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Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs

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December 23, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back for 7, South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Durban, January 12, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar has called time on his ODI career © AFP
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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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Posted by EnglishCricket 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by Integrity1 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!

Posted by   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.

--Selvam

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by trinath.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"

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by SherjilIslam 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@SatyajitM - no need to be surprised..it is known by all - Sachin is god of cricket.. u can wake up the guys who are asleep, not the ones who pretend to sleep..they dont want to wake up, just for the fear of being ashamed on talking bad abt the legend...

Posted by Siva_Cric on (December 26, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Made billions of people go through varied emotions be it happiness, sadness or proudness...ODI's will miss you sachin and I beg God to play test cricket for another couple of years atleast...The greatest player of all times...PERIOD

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 26, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

@LillianThomson, read carefully before responding! I didn't talk about the people's choice ICC eleven, I talked about the Cricinfo eleven (more accurately ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI). For your reference the link is http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/magazine/alltime_composite.html. I am surprised how you could miss that when you are so active in these pages? Also, look at the jury list to get an idea of the neutrality. In your opinion chosing people in middle of his career is dangerous business (go and give that opinion to late Don or Benaud) but lot of cricketing greats and writers don't feel that way. In fact Sachin was the only current player to be in that eleven(and very comfortably). Also let me quote from a related article "The jury also seems to have settled the answer to the question "Who after Bradman?" The answer is Sachin Tendulkar, by a fair distance." (Here the discussion is about best batmen).

Posted by farab on (December 26, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

He is the greatest of greats. I feel sorrow for him because he missed 50 odi centuries, 500 odi matches ,100 odi half centuries and 20000 runs milestones. I wished he would play at least 2 years more.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

The WORLD'S GREATEST cricket player... AFTER Jacques Kallis. Please post Cricinfo

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 25, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Agree with @hhillbumper - Indeed Tendulkar has reinvented himself. For the last few years any time the bowling was any good he reinvented himself as a walking wicket. Same thing goes for Sehwag.

Posted by GMathews on (December 25, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

U gave us so many cherishing movements in the field Sachin,Thanking you..we will miss you badly in onedays, u made a big difference in my life for the last 23 years. I suspect any BCCI/Selectors involvement in your retirement, since you gave availability for PAK series earlier, similar to Laxman, I wish you must reconsider your decision, you are master in ODI's still, age does not limit you like others, you are exceptional..realy wanted to see you here in Australia in the next world cup, I think thats d right time to retire from both format..you are only nearing 42 at that time..I curse the medias, whoever ex-cricketers & people behind it

Posted by alarky on (December 25, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I don't understand this lack- luster, pomp-less in the dark announcement to end the illustrious career of one of cricket's greatest ODI icons! Again we see the great mistake that was made when this announcement was not made immediately after the 2011 World Cup.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Sachin bashers- are u all happy now? Its not sachin himself retires from cricket. Its the media who puts pressure on sachin and made him retire. Since I grow up watching sachin I am really feeling numb and tears in my eyes. Whoever comes and goes. I am sure there won't be anyone who can replace sachin. Truly a super star in cricket. ODI cricket is gonna lose many fans. I am one me them. Without sachin, cricket is not cricket. Love u sachin for your dedication and what you had done for cricket. - A die-hard sachin fan

Posted by AjSr on (December 25, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Dear Sachin Sir,

Thank you very much for your wonderful Memories. you wer such an amazing player that the world will never ever forget your name. I don't know what to write I'm crying now :(( . You r the reason why I started watching, playing, Enjoying cricket. I don't know wen I started this but I know now also, did it only because of you. you were the back bone of Indian cricket for over 20years. But now ? I still can't imagine, believe that you ll no longer be playing in blue jersy. I don't know whether I continue following cricket .

If ICC is the real power house of the cricket then it's mostly because of BCCI. If so then it's only because of you(only you). You brought joy, pleasure," money" everything into this game. But you didn't get what you deserved from BCCI. You should hv retired in the middle, I've always wanted to see that moment with full of emotions. But nonetheless I ll hope to get that with test retirement.

modest human being, Greatest cricketer OAT.

Gud bye:((

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 25, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

muralidharan hasn't won anything in AUS and SA either, lilllianthomson. ponting hasn't won anything in india. lara hasn't won anything in SA, IND and AUS either. kumble hasn't won anything in SA and AUS. what do you make of it?

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

@LillianThomson. U contradicting urself. If SRT happens to hv such a tremendous support in his team, please answer these.. 1. How did that disgraceful away tours happen.?? 2. And y shud it fall only on SRT's shoulders, when u hv a tremendous Team to share them.?? I know the answer. Lemme see whether you know too.. I can help u find the answer. Go back to the previous whitewash India suffered. Tour to Aus in '99. (I took AUs tour coz, u keep on saying SRT hasnt won anything in Aus/SA). Check for Dravid,Lax,Ganguly(all these were around for more than 3 years) scores in that series and the "so called" help they offered to SRT.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@LillianThomson - oh..now u want to bring other team mates... well... so lets talk abt that.. are u bigger (or do u know more) than those who played with him.. because all the names you mentioned have explained why he is a Maestro & a class apart.. but funny that u cud nt digest that being a keyboard warrior... and for ur point if the ICC all time great was only as per votes, then it is the ICC that needs to be questioned, which need not be, because it is nothing but ur imagination...

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

@Diamond2017 @ VinodGupte @ karthik_raja , totally agree with you situations mentioned by @ karthik_raja are uniq only to Sachin

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

man this is da first tym m feeling numb wen a palyer is retiring. i mean now i cant wait for the 2nd inning of any india palying match or those pre match shows to go because at the end of dat sachin is goin to bat ... i cant take it. the tyme i knew whats cricket sachin eas first i heard and now its overrr

Posted by Diamond2017 on (December 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Its quite saddening to hear that he will no longer be part of he odi squad. Th haters are the ones who have the maximum admiration and awe for this man cause anxiety and hate hide fear and sachin's stroke-play struck fear in many hearts. God of cricket.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Sachin retires ....R.I.P. One day internationals

Posted by Cricros on (December 25, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

ODI cricket = Sachin Tendulkar.... Thats it..

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

@SatyajitM Yes, of course those polls were manifestly absurd.

Consider the ICC All-Time Test Eleven, where over 80% of votes were cast in India, and Virender Sehwag was comically chosen as an opener, when he is not even in the Top 10 greatest openers of his own career span.

In addition, it's a dangerous business including people in All-Time Elevens part way through their career.

@Karthik_Raja You do a huge disservice to Tendulkar's team-mates.

He entered international cricket alongside Azharuddin, Manjrekar, Sidhu, Shastri and Kapil Dev.

He played most of his cricket alongside Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag and Dhoni.

It's an insult to the intelligence to suggest that he was a one-man batting line-up. Your Pakistani neighbours have never had that good a batting line-up in their entire history - and Tendulkar had it for his ENTIRE career.

And that's why some of the blame for the disgraceful away Test results 1989-2006 and 2011-2012 has to fall on Tendulkar's shoulders.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

@ kiwirocker @dravid gravitas @ lillian thomson you all belong to a minority of overambitious nonachievers .so its kind of obvious for you people to find flaws in BEST BATSMAN EVER , and release your frustations on these forums .guys get a break and just think were you the best person in your field for AT LEAST 23 WEEKS (yes weeks ).?

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 25, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

here i am observing a minority called Sachin bashers,so friends,let me explain,these Sachin bashers are a bunch of overambitious,nonachievers who cant just imagine ,that a small boy from a middle class family has created such a world ,that he carries hopes of more than billions hopes on his able shoulders everytime he takes a guard and more often he succeeds.

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 25, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

funny thing about some people here is that while they compare lara and kallis with SRT, they struggle to give a list of their ODI scores that won them matches, series and tournaments. i can give you 10 ODI innings by SRT that took the game away from the opposition. but let's start with you. start with lara and then kallis (both of whom have never even been to the final of the world cup). tell me their ODI innings that you recall. the innings that won their teams the cups, tournaments and series. go ahead. and while you compare SRT with kallis, don't forget that kallis immediately brings a word to your mind that starts with "c" and rhymes with "joker".

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

@LillianThomson. Lemme ans u. None of the 5 mentioned have faced situations like this. 1. To carry the hopes of an entire nation. 2. Entire nation switch off the TV once they got out. 3. One man army for more than a decade. 4. To get out and see the rest of the team return to pavilion b4 u take ur seat in dress room. 5. Pathetic bowling attack to spoil ur heroic innings.

Do u know wt kinda pressure it feels like to be in such situation?? U will never know whether u hv taken the team to safe position @ any stage of the game. And to do that for 23 long years in INTERNATIONAL levels across the globe.

Show me one person who has done this other than SRT. Longevity and Consistency @ International Level makes SRT more special than any other batsman

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 25, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

dravid_gravitas is an intellectually dishonest person who chooses not to answer questions raised on Dravid's below-par performances in AUS, SA and SL in test matches. While SRT has 16 centures in these three countries, Dravid has, hold your breath, 3 centuries only. Dravid averages 41, 29 and 33 in these countries resp. while SRT averages 53, 46 and 68. does anybody disagree that SA and AUS are the toughest places to tour?

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

@LillianThomson, If your suggestion that Sachin harldy makes top 20 of all time batsmen list then answer me, are all these polls and opinions by great individuals wrong? 1. Crickinfo elevel, the jury comprosing of prominent cricket players and commentator (Sachin got 4th highest number of votes). 2. Don Bradman's elevel 3. Benaud's elevel 4. Christopher Martin-Jenkins list of top 10 all time greats All these folks surely knew cricket better than you and me and I believe they have also seen more cricket than us. One more suggestion, please learn respecting other's opinion as well. You too are one of those fans who is giving his opinion. But some of your comments smacks of arrogance (like giving assignment to fellow opinion maker Cricfan24). Last but not least my comment would be 1567th (or later) on this article, which clearly proves Sachin's impact as a sportsperson.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@LillianThomson " the sort of compliments you have repeated would have also been paid to Trumper, Greg Chappell, Kim Hughes, Peter May, Ken Barrington, Gavaskar, Miandad, Lara, Ponting and many, many other batsmen. " - Can you quote them please.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@ KIWI_ROCKER....get a life man..i've seen your posts on so many articles..even if people are talking about nuclear weapons and stock exchange prospects, you come and start bashing sachin...it's obvious from your thousands of comments that you're obsessed with sachin.. about what you say, listen, let me end this once and for all..if you talk statistics like averages n crap, trust me, i can throw loads of averages back..but i'd rather tell you this simple concept..man of the match awards are given, in atleast 90% of the cases, to the man who wins the match for his country, sachin has won 62 of those, so that should answer your query about his match winning capabilities.. and since warne and walsh rate him the best, alongwith steyn, lee, and almost every bowler of this generation, that should answer the doubts about the legends who praise him..

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

@LillianThomson - no one else is pretending here other than you.. if u have a list of greats, then just keep it with you...u can take an assignment to check each of those greats career history with the Maestro's..to simplify things there are 100s of statistics tables and the maestro is on top of everything... the greats as you call them are specialists of some aspects of batting..but SRT is complete (most consistent) be it batting/bowling/fielding/tests/ODIs/avgs/across the world/against many nations (with improved cricket skills than they days when cricket was started)- that makes him the greatest of all period.....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

hi!! This is to the fans of Sachin who say that they would not watch the "Cricket" now that Sachin has retired!!! Friends it is the game of Cricket which has made Sachin what he is now..Sachin has not made the cricket like how you all feel.Offcourse there is his Hard work & dedication in the success of him...Great players Come & Go..thats the part of Cricket as a Game..No one is greater than the Game of Cricket..And the true lovers of cricket pay farewell to the Great players too...But here is a Great player who is retiring from his Residence rather than the playing field..IMAGINE.No Clapping of Hands as the Great player enters the playing field to bat after the wicket fall..No Welcome by opposition players as a mark of respect..No standing ovation after he returns after his final innings...Y? Only reason is he has mistimed his retirement..Can anyone tell what made him to retire within 72 hours after declaring himself available for ODIs against PAK & ENG? & hours before team selection?

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

@VTS66 I don't agree with KiwiRocker's putdowns of Tendulkar. I think he was one of the Top Twenty batsmen ever, or at least very close to that level.

But can't you see that the compliments you are trotting out as references are ones which would be paid to the top few batsmen of EVERY era?

On the other thread I listed Bradman, Sobers, 2 x Richards, Pollock, Hutton, Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Grace, the 3 Ws and Headley as probably better than Tendulkar.

But the sort of compliments you have repeated would have also been paid to Trumper, Greg Chappell, Kim Hughes, Peter May, Ken Barrington, Gavaskar, Miandad, Lara, Ponting and many, many other batsmen.

Let's celebrate the departure of an all-time great. But let's not pretend that he was one of the Top Ten batsmen of all-time because he obviously wasn't. Let's just respect him as a terrific number 15 or 16 of all-time.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 25, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

@ Cricfan24 I have an assignment for you, to prove that you are making an Informed Decision to call Sachin greater than EVERY other batsmen.

Please write separate posts explaining the respective inferiority of 1) Sir Donald Bradman, 2) Graeme Pollock, 3) Barry Richards, 4) Sir Garfield Sobers and 5) George Headley.

I don't want to hear about what Sachin did do. I want to know what you are arguing those five greats DIDN'T do.

And in doing so you will show me that you have a separate reason for why you are insulting each of those five greats, all of whom retired with massively superior Test records to Tendulkar.

Posted by vts666 on (December 25, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

@KiwiRicker - sorry, can't stop myself.. my last continuatiuon comment... Mathew Hayden - "I have seen GOD and he bats at no.4 for India in Tests"

Steve Waugh - "There is no shame losing to such a great player like Sachin"

Dennis Lillie - "If I have to bowl for Sachin, I will bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.."

Michael Kasprowicz- "Dont bowl a bad ball to Sachin. He hits the good ones for fours"

Mark Taylor - "We do not lose to a team called India, we lose to a man called Sachin"

Last of all, by Sir Don Bradman - "I saw him play on the television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come and look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to do. She watched the TV and said 'Yes, there is a similarity between you too. high compactness, technique, stroke production, it all seemed to get'. I see myself in Sachin"

Posted by vts666 on (December 25, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@KiwiRocker - In continuation of my previous comment, on your point about what opponents opinion to define a sportman's strature: Wasim Akriam - "I dont know what to bowl to him. I bowl him an inswinger n he drove me thru the covers of the front foot. Then I bowl an outswinger and he again punched thru the covers in backfoot. He is the toughest batsman I have ever bowled to. He should live long n score lots of run, but not against Pakistan (smiling).." Andrew Flintoff - "When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. I want him to walk of thinking 'that Flintoff, he is alrite, is'nt he?' I feel priviledged to have played againt him" Allan Donald - "In my several years of cricket, Sach8in remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. Its been a pleasure to bowl to the master batsman, even though one has'nt always emerged with credit... One more continuation for you @Kiwi, in my next comment...

Posted by vts666 on (December 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@KwiRocker.. everyone is entitled to express their toughts and perception.. and so, I respct yours too. However, request you to go through the below link before you comment.. http://sachinandcritics.com/sachin_is_a_match_winner.php The numbers I saw in this site (which may not be current!), just proves that Sachin has indeed been a match winner... On your comment about opponents opinion to decide th sportsman strature, see below similar comments on Sachin from his opponents: Viv Richard - "He is 99.5% Perfect.. I'll pay to watch him play. I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category iof cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that is being bowled to the last ball that will be bowled.He can play in any era and at any level" Brian Lara - "Sachin is a genius, I am a mere mortal" A lot to post but the character limit is restricting me.. so, please see the continuation from me in my next comment.. especially for your eyes..

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar: I am too the fan of great Rahul Dravid above everyone but as a Indian Sachin is also one of the best player in cricketing history. So give respect to those who deserve and dont try to show One man good while trying to look other one bad.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

A fighting cricketer. A rare gem in the world of cricket. I would ve wanted him to score one more hundred to make it a tally of 50 centuries in ODIs. We wiil truly miss this flamboyant cricketer.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

I find it really funny to hear the so called critics like kiwirocker, dravid_gravitas, etc. However hard they try to bring down the image of the master, others are anyway not going to change their emotion coz emotions that Sachin brings to each one of us are deep rooted. So what are the so called critics trying to achieve here. i think we shouldn't bother to reply to them. let them be in their own well.

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Sachin = GBAT = Greatest Batsman of all Time....Period.

Posted by SatyajitM on (December 25, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

I don't want to get into a slugfest with few fellow folks who make humorous suggestion that Sachin is not a match winner inspite of winning more MOM awards and having more centuries in winning cause than next best person having total no of centuries in the ODI format. One of important factor has been with the ease he would make run making simple. So, as long as he is on the crease, the pitch looked docile and bowlers looked benign. Once he was out same pitch and bolwers looked dangerous (classic example match againt SA in 2011 WC in which he has a century in losing cause courtesy effort by rest of the team. and this example is with a better IND ODI team not the ones we saw in 90s). I see Sachin haters are truly obsessed wth Sachin. They help this becoming one of the most discussed article in cricinfo, 1555 and counting :-)

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 25, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

@KiwiRocker. Gud post. Also, could u plz post Lara's exploits against Pak trio Wasim,Waqar,Saqlain, SA's Donald, NZ's Bond and Ind's Kumble. Srinath. I hope u would.

Posted by coolindianfan on (December 25, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

@KiwiRocker mate the problem with critics like u is that u measure sachin by his low his average is less against akram, mcgrath, donald , but averages 70 against ambrose and walsh , his exploits against warne and murali are renowned ,he statistically had the upper hand against akthar , lee and saqlain not bad right . the hillarious part of critics is that they pick up stats to degrade sachin . did u mention few winning moments he has 62 man of the matches 15 man of series if that is a record of a good player then tell me one layer who has better records , the next contemporary playing has barely 30 hahaha.you and gravitas dont have the stomach to digest it . if u mention that akram and murali rated lara ahead of him. have guts to type "qoutes on sachin" in google and rely to me after that

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

An era has come to an end... you showed all the young players how to play cricket... you showed how to express the aggression in batting and not in words... you showed how to keep discipline in the field... you mastered the game... We salute you... Sad to see you go... but life is like that... enjoy your time with your family... thanks for the entertainment you gave us for the past 23 years...

