India news July 6, 2012

ODI retirement not on Tendulkar's mind

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has insisted he has no plans to retire from the ODI format though he has skipped all but two of India's one-day series since last year's World Cup. Tendulkar has also opted out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting later this month.

"It's not what XYZ think, it's what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue (playing ODIs)," he told CNN-IBN.

On the subject of ending his one-day career, Tendulkar drew a parallel with his international Twenty20 retirement. "I felt I shouldn't be part of the Twenty20 squad in 2007 and I had been asked (to stay on) but I felt I should not be part because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket may be I would take that decision."

Tendulkar has played both of India's one-day tournaments so far this year, but decided to sit out the upcoming Sri Lanka series. "I just wanted to spend time with my family, as simple as that," he said. "I spoke to the BCCI and requested them. To be able to spend time with my children is also important."

In Tendulkar's absence, India's opening pair for the Sri Lanka series will be Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who himself had asked for rest for the Asia Cup in March. Sehwag backed Tendulkar's decision to miss the series. "Not only me but the whole country misses Sachin when he is not in action," he told reporters in Delhi. "But one should realise that he is 39 years and he should be allowed to pick and choose which series he wants to go. He will certainly be available for the Test series against New Zealand."