Tendulkar announces IPL retirement after Mumbai win

Published: May 27, 2013
After playing in all six editions of the IPL, Tendulkar has decided to call it a day and quit the glamorous event for good. PHOTO: FILE

After playing in all six editions of the IPL, Tendulkar has decided to call it a day and quit the glamorous event for good. PHOTO: FILE

NEW DELHI: Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying it was the ‘right time’ to stop playing the Twenty20 tournament.

“This is my last IPL,” said Tendulkar. “It has been a fantastic season. I think this is the right time to stop playing this format. I am 40. This is the best point to say thank you very much to all the supporters and well-wishers.”

The announcement came after Tendulkar’s team Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in the final to win their first IPL title.

Kieron Pollard’s brilliant 60 off 32 was the key contribution in Mumbai’s 148 for nine with Dwayne Bravo picking up four wickets in the process. The modest score was ably defended by Mumbai’s bowlers as Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson and Harbhajan Singh took two wickets apiece to restrict Chennai to 125 for nine despite MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 63. Man-of-the-match Pollard said he was satisfied with his responsible playing.

“It was good to play some of your best cricket against the best IPL team,” said Pollard.

Police arrest six bookies

Meanwhile, Indian police said yesterday they have arrested six bookmakers in Goa state who were part of a syndicate betting on the IPL matches.

The tournament has been reeling from a spot-fixing scandal which has led to the arrest of three cricketers and 11 bookies. It was not immediately clear if the Goa arrests were linked to the other case.

“We have arrested six persons in connection with cricket betting activity,” Goa’s deputy inspector general O.P. Mishra told AFP, adding that investigations are still in progress.

A senior officer said the bookies were all from Mumbai but had been in Goa for the last 45 days staying in a rented apartment.

“We are interrogating the persons who were arrested earlier in the day,” said the official. “Whether they are linked to any greater syndicate, underworld or any player in IPL would be known only later.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2013

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Reader Comments (13)

  • KAY
    May 28, 2013 - 12:14AM

    He certainly has made enough money of IPL gambling.


  • Vishnu Dutta
    May 28, 2013 - 12:34AM


    He is the biggest star of Cricket world and since last 20 years he has been making more than entire test playing boards of some countries. He doesnt need petty IPL money.

    Respect the legend, he is the biggest star cricket has ever produced.


  • Mumbaikar
    May 28, 2013 - 1:18AM

    He has done a big favour to himself and the team Mumbai Indians.


  • Saad Khan
    May 28, 2013 - 1:23AM

    Who cares..!


  • Zain
    May 28, 2013 - 1:35AM

    True Sachin T. is a legend. The best batsman cricket will ever see.


  • Fawad
    May 28, 2013 - 1:43AM

    I’m glad that Mr. little master wasn’t in the Mumbai team in finals with Chennai. If little was there in the match Mumbai would’ve lost that match. His time is over!


  • KAY
    May 28, 2013 - 6:49AM

    @ Vishnu
    Why he was part of the gambling IPL if he was that rich and a man of character?


  • Prashant
    May 28, 2013 - 9:20AM

    bro you are a part of the world and you know what there are many bad people in this world so why you are here? because there are also good people in this world… now apply same logic for ipl, just because of few bad player you cant blame the whole ipl event.


  • KAY
    May 28, 2013 - 10:53AM

    Why good people in your eyes (such as Tendulkar) was part of IPL gambling? Even i knew from the day one that IPL is a gambling den. Don’t act innocent please.


  • Arsalan
    May 28, 2013 - 11:36AM

    by the way second last over of the IPL semi final hmmmmm lasith malinga giving 16 odd runs with a huge wide going for 4 wasnt it fix I think so cause Rajasthan Royal finished on exact 165


  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    May 28, 2013 - 2:06PM

    Although he is not my favorite, but let me tell you one thing, His Income from Advertisement of Various brands is much more then the Entire budget of PCB, so when ever you are talking about Indian Cricket never talk about money.


  • Milind
    May 28, 2013 - 2:08PM

    @KAY – Probably you’re not aware of a report few days back, which stated that Sachin himself turned in a few players to the BCCI, after he found them indulging in match-fixing during his stint in 1999. He and Dravid were clean and made sure these unworthies were not included in the team..
    Sachin may have his faults, but gambling, match fixing are not amongst them.


  • Historian 1
    May 28, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @Gulam Rasool “Kuldeep sharma”
    Have you ever heard the phrase ” rich are becoming more rich”. This is simply because rich always have easy access to money, black or white!


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