Posted by bhrangi on (December 25, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar: Probably you and your family watching IPL not an international matches If you watched WC ,sharjah, 2007 Cb series matches you wont disrespect Sachin., Nothing wrong in our country it is because of sachin we won many matches that time, it is not like people are following him blindly. We appreciated all legendary players (Lara, Kallis, Ricky, RD , Dada) irrespective to the country. But we don't disrespect any like you. ,. You are pretending to be a Dravid fan actually you are not..

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (December 25, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Salute to you sir.. You changed the games of cricket completely... I'll never forget your inning against Pakistan in WC 2003 and that beauty that you got from Shaoib in1998/99 test series.. You were awesome.. From Pakistan..

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 25, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

I do not think that many people muct have noticed a certain comment as most people will be busy reading Lillian Thomson and KiwiRocker, however, I encourage everyone to read a comment by Prince458. That is an absolute classic. The man has summed up everything in two sentences! Concise, precise, plain English.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 25, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Indeed there are a lot of memories but very few winning momenets. For me sports is all about winning and Sachin tendulkar has failed in that respect. Apart from couple of innings in Sharjah and one innings against Pakistan in WC 2003 ( Thanks to a dropped dolly catch at 31). Sachin Tendulkar has never caught my imagination.There are number of blips on his records. He has a combined average of 33 runs against Wasim, Waqar, Donland, McGarath. His 4th innings average is miserable 35 as compared to 50+ for likes of VVS Laxman and Younis Khan ( true match winners). Offcourse Sachin Tendulkar has few records as he played for 23 years and by default had to have few records. Another indication of any sportsman's stature is his opponent's opinion. McGath rates Lara as best batsman. Waqar says the same.Murali rated Lara as best spin playing batsman while Wasim Akram rated viv Richards as best batsman he ever bowled. Tendulkar needs to end this deception and retire from test cricket too!Its over!

Posted by Kris_21 on (December 24, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

I just feel privileged to watch Sachin bat. The roar that starts when he steps on to the field is truly pulsating. Be it in India or abroad, the chanting "Sachiiiiiin Sachin" never stopped. People who grew up with cricket in the 90's [like me] will never forget what it felt like to watch cricket when Sachin bats.

Though I am saddened by his retirement, I am happy for him. He no more needs to hear people saying he should retire.

A true legend.. A role model on and off the field. An icon who inspired an entire generation.

Thanks for all the memories Sachin. Watching cricket will never be the same for me.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 24, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

@pearl pearl, you are one of the several things that's seriously wrong with our country. Unlike you and your family, me and my family have always watched cricket for the sake of our team win, though we enjoyed excellent cricket even if it came from the opposition players. Country always first. That's non-negotiable. Period!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 24, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

He should retire from Tests also and stop hijacking the Indian team. He collected enough runs and money. He should have listened to Imran Khan and retired after World Cup 2011. For the past one year he has been blocking the path for youngsters like Rahane, Tiwary, Rohit, etc. He has already destroyed careers of people like Amol Mazumdar, Badri and Kaif.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Sachin did not retire from ODIs , 1 billion Indian cricket fans retired from ODIs. He has all the records & stats under his name & making it merely impossible for any1 to come even closer. but what makes him the god of cricket is the pure joy, entertainment, humbleness, moment of pride and sense of accomplishments he has given to the people with his magica & divine play. He instilled unity & bound diverse people of India, which was divided by politicians & system by caste, State, culture, race, status and even made atheists to believe in God. It is difficult to express in words the hysteria that Sachin created, with every kid/adult wanting to be him. The way people irrespective of age flocked to TV sets, stadiums/gather in streets after bunking the schools/college & office to watch this man in action superstitiously thinking their moves could impact his play ,pray for him religiously, No more Sachin in no 10 blue Indian jersey. Cricket hereafter referred as Before Sachin & After Sachin

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

It's not a question of English or Australian fans being jealous. Of course, Tendulkar has played in all 3 formats of the game, however Don Bradman played with grossly inferior equipment on uncovered surfaces. I would suggest that it is pretty much impossible to compare two players from such different eras. Boths were great, why not just enjoy their achievements for what they are rather than argue about who is better than whom!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

127* vs Kenya in 1996 WC is when I started watching cricket and ever since i've watched Cricket just to see Tendulkar batting, seen my brother copying his batting style, putting Power and then MRF stickers on his bat.. our whole family watched cricket not for the team India, but for Sachin only. It was always like as long as he's there, we're in the match. Except WC matches, we were never bothered how much is the score, whether we win or loose but when Sachin gets out in 90s, it always pinched us. At the age of 37, only he made a double century in an ODI and many times earlier was just there to make double tons. He's never gone out of form, he's always said his hunger for runs hasn't over yet then why's he leaving now ? :'( 49 100s and 96 50s clearly say that we would only consider a complete ODI journey by you make 50 100s and 100 50s ... Sachin! please play a few series more, we can't see you going from ODI :'( our hearts ache :'( please Sachin !!! please come back please..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

As usual English and Aussies are finding it hard to stomach that a great Asian Player ruled the Cricket world for more that two decades.. It is so laughable that these guys are comparing him with Bradman whom they have not seen playing. Bradman was not faced with modern day bowlers like McGrath, Warne, Akram, Akhter and did not have to endure the toll of playing in three formats (ODI, Test and T20) of the game!! Stop being jealous and admire this great man who was the top ambassador of world cricket...I hope Cricinfo publishes my comment this time......

Posted by Nampally on (December 24, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

After a fantastic career setting up every possible record, Tendulkar will be sadly missed by one & All. He carried Indian batting in ODI along with Sehwag. They were easily the best opening pair in the ODI & made the art of batting a treat to watch. Sachin & Viru were the inventers of 2 strokes not heard before - Reverse sweep & upper cut for Six over the third man. In fact SRT upper cut Hilfenhaus for Six in Test in last Australian tour when he was at his furious best. That stroke deflated Hilfenhaus!. At his best Sachin's timing was delight to watch. I saw him first time in Toronto at an exhibition match when SRT was just a teen ager. He scored 80 odd runs with such ease Vs. world class bowlers. Everyone predicted this Boy genius will do great things one day. By God, he did not fail- Played for India & set up World records galore in every category of the game. India will see great bats in future but never another Legendary SRT. Sadly even "Greats" Retire!Farewell & Happy Retirement.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (December 24, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Not commenting on Sachin's retirement would be a sin. I used to be a HUGE fan of Sachin and still a fan.I remember how I fought everybody in my company regarding Tendulkar's retirement when he was having a tennis elbow. All his detractors wanted him to retire as he wasn't scoring a lot of runs. I remember how I had an argument with the CEO of the start up I was working with because he was saying nasty things about Sachin.

There is always this debate in my mind - Is Sachin selfish ? Well, everybody is and he too was at times. After all he was human. May be in the last 5-6 years he has done been little selfish, but that is okay.

What he has given to Indian cricket can't be comprehended. Lot of people started watching cricket because of this little man.

Sachin of the ninties is what all his fans would remember forever.In that team he was probably the only one who was fearless , always gave his hundred percent and had the right technique and temperament to take the fight to oppositon

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Alexk400: please don't hurl abuses at Sachin. Who do you think is a viable replacement for Sachin? For the past 10 years you said he was a run collector. He has scored a double hundred in ODI's, been in outstanding form in the test matches. I agree with you that he has been struggling lately but that does not mean he is useless. can you name one batsman in modern era who has not struggled?

Posted by TenRajesh on (December 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

IMHO Winning or Losing in cricket is not important. Test Cricket which comes closer to the purest form of cricket doesn't care about result. Even if some one talks about result in a test match it is because of low spectator turn out(meaning less ads and less revenue). ODI & T20 are simply commercial ventures. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh, Viv Richards,Rick Ponting,saeed anwar etc are great players by the quality of the cricket they played and not by their winning or losing or batting form(esp @ fag end). True cricket is enjoyed by the quality of the cricket played not by results.

Posted by TenRajesh on (December 24, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Mr. Lillian Thomson the very fact that you are posting so many comments for sachin's article and trying very hard to pull down SRTs achievements itself proves sachin's greatness. Every comment by you simply enhances sachin image instead of maligning him. Keep it Coming.

Posted by Prince458 on (December 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

It was an expensive, wasteful, useless affair for Indian cricket. Thank god its partly over.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 24, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

He should retire from Tests also and stop hijacking indian team. He is a garbage time run collector past 10 years. Blocking young indian chance to be next hero.

Posted by timtom on (December 24, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Yet to get over my heart burns :((((

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

i think bcci should welcome to one of the odis vs pak and should give some appreciation

Posted by Dev_Sachinfan on (December 24, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

RIP ODI...! :'-( Miss u Sachin...!! ;-( :-(....

Posted by ManojMathew on (December 24, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Cricket is so amazing. Here you would think the great man would have the support of the Indian people but the irony is that Pakistani fans have come out in huge numbers to pay their respects to him. Brings a tear to my eye.

Posted by hnlns on (December 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

He should have retired from test cricket which is far more taxing on his body, 50-over cricket he might have hoped to pull on for probably 1 more year. In any case, he goes out with such an awe-inspiring record that few cricketers can catch up with for a long, long time. Hope this step will revive his sagging form in tests and T20. A legend and champion like him should go out on a high rather than quietly and tamely.

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

many people recall SRT's batting and bowling performances. i have always felt that he has been a very safe fielder. the one who was committed to saving every run. and a safe catcher. there must be several good catches that he claimed. the one that i recall vividly is the one that got inzamam-ul-haq on the boundary line (i think long-off) when india toured pakistan in the historic tour. inzamam-ul-haq smashed one and it was sailing until you saw SRT plucking it just inside the boundary line. that he had very strong shoulders always ensured he fielded on the boundary line before the tennis elbow.

Posted by vj_gooner on (December 24, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

I sincerely thank you Mr.Tendulkar for retiring from the ODI format of the game. It is hard for people for not to admire you. I'm sure the Indian public will never love anybody like they loved you.

But the last 4-5 years, you have just demeaned yourself. You have made people dislike you. You took your place for granted. You played games according to your own wish. You put yourselves before the team. The thing which shook people like the most was that a person like you was doing it. You wanted records more than anything else.

Posted by hst84 on (December 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

This surely wasn't the way the exit of probably the world's best batsmen was to be handled. Sachin should have been given a off match to bid farewell to him if not for anything than just the years that he had given for his country for the love of cricket. This was a grave mismanagement from the Board's point of view in handling a world class player. Sachin's one of my most favorite personality along with a great cricketer. Hope the very best for him in the future.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Sachin made another record on cricinfo for the most number of comments in any type of news, ODI news and on retirement and retirement in odi's. After retiring also he will make records.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

two parts of my life. 1) ends with the best wine bottle S.R.T 2) H.A.N.G.O.V.E.R starts for the rest of my life.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

one mr. lillian thomson is trying so hard to criticize SACHIN and failing miserably :D.... handpicking some of sachin's failures in his glorious 23 year old career. you must be researching very hard, but remember SRT was is and will be the most humble,loved and respected cricketer the game has ever produced !!!

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

SRT is undoubtedly the greatest ODI player the world has seen. public memory is short and it is easy for some to forget the heroics of SRT during the 90s. but those who recall it know that he was the best. the best bat, a more-then-handy bowler and a safe fielder. the one who scored everywhere against everyone.

Posted by Lets_talk_straight on (December 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

The reason i started watching cricket. He has given everything to cricket. Only because of this cricketing GOD, BCCI is so rich. He made every Indian to accept him as part of his/her life.as if his stats were of their own and so were his successes....Over the last 20 odd years In India, cricket means Sachin and Sachin means cricket..nothing else...Thanks for incomparable entertainment you Sachin..Simply LUV you.

Posted by Raghuramants on (December 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Sachin was my hero and whenever I get bogged down I used to regain confidence and inspiration and a positive attitude just by immersing myself into the thoughts of Sachin's glorious innings'. I feel it's the responsibility of the 80s and 90s generation who saw SRT at the peak of his powers to pass on the legend to the upcoming generation. I for one will narrate my kids the heroics of Sachin in a sense how he was the darling of the nation and the qualities that he possessed such as perseverance, endurance, commitment, dedication, hard work to succeed at the highest level for a quarter of a century. My sincere thanks and gratitude Sachin for filling my life with abundance of joy and pride. Wishing you to have an equallly happy and fulfilling life ahead. Cheers.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

I think this is a good decision by sachin.He hasn't played odi cricket since 9 months and he was going under lot of criticism.I think INDIA still need sachin in test cricket.Indian team going under bad form in test cricket so we need experience man in the team.We'll miss sachin in odis and hope he'll get lot of runs in next test series and answer the critics with his performance.Bye Bye LEGEND............!We'll miss you..!

Posted by Vilander on (December 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

The greatest Indian sportman, good bye Sir.

Posted by Crazy4cricket40 on (December 24, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

All the best Sachin. I have been following cricket since he made his debut. You were the difference in Indian batting line up. At one time, oppositions were only worried about your wicket. you hav won lot of matches. your spot will never bi filled with anyone. you will not be missed by only Idian cricekt but whole world. A True legend.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Thanks a lot for the wonderful memories Little Master . You'll be sorely missed .

And I guess I won't be watching any more ODI's .

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

I enjoyed many duels you had with Sri Lanka and you thrilled all fans all around.All the Best for a wonderful crickerter. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by bhrangi on (December 24, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@cenitin :Cool stats .,.,, you did some good work in getting this from ESPN cric info stats.,, Don't waste your time in replying to @Dravid_ Gravitas_Sachin_Tendulkar comments , funny guy might be searching for the answer for your comment ., Sachin is best don't need to prove anybody mate.,

Posted by akhanna5686 on (December 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

It's obvious after reading the initial few comments about the lowly standards some people stoop towards to get noticed. Seems like these "I haven't achieved much and will be-little others" don't get much attention in real life and as a result make the most ridiculous comments sitting behind the comfort of their PCs. Guys, these people are not worth your time. If they achieve a quarter of what SRT has achieved in thrice the amount of time, the world itself will stand up and take note. Until then, lets pledge to ignore them.

On another note, its been an absolute pleasure watching Sachin bat. Words can't describe the thrill he provided with his mastery at the crease. I can proudly say that I am privileged to have watched Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Kallis, Inzamam, Gilly, etc bat, and Warne, McGrath, Wasim, Waqar, Donald, Murali, etc bowl (sorry for missing other big names). I might not be qualified enough to compare these legends but aware enough to appreciate their art! Respect!

Posted by ravikb on (December 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

1510 comments and counting. Is this the record no. of comments for an ESPNCricinfo article? Can Cricinfo please confirm this? No doubt, this little boy captures imagination of everybody. Wonder boy.

Posted by shinewindies on (December 24, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

@Mr. Kiwirocker, getset gopak, Mr. Lilian Thompson, Bd forever, find below some hard facts:

Matches just against Pakistan:

Remember world cup 1992, Remember Sharjah and Singapore 1996, Remember world cup 2003, Remember Multan 2004, Remember World Cup 2012 etc.etc and i have not even mentioned his knocks in a loosing cause or other important 50s.

You all and other Sachin bashers want to post comments even if they make sense or not but hey your posts show how much you hate Sachin and you wouldn't have hated him so much if he wouldn't have been the best, we all here can smell your J. Apologies CANDID INDIAN, you are right we should not pay attention to such people who dont even know C of Cricket but could not help myself after this chap addressed PAAJI as Tendulya, i was also suprised he rated Inzamamulya over Sachin. Cmon PAAJI i am sure u must be bored but once more against Aussies.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Dear Sachin, Please spend your valuable time with your family, so far we were very selfish, we were put tremendous pressure on you for our fun. We accept your decision. Thanks for your great contribution for last 2 decades.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Bye Master, from color Cricket.........Miss you

Posted by cenitin on (December 24, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

@Dravid_ Gravitas_Sachin_Tendulkar.. You said Sachin has been falling for last 3 years in test. See last few years performances of players : Ponting Avg was 38 in 2007, 47 in 2008, 38 in 2009, 37 in 2010, 31 in 2011 and 42 in 2012 (because of Ind tour otherwise 25). Dravid Avg was 35 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 80 in 2009, 39 in 2010, 57 in 2011 (thanx to good Eng tour) and 19 in 2012. Sachin Avg was 55 in 2007, 50 in 2008, 67 in 2009, 78 in 2010, 47 in 2011 and 24 in 2012 in 9 matches. Sachin has been consistently scoring runs except 2012. He was in gr8 form for last 5 years (OK in 2011) and now he is not in form (2012)give him some breathing space. Be patient. Dravid & Ponting both were inconsisitent in last 6 years except 1-2 year then they decided to hang the boot. And expert like Ian happel saying that timing of their retirement is good. If that's true Sachin can play for 4 more years.

Posted by oneupnowuv on (December 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

he had semi-retired from odi's so maybe i didnt feel it that much, but after a day of thinking and realizing that one day he will be leaving the field forever makes me sad. i hopes he retires off the ground and lets me cry. the only constant in the last two decades.MYHERO.i havent told this to anyone ever but i secretly worshipped him during my class 10th boards during 2003 WC.

Posted by kingfisherzun on (December 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

The Master played his innings and the man with the mission has achieved all his credits in his pocket, its a great honor to see a 23 years amazing, entertaining,responsible,calm,mind blowing and glorious innings of little master. the end of a tremendous era of little master

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 24, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Thanks a lot for your contributions to cricket and all the best for the future from a Sri Lankan.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 24, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Indians simply forget the good done to them. That's all I have to say, from the comments made by some people. But, it's time for Sachin to take this decision. But, still he can play to a reasonable level. What to do! Even the great Muhammad Ali was defeated, aging is inevitable. But, the great men shine forever, so as Sachin.

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

many thanks to SRT! for entertaining for over two decades, for winning matches after matches not just with his batting but also bowling, for inspiring a generation or two and playing wonderful cricket. a true legend!

