Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said about the first thoughts of retiring from international cricket that enter on his mind in the year 2013 October during Champion League T20 match.
After the retirement from international cricket, Sachin recently joined in professional networking site ‘LinkedIn’ as an ‘Influencer.’
On Thursday, Sachin shared about his experience. He wrote “It was October 2013 during one of the Champions League games in Delhi. My mornings would start with a gym workout, a routine I had been following for 24 years.”
“But that morning in October, something had changed. I realised that I had to force myself to wake up and go about my day. I knew that the gym training was a critical part of my cricket – something that had been my life for 24 years.”
In the year 2013, Sachin was in a part of CLT20 winning Mumbai Indians and played like three matches in Delhi against Rajasthan Royals in final. And also he played two Test matches against West Indies in Mumbai, Kolkata in the month of November.
Sachin Wrote about the decision of Retirement from International Cricket
He wrote about the decision of retirement, “Sunil Gavaskar, one of my heroes and a former cricketer, once said that he made up his mind to quit the game when he found himself checking the clock, to see how much time there was left for the lunch and tea intervals. Suddenly I knew exactly what he meant. My mind and my body were telling me the same thing. Maybe, it’s time to hang up my boots.”
“I also remembered the words of Billy Jean King, at Wimbledon a few years ago – you will know for sure when to go, it will come from inside you, don’t let the world decide when you have to retire. But what will a sportsman do if he’s not a sportsman anymore? How do you prepare for a day when something that consumed each day of the 24 years of your life, isn’t the focus anymore?”
“The energising chant of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ that the crowds cheered each time I walked onto the field, was an indescribable feeling and rush. This probably won’t be heard anymore. Was I ready for that? These thoughts and a discussion with my family and closest friends helped make up my mind.”
“My innings was indeed coming to an end. The years flashed before my eyes. The victories, the losses, the celebrations, the challenges and the silences… the journey. India’s win at the World Cup in 2011 was a dream come true as was the team’s generous gesture of dedicating the cup to me. But, that chapter of my life was ending. What now, I wondered.”