26/05/2013

I've to face reality, perfect time to retire from IPL : Sachin

<p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">"I think this is the right time to stop playing IPL. I am 40. I have to face the reality. I had decided that this would be my last season. And now the ending is perfect," Tendulkar said after Mumbai beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens last night to lift their maiden IPL trophy.</span><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">Tendulkar, who played 78 IPL matches accumulating 2334 runs at an average of 34.83, had to stay out of the final after failing to recover from a left hand injury that he picked up a fortnight ago in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.</span><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">The veteran, who scored one century and 13 half-centuries during his overall IPL stint, played just 14 matches this season making 287 runs at an average of 22.07 with 54 being his highest.</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">"For the World Cup I had to wait for 21 years and this (the IPL) for six years. So, It's never too late. This is my last IPL. It's the perfect way to end it," a jovial Tendulkar said after his team's triumph.</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">"I have got to be realistic here. I've enjoyed my six seasons with MI. It's been fantastic journey. This season was superb. We thought our third season was the best but this one is the icing on the cake," he added.</span><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">The affable right-hander, however, did not specify whether he would compete for Mumbai in the Champions League Twenty20 which is scheduled for October.</span><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">"I can't wait to hold this trophy. I waited for six years. I can never thank the fans enough. A big thank you to all the supporters who enjoyed cricket. Cricket is the winner and we have been able to produce some fantastic cricket here," he added.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;"><br></span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">Asked about how it felt playing at 40, Tendulkar said, "Anil (Kumble) said that 40 is just a number. We have worked hard together. Even on optional practice because despite all the travelling everyone turned up.</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">"Things don't come easily, you have to work hard for them. It's exciting but you have to alter your body clock in the grind of IPL because matches finish after or close to midnight. And, sometimes we catch a flight at eight in the morning making all the adjustments that are required," he added.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">On whether he would be tempted to play the Mumbai Indians opening match at the Wankhede next season, Tendulkar said, "It's tempting. But this is the best point. Thank you very much, now I can't wait to touch the trophy."</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">This is the second format from which Tendulkar has announced his retirement after having called quits from the ODIs in December last year right before the series against Pakistan.</span><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">Tendulkar went out from the ODIs after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred -- the first in this form of the game.</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;">The cricket fans will now have to wait till the end of the year when Tendulkar is likely to be seen in action against South Africa in a three-Test series where he is expected to complete a historic 200 Tests.</span><span style="color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px;"><br></span><div class="ad-blocker-ajax" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; color: rgb(115, 115, 115); font-family: roboto; font-size: 16px; width: 652px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><div class="right-story-container" style="padding: 0px; margin-top: 20px !important; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; box-sizing: initial !important; width: 652px; float: right;"><span itemprop="articleBody" style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: initial !important;"><br style="padding: 0px; margin: 0px; box-sizing: initial !important;"></span></div></div></p>

26/05/2013

“This is my last IPL”, announces Sachin Tendulkar

<p class="body" style="outline: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; color: rgb(59, 58, 57); font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;">Sachin Tendulkar yesterday night announced his retirement from the cash-rich Indian Premier League soon after Mumbai Indians won their maiden title defeating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final.“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 ending was perfect,” the maestro told the presenter.</p><p class="body" style="outline: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; color: rgb(59, 58, 57); font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;">“I can’t just wait to touch the trophy and this is the right time to say thank you to everyone. It’s never too late to win a trophy,” a beaming Tendulkar said when another legend Sunil Gavaskar asked whether he would play opening match of Mumbai Indians at Wankhede next year.Asked about how it felt playing at 40, he said,”Anil (Kumble) said that 40 is just a number. There were optional practise days but entire team turned up. Things don’t come easily but we were prepared to go through the grind”.For Tendulkar, the current season surpassed their show in the third edition where they narrowly lost the final to Chennai Super Kings.</p><p class="body" style="outline: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; color: rgb(59, 58, 57); font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;">“I’ve enjoyed my six seasons with Mumbai Indians. Its been fantastic journey. This season was superb. We thought our third season was the best but this one is the icing on the cake,” the legend stated.This is the second format from which Tendulkar has announced his retirement after having called quits from the ODIs in December right before the series against Pakistan.The cricket fans will now have to wait till the end of the year when Tendulkar is likely to be seen in action against South Africa in a three-Test series where he is expected to complete a historic 200 Tests.</p>