Posted by shaalim on (December 24, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

I think it's not the right time to retire, Sachin should have complete his 200 centuries. No one else would be able to fill the gap of Sachin, India should have think about that as he can do running and fielding very well. If he will play two more world cup then this would be un breakable records for any one in upcoming 500 years....:)... also in this era he can complete his 200 centuries

Posted by f0restw0w on (December 24, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Few jealous fans cannot appreciate sachin's accomplishments.Sachin has been hailed as the greatest after bradman by most former players and cricket pundits.People can have their own biased opinion but what matters is expert's opinion.

Posted by JP_Nanakmatta on (December 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

I feel player like Sachin should have a better retirement, it will be good if he declared his retirement before playing his last series. Hope he will have a better plan for Test matches...Anyways thanks Sachin, I have grown up by watching your batting and that really has given me a lot of moments of happiness in my life.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

No fun watching without legendary Sachin Tendulkar... I will miss him in restrobars which I use to hangout with my friends while watching him... Miss you ...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Cricket of INDIA will never get such as a player like Sir SACHIN TENDULKAR. We'll miss u all the life & in the cricket. You r gr8 sir. I Salute you...!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar, greatest ever, completely and utterly selfless, so sad to see you retire, everyone is asking why you retired so soon. I will stop watching ODIs now that my hero is not playing. I guess this is what I need to get my comments published in cricinfo. Umpteen earlier comments, which to me were objective, haven't been published. In a country where a teenage girl can get arrested for merely suggesting that we should not have bandhs, everytime a politician passes away, what hope do I have of getting anything that does not glorify Sachin to be published. Free press is simply a myth in our country. Everyone is scared.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Dear Sachin, Thanks for entertaining us for such a long time. Hats off for the amount of dedication, patients (on Indians & media expectations ) and hard work you had in-spite of abundance of talent that you had from your right childhood days... You inspired a 100 million nation & rest of the cricket world with big heart. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar ji... We gone a miss you very much... not only on the cricket field, but the sleep less nights that you brought to us as soon as a tour schedule where announced ( in late 80s & early 90s - as India might have 2 or 3 tours only in a year), the day India reach the touring country or start their coaching section in India for a series, the day before a ODI or during a test match... Its an unbelievable journey that we all had with you for so many years... We really thank your entire family and the set of people how served you ... who made all our dreams possible... All the best for rest of your career...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Good bye Sachin, good bye Ricky, new heroes on the horizon, should have gone earlier, only reason Sachin was selected because the selectors were afraid not to select him. Enjoyed his cricket as I did Ponting, Dexter, and many other great players such Bradman, had I had a telly in the late 40's early 50's I might have seen the great man and I do not forget the great West Indians either, Sachin as great as he was, is just another great among the many greats that I have enjoyed over the last 60 years

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

I think it is not the perfect time to retired in limited over format, at least Sachin will must be play Pakistan,England & Australia ODI series.Indian cricket team always miss Sachin Tendulkar. All Sachin Tendulkar fans are except like Sachin complete its 50th century and 100th half century in limited over format because Sachin near to that.(before retire Sachin Tendulkar had completed 49th century and 96th half century). I hope India cricket team will be perform good in all format.

Posted by Anand2kau on (December 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

the best batsman to have played the game is not going to play again, ODI cricket losts its best servant.

Posted by nahan on (December 24, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Sachin…ODI début against Pakistan, Farewell against Pakistan, and Retirement is on eve of Series against Pakistan. Is this glorious uncertainty of Cricket?

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 24, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@LillianThomson - dude u have everything up your sleeve... why none of ur favourites is at the top of the table... why none has a better avg-MOM, winning a match for their country???

Posted by AkDoN on (December 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Oh..its a big shocker for me...I am an Indian cricket fan & he is man responsible for developing my interest into cricket...he is the man who took India onto the Everest of cricketing world..even b'cas of him India is Financial Hub of cricket & dominating the rest of world in this area. I salute this MAN & will always remain thankful to GOD for bringing me into this world in HIS era....really Obliged watched him playing cricket

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 24, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@Venkysays Don't get carried away with Time Magazine's fantasy of Tendulkar "taming" a great Pakistan attack in 1989-90.

I watched it.

Waqar had zero Test wickets to his name. Imran was an elderly medium pacer, bowling at around 125K. Wasim Akram was an injury prone 22 year old who had taken 81 Test wickets. Abdul Qadir was past-it.

And Tendulkar managed a top score of 59 and averaged 35.83 in that series.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Its DOOMS DAY for Cricket Lovers not the World....We cricket loving Publlic will miss the GODLY Game he showed us....Thanks Master...no one can become a Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...God give him the best...as he has given us the best always...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Sad News.. Grew up watching him.. but Life has to move on from here..

I know I won't be watching or following much of cricket here onwards but wasn't so happy following it (in last 18 months) with Sachin in there either !!

Thanks to the God of Cricket for showering us with so much of Joy & Happiness since the time I started following him during 1992 World Cup..

Posted by captainpermod on (December 24, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

BCCI administratives bring disgrace to Sachin Tendulkar while showing him the door. How come we should believe that an announced retirement was not a possibility. He should have played in the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan. Cricket world is going to loose a legend and look at the comments of cricket officials regarding his exit. Shame on you BCCI.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

he should ve retired after the Pakistan series, the series wont be the same without him

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

It's high time Sachin retires from Test Cricket also. He is nearing 40 and does not score enough runs, and lethargic in his fielding. Sachin is merely a passenger in the team.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

great great great player. good decision but not a good way to leave . he should play pak ODI and face ajmal last time. :) . Poor BCCI

Posted by Manuinblue on (December 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar could have played the last series against Pakistan. Not sure why he has to take a call and could be because of the immense pressure from the selectors?

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Tendulkar should have a farewell match

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

if there is still a chance selectors can ask him to play 3 ODI against pakistan and we (his fans) believe that the little master will not say to playing against pakistan for one last time. It is not the way we ever expected sachin would retire in this manner. we would like to give him a great farewell.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Dear Master,

We started watching, playing and breathing cricket because of u, i don't have any words in any language in the world to express my hear feelings. Thanks for your contribution towards the CRICKET.

we miss u......

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Here's to one of cricket's greatest legends! Both me and my wife are great fans of him. He was so talented, committed, focused, non-controversial, humble, extremely hard working ... and the list goes on and on. I have been really fortunate to have seen his first and last matches in ODI's. I still remember the ODI which got converted into an exhibition match where India was all set to lose by a huge margin, where he walked in and took India to I think within 4 runs of victory. He hit Tauseef Ahmed for 3 successive sixes which brought the required run rate of about 18+ runs an over crashing down to 12+. He kept hitting them and finished at around 52 n.o in about 17 balls (yes, you read it right!). It didn't count towards his tally since it was made into an exhibition match. He blossomed into the greatest batsman of the modern era. Sachin, thank you so much for making cricket so much enjoyable. Wish you a wonderful future ahead in whatever you do!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Finally.......this step shuld have been taken a year back when inida won the world cup...wont praise him at all...all that can be said for him is best of luck 4 ur future...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

I feel lucky to have grown up watching the great man play. Need to learn to watch ODIs without Sachin. Few people may disagree his greatness on the field, but no one can deny the fact that he gave Indian cricket a much needed entity, Hope.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

@kiwirocker its been umpteenth time you have posted against Sachin in various forums. We all know you hate Sachin to the core and hate Indian cricket in general. and you'll never reply when people try to put up arguments with facts. Just go on with your trolls. you'll also have some fans from the tiny tiny community of Sachin haters. have a nice day.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

lillianthomson, should we take your great opinion or Sir Don Bradman's opinion on Sachin? I rest my case! Get a life kiwirocker, if u want stats, there isnt a better batsman than sachin, you conveniently avoid his stats against countries when it doesnt match what you want to convey...i.e. negative jealousy! The same ppl you mention have already said that Sachin is the greatest they bowled against( that includes Mcgrath, Akram and the likes!). Like i said, you guys should get a life! A billion voices around the world will drown you guys, ofcourse there should be some green things under the rock too like u ofcourse

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (December 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Sachin thank you for all the service to Indian cricket and World cricket...but at the end i get a word "Ah!, at last you retired"..Should have retired long back..But anyways happy retirement life to you. Enjoy.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

all the best to sachin good luck in test matches

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

We all love you Sachin!! You are the greatest player in history of world cricket and a great ambassador of cricket of India!! World will miss you in ODI always!! Best wishes for other assignments!!

Posted by BalajiBalasubramaniyan on (December 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Salute GOD.... Miss yo....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

We had the right to watch a farewell match... hadn't we?

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Yet another case of the authorities and selectors mishandling a situation / a great player. They could have included Sachin in the ODIs against Pak , and Sachin could have announced at the start of the the 3 ODIs, that the third ODI will be his last one. It would have been more graceful. And, all of us would have got a chance to bid a great player the kind of farewell he deserves. (Despite all the rivalry involved in a India-Pak series, Sachin is a hero among many Pak fans too)

Grace had not been BCCI's strength for quite some time!

They didn't handle Dravid gracefully, when they abruptly announced him as part of the ODI team, even to Dravid's surprise... and his consequential reaction. They didn't handle VVS situation with grace either, provoking VVS to make an abrupt announcement.

If Sachin is going to play the domestic test series against Australia, as his last test series, at least then, hopefully all concerned will handle a great man's retirement gracefully

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

"Cricket God Retired". I think in future all international cricket teams are fight with India team without any "pressure and fear"

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi cricket fan,safe to say Sachin is the name that brought me into cricket....would have love to see him playing for another year.....hats off....It's sad that such a gifted player will not be playing in ODIs...tears

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

I am watching cricket since 1990. With out Sachin no cricket. I want to watch ur last match against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

I think espncricinfo won't need Tendulkar servers for a least a time now...! (sic)

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 24, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

The Class of world cricket, Whenever you will speak Odi cricket Sachin Terndulkar will be the first name mention every time you start discussion. Salute Master Blaster.

Posted by desm on (December 24, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

time has come to retire from all formats of cricket,like other great cricketers done in their past. Every person have a age to retire from sports and should not be greedy, and allow young guns to perform .Of course he is a master of cricket.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

The reason I started watching cricket is no more, and the same goes true to many people including many Indian team members right now !!! What he has given to cricket is beyond imagination, Cricket gave him joy and he pays back with interest !!! The next generation would be lucky to see your batting on youtube and other online forums !!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Sachin the master blaster...GOD finally gets retired!!!

Posted by KARTHIKEYANUSA on (December 24, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

"Cricket God Retired". I think in future all international cricket teams are fight with India team without any "pressure and fear". They are easily face the Indian Team. Already Indian cricket team performs very poor and also they have no competitive and fighting tendency.

In very few months later cricket fans are will not like to go and watch the cricket in stadium. Because sachin is not there. That's all.

With Tears,

Karthikeyan. V

Posted by RabinBoopathy on (December 24, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Now the indian cricket (w/o sachin) will look like the west indies ( w/o Viv Richards). I pray to god, that w/o sachin, india should not be ended in a dark era. minimum he should be there in the team as a mentor., so that we can watch him all the time. w/o sachin, india will be looking like a newly created team for the opponents.

Posted by venbas on (December 24, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Sachin...its too painful to see you getting bowled through the gates, getting lbw and generally giving your wicket away like another pretender for the throne...remember you were the king and you should retire as one instead of being reduced to a trundler that you are now....

Posted by Skmannepalli on (December 24, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

My father is not blessed and either my son is...I am blessed to be in time of Sachin to watch his live action in many instances....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

I think the reason why he had huge success was his ability to control aggression ,, Someone like Virat who gets angry on every occassion,, on his own century,, on his wicket,, on getting opponants' wicket,,, can not get success

I think young breed needs to learn to be level headed like SRT and adaptable to any format of game. These young guns knows only hitting as they play more T20 than test matches,, thats the reason they are not successful,,, in and out of the team

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Anyone who deserve grand farewell, its Sachin. Sadly greatest ODIs player, played in golden era of ODIs going such silently. ODIs is over & out.

Posted by abhi232012 on (December 24, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

please sachin we want you to play and break records we all indian want you to retire at a high node in your life so that no one can ever comment on you . you are god of cricket and you will always be

Posted by VENKY2110 on (December 24, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

nothing to say much..but missing 4 legends of indian cricket SACHIN , DRAVID , GANGULY , KUMBLE...HERO'S OF ALL TIME..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Well done Sachin, Please plan the same for Tests too. For me country matters more than any individual. Jay hind

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Good player who should have retired with dignity ages ago. My opinion of him has dropped considerably.

Posted by AKS286 on (December 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

don't be sad SRT fans sachin did't play ODIs prviosly also he always plays in WC not in any tournament. his retirement did't make any sense because he is a good ODI batsman and flops in many test series so why he take retirement from ODIs he jas to take retirement from test not from odis.

Posted by Anand2kau on (December 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Right from the day i started watching cricket(92' world cup) at the back of my mind there was always a thought that sachin tendulkar is playing(especially ODI, in which he is the best ever player), i don't know where will the already diminshing ODI format will go, it's very sad moment for people like me who grew up in the 90's and watched indian ODI cricket when the viewership was very huge, from my mind i couldn't separate Sachin and ODI cricket !!!!

Posted by nutakki26 on (December 24, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

no doubt sachin is the match winner of his own in ODI'S than in tests,really an inspiration to the youth of inda,and proved that an indian can achieve everything,and can be number 1 even when in adversities,when there is passion and practice with u, salute to u sir

Posted by East_West on (December 24, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

1000+ comments! impressive indeed! as much as l loved Sachin's past accomplishments, the present ones clearly demonstrated that he was in for records! now he is going to retire after playing 200 tests .unfortunately he became very SELFISH cricketer, never learned from Rahul or Laxman! Overstayed his welcome - just like Sourav..and to some extent majority of Indian past cricketers..I wish he retires from Tests as well so that Badri, Mukund, Rahane and others will get a chance, I wish all these young ones would have got a decent shot at Tests earlier! No one wants to retire - Sourav, Rahul, Laxman and Sachin at the right time, and we lost 8-0 and now whipped by English at home!! As for some indians for not "watching Cricket anyone as Sachin retired.." please GET OVER IT, and move on! Sachin is not bigger than this game! He is one of the best but kept on playing selfishly! Please retire from TESTS as well and give young ones a chance!!

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (December 24, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_...._...please learn to respect the legend.People like Sachin are born once in centuries.Not only as a crickter but as a human not many people are like him.

Posted by anita1_cric on (December 24, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Gr8 JOb selectors for dropping this not deserving much hyped player .....he is never a match winner ..selfish cricketer ....instead of giving chance to youngster looking for sponsorship money till end..........again gr8 job selectors for dropping this below avg player

Posted by upen.rana on (December 24, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

End of cricket for me, Full Stop :(

Posted by Venkysays on (December 24, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

TIME Magazine's quote on Sachin

When Sachin Tendulkar traveled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.

When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy.

It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (December 24, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Sachin's passion for cricket has allowed him to play so far. Now when his performance against England was pathetic, ho could have played for Mumbai in Ranjii trophy matches to gain rhythm.

Even Zaheer has been forced to do this.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 24, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Humble request to Sachin and India haters., Not interested leave, It is like in the funeral uninvited guys came and bashing the dead person in front of his family ? He is great because he never bashed any player on the field and aggressive only with his bat not with his words and of course for his stats. I have been watching cricket for 17 years and i am proud i have seen many Live sachin innings in my life. If you have time please, watch 1996 and 2003 world cups please, the matches Sachin failed we lost in it. Thank god we got Yuvi, Kohli , gambhir and Dhoni otherwise same story in 2011WC also. Not good in recent innings but that doesn't mean we can disrespect him.

Posted by MrLonelyNepal on (December 24, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

I had uncountable debates with my friends and colleagues on topic SACHIN ... Whenever u didnt score runs, they reached me sometimes through phonecalls, sometimes through messages and sometimes personally just to tease me BUT still, my head was always HIGH...I know those every individual were too grt fan of ur game but my devotion towards you and your game was way above others and this gonna remain same forevr and evr.....Its true that I begun watching and playing CRICKET just bcoz of you and will give continuity just because i kno, YOU will too be related with cricket in some ways throughout your remaing life.... You are the only CRICKETER whose retirement can bring tears in eyes of cricket lover like ME.....

I will miss ur name in the scoreboard of Indian ODI team..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Dear sachin,Its a shocking news that you have retired from ODI,not only for me,to all Indians.We want you to play,we are furious to see you on the pakistan match.I am requesting behalf of all your fan to play atleast a single match.Plzzzzzzzz....

Posted by Simoc on (December 24, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

I guess this means he wants to eke out another test series. Seems to be the in thing now. Retire ODI, retire tests, retire . In T20 you get told and Sachin will be around for a long while yet in T20. Certainly Indian selectors will never drop him. He'll score runs again in tests but nothing against the top teams away from home. He's past it.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

i honestly can't remember any one instance where an article on cricinfo had so many comments..........

Posted by gravapine on (December 24, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

One of the Greatest Ambassador to World Cricket. OD Cricket will never be the same. To me he is better ODI Cricketer than test matches because he had won more on field battles in ODI's than in tests. The moments that i cherish the most are 1998 Sharjah match against Australia, 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan, 1999 World cup match against kenya (when his father died). Salute to you sir.

Posted by Vaibhav3418 on (December 24, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Sachin said 2 days ago that he wish to play against pakistan but selectors dropped him now he would have played ranji & earned his position or had an option to surrender & he chosed the 2nd option..........

Sachin Surrendered....!

I would have liked to see him back fighting his poor performance.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

sachin sir,you are disppointed us, please present you for the pakisthan series atleast, we want to watch your live action by the last chance in one day cricket.. please

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

ODI cricket -RIP........................................................

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

being a pakistani, After retirement of saeed anwar & Wasim akram, thats the first time i got sad by a retirement...!!

Posted by Idealdost on (December 24, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

One of the Gr8 Batsman in the cricket world, I think sachin should play upcoming Pak - Ind series after that he will announce his retirement 4rm ODI ...

Posted by praveenkannoth on (December 24, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Everybody said that world gonna end on Dec 21st. But i dont know, may be by luck noting happened... but when i heard this news..its like hearing the "End of World" news....

