Cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid bid adieu to Twenty20

India News Bulletin Desk

Two of the most dependable Indian batsmen and cricketing icons, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, have both ended their career in the Twenty20 cricketing format. The two stars were given Guard of Honour after their final T20 match on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid retire from Twenty20 cricket
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid retire from Twenty20 cricket
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Tendulkar played his last Twenty20 innings on Sunday as part of the Mumbai Indians team. Although Tendulkar made just 15 runs in his final innings, his career ended in style as his Mumbai Indians team won the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 by 33 runs. Earlier this year the team also won Indian Premier League trophy too.

Tendulkar, 40, previously announced his retirement from one day internationals. He is also planning to retire after his 200th Test match, he revealed.

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The cricketing icon announced on his Facebook page that he plans to quit cricket after playing his 200th test on home soil.

“All my life I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world.

“I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.

“I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.”

His team Mumbai Indians played the Sunday T20 match against Rajasthan Royals in Delhi led by captain Rahul Dravid who too marked his retirement from the T20 format.

Rahul Dravid, labelled “The Wall” for his consistent and dependable batting performance, announced his retirement from one day internationals in 2012.

Dravid also 40, was awarded the Guard of Honour like Tendulkar.

The Sunday Twenty20 match at Ferozeshah Kotla ground between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals was an electrifying and iconic game for cricket fans as two all-time batting sensations were set to exit from the format on the same day after the same game. Both the players praised each other in their farewell speech.

Indian media paid tribute to both the cricketing icons with The Hindu saying: "It is a rare occurrence that two all-time batting greats, belonging to rival teams, exit from a popular form of cricket in the same match at the same venue.”

Indian cricket fans paid their tribute to both Tendulkar and Dravid on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook too.

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