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Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Hardest decision I have ever taken, says the Little Master

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Sachin Tendulkar will be playing his 200th Test at the Wankhede Stadium © AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Sachin Tendulkar, who announced his retirement on Thursday, said that this is the hardest decision he has ever taken in his career.

“It is a decision taken from the heart. It has nothing to do with my body or mind,” was Tendulkar’s first statement on the phone reported the Times of India. When asked if the impact of the decision had sunk in yet his response was composed. He said: “Anjali (his wife) and Ajit (elder brother) are both very emotional but I am okay…Let’s talk about something else. I don’t want to start leading a retired life even before I have retired.”

Tendulkar has played 198 Tests for India. The two Tests against West Indies in mid-November will be his final assignment for India. Tendulkar will look to leave no stone unturned in those Tests.

Tendulkar’s dream as a child was to play for the country. He has lived his dream for last 24 years —almost 60 per cent of his life.

The questions one wonders are: Was calling it a day on his mind? Was he talking about it to his near and dear ones? Did the media reports about retirement bother him? Was he pushed to the decision? Such questions may and will be asked.

So how did the maestro deal with all the pressure to set unprecedented benchmark and maintaining his standards for nearly quarter of a century? Tendulkar said: “The most important thing in trying to deal with pressure is to evolve your own mechanism to cope with the situation. I have been fortunate that crowds, both at home and away, have given me a rousing reception every time I have stepped out to bat. There has been a build-up right through my career. At times, however, the crowd was so loud that it added to my nervous tension at the start of the innings. Finding it difficult to concentrate, I had to devise my own technique of trying to control the crowd. Whenever I found the crowd too loud I decided to walk down the wicket and tap it for a while, giving myself an extra 15-20 seconds to adjust. I’d be hoping that in this extra time the crowd would mellow a little and settle down.”

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