Thanks Sachin to take birth in India, and thanks to make us proud in the world of cricket.

we need you in the dressing room to guide our young bloods at-least to become a "half Sachin"....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

End of Sachin Era!! I was fortunate enough to be in the era of great Sachin!. Really we miss him a lot. What an achiever he is!! He is simply Superb, Extraordinary and a great Entertainer of Indian Cricket. Let people say anything, Nobody can replace Sachin. He is a Master, he is a blaster, he is a classic player of gentlemen game of cricket that the world has ever produced. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar for entertaining all of us for such a long period. Long live Sachin!! Long live Indian Cricket!!! All the very best in your future life.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

I wont watch Cricket here after.tribute to the master.. now There is nothing in it. love you sachin..waiting for the test series

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Even machines take retirement. Sachin a cricketing machine of his time.

Posted by CricketFollowers on (December 24, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

SRT, I consider this is one of the sad moment in my life. i started watching cricket, because of you. my father will turn of the TV once you getout saying India will not win. I have bunked my school days just to watch you.I might stop watching ODI cricket from now on. people who dishearten you might have not seen you watching in 80's & 90's. You are the best of best all time. I cant forget all those knocks that you produced during the tough time for Indian cricket. ODI cricket will not be the same after your retirement. Thanks for Nostalagia. Be happy and have a peaceful life.

Its a shame that Media concentrates on Tendulkar rather than looking into other problems.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

I AM FROM NEPAL when i read the news there were tears in my eyes. I started watching cricket when india had black jersey. scahin coming down the track ans smash someone for 6. dont remember anything else. cricket is just a ordinary game without class. today class retired from oneday...now oneday is over for me. i just dont have same love for the game. dont know it was love for sachin or cricket or class.. i am confused. forget about records. i dont know but probably it was scahin who inspired me to hold a cricket bat. i got tears even when i am writing this comment. its sad. they say truth is bitter. i dont want to get in any debates but sachin was the best because of his passion for cricket for all the years he played. he played with same passion till his last game. its very easy to debate and criticize but ver very diffricult to be correct. I am just sad. i will never watch cricket again. its sad. dont have same feeling abt the game anymore. bye cricinfo.

Posted by Sachinisgr8 on (December 24, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

I will watch one day cricket only for Yuvraj Singh now, till he is there.

I will say Bye bye to cricket when Tendulkar retires from Test cricket.

Indian cricket Team won't lose a fan, because i was never a fan of Indian Cricket. I am a fan of two brave men who created something out of "0".

Posted by Senstars on (December 24, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

wonderful cricketer. hats off for giving way to youngsters

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Dear sachin,Its a shocking news that you have retired from ODI,not only for me,to all Indians.We want you to play,we are furious to see you on the pakistan match.I am requesting behalf of all your fan to play atleast a single match.Plzzzzzzzz....

Posted by HK24 on (December 24, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Tendulkar retired due to pressure of media @ various useless statements by BCCI. He would have retired but after being the part of playing eleven against Pakistan and England. I wish him luck for his future

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

I don't have word to express how I miss you in ODI format you are great batsman, will be deeply, madly and truly missed. you have played so many great innings but I never forget inning 134 against Australia, in Sharjah, 1997-98 I Love you, We Love you we all love you sachin miss you so much ..........god bless you

Posted by Perceptive on (December 24, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

How odd that English fans would argue in favour of a player they never saw and make laughable comments regarding travel and professional contracts. Could it not be argued that overcoming the weight of expectation that comes with the inverse is simply more proof that SRT is better.

In truth I'm unconcerned as to who is deemed better, but it is HILARIOUS to see people candidly expires with authority that Bradman was the greatest SPORTSMAN of all time "better than Jordan" (do you even watch basketball or know about Jordan) and "better than Pele" (who is commonly regarded amongst Brazilians as not being the best BRAZILIAN ever).

I love this forum - it allows desktop warriors to express opinions which they daren't express for fear of ridicule or general fear away from the sanctity of their dimly lit rooms. A cognitive analyst's dream!!

Posted by sks134 on (December 24, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Sachin should have announced retirement from ODI right after the world cup win & go on a high.He had made similar mistake as he used to make as the captain of india.Now it is clear that when selectors told him that he will not be pickedfor the Pak series, he took the decision in haste.... Shameful end to a otherwise glorious career...

Posted by Jalz007 on (December 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Farewell! Well played Sachin Tendulkar. We thank you for all the entertainment provided!

Posted by landl47 on (December 24, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

A great ODI player, though whether he would ever have played for India again in ODIs is a moot point. With T20 taking up more space on the calendar, his records for number of games played, centuries and runs scored may never be broken. A lovely player to watch and a towering figure in both Indian and world cricket.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

sachin i love you i like you you r a great indian cricketer plz bcci last 3 match sqaud added sachin vs pakistan this seris ritires sachin plz plz plz bcci and last 3 match sachin play plz sachin and bcci all the best sachin

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

I think i'm retired too, to watch ODI without SRT in Indian team, Sachin you are great player I will miss you deeply, madly and truly....god bless you

Posted by Navin2015 on (December 24, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

missing you sir!

I need to find a reason to watch ODIs now...!!

Posted by induscreed28 on (December 24, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

High time for Tendulkar to retire. Let the Indian team rebuild on youth. All the best.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

some say he is god, some say he is master blaster,some say he is genius. but i don't know who is he, only i know he is sachin, it is very hard to me feel that sachin is no more on field in men in blue, without sachin cricket is meaningless. some people say Don Brad Man is all time great. but they forget that he only played more agnaist England. which is not a good bowling attack. but SACHIN do the best thing always agnaist the superior bowling attack like Australia, Westindies, Pakistan, Srilanka, even agnaist England and Newzealand. Bradman not playing oneday game. But SACHIN in all format of the game is super. in same time they are Super and genius Cricketer like Dravid, Laxman, Saurav, Sehwag....are live in behind in shadow of Sachin, so we can imagine how he was a cricketer...........and one think i m sure the stadium will not full of crowd without sachin in INDIA. just we can say thank u SACHIN for give us like that amount of cricket. You will remain always in World.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Salute to you Sachin!All true indians!Ur the cricket maker in india!JAIHIND!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

R.I.P Rest In Pitch Jersey#10. I was barely 10 years old and was very little known about Cricket when Sachin storm rattle Australia in Sharjah. Whenever I walked on road questioned myself what these peoples are watching outside the electronic shops everywhere small ones getting forward, taller set back and others jumping over and over to get a click. If any new one joins in that crowd has only one question to crowd - "Sachin kitne pe khel raha hai"? We didn't care how much the target or how many wickets have lost, we were just bothered - whether Sachin still there? If yes, then throws everything you got in mind and keep eye on TV if not then no sense of standing there and watching TV. Then I realize who Sachin is and what it means to us. The standard that he has set over fabulous performances, anything below that is failure. In years to come his record might be broken at one day, but the Goodwill record that he has set in creating all of these milestones that cannot be matched again.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

for me its end of cricket..no sachin no cricket:(

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

sachin that's not you ,You can't give up. really i am feeling very bad after listen that you have retired from ODI's . Now don,t wan't to see any upcoming ODI series........

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

@ all those who keep talking about match winnings knocks and stuff..he averages 54 in matches india won..job of openers is to set up matches for finish..not to hit the winning runs! One interesting fact on so called modern match winners in ODI's 1) Kallis-SA never won any thing major to date, where is the big match winning innings here? 2) Ponting- cushioned with best team in world, hayden glichrist upfront, Waugh, Bevans of world to follow, he cant play spin. period.Is a black mark to the spirit of game. 3) Lara- As great as Sachin, West indies was ranked lowest in its history when this great man played, its not an individuals job! Respect to Lara. 4) Inzi- Good enough but no stats to be in same league. 5) Sanath-Lack of technique,faded away later, great hitter though.

All these are great players but as evident you can make up nonsense against every player..sachin inspired the senses of cricket lovers and everyone makes it sound 23 yrs in game is easy!! Its passion for game!

Posted by ambi56 on (December 24, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

What a time to retire Sachin , keeping in mind 2015 world cup.It will be good for youngsters to fill in the void left by Sachin on the Indian soil.

People in Indian say Sachin is selfish.Now the retirement has come just before the series.If he was that selfish he would have wished to play against pak and England. WHAT DO YOU SAY , IS HE SELFISH..?

I would like to call the period before 23rd December 2012 as BS (Before Sachin) and thereafter AS (After Sachin).

Posted by Mcroos on (December 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

I think players like Sachin must retire during a match.That will give a chance to fans to show there respect too. I feel he must play a game between Pakistan and retire.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

greatest cricketer forever........frankly no words for him.....simply hats off to him..

Posted by ambi56 on (December 24, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Till now people were asking When will Sachin retire? Now that he has retired. Now the same people emotionally ask Why did he retired? He could have played against pak. I don't understand Indian people. Worst part is I don't understand myself.Me being one among those people. World has ended !!! Not on 21st December , but on 23rd December.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Dear Sachin

What a phenomenal career!! You have made the right decision at your own term. The ODI team has to move on. Let us not compare you with anyone else - Don, Viv richards or Ricky ponting. To do this would be unfair to you and to others. You were a class by yourself and all cricket lovers in this world know that. There is no comparison for SRT.

We will all miss you. Everytime you came to bat I would watch you with awe. Take care and maybe you could give back some of your honesty to the BCCI.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

we all miss u always................best of luck sir(sachin).....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

A era of a great batsman stop in odi today surely we miss him in this format today i come to know how this 2012 end world ,its not only finish a world but also finish a God from a sports ..

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 24, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

The Greatest batsman of all time.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Dear Sachin Tendulkar,

Hii Good Morning, How are you ? I am sad Tendulkar retired from ODI.... Please, He will not retired from ODI now . He is very good fight india won..... Tendulkar is the best of world...Please, Tendulkar will retired from ODI in 2015. He will player from ODI in World Cup 2015 now.... We tell Tendulkar is very good.....

Thanks Srikanth Ramanathan

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

Love you Sachin! Will miss you badly... Thanks for all the entertainment for so many years! You are a True Legend.

Posted by BobCo on (December 24, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

SRT was an undeniably great batsman, and along with Lara, the easiest on the eye in the past 20 years. He obviously intends to continue in tests; will be interesting to see what the selectors think about that -- he has clearly been at 6s and 7s in the last couple of series.

Funny thing how some want to claim him as the best ever -- a total irrational argument given Bradman played on uncovered pitches and yet still stands miles above everyone else, in his or anyone's era. The thing is I'm not even convinced SRT is _this_ era's best player. Kallis has a comfortably better average than SRT and has, for the majority of his career, played in a slightly weaker batting lineup than SRT. I've never been a big fan of Kallis, but his sheer weight of numbers is starting to win me over. I'd prefer to _watch_ SRT, but I might plump for Kallis over SRT if I had to pick someone to bat for my life. Just a thought.

Still, always a sad day when a great (partially!) hangs up his boots.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Hello Friends.. this Little Master Sachain Tendulker made me very sad very very sad. he made me very disappointed. I was waiting for his 20000 runs in ODI but he didn't make that to me,, so Sad.. wish the indian cricket board request him for coming back and fulfil our hope/wish please... Any way I belong to Afghanistan and i really love Sachain Tendulker.. I won't watch cricket anymore my 3 favorite stars gone.. Sachain Tendulker. Recky Ponting & Jayasurya

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

I hear some very critical comments in this column, which inspired me to write this piece ... Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dhoni, Dravid (the list is un-ending) are cricket lovers who learnt the game through their passion and integrity for the sport ... I can do nothing but salute them ... In their formative years they received very little from the Indian cricketing system; much less from us. Ask yourselves - how many times have we gone to watch a Ranji match and cheered the future of Indian cricket?

Salute to Sachin Tendulkar and every Indian sportsman who came thru the Indian system and achieved greatness.You guys are brilliant.

I think we need to ask ourselves hard; do we deserve such talent in our team. If we wish to, let's stand by them thru their ups and downs, their successful and not so successful moments. And let's salute those who perform for us.

Sachin - you are the best.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 24, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

I say - good riddance.... No doubt Tendulkar was a great batsman in his heyday, but for the past one year he as been completely out of sorts. This year he has been nothing more than a free wicket for the opposite team. Its time to groom a youngster and prepare for future challenges.

Posted by VPratik on (December 24, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

No words for this gentleman. Sachin describe a cricket and cricket describe a cricket. Really once again, IF CRICKET IS OUR RELIGION, THAN SACHIN IS OUR GOD. Thanks Sachin for such huge respective service in ODIs for India. We will never forget you and as a cricket fan i'll miss tou a lot.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (December 24, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

One thing is for sure, he retired gracefully from the ODI. I can't say if he will from the tests unless he repeats the SCG magic in February.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker no body cant score in all matches for wc 2011 he is the man of the match in semi final and highest scorer from india and i think at 39 he 3rd highest run getter in wc. if u get a chance u see in youtube 200*,111 vs saf 175,134,141,139,117 vs aus,98,141,123,99,97,95,94,93,91 vs pak,163,186, vs nz, 138,112,137,128 vs sl then come up with a comment. i think u dont like india that implies to tendulkar in ur case.sorry mate sanath is ok compared to tendulkar and please dont make fun of inzy ( a great player) by comparing with tendulkar.at last u dont like tendulkar or watch him play why do u want him retire which shows ur behaviour try to respect others

Posted by Legaleagle on (December 24, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is Sachin Tendulkar- TAKE A BOW!!! Well and truly THE greatest player ever to have played the game of cricket. He is way ahead of his contemporaries. Not only that he remained physically fit through out but also belted tremendous amount of runs over such a long period of time.

Its sad to see him leave just before the Pakistan series but its his personal decision. Hope to catch a glimpse of him in upcoming test matches.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 24, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

I am tired of people calling a mortal human as God and someone with an unknown IQ as Genius. Here is some hard cold facts about the most over rated batsman of world Tendulkar: In tests against Australia; Sachin averages a modest 36.77 against Australia when McGrath played. In test against SA; Sachin averages a pathetic 32 against South Africa whenever Allan Donald has played.Tendulkar was a failure against Wasim and Waqar and hardly played against them. He anyway averaged 32 runs against them. Interestingly he still averages around 40 against Pakistan. Against the 3 greatest fast bowlers of his era, whom he faced in more than one Test series, McGrath, Donald and Akram, Sachin has scored 1719 Test runs at a modest average of 34.3 (compared to his career average of 56). This is the very definition of being over-rated. You can not become best by scoring against Shane Warne. You need to score against the best to become the best. Just like Sir Viv Richards! Tendulkar has won nothing!

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 24, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Sachin shud continue playing test cricket for another year irrespective of how he plays...indian team in transition now n they need 1 senior to motivate youngsters n v wont get a best motivator than him so pls sachin dont worry abt critics n dont retire before 2014....

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 24, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

JoeLucky- Relax Chum, Virat Kohli has played couple of good innings against Pakistan but that does not make him any beast. Shahid Afridi scored a 45 ball century against India and also a match winning 141 against India in Madras. Does that mean he has mastered Indian bowling? Nope! Batsmen have their form and spells so Kohli indeed is enjoying that. He is new and alot to prove. He was a sitting duck in test matches against England. You people create legends on desk tops! Irfan Pathan was your next Wasim Akram with a limpy action.I am 100% Pakistani supporter and there should be no doubt about it. Pakistan for me is Brazil of football.Talented and exciting! CptMeanser-Like always you made no sense mate.Sachin Tendulkar played 7-8 test matches against Pakistan in 90's and 2000's.There was no cricketing ties between India and Pak in those days and Tendulya actually opposed ties quite a bit.He scored zilch. His most notable contibution was match losing 136! Go check stats before commenting

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

@James Stackhouse do you realise you are putting a batsman ahead of Sachin whom you hv never seen batting, never watched him live u r only going by stats.which is stupid.just tell me one thing would don bradman have lasted 23 years in international cricket? do you have any idea how much rigorous it is at the top level. dear friend its easier to contemplate and discuss in hindsight but to actually perform like Sachin has done is the real deal.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 24, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Well d great man has retired from odi's,surely it ll b great loss for indian cricket n also world cricket..love u miss u little master...

I have something for d people who call sachin as selfish n not match winner by comparing with kohli..well people kohli is good batsman but he has d support of 2 good finishers dhoni n raina who bat quickly n score quick runs but when sachin played at his peak during 90's he had no such luxury of match finishers n no other batsmen in d team had a s/r of over 70 so sachin only had to take all d risks so only he was getting out many times without finishing d matches n had he has atleast 1 good finisher also he would have won many more matches for india..so people respect this guy who has given his all to d game n for his country..

Posted by Vnott on (December 24, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

While it would have been more befitting if he had retired immediately after the world cup win, just shows that Sachin is mortal too and delayed coming to terms with the timing of his retirement. Everything else about this career is simply not mortal. The numbers, the hundreds, the fan following , the sheer joy of watching him bat..... Fantastic memories.... Thanks Sachin for everything

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

About time, should retire from tests as well.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 24, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

I haven't seen brad man playing a cricket., But I have seen sachin.,,. There was time we used to change the channel when Sachin got out even dont dare to check the news as we know the result.... When he come out of the dressing room, ground will stand and echo like Sachiiin Sachiiin that moment WOW.,.,No ifs and buts in cricket if Sachin played in Bradman's time then he could have done the samething. Vice versa what if bradman failed in modern cricket where Batsmen shot analysed inch by inch in videos. No comparison guys both of them are great. This is about Sachin retirement if not interested then leave the page for us.

Posted by scorpian19 on (December 24, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Shining sun dies, air stops for a while. water is not running more and earth stops rotate whole.

A great life innings comes to an end!!!! SRT leaves his name after him, history will always remember this little legend fellow!!!

