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Hope I can live up to fans' expectations in last two Tests: Sachin

PTI  Lahli (Haryana), October 30, 2013
First Published: 12:39 IST(30/10/2013) | Last Updated: 13:38 IST(31/10/2013)

After guiding Mumbai to a Ranji win over Haryana in his final domestic game, retiring Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said he is now eagerly looking forward to his farewell Test series against the West Indies, which starts in Kolkata on November 6.

Tendulkar will bring the curtain down on his glorious 24-year tryst with international cricket against the West Indies after playing his landmark 200th Test in Mumbai from November 14-18.

"It will be a good series. They (West Indies) are a good side, something that I'll be looking forward to my last couple of Test matches. I hope it produces good cricket and lives up to the expectations of all my well wishers," Tendulkar said after guiding Mumbai to a four-wicket win over Haryana.

Tendulkar warmed up for the Test series against the West Indies with a calculated 175-ball unbeaten 79 in Mumbai's challenging chase of 240 runs in the second innings at the lively Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium wicket here.

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"It was a challenging wicket. It had a lot for the bowlers but it was fun to bat on this wicket. The bowlers were getting assistance from the wicket so it was not easy to score runs," the retiring legend said after playing his last Ranji Trophy game.

"240 was a big total to chase. The oufield was also on the slower side. 240 looked like 280 to chase on this wicket. This is just the kind of outing I was looking for."

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"Haryana played very good cricket. All credit to them for putting up a good challenge and making it a memorable contest," Tendulkar said.

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