Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed his IPL retirement following Mumbai Indians’ maiden title win on Sunday night. “This is my last season. I’ve got to be realistic here. The journey has been fantastic and this is the icing on the cake!” Sachin told Sony Max after Mumbai’s 23-run win over Chennai Super Kings at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
“Never too late. It’s a special moment. I can’t wait to get hold of the trophy. Finally, we’ve been able to achieve our target. A big thank you to all the supporters. I think this is the right time to stop playing this tournament. I’m 40 and have to accept the reality. I have decided that this is my last season and it has ended perfectly. All the hard work has played off.
“Things don’t come easily and the guys were prepared to do well. The tournament is exciting but it’s tiring as well. The body clock changes and there is no time to rest. With all that, a lot of adjustments are required and it has been a fantastic outing for us this year.”
Tendulkar, who captained Mumbai Indians for the first few seasons, played 86 games for the franchise scoring 2529 runs at 33.72 with the help of one hundred and 14 half-centuries.
Tendulkar did not play in the final on account of a wrist injury. His last game came against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13.