A video of Sachin Tendulkar, who had earlier denied taking retirement, has announced his retirement after 22 years of international cricket.

 

Tendulkar, whose 99th hundred was registered on March 12 last year during the World Cup against South Africa at Nagpur, had come close to notching the century of centuries on a few occasions, but had to wait till March 16 this year when he completed the landmark against Bangladesh in Dhaka during the Asia Cup.

 

The Indian batting legend had to face heavy criticism from all corners as he failed to hit a ton for more than an year. 

 

Earlier, Tendulkar had ruled out the possibility of retiring from one format. 

 

“I don't think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don't think anything can be bigger than that,” he said.

 

“I can't think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don't know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don't want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted,” he added.