Sachin Tendulkar's retirement will

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said that Sachin Tendulkar (above) had spoken to him about his retirement © Getty Images

New Delhi: Oct 10, 2013

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla paid a glowing tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, saying the batting icon’s retirement from Test cricket will leave a great void in the Indian cricket team.

“Sachin’s retirement will leave a great void in the Indian cricket team, something that won’t be easy to fill in.

He has been the greatest ambassador for sport in our country” Shukla told PTI.

“Personally, it’s a sad moment for me as he has decided to call time on his career but a time comes in our lives when we have to make that difficult choice. He did speak to me and discussed on this issue”, he said.

“It would be extremely hard to imagine witnessing an Indian cricket team without Sachin Tendulkar being in it. His remarkable journey of 24 years serves as a true testament of the passion and commitment he had towards the game”, Shukla said.

“I cannot envisage anyone coming even remotely close to matching his astonishing records and accolades in the game.

Above all, I feel that Sachin has always been a great ambassador for the sport; I have personally known him for a prolonged period and I can clearly state that you will not meet another person who is as endearing and humble as he is irrespective of his immeasurable stature and feats in the sport”, he added.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement