Sachin Tendulkar was victorious in the final Test match of his record-setting cricket career as India beat the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs.
Tendulkar, 40, who scored the most runs in Test history, was making his 200th and final appearance in the longest form of the game.
He scored 74 yesterday in his hometown of Mumbai as India was 495 all out in its first innings to lead by 313 runs. The West Indies were than bowled out for 187, denying the man nicknamed “Little Master” another chance to bat.
The Indian team, which won the series 2-0, formed a walking guard of honor with Tendulkar as they left the field at Wankhede Stadium. He stopped several times to wave to the cheering crowd and wiped tears from his eyes.
“It’s hard to believe it’s coming to an end,” Tendulkar said in a speech to the crowd after the game. “My cricket started right here on this ground in Mumbai. The dream was obviously to play for India.”
Tendulkar ends his Test career with 15,921 runs, 2,543 more than Australia’s Ricky Ponting in second place. He also holds the record for more runs in one-day international matches with 18,426, along with the marks for most centuries in both forms of the game.
In 2011, he helped India win its first Cricket World Cup title since 1983. Last year he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.
Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in November 1989 and registered his first three-figure score the following year against England. In 2008, he passed West Indian batsman Brian Lara as the top scorer in elite five-day matches.
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