India's Sachin Tendulkar to receive home send-off in Mumbai in final Test match
Sachin Tendulkar will play his 200th and final Test match at his home ground in Mumbai against the West Indies.
Last Updated: 15/10/13 4:45pm
The India batsman, who is cricket's most prolific run-scorer with 15,837 Test runs and 18,426 runs in one-day internationals, asked to end his 24-year international career at the Wankhede Stadium after several local cricket associations battled to win the hosting rights for his send-off.
The 40-year-old will play his 199th Test in the series opener at Kolkata's Eden Gardens from 6 November, with the second Test coming the following week before he retires from all forms of the game.
Tendulkar, who made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989 as a 16-year-old, holds the record for Test appearances, with with retired Australians Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh second with 168. Jacques Kallis is the nearest active player with 163.
He became the first player to score 100 international centuries in March last year before announcing his retirement from one-day cricket to focus on the five-day game.
But his form has been inconsistent over the last three years, posting only one century since becoming the first man to hit 50 Test centuries against South Africa in 2010.
After the two-Test series, India will then meet the West Indies in a three-match ODI series starting in Kochi on November 21.