India news December 23, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has retired from ODI cricket. Tendulkar finishes an illustrious career in the 50-over format, having played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record. His last ODI was against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup, where he made a half-century in India's victory.

"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game," he said in a statement. "I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years."

Tendulkar made his ODI debut on his first international tour, in 1989, against Pakistan in Gujranwala, where he got a duck. He scored his first half-century in his ninth ODI and made an immediate impact when promoted to open the batting in 1994, in an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland, where he smashed 82 in 49 balls. His first century took 79 ODIs to arrive but he kept piling them on with remarkable consistency. (Click here to see Tendulkar's cumulative ODI record.)

Some of the batting highlights in his ODI career include back-to-back hundreds against Australia in 1998 in a triangular tournament in Sharjah, finishing as the highest run-getter in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, and becoming the first batsman to score a double-century in the ODI format, against South Africa in February 2010.

He was part of one of India's greatest ODI achievements over the last three decades, when they won the World Cup in 2011, beating Sri Lanka in the final on his home ground in Mumbai - it was his last ODI in India. In preparation for that World Cup, Tendulkar had curtailed the amount of ODI cricket in the year playing only four ODIs in the 12 months before the tournament. Since the end of the World Cup, Tendulkar has played 10 ODIs, seven in the CB Series against Australia and the last three of his career being played at the Asia Cup in Dhaka. His innings of 114 against Bangladesh on March 16 was his 100th international hundred in what turned out to be Tendulkar's penultimate ODI match for India.

Tendulkar's announcement of his ODI retirement came through a statement from the BCCI which stated that he had spoken to BCCI president N Srinivasan. His retirement was announced on the day the Indian selectors picked the teams to play in the five-match T20 and ODI series against Pakistan.

"It was not sudden. He informed us before the selection about his decision," Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, told reporters. "He spoke to me and the president about his decision. Naturally he must have been (emotional) I can't say we just spoke on the phone."

"What he has expressed is his concern that India has to prepare for the next World Cup," the BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty added. "From that point of view, he felt that it was time that he retired."

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  • Joe on December 26, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    @Vivekanandan Manokaran - He's not God he's a human and a very good Cricketer please behave. No doubt Sachin is a LEGEND!

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Why Sachin has such fans ??? Why only Sachin has such fans ??? ... Even I was shocked and worried to know that, he has retired from ODIs.

    GOD decided to stop supporting cricket in India.

    For sure, Indian people will stop supporting cricket from now on. There will be a leap. There will be a loss for Indian Cricket.

    He is not only a good player, but a person with high passion, responsibility, consistency and simplicity. Lot to learn from him. . . He is apt for the title SPORTSPERSON.

  • Mike on December 26, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @SherjilIslam Sachin never used provocative language to get over the opposition? Wow! Thanks for that incredible bit of information. You must have played along side him over these past 23 years in order to hear every word that came out of his mouth!

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Thanks Sachin for entertaining the cricket world over 2 decades with your blistering innings. I have been your big fan.


  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sachin.. Please play your Last ODI against Pakistan and then Retire.. Please..

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    the name 'SACHIN TENDULKAR' will never come up on the ODI scorecard again. had to happen some day. thank you sir for the enormous amount of joy and happiness that you have provided to us, for having taught us so much with your behaviour, the manner in which you've carried your self on the field, the dignity, the passion. the problem with sachin sir in ODI was that the fans never had enough of him and they could easily find reasons to curse him. if he got out for a duck or early in his innings, we cursed him for having failed. if he got out after a start, we cursed him for having failed after getting started. if he got out after a 50, he was cursed for leaving the team in the lurch. if he got out close to a hundred, the reason was that the hundred was there for the taking. if he got out after a hundred, we cursed him coz the time for acceleration had come and he left the team with a par score and not a winning score. this is how i can describe his career. thank you sir for taking it all

  • p on December 26, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    "THE LEGEND OF CRICKET" itzz hard to see cricket with out his presence. i`m still in a hope that he will be called back to play at least 2 series and show the nation that "I`m not done"

  • Harmon on December 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    @LillianThomson: Talk of a back handed compliment. For you Sachin is among the top 20 and perhaps the 15th of 16th spot? Well, you have the full right to have any opinion about any one else but you got to be consistent in your evaluation yardstick in that case.

  • Sherjil on December 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @lilianThomas,Dravid_Gravitas,Prince458, KiwiRocker. All of you are a disgrace to be called as Cricket fans.You have no respect for a player who is being consistently admired all over the world and that also includes the list of those greats whom you r using to undermine Sachin. I also respect the greats like Bradman,Peter Pollock,Viv Richards,Sir Garfield Sobers...and many more including Ponting even knowing how was ponting's on-field behavior.But still we never bashed them giving their some bullshit stats. And for your information....Sachin in 23 yeras of his carrier never used any provocative language to get over the opposition.

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    He is to me what Jesus Christ is to Christians - Son of the Cricketing God himself! The paddle sweeps of Warne in Sharjah '98, Deft flicks and ferocious cuts of the Pakistanis '2003, the invention of the upper cut in Aus'08. Thank you Sachin, for making cricket my religion.