Posted by riprock on (December 24, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

Sachin was a major factor in spreading cricket's popularity and increasing stadium and sponsorship revenues. He's been a perfect role-model with his outrageous skill, supreme batting technique and consistency, and amazing qualities. As a die-hard fan of his since childhood, I'd thank him a million and yet be indebted in gratitude simply for the sheer joy and entertainment he's provided. His contribution to cricket is beyond measure. We are lucky to have watched him play live and to have been a part of his era. Cricket owes to him as much as he owes to it. Sportsmen like Tendulkar, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Diego Maradona etc. come once in a generation, take the world by storm by setting unbelievable benchmarks in their game..and leave an everlasting legacy. Arguably the Sachin Tendulkar phenomenon has transcended world cricket. Congrats on a magnificent career and thanks for the unforgettable memories, Little Master. Watching you makes me proud to be Indian.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Although I agree partly with that SRT's form is deteriorating mainly due to his lack of feet-movement when it comes to incoming balls but I am quite sure he would have been still a force in odi's. & I also was very much disappointed since I for one thought he will retire from odi's after the Aussies tour where they were scheduled to play 4 tests & some 5 odi's. But anyhow it's his personal decision. But don't compare hi, with Ponting or Lara. Since Ponting is way behind our SRT in runs accumulated & also variety if strokes & bowlers faced. Had he not an Australian would he be comfortable against McGrath or Warne or Fleming for that matter & Lord Almighty alone knows the answer. & Lara is a gifted left-hander & it's so easy to pick those right-hand bowlers to score runs. To me Kallis & Carl Hooper alone comes close to our SRT in the above aspect.

Posted by vhgupta on (December 24, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

For long long time (and even today for few diehard fans), Once Sachin was out televisions were turned off, stands were vacated, live commentary on cricinfo was not followed. Such was his aura and fan-following will miss him seriously, ODIs were already loosing its sheen and without Sachin?... Will ODI survive? Should have given us chance of knowing his last match so that we could have savored the moment.

Posted by SRT_greatest on (December 24, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

I always wanted to log-in to cricinfo n say afew words about players, games, teams etc but then change mind thinking its a waste of time but today I opened an account just bcoz I couldn't stop my self. Sachin is undoubtedly THE GREATEST ...I am an Indian living in New Zealand n have had the pleasure of watching THE LITTLE MASTER play, he is pure class.. Even if Pravin kumar is bowling to Guptill, who plays a shot towards sehwag .. Crowd will still shout SACHIIIIN SACHIIIN...That was affect he has on people... just because its my first post- I won't say who was good n who was bad but will say this...There has, will, can be no other like Sachin...the GREATEST EVER ....

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

Probably the most sweetly timed of his shots....neither too early nor too late

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

This guys can bat - The best!; ditto to all the masterful statements made by the loyal following.... but he does not know how/when to leave the Intl scene…. Finally he retires and it is incomplete… He should have retire from the game - period. Round two of enduring the litany of obvious, obligatory, respectful tributes again when he retires from Tests…..

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

He was a bowlers nightmare untill late 2010 . i think he should've retired straight after India won the ODI WORLD CUP 2011. That would've been so nice retiring at his peak achieving his goal( winning the worldcup)saying good bye with his head high holding the WC.it would've been nice to see him saying a few sentimental words .. like Imran Khan's memorable speech after winning the 92 worldcup. Sachin we Pakistanis will never forget your innings in Worldcup 2003

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 24, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

The ignorance of some posters here is extraordinary. Bradman is decried for having only ever played v England, South Africa and India.

Maybe, but he played against Harold Larwood, who was a greater fast bowler than any Tendulkar has played against since he encountered a past-his-best Malcolm Marshall. And he played against Bill O'Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett, who were better spinners than Tendulkar ever faced.

But funnily enough, Tendulkar and Bradman have a lot in common. Bradman's team-mates considered him selfish and too preoccupied by personal statistics, and when the going was really tough - such as the Bodyline series - he suddenly wasn't the same batting titan.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Mediocre people who have achieved nothing in life will always have something derogatory to say about great achievers. He always had people ridiculing him for not doing what they wanted. He always had people questioning his sincerity. He always had people asking for his blood, if not his head. Being the king is not easy, but being the God seemed an even tougher job. The God has hung up his boots, and I guess the devil worshipers and non believers can revel from their gutters now. My only regret is that he simply let himself to be crucified in the end, instead of vanquishing his enemies before ascending to his throne. I might have had my moments of doubt (after all, I am only human), but I will always worship him as the only God of my religion.

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (December 24, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

I wonder who told him to retire. Himself or the selectors.

Posted by mr.truth on (December 24, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Indian population approximately 1.22 billion so others also have chance to shine late decision but teach young generation what you learned. "nothing can exist without a cause"

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Waoh, what an illustriate career came to an end. As a Cricket fan, I've been fortunate enough to watch Sachin Tendulker play and by far he's the best Batsman i've ever seen. Being a Pakistani fan, i hated when he made runs against Pakistan, but I definitely enjoyed his batting no matter what. He's a Cricket Legend and by far the Best Batsman world has ever produced. Hats Off to you Sir and wish you all the best in the future. I'd hope to see him in a Coaching role. SACHIN TANDULKER IS ---> GOAT (Greatest Of All Times)!!!

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 24, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

I'll gonna cry all night now :(:(:(...saddest news of the year..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 24, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

When I heard the news..I felt something somebody took away from me...Sad for that moment but feel happy that he has called a day and sooner or later he had to do that..I will really miss Sachin walk out to open the innings waited for few weeks for that series.and that moment and will miss when he is ready to deliver his first boundry..and the exciment and waiting to see he scores a century or not..What a wonderful bastman and fine cricketer and icon of the game.

A perfect role model world has seen.. Every youngster has no more to look but follow this man if they want to succeed as a batsman and as a cricketer..

We all know that world is going to miss him a lot.

I wish him the best and happy that he is going to enjoy his one day retirement..and still happy that he is still avilable for the test matches..

Posted by whoster on (December 24, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

It's incredible what Tendulkar has achieved in his career. He was always under intense pressure because he's such an idol in his own country, but he always kept his feet on the ground and was a great advert for the game. There's no doubt his batting is in decline, but he's still good enough to play Test cricket - even though it may be better for India in the long run if he retired from that too. Magnificent player though, and a living legend.

Posted by sachinanddravid on (December 24, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Heart Attack still better than this news......He is there in the heart of Billion pepoles Not only because of his Sportsmanship his charactor too.....

Sachin i will miss you a lot.....I am not able to think or imagine even CRICKET WITHOUT THE MASTER......

But there is time for everything and you have done it......

Best of luck master to score against Aus and SA and close the mouth of pepoles who is always opposing you...... Best of Luck MASTER

Posted by sureshpeesa on (December 24, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Cricket has retired from its GRACE today..... thanks for the memories and the recognition you brought to the Indian cricket, BCCI is rich only coz of you THE MASTER.... show us that you still have good cricket left in you by scoring another hundred in a test match.....

Posted by Maxyboy_123 on (December 24, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

A brilliant cricketer! He has played some of the best innings ever. Is he one of the greats, absolutely! Is he the greatest?, well that's up for debate. For me he's the best ever Indian player, but not the best ever. If you have played as long as Sachin then eventually you will break all the records. But I can never see a player lasting 23 years again!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

de grtst man in histry ov cricket strting at age 13 plying prctice match fr pakistan against ind A n plying against pak asia cup dhaka last odi,unbelevable nd argubally de grtst batsman tht wrld has ever seen we all miss u LITTLE MASTER n specially ur on drive n leg glance <3

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 24, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket Where exactly did get you get Bradman is the greatest sportsperson of all time. Are you seriously suggesting that you could compare Bradman, a batsman to say Daley Thompson, an Olympian with the former coming out on top. Apples and oranges.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

de greatest batsman de world has ever seen remarkable carrer i am pakistani but we appreciate de quality ov a great man starting frm playing practice match at age of 13 fr pakistan fielding at silly mid on to the last dhaka odi at asia cup onedrful stats wndrful carrer remarkable batsman LITTLE MASTER we all miss u <3 .

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 24, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

@EnglishCricket I presume your view is based on having seen both Bradman and Tendulkar play. Whilst Bradman's test average of 99.94 is impressive, he only ever played in England and Australia. For a player like Bradman to have played until the age of 40 and still score runs that late into his career suggests to me that it is more a reflection of the quality of the bowlers he faced. However I don''t share your good fortune of having having seen him play. Bradman himself has said that he felt that Tendulkar played much the same that he did. Lastly this article is about Tendulkar retiring from ODIs, a format Bradman never played so how you can even compare two is nonsensical.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 23, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Sachin,dravid,kumble are the only players I admire in indian cricket. They are true gentlemen. None of these youngsters from india can come closer to these players. In terms performance or sportmanship their not even closer to these players.

Posted by McGorium on (December 23, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Can't we all just get along :)? Isn't it just enough to say that they were two greats of the game? Bradman played in an era in which pitches were uncovered, thereby helping bowlers, cricket didn't pay much, transportation was slower, etc. etc. Bradman also played in a time (at least for a part of his career) of timeless tests. He also played against relatively inexperienced bowling (name 3 bowlers of his time who lasted more than 25 tests. Larwood played only 21!). He played against fewer opposition teams and on fewer grounds, and in an era where you couldn't be out LBW unless the ball pitched in line with the stumps. I needn't elaborate on conditions today; you know them well. The point is that you can't compare two people in different eras. Bradman's record was outstanding when compared to his peers. It's harder to make the same case re. SRT. Kallis, Dravid, Ponting, Lara immediately come to mind. Lets just say that SRT is a legend of the game and leave it at that.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 23, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Sachin is a great player. Not only indian fans, the entire world will miss him in the ODIs. All the best for him in the upcoming test matches. Regards from a Sri lankan fan.

Posted by h_kap on (December 23, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

The sun rose with a Duck against Pakistan and set with a half century against Pakistan. Although his retirement from ODI right after the world cup win would have been enormous, it does not take away what he has given to the game of cricket. We salute you Son of India for the pleasing 23 years you gave us in the game of ODI cricket. We wish you the very best to do well in tests until the youngsters get into the groove and stand a position where the little master is no longer needed. Until then i wish the very best for you in the last leg of your test career.

Salute you sir!

Posted by Jarr30 on (December 23, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Guys please don't start this boring topic of SRT VS Don comparisons. Its just pointless as Bradman ONLY played against England, and the English were Don favorite bunny and he played on few cricket grounds whereas Sachin played against all teams and all over the world was was sucessful. I feel even G Boycott is a better player than Don Bradman.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Looks like Mr.likeintcricket is sour grapes cricket player.Sad so sad. Does not have the ability to see when greatness passes through his eyes. .Does not realise that a test average coming down from 50 ..means that the owner of that +50 is a great batsman. So long sir.Please let us know when you see another +50 man.

Posted by Meety on (December 23, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

1303 comments as I type, (not surprised)!!!! Sachin was a great batsmen - atm, I think his performances are suggesting amiddle of the road batsmen. Though, with Sachin, I can't help but think he'll play a couple of Sachin classics against oz before he calls time on his Test career. IMO - there is nothing left to play for after Oz tour. A couple of years ago (circa 2008/09), I felt Sachin had THREE wishes left in cricket - 1. W/Cup glory (tick), 2. Test series win in Sth Africa, (close no cigar), 3. A Test win in OZ (fail, IMO probably the bigger wish for SRT). He achieved 1 out of 3, & it will be too long for him to have another shot. I feel he should of retired like Dravid did & VVS after the Oz tour, but understand it was probably not a good time, although losing to England in India isn't either!

As for Sachin's ODI retirement - he should of retired straight after the W/Cup. He & India got what they wanted (W/Cup glory), & there was again nothing else to play for.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (December 23, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Certainly the greatest ODI batsman of all time. I'll leave the greatest cricketer and batsman of all-time to Sobers and Bradman. Tendulkar is definitely the greatest batsman of the last twenty odd years, closely followed by Lara.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 23, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

@EnglishCricket - all know that your supply lines are thin...but it is ridiculous to keep hanging with Don forever..his theatrics were equivalent to present day cricketers playing against (& only against) a specific county (all same conditions)..period..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

It's a great time for Indian cricket - now that the elephant is off his back, Dhoni will be free to choose people who play for team, not for their records. Tendulkar was a great batsman in his heyday, but for the past one year his performance was awful. He missed a trick by not retiring after World Cup 2011.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

agree with likeintcricket!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Yeah right ! England DO have the habit of 'getting the better of someone' when that person is at his worst form or at the end of his career. What does that say about team England ? Think about it. Besides, do you feel England's players will be in golden form forever ? Their scalps are destined for someone already.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

What a careeer. Good time to give it up.

Posted by sirviv on (December 23, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

The man figures his average can only drop in the odi format, so he bows out...eh...gracefully? sure. I was hoping to read "Tendulkar retires...finally". Credit to his accomplishments, records, contributions etc. but can we please start exploring the younger raw talent and give them more game so they can fill the gap he will leave behind, or wait, what Laxman, Dravid and Sachin leave behind

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

What an inning Sachin!! You were the best. Your attitude, your skiils and you talent sets you apart from everyone who has ever played cricket professionally. Its been a privilege to watch so many of your great innings. Salute to you Sachin. Many bowlers around the world would be the only ones happy to seeyou gone from the game. Good luck

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

This great player will be deeply, madly and truly missed.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Records Tendulkar holds

Most matches: 463

Most Man of the Match awards: 62

Most Player of the Series awards: 15

Longest career: 22 years 91 days

Only one to accomplish the triple in ODIs: 15,000 runs (18426), 100 wickets (154) and 100 catches (140)

Most ODI runs: 18,426 (ave.44.83) in 463 matches

Most ODI centuries: 49

Most hundreds against one team: 9 vs Australia

Only batsman to register 8 or more hundreds against two nations: 9 vs Australia and 8 vs Sri Lanka

Most innings of 50-plus: 195 -- 49 centuries + 96 fifties

Most runs in a calendar year: 1,894 (ave.65.31) in 34 matches in 1998

Most hundreds in a calendar year: 9 in 34 matches in 1998

1,000 runs in a calendar year most times: 7 times

Most 90s in a career: 18

Most fours: 2,016

Most runs against Australia: 3,077 at an average of 44.59 in 71 matches

Most runs against Sri Lanka: 3,113 (ave.43.84) in 84 matches.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (December 23, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

The fact that he would have been an automatic selection in the ODI squad is testament to a phenomenal career. Thank you so much Sachin for all those memorable ODI innings when you set the stage on fire. Can't believe what growing up would have been without you!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

As a Pakistan fan, I must confess to say I am surprised he chose to sit out a series against Pakistan give the nature of the rivalry between the two teams. Regardless, Tendulkar is easily one of the greatest batsman this world has ever had the pleasure of watching. and I wish him well in retirement.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar. What a marvelous cricketer. I will miss you alot. When I had started watching cricket. You were one of the first ones that I had fot to know with the like of Ricky Ponting too. Iam talking 2007 when I was 8. You were an icon. You cherished every moment of cricket. With you and Ricky Ponting leaving cricket. Cricket now seems very lonly. From the 90s to here. You ruled cricket. You should've retired after Pak series. I will as well as the World will miss you alot. Your emtiness in the squad will be felt by many fans. Wish you all the luck for Test cricket now. I will miss you Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

I saw my first game of cricket with you batting Sachin Sir and I remember coming back from school and asking my mother who that small boy is. She replied, 'Thats Sachin Tendulkar, he smiles when he bats (he used to smile back then when he batted). And he makes all of us smile and he gives us hope that India can win sometimes!. India rarely used to win those days and it was this small man who gave a glimmer of hope mostly!. Ever since then, govts have changed, world has changed. But this man stood tall until time defeats even this mountain of a man! Who cares about the best cricketer,many of you must be joking if you think thats more important! He gave hope to millions in India who had forgotten how to smile.THIS is a billion times bigger feat!!!! This is what its all about!.Please relax now sir, you are almost free from billions of crazy ppl ...Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (December 23, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

@Karn Mamgain - Funny but you're forgetting one important fact about Bradman, Not only Bradman is the greatest Cricketer of all time but he's also the greatest sportsman of all time beating people like Pele of Football, Michael Jordan of Basketball etc sounds silly? hi 5....@James Stackhouse...totally agree man well said.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

All Great Players time comes to say good bye, after grueling 23 years Sachin decided to hang his boots in ODI, once again a great chapter has closed down. its a sad end.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 23, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

@James Stackhouse - whats all abt earning a living, bla bla... Don is from a developed nation with social security exactly opposite to SRTs. Don played in familiar conditions and mostly against Eng when not many knew what cricket was (a.k.a less cricketing skills)..that makes things clear I suppose...every body needs a name to be touted....and when these top cricketing nations cant find one, they would stick to the Don for ages..there were times when Ri,cky was project from every front who would surpass Sachin.. but did nt come thru...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

100,000 people in the stadium, millions all around the world, the chants that became louder than a nuclear explosion! all for this tiny man who captivated millions for not just 'one or five seaons', not 'one or five years' but much more! Forget if he is the best, This one fact is enough to describe his greatness. And now....the chants have gone, Silence all around. The adulation is slowly fading as he walks away from one-dayers!. Strange! For years to come , this day(even if its just one dayers) would be discussed and along the privilege that thousands here have got to comment on this particular day, I hope I am one too! And therefore I choose my words carefully when I say, India forgot its terrible poverty,terrible problems and even hunger when you played oh dear son of India, thats much more than any stat for a human! Thank You Very Much Sir!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Can't believe how some silly people can disrespect this guy but the good thing is that you guys are in the minority and only have jealousy. Sachin is one of the greatest Cricket players there has ever been and a very nice person just wish I had the chance to meet him shake his hand and get his autograph plus take a picture with him. We as Bangladesh fans adore Sachin and respect him so much and happy that he made his special milestone at Mirpur the place where our fans in the Stadium was cheering him on when he was on 99 that day and once he achieved that special landmark, our players went upto him to congratulate. I wish him all the best and for his family thankyou Sachin.

Posted by likeintcricket on (December 23, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

He has already playing selected One-Days. He needs to leave Test now. Let him play in south Africa against quikies and he will decide about it. His Test average is slowly coming down and when it reaches close to <50 he will anounce his retirement.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

@Karn Mamgain Rubbish. Bradman was better because the pitches were worse and favoured the bowlers much more. In addition, transport was difficult in those days and his career was interrupted by the advent of World War Two. To get anywhere it took Bradman six weeks to two months just to get to England for example, hence fewer matches were played.

Bradman wasn't a professional as well as playing cricket he had to earn a living, he could not solely concentrate on the game. Tendulkar is a good player, but he is NOT better than Bradman. In fact, players like Graeme Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Ken Barrington have better records. Put Sachin on the pedestal he deserves, not on such lofty heights.

