Following Mumbai Indians' 23-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the final, Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed that the Indian Premier League 2013 was his final IPL tournament.
Meanwhile, former Mumbai captain Tendulkar's latest successor Rohit Sharma has been fined $20,000 for his side maintaining a slow-over rate during the final.
Tendulkar made his announcement at a live post-match interview.
"The World Cup I had to wait for 21 years, and this for six years, so it's never too late. This is my last IPL and it's perfect way to end IPL," he said.
"I've got to be realistic here, I've enjoyed my six seasons with Mumbai and it's been a fantastic journey, especially this season which was also superb.
"I thought until now our third season was our best season, but this one is the icing on the cake."
In six seasons for the Mumbai Indians and two Champions League Twenty20 campaigns, he played 86 matches, scoring 2,529 runs with one century, 14 half-centuries and an average of 33.72.
In 78 IPL matches he scored 2,334 runs at 34.83, his lone century coming against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011.
Mumbai Indians won the Champions League in 2010, one year before Tendulkar helped India win the World Cup. He has since retired from One-Day International cricket.
Sharma, who took over from Ricky Ponting as Mumbai skipper mid-season, was given a hefty fine after Mumbai were three overs short of their target as they defended 148 for nine to win their first IPL title.
It was his first offence of the season.
© Cricket World 2013
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