Legendary cricket player Sachin Tendulkar of India announced Thursday that he will retire after an upcoming Test series against the West Indies.
Tendulka, 40, is the highest scorer in both Test and one-day international matches, with 15,837 runs in 198 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
"It's hard to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I've ever done since I was 11," Tendulkar said. "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It's been a huge honor to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day."
The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, N Srinivasan, told the BBC: "He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact, one should really say he ranks among the top of all-time great sportspersons in the world. No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has."