Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday night announced his retirement from the cash-rich Indian Premier League soon after Mumbai Indians won their maiden title defeating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final.
"For World Cup I had to wait for 21 years but for this I had to wait for only six years. Also this is special for me as I won't be playing in IPL next season," Tendulkar said at the end of Mumbai Indians' triumph.
"I think this is the right time to stop playing IPL. Just got to accept the reality that this would be my last season. I am happy that the sending was perfect," the maestro told the
"I can't just wait to touch the trophy and this is the right time to say thank you to everyone. It's never too late to win a trophy," a beaming Tendulkar said when another legend Sunil Gavaskar asked whether he would play opening match of Mumbai Indians at Wankhede next year.
Asked about how it felt playing at 40, he said,"Anil (Kumble) said that 40 is just a number. There were optional practise days but entire team turned up. Things don't come easily but we were prepared to go through the grind."
For Tendulkar, the current season surpassed their show in the third edition where they narrowly lost the final to Chennai Super Kings.
"I've enjoyed my six seasons with Mumbai Indians. Its been fantastic journey. This season was superb. We thought our third season was the best but this one is the icing on the cake," the legend stated.
This is the second format from which Tendulkar has announced his retirement after having called quits from the ODIs in December right before the series against Pakistan.