Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has said that he will quit Tests after playing in his 200th match.

Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer in Test cricket history and the only player to make 100 centuries in international cricket, said he had been "living a dream" since making his debut in 1989 but recognised it was now time to call it quits.

"It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world," the batsman said in a statement.

"I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day."

India is to play a two-Test series against the West Indies next month which would enable Tendulkar, who has already made 198 appearances, to become the first player to reach the 200 landmark.

(With inputs from AFP)