Posted by Perceptive on (December 23, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Blessed to have seen Sachin play, indeed we re all blessed to live in a time where Sachin, Messi, Federer, Bolt, Jordan, Phelps and others have graced their respective sports.

Wishing you all the best Sachin you have given great happiness to millions at times when our nation did not have a great deal of contemporaneous achievement to celebrate. And to all 'fans' jumping on Sachins back, pipe down you're embarrassing Indian fans as a collective. Show respect where it's due: few have earned it more.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

Almost had a heart attack!! No words to say. You are not only a legend in cricket but a legend in person also. You are a good model to everyone. When i started watching cricket in early 90's (i am 26 now) , you were the talk of even little kids.. and there's no difference yet. We all love you sachin.. not just as a cricketer.. as a family member of all of us Indians. May God bless you..

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 23, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Great cricketer ,hats off to SRT.Cricket fans will always remember his special batting against Malcom Marshall 1992, Sharjah 1998 ,against Pakistan in 2003 and CB series 2008 in Aus and many more fantastic innings. Cpt.Meanster- mate why to take seriously the posts of a guy who is ashamed of his own country and calls himself a kiwi.No matter how hard you try you will never find any logic in any of his posts ever,for eg according to him India won the WC because of special balls(which swing and spins only against opposition batsman and not for Indians)special grounds ( 60 m boundaries only for Indian batsman ,much longer for opponents) and bought umpires(all ICC umpires that means including Pak umpire Aleem darr who was in WC final).Just laugh off on his posts why feed the troll :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

agreed with srinivasa naidu!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Very Sad! Why india ask him bye bye like any other player. BCCI should arrange after match cermony for him against Pakistan in upcoming series. Selctors should ask him to play against Pakistan and say Bye with honor. thats not an happy ending.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

the end of another legend in ODIs. i'd agree the call was unexpected but i felt the media caused pressure on the players including sachin, laxman and dravid about retirement. all fans were hoping him to cross 50 ODI centuries, but in his point of view, he left at the right time as he knew its no use of scoring another century and then retiring. No other player can bet his feat of ODI hundreds, especially the no of ODI runs scored which is more impossible. The choice of continuing tests was a good choice since he still in good form in tests. We Indian fans believe that he can extend histest record of runs and tons, to end as the most successful cricketer in history. We will miss u Tendulkar

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 23, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

I hope he plays 201 tests, for no reason other than it looks right. Are there any test replacements? Kohli? Please don't all guffaw at once. okay so Pujara did a good Dravid replacement recently so maybe there is someone but maybe not...The end of an age anyway. I wonder who will be the next player to play for 23 years.

Posted by arvin on (December 23, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

1-day cricket will never be same again with sachin's retirement and millions not just indians but all over the world will stop watching / following 1-day cricket now as nothing left to look forward to... there is not a player who can even dream of outdoing sachin's 1-day exploits... for another 100 years or so when sachin himself could outdo those 1-day exploits/records in his next birth...

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 23, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Great cricketer ,hats off to SRT.Cricket fans will always remember his special batting against Malcom Marshall 1992, Sharjah 1998 ,against Pakistan in 2003 and CB series 2008 in Aus and many more fantastic innings. Cpt.Meanster- mate why to take seriously the posts of a guy who is ashamed of his own country and calls himself a kiwi.No matter how hard you try you will never find any logic in any of his posts ever,for eg according to him India won the WC because of special balls(which swing and spins only against opposition batsman and not for Indians)special grounds ( 60 m boundaries only for Indian batsman ,much longer for opponents) and bought umpires(all ICC umpires that means including Pak umpire Aleem darr who was in WC final).Just laugh off on his posts why feed the troll :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

So called "god of cricket" announces retirement just before selectors are picking the team for one-days!!!!, doesn't sound logical...knowing the "back-door-entries" he is making in to the team from last couple of years. So he is aware that he will be kicked out and announces retirement. His form in last 10 "TESTs" is horrible and pathetic, still he retires from "one-days" only and not from tests. Getting prepared for another back-door entry when "TEST-selection" will be announced. Having said that, you have made watching cricket a joy for millions of ppl around the world...Big Thank you for that.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Very Sad! Selectors should ask him to play against PAKISTAN & arrange tribute party on feild to say him bye bye.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Bye Bye S. Tendulkar from ODI. You gave the international Cricket a lot. When you are on the playground, i always have a goose skin. What a cricketer. Nobody reach so much runs in a cricketcareer, even crikceter like Bradmann (oldtimer) and other.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

The LEGEND has retired.........., God bless Sachin Tenduklar..... now see his legacy shine through....... the upper coming YOUNG GUNS will have a opportunity to pick up the baton ...and make their on mark for INDIA,rise to the challenge and live up to the wishes and dreams of the nation

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Just want to blame to them who dont even made contribution to cricket i wanted and wanted to witness his last ODI might ODI 100's would be 50 :) anyways Sir Sachin tendulkar wont miss to see now in test just wanted to see last time in BLUE :(

Posted by Markus971 on (December 23, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

A Champion player....No Doubt.... Congrats on a wonderful 50 Over career :)S.Tendulkar Opens with A.Gilchrist in my best-ever One-Day-International Cricket Team!! A wonderful feel & maturity for Batting, from an early age. Something, most need, another decade to acquire (if ever).

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Bowlers running with effort, pitching the bowl right where they want to, Sachin playing that textbook cover drive and the bowlers just looking at the master in the follow through simply because there's no point looking where the ball is going. Best vision in cricket for me.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Its a strange decision. He was going well in ODIs. He played well in Asia Cup. Scored 50 against Pakistan and won that match for India. It is Test cricket in which he should have retired. That's the format in which he is struggling. He should have continued serving India in ODIs. This is what I believe. Thoughts from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

@EnglishCricket - Bradman was a good player good but definitely NOT better than Tendulkar in my view. Also people shouldn't really get carried away with a 99 average because 37 of his matches, and 19/29ths of his hundreds were against the same opposition. Sounds silly, right? Hi 5

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Lovely batsmen in his hay day. Hopefully his announcement to retire from Tests comes soon. Legend of the game.

Posted by avmd on (December 23, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Thank God, but why just from ODIs, why not tests also.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (December 23, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

He's a good player good guy but definitely NOT better than Bradman in my view. Also people shouldn't really get carried away with a 100 100s because 1/5 of them were against weaker opposition :P

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 23, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Good for indian cricket.. great player, wonderfull person but he was never a match winner.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

@Omar Khalid and Kiwirocker: So you both accept that the Pakistani and Australian teams of the 90s and 2000s were like MINNOWS ??? Because Sachin scored most of his runs against those 2 countries and smashed them to bits. Does that make him a poor batsman ? Where is your logic ? Come back with a fit answer.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

@LillianThomson: You are in a minority. Nobody cares what you think about Sachin. The whole world acknowledges his greatness. I am one of the biggest critics of Tendulkar, yet I too accept his legacy and what he has done to world cricket. He will remain as a God in the pantheon of greats. In fact Viv Richards said in an interview that he thinks Sachin is a much better batsman than him. Sir Don said it, Imran Khan has said it and the list goes on. Even the great Lara said he would never be Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. So you see, REAL cricket lovers know a quality player when they see one. Sad that there are a FEW people such as yourself who cannot see the light of day. Peace.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Man you are one inspiration, you are the face of millions of Indians aspiring to succeed in their profession, you got a strong mind and heart to carry out all our expectations every-time you step on to the field and most of the time than any other player you made us proud, people criticized you some times that is not due to hate, those were either purely out of jealous or frustration because we obviously forgot a long time ago that you are also a human, I personally started to watch cricket I guess from 1988, because my Father watched it, Kapil, Srikanth were my heroes initially,but somehow you entered in to my mind,occupied my heart and I continued watching cricket because of you..I have admiration for Dravid, Ganguly, Gilchrist, Lara, Azhar, Kallis but they don't have something that you have that is the beauty in the way you play, the discipline, the consistency, the innovation.I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done to our country,thanks SACHIN

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

We'll Always remember your contribution 4 India

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

2012 has really been a sad year for Cricket lovers...It takes Punter and Sachin along with it :(

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (December 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

He should have retired from tests, not ODIs. He is in good form of ODIs while struggling a lot in tests. But I know why he doesn't want to retire from test cricket besides making single figured score in almost all innings these days because of Kallis.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 23, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

End of an era really... he was certainly the Best...

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 23, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Im sad now :( really really really sad...We'll miss him...from Pakistan.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

I have grown watching Sachin Sir play... Its an end of an era for me. Today i feel have grown old... Sa day for me and for all the cricket lovers across the globe.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Respect to the Master Blaster..From Pakistan..

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (December 23, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1: Sure!!!! you seem to know everything, even BCCI makes decisions after telling you first right? Guess what mate, you're part a teeny tiny ungrateful community who whines about everything SRT does or did. If poor form is the sole reason to drop players, except for Virat everyone should have been dropped. Don't hear you whining about that do we? Thank god you're not a selector of our team.

Posted by karan8300 on (December 23, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

This is for Omer Khalid Khan Dear Khalid, I think you should be relieved that Sachin is not playing 50 overs ODI. By the way which is the weaker team when Sachin is on full form? AUSTRALIA or PAKISTAN??? Sachin scored most of his runs against this two team.......

Posted by Class-Apart on (December 23, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Record breaker. Yes. Match winner No

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 23, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

@Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 23 2012, 09:38 AM GMT), it's pretty clear from your comment that you are a Paki and that you are not a Kiwi. What a shame that you have to hide behind some other country's name to spew venom on India?

Posted by Scrop on (December 23, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

@Omer Khalid Khan - If Aus, Pak, SL, SAF of late 90s and early 2000 to till date are weaker teams then 'Yes he has scored tons of runs against weaker teams".

Happy ?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

shame on the guys who are making bad remarks about sir SRT.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

its a black day of indian cricket

Posted by BTyagi on (December 23, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

For those writing not so good things about Sachin.... i request not to do that specially in this forum and this occasion. For an entire generation..Sachin has brought confidence, hope, smile and more importantly bound the country together through game of cricket. I still remember his 1st Test hundred @ Manchester..i was 10 then and today when he retire my son is born. I consider myself very fortunate having seen SAchin's era...someone might break his records tomorrow..but Sachin's fond memories on the playground will always entice and amaze me. All the Best Sachin and THANK YOU..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

@indianpunter, can't agree more. You stole my words about the deal he and his corporate bosses must have cut with the selectors.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 23, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

I'm sure, it's' fear of failure and further embarrassment of not being able to have a decent farewell made him take this decision to retire from ODIs as we all know that he lost the chance to have a decent farewell from tests as a result of his horrible scores over the last 2 to 3 years. Indian ODI Cricket is safe now. When will he call it a day from test cricket?

Posted by dirick on (December 23, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

It is so sad that Sachin didn't announce his retirement going into a series (eg: Ind-Pak). As his die-hard fans, we could have celebrated every single moment of his last outings for India.

There is no name bigger than SACHIN in world cricket and there will never be one. For me this is the end of Cricket. I was blessed to be born as an Indian and enjoy every great innings of his throughout my teenage.

I feel Cricket reached the Ugly end with the advent of IPL and this was the last thing we wished to hear.

All the very best to Sachin for your future endeavours and Please do announce your retirement from Test Cricket going into a series.

Posted by S-Matrix on (December 23, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

The superstar crisis looms now. Gavaskar to Kapil to Tendulkar - who will be the next Indian superstar? Kohli perhaps leads the list.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

people only see records,performances etc etc....SRT is not just a cricket player.he is the sign of indian unity.from assam to rajasthan,from J&K to tamil nadu,or rather in the whole world. he is the symbol of india growing as a nation in cricket revenues.

He has mesmerised cricket lovers and even the maestros,like sir don bradman.he saw many good cricketers but he told his wife he's the one batting like he did in bradman era.any reward/accolade/honour is the honour of cricket,dedication and honesty.if his batting lets people forget their woes,he is someone special.he is the mumbai methuselah...the pied-piper of india.him winning the world cup was his high.i personally feel he has at least one year of cricket left in him.we will need him in the south african tour later in 2013,what our young india can do...we all saw recently.it is gross misdemeanor when the insane media asked him to retire...for what?-their own TRPs? I liked his 98 against pakistan in 2003 world cup the most,and still

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Most deciplined and professional crickter on top of his records..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

@Omer Khalid Khan , According to you Sachin is the worst cricketer whi has won most of his runs against weaker sides... :) Big smile to you, beacause he has always been a star against pakistan whenever they played against us in World Cups.. So If sachin is the worst cricketer.. Then.. you better know who is the weakest Team...

Think before you say anything against a legend..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

Everyone have to go One Day ... But very few Fortunate People are Like Sachin Tendulkur ... who goes like a Legend and always remain as a Legend ... He saw lots of ups and down in his cricket career ... but i salute him for his tolerance calmness and great cricketing skills ... God bless him ... I request to ICC that Sachin Deserve to have SIR in front of his name coz of his mammoths records ...

Best Wishes Sachin ...

From Shajee Siddiqui ... Your Fan from Karachi, Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Some of the wicked persons who never faced an international Ball want him to retire................ Now all of them will regret........ Whole World will miss you in ODIs.......... You are the Heart, Rhythm, Feel, Fight, Happiness, Entertainment of this Nation................ We enjoy each and every seconds of you in the Cricket Field....... All the very Best for your Test career........ We love you & eager to see ' The Maestro ' :-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

The legend finally announced his retirement after 23 years. Sachin Tendulkar - The little master

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 23, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

no words but just praises. bradman might be the best test cricketer ever but Tendulkar is by far the best ODI cricketer of all time by huge margin. I hope he keeps on playing test cricket and go on to play 200 test matches. That will be great feet too. Best wishes to tendulkar and i tell you man we all love you.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 23, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Great decision from SRT. This was the right time for him. He has lost a great number of fan over the past year. His form has been poor and he knew that if he failed to score against Pakistan than he will lose rest of his follower too because winning against Pak is a big matter for Indian fan. So its a good decision from himself and also for Team India because now they can give player like Rahane or Manoj chances and they are really talented too. Good Luck to Sachin and also team India

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 23, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Agree with @S.Seshachalam - This must have been the decision of the selectors. They must have communicated to him that he will be dropped for the ODIs, better he retires....hope the same policy is followed before the selection for the tests against the aussies. He should be dropped.. A great player no doubt for the last 23 years and has achieved a lot for Indian cricket. But his form has really dipped of late and the time has come for him to retire from tests also....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

There use to be a reason to watch cricket.... :(

Posted by Raviss on (December 23, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

The reason for me falling in love with this game..my hero, my idol...the man who revolutionised ODI retires..cricket wont be the same for me anymore without him.. a Legend..my 1st reaction OMG.. why Sachin needs to go? ..Surely gonna miss him in ODI format..he seemed that he could play forever.. When Mayans said world gonna end in Dec12 they were referring to Sachin retirement...I've seen players retirnig from bigger format of cricket(test) to concentrate on ODI's and twenty20. but this legend turn out things in a diffrent way first stoped playing in twenty20 and now ODI.... RIP World ODI cicket....The god retires....the sheen goes off from the Indo Pak series..my heart pains..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Thank god, worst cricketer in history is retired now. He is the one who has scored his most runs against weaker sides

Posted by xylo on (December 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Bad news is that Sachin has retired. Good news is that Sachin fans will leave from cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

he was a great player and a nice human being

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

thank you Sachin ,23 years of brilliance ,let this all be about ODIs special ,your achievements , special moments ,if we start making a list ,that list will never end . i have been and will always be a big fan of yours . ,ODIs will miss you ,i will miss you ,India will miss you Thank you Sachin .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Well, my last link to childhood is gone. In my 21 years, there has not been a single day where 'sachin' did not come up. I looked up to you every time I had to struggle. I looked up to you every-time I had success. Thanks for all the memories. Some people may not understand. It is not just about cricket. You have inspired a whole generation. You made us believe that India has what it takes to be successful.

Posted by rajthedoctor on (December 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Whatever be the sorrow that is lingering in the heart just vanishes everytime the ball flows from his bat... joy, pride,awe fills the heart as if ur dear one had acheived something great......now i feel as if missing that dear one and could lose him in the near future....i hv to getover with it....thank u god....for i have lived in the age when u took the avatar of a cricketer........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Those people saying they will no longer watch cricket because Sachin has retired from ODIs cannot be true cricket fans. If you don't want to watch cricket don't. Its best you don't because the game is better off without such so called fans. Kudos to SRT to have lasted so long in the game and I hope he can do well before he considered retiring from tests

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Good decision God bless you

Posted by BDforever on (December 23, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

He's one of the most worshiped and most overrated players I have ever seen in any form of sports.

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (December 23, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

After Sunil Gavaskar..We got Sachin Tendulkar..Who's next....?????

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (December 23, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

I am so fortunate to have seen the entire career of Sachin...Its because of him I wanted to become a cricketer...He is definitely a dream batsman for every cricket lover...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

i was watching cricket only 4r gr8 master sachin....i think now nothing left in cricket...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Mahendra Naik Ignorance is a bliss...be happy :)

Posted by cheenu_balaji on (December 23, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

I remember an interview with Gavaskar (Tendulkar with him) who told - 'I am going to strangle him (Tendulkar) to death if he is not getting 25,000 in Tests and in ODI's.' Tendulkar blushed and did not reply anything. He surely tried his best and what a try!!!. Farewell Sachin. Thanks for wonderful memories.

Posted by KVBhaskar on (December 23, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Great man, God of cricket, would say all the best!, you gave lot of fun, entertainment and many..

Posted by munirfau on (December 23, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

I shall always miss you. Good crickter

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

The Sadest day in Indian Cricket...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Watching cricket without will never be the same again without Sachin.

Posted by Shivani_Maniac on (December 23, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Mayan calendar did not end the world but ended Cricket :( . Today seems to be end of cricket as now I do not feel to see any cricket match. read my article http://www.azadkhayal.com/sachin-tendulkar-retires-from-one-day-cricket-2/

Posted by rivernile on (December 23, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Good bye little master. You will always be a class act! I really admire that you respected all your opponents and didn't talk less of them, simply because your team was superior. We will miss you!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin....

