kolkata 120 runs to the good despite a poor start to the day. Resuming from their overnight score of 34-0, India crumbled to 87-5 before Sharma and MS Dhoni (42) resurrected the Innings. The wrecker in chief for the visitors was 30 year old Shane Shillingford, who bowled with tremendous zip in the morning session to silence the fans before India came back strongly to win the last two sessions.

The fans descended on Eden Gardens this morning to see their 'God' in action against the West Indies, but Shane Shillingford had other ideas as the West Indies' offspinner exposed India's frailties against the turning ball in yet another home series, after Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar had spun a web around the Indian top order earlier this year.

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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.

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Rahul Dravid made his final appearance on the cricket field earlier this week when his Rajasthan Royals played the Mumbai Indians in the final of the 2013 Champions League T20. The game was also Sachin Tendulkar's Final T20 game and on the day, it was Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians side that emerged victorious. Dravid scored just 1, and watched on as a jubilant Mumbai Indians side went on a victory parade around the Feroz Shah Kotla after the game. Typical of how he played his cricket on the field over his career, Dravid bowed out with what he had earned, his head held high, his dignity intact and with greater promise to come back stronger. Only this one time, there would be no comeback for the great man. It was not the best ending, but Dravid's greatness and his character were played out long before the events of this Sunday. He will always be remembered as one of India's premier batsman, and as one of the greatest batsman in the history of Test Cricket.

Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a middle class family. His family moved to Bangalore shortly thereafter, a city where Dravid would learn the roots of his cricket and later represent his state at the national level.

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The Mumbai Indians made sure that there are three IPL teams going through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, recording a thumping 6 wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in Delhi on Wednesday, to knock the unlucky Otago Volts out of the tournament on net run rate. Mumbai had the advantage of playing a day after the Volts, and as a result knew exactly what they needed to do to qualify for the final four.

The Indians won the toss and opted to put their money on their batsmen chasing down whatever target Perth set them inside 14.2 overs to book their place in the semi-finals. The Scorchers did reasonably well to finish at 149-6 from their 20 overs despite a slow start with Sam Whiteman smashing an unbeaten 51 from 32 balls to post a decent target on the board. Nathan Coulter-Nile once again excelled for Mumbai, taking 3-19 from his 4 overs, while Pragyan Ojha chipped in with 2 wickets too.

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The Rajasthan Royals kicked off the 2013 edition of the Champions League T20 with a comfortable 7 wicket win over the IPL Champions Mumbai Indians in Jaipur today.

In a game which really failed to excite, Mumbai battled their way to 142-7 from their 20 overs after the Royals made the most of some friendly bowling conditions. Vikramjeet Malik took 3-24 to give the Royals an outstanding start to the game as the Indians slipped to 43-4 in the 9th over with Sachin Tendulkar the third of the early quartet to fall for 15.

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Amidst celebrations of winning their first IPL title, Mumbai Indians fans were also saddened after learning that this would be the last time they would see their icon, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar donning the blue jersey. Sachin Tendukar announced his retirement from the cash-rich tournament after the Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs to lift the IPL trophy on Sunday.

"For World Cup I had to wait for 21 years but for this I had to wait for only six years. Also this is special for me as I won't be playing in IPL next season," Tendulkar said at the end of Mumbai Indians' triumph."I think this is the right time to stop playing IPL. Just got to accept the reality that this would be my last season. I am happy that the sending was perfect," the maestro told the presenter.

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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."

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