Five Players Who Delayed Their International Retirement
Sachin Tendulkar HT photo by Santosh Harhare. 05-11-09
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It is always difficult to call it a day from one’s International career. There are always emotions involved when a player ponders to hang his boots from the topmost level. However, a player should be smart to know when there is no fuel left in the tank. It is imperative to know when one time is up and it is always recommended to go on a high.

In fact, it is generally noted that some players lose their spark in the fag end of their respective career.

Here are the five players:

Sachin Tendulkar

Most fours in ODI, Batsmen with most fours in ODI cricket, Kane Williamson, Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Credit: Getty Images.

Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement at the age of 40 years. It was Tendulkar’s dream to win the World Cup. The Master Blaster was able to fulfil his long term dream in the World Cup of 2011. However, he decided to continue playing even after getting the coveted trophy in his cabinet.

Sachin Tendulkar almost has every record in the book. However, Sachin’s performance had shown a downward slope in the fag end of his career. In fact, the retirement decision was always going to be his personal decision.

Tendulkar played uncharacteristically to bring up his 100th International hundred. The legendary batsman chewed up a lot of balls and India eventually lost the match against Bangladesh.

The Master Blaster had an illustrious career as he scored 15921 runs in his Test career of 200 matches. The talisman batsman scored a mountain of 18426 runs in 463 ODI matches.

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