Posted by BDforever on (December 23, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

I'm not sure whether he announced his retirement after hearing that he was left out from ODI squad for the Pakistan series. Since cricket is very competitive in most of countries it's difficult for someone to get into the national team at 16 and keep playing for 23+ years irrespective of performance.(If some country has batting problems that's possible).So in terms of stats it could be difficult for someone to break some of Sachin's records though stats doesn't say every thing.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

End of an era. We are proud to be part of witnessing the lifetime journey and watching this legend on field. Tons of Thanks for entertaining us for so many years. We miss youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (December 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

END of an ERA,Sachin will remain the best forever in ODIs, Cricket passion wont be the same without the legend.Billions of people will miss SRT.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

If I stopped watching cricket from now on, it means I failed Mr. Tendulkar. He made me watch cricket, he made me love cricket and I will continue to do that. :)

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (December 23, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Just 2 days ago SRT announced his availability for the ODIs. Now on the day of the selection he retires!! This must have been the decision of the selectors. They must have communicated to him that he will be dropped for the ODIs, better he retires....hope the same policy is followed before the selection for the tests against the aussies. He should be dropped.. A great player no doubt for the last 23 years and has achieved a lot for Indian cricket. But his form has really dipped of late and the time has come for him to retire from tests also..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Whadda player....Indian Cricket will dearly miss him apart from the billions of his fans spread all over the world...decision came at the right time...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Wish if Sachin could at least have played for the last time in the upcoming Pak series... Last one innings in that colored Blue jersey...knowingly watching the Little Master bat for the last time..I wish... The time was right to go but for one last time..I wish.. RESPECT for the GOD of Cricket...damn the BCCI.. A sad day today truly..Thank You Sachin for all those glorious moments.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Game of Cricket is far more greater than Individual, But Sachin Was Special, I started Watching Cricket only because of him, I Don't Think so i will be able watch cricket without Sachin. In Fact Can't Imagine Cricket Without Sachin. I am Also Retiring from Cricket...No Sachin...No Cricket.

Thanks Sachin for Wonder full Cricketing Memories. God Bless You.

ASHiSH

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

This is a saddest day of my life...I started watching cricket when Sachin first played against Pakistan in a friendly game where he played a thrilling inning...from then on I followed cricket just for Sachin...I almost prayed on every balls that sachin faced...We could say that this is the end of the era where we have seen the cricket greatest sachin, lara, ponting, dravid, laxman, inzi, kallis and i feel lucky to be born in this era...I love you Sachin!!! I will really miss you...You are a champion batsman...I did not care about the runs in winning or losing cause because i just wanted to see you batting...SACHIN IS A GOD OF CRICKET!!!

Posted by Aussasinator on (December 23, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

An era has ended in Indian ODIs. There will be nothing for the media to speculate and write about now. At leaST NOW i HOPE THE ACCOLADES POUR IN FOR THE GREATEST THE GAME HAS SEEN. AND THAT INCLUDES BRADMAN, WHOM NONE OF US HAS SEEN AND THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN, HAVE DONE SO ONLY ON ABOUT 6-7 PITCHES IN AUSTRALIA AND ENGLAND.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 23, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@ Jay.Raj - and can u substantiate your "glitch" point..we are in the world of internet.. can u provide some examples/ expert comments on the match/innings what cud have been played/ done differently and that would have given a different result....??? you have nearly 800 innings to choose...I hear this often, but none showed how SRT could have put the team infront of himself??? waiting to hear one...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@Jeevanath Velu.....first of all im not hurting ur feelings....2ndly i can have a differed opinion about Sachin...its my opinion....and I know the History of Cricket very well....may be better than you do.....m following cricket for last 38 years....ok? May be your a follower of pyjama cricket which was & is called by the real cricket lovers....in this slang bang cricket Sachin scores over Richards....And its the greatness of Viv & Lara dat they consider Sachin the greatest....The real greatest players never claim themselves greatest....its for others to say....population of India is 1.2 billlion & that makes Sachin greatest coz we blindfoldedly follow our cricketers.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Thanks for the thorough entertainment

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

In One day nobody Can't break his record , Its good decision . Well he is concentrating on Test Records ie good news . Cricket is the religion of Indians and sachin is the God in Cricket... Nobody in this world can replace him.The legend of World Cricket.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 23, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

@Sajid Khan - what next????

Posted by CNamani on (December 23, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

A Great True Legend, Great ambassador to all over the world to introduce cricket and thier passions. Love him...Miss you from ODI Cricket.ODI willl be bored without him. We lost couple of legends this year :-(

Posted by parki007 on (December 23, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

thanks sachin for your hard work and dedication for indian cricket w all love u always...............:)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

we'll miss you sachin........... "I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar." -Brian Lara(WI) "V did not lose 2 a team called India, v lost 2 a man called Sachin" Mark Taylor(aus) 'Nothing bad can happen 2 us if v were on a plane in India wit Sachin Tendulkar on it."-Hashim Amla(SA) "He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.-Waqar Younis (Pak) "There r 2 kind of batsman in the world. 1 Sachin Tendulkar and 2. all the others .-Andy Flower(ZIM) "I have seen God. He bats at no.4 for India in tests.-Matthew Hayden (AUS.) "I c myself when i c Sachin batting.- Don Bradman(AUS) "Do your crime when Sachin is batting, bcos even God is busy watching his batting. -Australian Fan Barack Obama "I don't know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play..Not b'coz I love his play its b'coz I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5 percent when he's in batting"..

Posted by BDforever on (December 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

I still remember how Sachin lost his middle stump for the first ball he faced Shoaib Akhtar.Anyway Sachin's stats shows his consistency as a batsman. I rate him in top 15 batsmen to play ODIs and in top 25 batsmen to play test cricket. And also in top 50 players to play international cricket. Wish him all the best for his future..!!!

Posted by Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on (December 23, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

1200+ COMMENTS !!! .... I have NEVER seen so many comments on ANY Cricinfo news post !!! .... This goes to show how big of a LEGEND SRT really is !!! \m/

Posted by Nitin1968 on (December 23, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Dear Sachin, I am lucky to be part of this generation watching your entire carrier. What a GLORIOUS years in life watching your game, thanks for being our Idol and "GOD" of Cricket. One thing which hearts us, you would have retired from ODI on the Field like great Australian players. Wishing you all the best for future assignments. You shall always be our hearts. Thanks again. We all are going to miss you. Nitin Joshi, Pune, India

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

The Sadest news i have ever received from cricinfo.com. I wish i could see one last ODI from our Master

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Learned cricket ..Loved cricket watching him...I never watched the next 5 overs of any match after Sachin got out ( before 30 or 35 overs ). That much is my love for him. As someone else has said tears are on my eyes..But I wont cry

Posted by AmandeepJindal on (December 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I will always miss him.. I so wanted him to play in ODIs coz I was so sure he would succeed.. The little master will always always be missed. Lets wait and watch when the next 200 will be hit in the ODIs. Stupid media loaded the pressure on him. He shd have played on. Atleast for a lil longer. Farewell little master. Will miss u... The world will miss u.. nnow and always...

Posted by Jay.Raj on (December 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

As a diehard cricket fan, I would like to say sachin tendulkar is one of the best technicians with a cricket bat in his hand. You have made cricket proud by your art. You have brought millions of fans to yourself and cricket. More than anything, you are a humble human being who is respected by all ages. The only glitch that i must mention here about u is that "i felt you put yourself before the team". If you didnt focus on your record more than winnin g matches, you might not have a better record but you would have really been the LEGEND of cricket.!! I hope you do good in the upcoming test matches and guide the youngsters in the future of indian cricket. Love from Srilankan fan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

AHHH, hero of dead pitches retired:))))))))))))))))))) HERO

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please!!!!!!!!!!! Take your decision Back..... Please.... You have left a lot in you

Posted by Gopi_S on (December 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

The Mayans were right, the Cricketing world ends today....

Posted by HURRICANE.Sehwag on (December 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Sachin is not a person. He is a cosmic event that just happened to elevate Cricket to new heights . It's almost unimaginable to think of the word "cricket" without thinking of sachin . He almost single-handedly took India from rags to riches. There were times when if sachin was out India lost the game, not literally but in reality. All those games could have been called as Sachin V/s Any team rather than India V/s Any team. He is irreplaceble, unforgettable and the most wonderful cricketer i have known. We all know the thrill of hearing the echos of "SACHIN.. SACHIN!!" around the stadiums when he's batting and even when the ball goes to him in the field the cheers in the crowd tell us what a legend he is. Stats or not the perfect cover drive, the startling straight drive, the punishing upper-cut, the shrewd paddle sweep or the THUMP OVER the bowlers' head, I can imagine nobody taking his place. I hope India leaves the place vacant as reverence to the god of Cricket. :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

This is very sad and I am not liking it... :-(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Best regards to you from ODI..we will miss him

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

As expected (but only half true) !!! Sachin will continue to play Tests.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sachin_Tendulkar

Mr.Mahendra naik Don't Hurt our Feelings... I think you Never Read about the History of the Cricket Click the Above link and the People(Even U find Viv Richards and Brian Lara) Who Spoake about Sachin In that are Great Personalities in World Cricket in all he Era.So Please Don't tell He is Just a Great Batsman.He is A Legend in the Cricket History........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

if media reports till yesterday are true .this certainly is a forced retirement n not his own choice n am glad its the right decision 4r the sake of indian cricket .4r ebolution change is necessary n its the law of nature..he knew he was going to b dropped 4r odis so had to quit .we need this authrotative attitude 4rm selectors even in test team .getting sentimental here shudnt take away the focus 4rm his prolonged poor run in test team n our crisis as a test team..nw its certain he plays all 4 test matches against australia we are goin to southafrica with a 10 man team coz either he will fail miserably there or even if he does finally retire b4 southafrica his replacement will b making debut in s africa .all the best team india where there is no planning or focus or sentiment 4r team .only individuals matters

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Cricinfo said yesterday that he made himself available for selection. Today morning the selectors say he retired. It appears like the selectors had a talk with him and asked him to retire while Sachin still wanted to play.

I feel he should have been allowed to play. That will be a good way to determine if his powers are really going off or not and then his retirement decision would have been easy for both selectors and sachin himself.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

i cant express my sadness. what a black day for Indian cricket team. legend of world cricket has end is career. but dont worry sachin will rock and come in test cricket with good form and he will be the first player to play his 200th test match.we all hope that sachin play test cricket for a very long time.

Posted by debashish82 on (December 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

RIP, ODI Cricket. I am not sad, tears are on my eyes, but I am not sad. I am lucky, proud to watch the GOD playing cricket !!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Now if he really wants to do something for cricket in india, he will give up this IPL nonsense and find ways to fix his concentration for real cricket. Maybe he should go back to english county cricket, Sydney/Melbourne grade cricket so that he can finish his career on a high. Sachin's great legacy is that he is willing to do what it takes to be the best more so than anyone else. Lets see him do that again so we can remember him on high.

Posted by y4yoga on (December 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

saddest day in the History of indian cricket. No more Sachin in Blue jersey. so sad. Hats off for the commitment towards Indian cricket for the past 23 years. I think watching one day cricket will not be interesting any more. but sachin please don't retire from test cricket now as some stupid critics comment. This is the time India needs to be regrouped in Test cricket and you need to be the moral backbone of the team. Miss u sir

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

The great "MASTER OF CRICKET" was retired is the bad one but this is the right time to take this decision ..... WELCOME SACHIN ... this si the time for serve for our country , for people.....

Posted by bhrangi on (December 23, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Love you sachin :-( As your die hard fan of Sachin , I am going to miss you Sachin. Atleast you should have played in Pakistan ODI but it is OK, these people talk thrash about you., Thanks for the moments. When Cuddack and Akthar gave harsh comment about you, I In that matches you replied them with Bat. You will always do that with Bat only. A humble and great personality retired:-(:-(.,, Saddest moment.

Posted by NikhilNair on (December 23, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Thanks for taking the difficult decision Sachin! Though an unnecessary statement, you will be definitely be missed by the game, and more so by the fans! Though in the recent past, I also joined the bandwagon in criticizing you... I always did, and will always have the same respect for you. I hope you will be back at your best in Tests against Australia :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR-THE MAN OF 3 DECADES---1990'-2000,2000-2010, 2010-2020..... No One is Born To Beat him..................... Sachin!....

We All miss him.....

Posted by bharat247 on (December 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Thank you sooo much Sachin! You are a legend of the game. The best ODI batsman without a doubt and one of the best test batsmen. A couple of generations of cricket players have grown up watching you and trying to emulate you. The joy you gave to the entire nation (and all cricket lovers in general) is incomparable. Cricket itself will not hold much meaning for loads and loads of people like me once you retire completely. Salutations to you O God of cricket! Congratulations on a fabulous career filled with entertainment, runs, records, and wins! India will be phenomenally lucky if the so called talented youngsters turn out to be half as good as you. Ohh if only you had a good bowling attack to go with you for your entire career! India would have won so many more matches. For all the losers talking about your runs coming in defeats, well if one man scores a century at strike rate of 90 (which even till 2005 was a very good rate) then other players should be blamed shouldn't they?

Posted by theRule19 on (December 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

A True Legend..as many others said..Indian cricket will never be the same without Sachin..Truely he took Indian cricket to another level in his prime and set records that to a greater extent are very very difficult to break. God bless you and wish you continue as a mentor to the new generation of Indian cricketers.

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (December 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

The candle burnt out long before the legend never did-Elton John Thanks for all the memories in ODIS master legend of cricket the end of era I don't like India but this little mans batting was a joy to watch and may he have success in tests against Australia cricinfo pleAse publish

Posted by Harpreet on (December 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

I think this is what (partially) all Sachin haters wanted. Now they must be really happy.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

I Feel like ODI team lost a few batsmen! :(

Thanks for everything Sachin!

Posted by realfan on (December 23, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

@lillian thomson i an sure none u mention above had the nick name GOD....

and for all those anti sachin's,,, guys grow up and start respecting the greats.....

Posted by joelucky on (December 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@getsetgopk and that other troll KiwiRocker. Don't worry about Sachin not being around. There's Virat Kohli who loves thrashing the Pakistani bowling attack, like in Australia and in the Asia cup lest you have forgotten.

Posted by theRule19 on (December 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

And finally, the Master calls it a day in One-day Cricket...Such an illustrious career..we have grown up watching his game and many such games come to mind where he has taken on the best of the bowlers in the world in his prime. One can rightly put him in the legendary cricketers list to have ever played the game. India will dearly miss a batsman like him on the field. Hope he carries on with Indian cricket as a mentor to many talented young Indian players yet to come.

Posted by sunnybeta on (December 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Awww....Sachin. It's going to be hard watching ODI's without you :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Thank you SACHIN .MISS YOU A LOT.You are God of Cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

oh nooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

@LillianThomson You are obviously sachin basher. I wish you had gathered more stats about Lara or ponting at the end of their odi career (who in IMO were more pathetic than sachin)

Posted by farhanindian on (December 23, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

ALL the best SRT, we will really miss you and feel sad about you not being part of ODI's :( ...no matter what ppl say abt you ..but the truth will remain the same " SRT was the best in cricket world and will always be best ".you are the legend.

Posted by ssenthil on (December 23, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Thank you everything you have given for Limited overs Cricket. He is the only in this kind, above all legends has played cricket. There is no one behind him not even at 2nd and 3rd in ODI Cricket. There is a daylight after him.

Posted by vsreddy4u on (December 23, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

We miss you tendulkar.A great architect of indian cricket.Indian cricket never be the same again without the master.Hope he will stay long in test arena.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

technically a strong batsman whose services will remembered in india....now he should not waste any more time to retire from test cricket also...

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 23, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Does he really want to retire or does he secretly wish to continue? Viv Richards said recently he should play till he wants but quite a vociferous group want him gone. Anyway his achievements speak for themselves-a total superstar and more. He took a ton of Engalnd at WC which belied any age restriction playing. The little Master is never an exaggeration with this guy. Little Master and plenty more....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Plz dnt compare players of different eras.....Viv Richards was & is the only "master blaster" of cricket....tendulkar might have dished out lot of "quantity" of runs but he cant match to Richards in "quality" of runs scored( taking into consideration of opponents, match situation .,etc..)....Yess Tendulkar has scored double century in ODIs......but he is yet to score a triple in Tests....nd he cant even dream of scoring a"400" in Tests.....not even in first class cricket....so dnt compare with Lara too....Lara was far more exciting & match winning Batsmen....Tendulkar was simply a great batsmen....dats all....nd he will call it a day very next day Kallis retires...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Watching cricket will never be the same.... End of a era... The death of a game... A fall of a titan... I grew up watching him... seems lyk I lost every interest at this game...

Posted by KVAM on (December 23, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

There is no one worthy enough to wear the Jersey #10 in Indian cricket yet...the ODI cricketer of the year award in India can be henceforth called "Jersey#10 Award of the Year" !!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Whoever said that Sachin retired from ODI's because no one is close to his record and not test because Kallis is closing in, you my friend does not know anything about Sachin or Indian cricket. In ODIs, there are many replacement available for team India to take his place (although no one can ever fill his shoes but there are potentials), while in test cricket, there is hardly anyone who is ready enough to be exposed to test cricket. Plus his primary motive is to give India enough time to prepare for the next world cup, there is no world cup in test cricket so he can continue his love for playing cricket as long as it can handle it.

