I will be there at Sachin's final Test in Mumbai, says Kumble

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Published: Friday, October 18, 2013, 18:35 [IST]
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Bangalore, Oct 18: Saluting Sachin Tendulkar's achievements on the cricket field, his former team-mate and captain Anil Kumble said he will be at the Wankhede Stadium to watch the Master Blaster in his farewell Test.

Kumble, who played with Tendulkar for more than a decade in the India team, said the Mumbai batsman has been synonymous with the game itself and it is a sad day to see him retire.

'I will be there at Sachin's final Test'

"He (Sachin Tendulkar) has been synonymous with the game itself. It will certainly be a sad day to see him walk away from the field," Kumble told reporters here on Friday.

"I had the honour of starting my career literally along side him, and it seems, he has seen about 100-150 players retire before him and those who have come after him. It's a testament to his longevity, skill and ability to perform and his talent to not just live up to his own expectations but to millions of of others," he added.

He continued: "He has influenced cricketers over the last 20 years to take up the game and he has touched the hearts of millions of fans not just in India but across the world. To see him in his last two games, I think we should be all be ready for his last four innings.

"It's tough to see someone who has been part of our lives for 24 years to go away but it had to come and I am really glad that I was associated with him in a way all along his career and I will certainly be there (to watch his last match)."

Tendulkar will play his final two Tests against West Indies in Kolkata and Mumbai next month. His final Test will be the 200th of the career.


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