26/05/2013

Mumbai Wins IPL, Sachin Bows Out

<p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Mumbai Indians won the Indian Premier League title for the first time on Sunday night, setting the stage for Sachin Tendulkar to bow out of the competition with a winner’s medal that had proved elusive for six years.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">“This is my last IPL and a perfect way to end… I’ve got to be realistic here, I’ve enjoyed my six seasons with MI and it’s been a fantastic journey, especially this season was superb,” Tendulkar said after watching his team seal a 23-run victory over Chennai Super Kings.<span style="background-color: initial;">To his left stood another cricket great; Ricky Ponting. The Australian was signed by Mumbai Indians this season, but he has spent more time appearing in bad television commercials than on the pitch. However, his influence cannot be understated; the franchise certainly benefited from his winning presence.</span><span style="background-color: initial;">Sunday night, both Ponting and Tendulkar sat on the sidelines in Eden Gardens as Mumbai Indians posted a total of 148 for nine, largely thanks to some terrific hitting by the West Indian Kieron Pollard, who finished the innings with two stunning sixes from the last two deliveries. His 60 not out earned him man-of-the-match.</span></p><div id="realtor" class="wsj-body-ad-placement" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 10px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></div><p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Mumbai Indians had got off to a bad start, slipping to 16 for three at one stage, but Chennai Super Kings fared even worse in reply, losing the two key wickets of Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina in the first over, bowled by Lasith Malinga, back on form after a disappointing tournament by his high standards.<span style="background-color: initial;">S. Badrinath was then out for a duck (0) in the second over, leaving the 2010 and 2011 IPL winners in big trouble on three for three. Murali Vijay and Dwayne Bravo – who had taken four wickets in Mumbai’s innings, lifting his tournament total to 32 – tried to steady the chase, but to no avail. Bravo was out in the sixth over. Ravindra Jadeja followed almost immediately after, for a second ball duck. Vijay was then out for 18.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Mahendra Singh Dhoni had dropped himself down the order to No. 7 and he fought bravely for his team. The captain of India ensured the 61,000 spectators in Eden Gardens didn’t go home unsatisfied by a one-sided final. He picked singles and clubbed boundaries as his remaining teammates lost their wickets. But you could see in his eyes that this was a lost cause.<span style="background-color: initial;">Dhoni was still there at the end, on 63 not out, with his team 23 runs short of the target. Chennai Super Kings, the most successful team in the history of the IPL, had lost a second consecutive final.</span><span style="background-color: initial;">It was sweet revenge for Mumbai Indians, beaten by Chennai Super Kings in the 2010 final. Tendulkar had played in that match, scoring 48 runs, but he ended on the losing team. He didn’t contribute with the bat in this year’s final, but he still got the biggest cheers of the night in Kolkata.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">It’s no surprise that Tendulkar declared this his last IPL. His career, sadly but inevitably, is winding down. He may play a few more T20s – Mumbai Indians will feature in the Champions League T20 in India last this year – but Tendulkar doesn’t dominate this cricket landscape like he once did. The likes of Dhoni, Pollard and Chris Gayle rule in T20 cricket, as Ponting admitted on Sunday.<span style="background-color: initial;">“We’re just trying to keep up with the young guys actually. When you see Pollard and Dhoni and those guys hitting the ball into the top of the stand, we’re just trying to keep up with them,” Ponting said after the final.</span></p><div id="unruly" class="wsj-body-ad-placement" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 10px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></div><p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background: 0px 0px; font-family: "Chronicle SSm", serif; line-height: 28px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">His compatriot Hussey, for once an opponent on Sunday, might have something to say about that, given that the 38-year-old was the top scorer in the IPL this year, with 733 runs. But age catches up with everyone. Tendulkar is wise and mature enough to admit that. It’s far harder for him to accept his playing career is coming to an end than it is for even the most die-hard fan.<span style="background-color: initial;">Tendulkar will still hope to play Test cricket for India. His international career began in November 1989 as the Berlin Wall was being torn down. In India, Rajiv Gandhi was losing his grip on power and the economic liberalization of the country was still two years away.</span><span style="background-color: initial;">All good things come to an end. At least Tendulkar’s IPL exit, like his batting, is perfectly timed.</span></p>