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Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test match of his glittering India career will come at his home ground in Mumbai against the West Indies next month, it has been confirmed.
The batsman, who is cricket’s highest-ever run-scorer with 15,837 Test runs and 18,426 in one-day internationals, had requested his 24-year international career to come to an end at the Wankhede Stadium.
And he has got his wish after the Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed the widely-expected venue for the second Test.
Several local cricket associations were bidding for the hosting rights for his finale, which has been a major talking point in India since the 40-year-old announced his imminent retirement last week.
The legend made his India debut as a promising 16-year-old back in
1989 and became the first player to score 100 international centuries in March last year, while he also holds the record for Test appearances, standing at 198.
He has struggled to find his best form in recent years, however, and has failed to hit three figures since scoring 146 against South Africa in January 2011 – a run of 39 innings – and his retirement had seemed inevitable.
Tendulkar will first play his 199th Test in the series opener at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 6, with the second Test scheduled to follow the week after. India will then meet the Windies in a three-match ODI series starting in Kochi on November 21.