Habits die hard. Sachin Tendulkar woke up sharp at 6:50 on Sunday morning but soon realized he didn't have to take a shower and head to the cricket ground for a Test match. Tendulkar made a cup of tea for himself and then enjoyed a rare breakfast in the company of his wife Anjali. It was slowly dawning on him that he would not play cricket anymore. Speaking to the media on Sunday evening, the 40-year-old legend said he did not regret his decision to quit and said his body was just too tired to take rigours of modern day cricket. (Highlights from Sachin's press conference)
"After playing for 24 years, you have to appreciate that there were many injuries and these were not easy to overcome. Somewhere your body sends you a message that you've carried enough of this physical load. To do those training sessions were taking a lot of effort out of me," Tendulkar told reporters in Mumbai in his first press conference after playing his 200th and final Test. (Also read: Sachin's full interview to NDTV)
Tendulkar spoke about life in the middle and how injury almost ruined his career. In 2004, Tendulkar was diagnosed with tennis elbow, an injury that prevented him from lifting a cricket bat for almost 4 and half months.