Hope to live up to expectations of fans in my final 2 Tests: Sachin

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Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 13:07 [IST]
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Lahli (Haryana), Oct 30: Sachin Tendulkar is hoping to live up to the expectations of the fans in his final two Tests against West Indies next month.

Tendulkar bid adieu to Ranji Trophy with a match-winning knock of 79 not out today for Mumbai against Haryana. The 40-year-old will play two more matches (both Tests) before he signs off from the sport.

'It will be a good series against WI'

Speaking after the victory at Bansi Lal Stadium here, Tendulkar said West Indies were a good side and he was looking forward to doing well.

"It will be a good series. They (West Indies) are a good side, something that I'll be looking forward to...my last couple of Test matches. I hope it produces good cricket and lives up to the expectations of all my well wishers," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar's final two Tests will be in Kolkata and Mumbai. He will complete 200 Tests in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium from November 14 to 18.

The Master Blaster had to fight hard for his runs in Lahli in the second innings. Mumbai were chasing 240 and won with four wickets to spare. Tendulkar called the pitch a "challenging" one.

"It was a challenging wicket. It had a lot for the bowlers but it was fun to bat on this wicket. The bowlers were getting assistance from the wicket so it was not easy to score runs," he said.

"240 was a big total to chase. The oufield was also on the slower side. 240 looked like 280 to chase on this wicket. This is just the kind of outing I was looking for," he added.

Tendulkar thanked his supporters in Lahli and also Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) for making it a memorable match.


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