Schumacher: Sachin will love retirement

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher says soon-to-be retired India batsman Sachin Tendulkar should be looking forward to stepping away from the game, and that retirement has many benefits.

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher says soon-to-be retired India batsman Sachin Tendulkar should be looking forward to stepping away from the game, and that retirement has many benefits.

The pair met in 2002 when Schumacher, then driving for Ferrari, handed the Little Master a car after he recorded his 29th Test century. They have kept up contact over the years, and Schumacher was eager to praise Tendulkar's 24-year career.

Schumacher, who retired in 2012, said: "As a sportsman with a long active career as well, I think I can judge what it means to be around as many years as Sachin Tendulkar is, and I can only express my biggest respect for his achievements.

"We have met several times in Italy and India, and even if admittedly I was not – and still am not – very firm in the sport of cricket, I am fully aware of how many people around the world are.

"Having retired a bit earlier than him, I can also tell him that it (retirement) is something he can look forward to. There is just so much to discover, as finally there is time to do so. I wish him all the best."

Tendulkar is playing in his final series before retiring after his 200th Test, which will be played in Mumbai against the West Indies later this month.

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