The fact that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies next month is no surprise.
Even his own adoring fans and media in India have been baying for the Little Master not to continue tainting his legacy with performances way below that in his prime.
The 40-year-old former Indian captain ends his career with two matches against West Indies.
“It’s hard to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I’ve ever done since I was 11,” Tendulkar said.
His records are numerous. He is the highest scorer in Tests and one-day internationals, with 15,837 runs in 198 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
The Test scores included 51 tons and 67 half centuries. His top score was an unbeaten 248 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004. In the 20-over game, he only made one international appearance, scoring 12 from 15 balls against South Africa in 2006.
Tendulkar made his international debut at 16 in 1989 and last year became the only batsman in the game’s history to reach 100 international centuries. The records have continued to mount in recent years, though he has struggled at elite level.
West Indies intend to spoil the farewell party in his 200th appearance in his home city of Mumbai. They are more than capable of doing so.