Kolkata, May 27: Sachin Tendulkar announced retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL) after winning the trophy with the Mumbai Indians on Sunday night (May 26) here at the Eden Gardens.
"This is my last IPL," announced Tendulkar as he celebrated MI's 23-run over Chennai Super Kings in the final. Tendulkar did not play the final due to injury.
"I wait for 6 years and finally been able to achived the target," he added.
"A big thank you to all the supporters. We were able to produce some fantastic cricket tonight," he said.
"This is the right time to stop playing IPL. I'm 40, have to accept reality. It ended perfectly," Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar ended his IPL career with a six hit off Karan Sharama in the game on May 13 at the Wankhede Stadium against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He had to retire hurt on 38 on that day. After that, he did not play any game due to hand injury.
He played 78 IPL matches scoring 2334 runs (average 34.83). He had a strike rate of 119.81 and hit 1 century and 13 fifties. He also won the Orange Cap in 2010 with 618 runs.