Monday 18 November 2013 

Video - Tendulkar Reflects On Retirement

Watch as Sachin Tendulkar holds a press conference where he talks about his retirement from international cricket following the second Test against the West Indies in Mumbai.

The prolific batsman announced he would be ending his 24-year career earlier this year and thousands were in Mumbai to watch him play one last time.

He scored 74 in his only innings before India wrapped up an innings-and-126-run victory to seal a 2-0 series win.

Now, he is taking his time to get used to a more relaxing lifestyle.

"I woke up at 6:15 in the morning and then I suddenly realised that well, I don't need to quickly have a shower and get ready for the match," he said.

"I made myself a cup of tea and then enjoyed a nice breakfast with my wife. It was a relaxed morning. Yes a lot of guys sent me their best wishes so I spent a lot of time responding to their sms's and then thanking them for all the support and all the good wishes for the last 24 years."

Following the game, Tendulkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, and he has dedicated that honour to his mother, who was present in Mumbai.

"This award is for my mother and it's for my mother for all of the sacrifices that she's made right from my birth.

"When you are a child it's difficult to understand life. You don't know what your parents have to go through to make you happy.

"They have sacrificed everything and the beauty of it is that I was never told "we did this for you" and when you grow up you realise all of those things and that's the reason why I feel that this award is for my mother."

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