Posted by havocsat on (December 23, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Thank you Sachin for giving cricket lovers in India some of their happiest moments in life !!! You could make a nation stop when you were batting ! ! ! Cant even say God bless you... so bless yourself...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Blessed to be born in the SRT era. Miss you sir.Legend

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

What a sad day for Indian cricket, a true humble legend hung his boots. This is a Xmas gift for all the all bowlers they must be relived

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Word will never show the pain what we Indians have got today, I always watched Cricket till you batted & the fact is only World cup final was the match I saw full. Now atleast this life I dont think will see Cricket. I agree to the statement that " I have seen God & he plays on Number 1 for India in ODI" Thanks for the entire entertainment. I still believe you can Carry on in Test, & you could have said bye after Playing with Pakistan, For sure I would have come to India just to watch you. God bless you.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 23, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Salute to one Sachin from another Sachin for your great ODI carrier was hoping that you will be retiring from ODI's after 2015, and will quite test cricket ate the end of test series vs Proteas in 2013. But still you have given so much great moments to Indian cricket and all the cricket follwers throughout world will feel proud whenver there will be mention of your name in commentary or any where as we have seen you playing for so long and following your carrier. Best ODI batsmen ever in India as well as World.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

thank you sachin, you left a mark on cricket, you will be missed

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

A legendary one....who has never defeated...sachin Tendulkar.......He has not done only for India....he has done for cricket....he has given another "class" of world cricket.....I will miss him forever and he will be in the heart of cricket lovers....always....always...always......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

No doubt sachin was a good odi player and has played some wonderful knocks but his innings seldom help india to win matches.He was self centered player and always kept his personal milestones and goals above the team's. Almost 40 % of his centuries were in a losing cause. Now that india has some good upcoming bunch of players who are performing far better than sachin, so its better that he should also retire from test cricket.

Posted by anita1_cric on (December 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Gr8 News ...plz get out of entire cricket .......selfish cricketer.... spoiling the chances of youngsters

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

It was a treat over the years to watch him at play. He was made for the game and the gane was made better by him. There are so many plays for us to remember and savor over the years to come; so many memories to treasure as surely as he was a treasure. It is good to know that he will play the Australians (who love appreciate and respect him, even as the Indians,) one more time. Enjoy the respite and see you in the Tests.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

We started watching cricket because of you. We started playing cricket because of you. There was a time in history where every Indian kid who was playing cricket wanted to become only Sachin Tendulkar. We bunked classes just to see you playing. You gave us memories of a lifetime by playing many wonderful innings. Cricket for us was always Sachin Tendulkar. You leave behind lots of memories that no other cricketer has given us till date. Cricket will never be the same without you. We will miss you master. It was a pride growing up watching you play.

Posted by bharath74 on (December 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

miss u master!! u r godfather of cricket!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Its very painful for me ........thx Sachin for every moment u have given to us

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

India keeps producing these batting superstars - Gavaskar then Sachin. Wonder who will step into their shoes? But these guys come around sporadically. So maybe we are in for a long wait.

Posted by here2rock on (December 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Whenever you pick a greatest ODI or Test Match team ever, you will pick Tendulkar will have a spot without any questions asked along with Shane Warne & Gilchrist . Surely his returns have not been great in the last year or so but his longevity is a testimony to the great man and his love for the game. He scored runs all around the world against all sort of bowlers. A true legend!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Good luck my Hero... Still you can contribute a lot to Indian cricket by so many means including mentoring next generation of young stars. You were very considerate in your retirement too. If you retired at your peak form, it would have devasted so many Indian hearts which were already broken. By planning your retirement at a perfect time again you enlightened so many hearts. Good luck , still I wish I had a chance to see you bat in ODI one more time

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Finally!! Which he should have done on a high right after winning WC 2011. That was a big mistake on his part and I am sure he must have regretted that decision. But I think he was after accomplishing 100 int'l centuries through ODIs which he could have done through Tests as well and which actually could have benefitted India during their recent worst Test cricket phase. And yes he was always a greater ODI batsman than a Test one.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Sachin you are our hero...will miss u in ODI...

Posted by goodwill12 on (December 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

He should have retired from all forms of cricket. Good past but horrible performances in last many years. BCCI should drop him from Test cricket now.

Posted by here2rock on (December 23, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@ LillianThomson, you are a Tendulkar basher, I have seen your posts. You are often off topic. You are an insult not only to a great player but Cricket as a sport, just recognise his great achievements. How many players last to play for that long at International level? He still managed to score a double hundred in a ODI in twilight of his career, a feat not even achieved by Brian Lara, Viv Richards or Graham Pollock (The ones you compared the great man). He is a living legend and we wish him very well in his retirement.

Posted by vish2020 on (December 23, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

God retires from ODI's!! would have loved to see him play Pak and retire after that series. very disappointed!! Cricket will never be the same!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

India lost its Legend today... He was just an amazing player...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

A few asked a puzzling question: poor performance, in tests; but, retirement from ODIs ! One reader solved the puzzle. In ODIs NO ONE is anywhere near Sachin's record of centuries. But, in Tests Kallis is closing in! When Ponting was approaching, he pressed on the pedal, and made quite a few centuries and kept the lead farther. Now, probably Kallis? A few more tests may help, to extent the gap, further. Does that answer many a question?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

atlast one very good news ,he should have retire from all forms ,

Posted by Desi_patriots on (December 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Bow to the Master...is all I can say. Will definitely miss you. The best of the best in ODI and Tests.

Posted by Shail999 on (December 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

I started watching cricket during the start of "Little Master" career. Can't imagine how cricket'll look without Sachin. It will not be same again. But what we can do, just a good bye to great SRT! surely gonna miss u a lot!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

shocked after seeing this news. could have played for 1 more year or may be he could have retired from test cricket. will miss u sir..... :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

a TRUE LEGEND. Salute from a Pakistani. Wish he could score 50 ODI century. He reminded me of Viv Richards and always loved to watch him play aggressive cricket in any situation with authority. Could get a boundary on will and King of placement and timings. A complete batsman.

Respect.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

This process of drawing out the retirement is killing older cricketers, and tarnishing their reputations. I will now remember Tendulkar just as much for his failure in Australia as well as his 241 NO in 2004. Ponting as well... he was a mediocre cricketer averaging barely over 30 for 5 years with the team falling apart under his captaincy.

Posted by Vaibhav3418 on (December 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

Tendulkar showed his talent again i don't understand one thiing poor performances in TEST and retired from ODI in which Sachin play only WC where he performed well. SRT is waiting for KALLIS in tests because he is the only player which is nearer to records and in ODI no one near. intelligent retirement.

Posted by maycric on (December 23, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

simply great player, one of the best of all time. we'll miss u. however not proper way to left odi field. its somehow the mind set of subcontinent players not to announce retirement on there peak and by their own and wait for the selectors to through them out of team. unfortunately the little master done the same in odi's.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

You will be remembered always as a greatest batsmen .. greatest servent for indian cricket.. god bless you!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 23, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

IronCobra: Im usually not in the habit of kicking someone when he's already down but since you started it, for me Sachin will remain a match looser, if anything, its a loss for Pakistan in the up coming ODI series, we'll be bowling to a full strength Indian side rather than one less batter. And the sight that'll remain is that first ball duck in test match to non other than AKHTAR who bagged both Dravid and Tendulkar on consective deliveries, that stun silence that befell that ground at that time is how he'll be remembered!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Will dearly miss you Sachin Paaji. Having said that, we really expect you to go on longer in the test arena and score heavily..!!! Not asking for more, but may god give you all the courage and physical strength to achieve what you are destined for !!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

ODI - One Day is missing from Indian calendar - Because Sachin retirement.

Posted by Pavan_2020 on (December 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

truly belssed not just to have been able to watch tendulkar - but to watch when i coulld devote a lot of time watching and enjoying the game - so many sweet memories - still cant get the MRF label out of my mind.

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 23, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Dont think it was the right decision, could have retired from all forms of the game after pak series. Will miss the great man nevertheless.

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (December 23, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

He should retire last year after the World Cup 2011 win. Now after making a mess with people making a retirement issue, he quit. Not sounds so good. He was an outstanding cricketer of all time but somewhat greedy lately.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Greatest batsman and the most humble sportsman on the earth.. We will all miss you..

Posted by fajju09876 on (December 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Miss You....Hopefully will see u " tests & @ IPL

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Thanks for the memories Sachin. Especially the double hundred you scored that won you the argument over 'who was better Sachin or Ponting?'. You would've gone on for longer if England and Anderson hadn't kept getting the better of you these last few years, England'll will take that as yet another scalp. But what a legend if the ODI game you were, enjoy retirement.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Thanks for the memories Sachin. Especially the double hundred you scored that won you the argument over 'who was better Sachin or Ponting?'. You would've gone on for longer if England and Anderson hadn't kept getting the better of you these last few years, England'll will take that as yet another scalp. But what a legend if the ODI game you were, enjoy retirement.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

End of an Era. I think it is right time for him. He has much more to offer off the field now for Indian and World cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Definitely a better Odi player than test cricketer. Good way to buy time to complete yet another record in tests, 200 games. Wish he used his talents to win more games than create meaningless records.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Wish he would have retired after the INDO-PAK series..Thank you Sachin for everything you have given to Indian cricket...Love u Sachin.. Always in my heart

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Sachin#ur simply incredible, unmatched, master blaster, clean hitter, fear fo bowlers, down to earth, capable of being cool at the verge of success and equipped with many more attributes.......hats off to u (Y) I wish u cud have scored many more century.........

Posted by justshmad on (December 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Great cricketer and a Very humble player. I think he is the last from the generation of pure cricketers who were full of manners on field despite of super performances. New generation should learn from him coz its not that a player has scored a century n now he has to cry on every cost....

Posted by a.n.a.s on (December 23, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

The cancer called retirement has started eating tendulkar's career....no words ...no comments...lets all respect his act as we hav done in all these years..!! No more tendulkar in the blues but all the best to the legend in the whites, to bring back indian test cricket back on track....he knows wot hes doing !!!! Millions of prayers with him !!!

Posted by torsha on (December 23, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

End of an era..One of the best batsman ever..ever..We will miss your presence..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Sachin , this is our hearty request to Sachin Tendulkar ,to PLEASE RETIRE after a last Series Show of your GREAT CRICKET............................

We wont see you retire by not finishing 50 centuries................

Please play ................................

Posted by AKS286 on (December 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

i don't understand one thiing poor performances in TEST and retired from ODI in which SRT play only WC. SRT is waiting for KALLIS in tests because he is the only player which is nearer to records and in ODI no one near. intelligent retirement.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

grreat batesman in the world

Posted by Desihungama on (December 23, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Good bye Little Master. I feel so sad of this news as but all good things must come to an end. From Pak Fan. May your legend live and grows. At least I am proud of the fact this legend belongs to our region.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Have u seen Gavaskar Batting? Vivian Richards Batting? Don Bradman Batting? Gary Sobers Batting & Bowling?......I have never seen those in a live match....But all I can say that I have seen all these in Sachin......Lucky to live in Sachin's Country and in Sachin's Era....Good byee Legend of Legends.....Miss uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Sachin...

Posted by cg.dhanasekar on (December 23, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Wish he would have retired after the INDO-PAK series..Thank you Sachin for everything you have given to Indian cricket...Love u Sachin.. Always in my heart

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

will miss u sachin...... can't forget your double centuary....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

God left cricket! Time to follow their role model by youngsters and try to uplift india, what Sach left!

Posted by worstcasegemini on (December 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Tendulkars are not once in a generation happenings. Just twice a lifetime if you're lucky enough.. I can wait for another couple of years to see the NEXT tendulkar... Tendulkar the left hander... Arjun the TENDULKAR... !! bring it on, my legend, my hero, my superhero!! I know its difficult to learn Sachin will no longer be seen in blue on thefield but for all the entertainment he has given us, the man deserves a life beyond cricket... You will be missed, Sachin ((((hugs))))!!

Posted by sundarji on (December 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Sachin should have played atleast 500 ODIs, should have scored atleast 20,000 ODI runs and should have hit one more 100 to make it 50 tons!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Well done Sachin!!! is an understatement. ODI retirement came bit late, but that is how things are! But as Indian cricket fan, wished he scored another hundred in the ODI to make it 50, although records do not matter. All the best for rest of Test matches, hope you will be back in form, play at least 6 more tests to make it 200 tests and retire to give an opportunity to so many waiting in the wings for so long.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

There were several players who underperform in the home series Tests against England, in fact almost every member of the team did not perform to their standards. Probably, Sachin could have been given one more chance to come good against the home series against Pakistan. This is a little harsh on him...

Posted by Pixelated on (December 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

One day cricket will never be the same without you, Sachin. I knew it was coming, still finding it too hard to accept :(

I'm no India-fan, but I used to watch all their games whenever he was there in the pitch... I'll miss the way my heart used to bit the whole time Tendulkar batted, I'll miss the scintillating strokeplays, I'm gonna miss the greatest sportman in the field.

-From a Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

This is very painful news for our country

Posted by agam99 on (December 23, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

I guess first time comments section in cricinfo has crossed 1000 mark...only could have happened for Sachin B-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Coupled with being a true gentleman, Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsmen - Out of this world ! Sadly all "good things" end someday, but the selectors should have arranged a befitting farewell ! Sachin, thanks for entertainment (from YOUR Pakistan fans).

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

wish he would have retired after the INDO-PAK series. I would have liked to see him score his 50th ODI century against them. (btw im a pakistani fan)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

>>> 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.

Tendulkar was also the highest run scorer in the 1996 world cup.

Posted by MeerGamingZone on (December 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

i would like if he completes century of half centuries and half century of centuries

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

One innings that stays fresh in my mind is the heroic desert storm at Sharjah where he wreaked havoc over the aussies...the reason for me being a cricket fan-atic :P The God of cricket deserved a lap of honour for the one last time...wish he postpones it to the end of Ind-pak series. Thank You for everything #memories

Posted by alfaomega on (December 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Not to be disrespectful or cynical, but since he'd waited so long after the World cup before announcing his retirement 2 years after the World cup (so that India could blood youngsters for the next one), he might have as well played against England, got a 50th ODI century and somehow help India beat England, which they seem incapable of doing, whatever the format

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Though it was inevitable and right...but still think that he could have timed it while playing in a series and the WORLD would have stand in gaurd of honour for the God of Cricket when he would come last time to bat in ODIs.....I hope he ll time the Test retirement in a better way....

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

@Here2Rock, Before you brandish insults, consider your own bizarre claim about Tendulkar being "at the top" for 23 years.

In fact, his current ODI batting ranking is 28th among current players, and he is the 22nd highest-ranked Test batsman currently.

I accept that he used to be a very good batsman. But his recent record is a reflection on his diminished performance as he aged.

All good things come to an end.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

2012 - truly the year of retirement. Thank you Sachin for everything you have given to cricket, we will cherish these memories!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

A good decision by an all time great player. Currently he has become a ghost of a great batsman he was once upon a time. But Indians do not readily accept reality and are highly sentimental about Tendulkar. When an all time Great decides to call it a day, people should ask as to why is he retiring and not why not. Sachin made the only mistake of his career by not retiring in time when he was at the peak of his glory. I feel sad that he is still reluctant to retire from all formats of the game. I do not want to remember him as a struggling player of 2011 / 2012 but a great player who once hit Glen Mcgrath for 5 fours in an over in fast bouncy track of Australia or his 112 in Perth on a lightening fast wicket or as one who defied Wasim Akram and Company for a fantastic 136 in Chennai Test.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Cricket books wud remember him alwaz. he was cricket himself

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (December 23, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Fantastic player! one of the most humble human beings ever to live on planet earth.Good luck Mr.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!. God gave me a chance to see you playing.We can never get to see such a talented cricketer.Thank you for the service you have done to global cricket.good luck!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

End of an era. We will miss you Sachin.. Definitely no one replace your place....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Guess cricket for me will not be the same entertainer without Tendulkar, Happy to have seen him live in action a few times and hope to see him in a test before retirement. Thanks for all the great moments Sachin, wish you well.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

good decision though a bit late.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

I don't care about the records but I like the cricket shots which he played with 100% perfection and some innovative shots. I don't know whether I can see them ever again. :( Really this 2012 is shocker for Indian cricket fans. Please play at least one last series for us.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

@Valli Sarma... I knw the value of teamwork better than you know it.....And may be u dnt understand English properly cz I have already mentioned Sachin as Great man....and whther i mention or u mention it thosuand times he will always regarded as Greates....no doubts abt it.....but Can u please tell me how many promising players have been UNEARTHED within 72 hours of announcing availability to play in ODIs against PAk so that Sachin announced his retirement??? And u mean this team for 2015 World Cup? are you joking?? How many of these current team are going to go?? Sehwag,Gautam,Dhoni?? are u sure??.....Sachin has mistimed.....he has kept Rahane on fence....thats for sure.....Rahul relinquished for Pujara in Tests.....and see the results....may be you are following cricket blindfolded...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Tendulkar was a great batsman in his prime, but for the last one year he has been batting like a tailender. HIS RETIREMENT IS THE BEST NEWS FOR INDIAN CRICKET this year. Finally talented youngsters like Rahane, Tiwary, Madeep, Rohit, etc. can get a chance.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 23, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Why are people focusing on him only being one fifty away from 50 ODI fifties?

He was also one duck away from the All Time Top Ten ODI ducks.

And having started his ODI career with a duck v Pakistan he was much more likely to finish with another in his reduced state rather than somehow defying his age, reflexes and fading eye to score a ton.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

I see some persons who have not even Held a bat in their whole life are now criticising the man who had made 18000+ runs... such a anticlimax

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

I cant understand the way he left I mean 2 days back he made himself available for selection and now he has retired!!! neways he will always be missed

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Sachin is probably the best Indian batsmen we have seen, if not the world. Unfortunately he has not properly timed his retirement which lead to people asking "When". It was really sad to see him struggle lately. Hopefully, he goes out high in tests.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Feel sad. I Grow up watching Sachin. Carried the entire nation and its expectations on his shoulders. He inspired lot of cricketers and put India on the top. Salute, with gratitude, Sachin...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Salute you Sachin 100 times today one for each international 100 you made, we shall miss seeing you play in ODI's, thanks for the best cricket i have watched in my lifetime.

Posted by here2rock on (December 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

@ LillianThomson, you are a disgrace as a cricket fan. Tendulkar is the batsman of his era acknowledged by many who have played against him including Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor and Ian Healy. He is the best ODI batsman ever! His records speak for his greatness. Staying at top of the world for more than 20 years is not a small achievement in any sport. We wish him all the best for the future.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR RETIRES. Cricket won't be same from now on. First Punter now Master Blaster. The world is left with just one legend : Jacques Kallis in ODI's. Thank you Sachin for your service to the game. I saw sachin play live in chepauk stadium during INDIA-PAK test match in , then in 2011 World cup vs West Indies...Future generation will miss most the stars as the cricket won't be same as it was...we and our prev generations 1970's - 2010 saw best players from every country...i don't know about future but i can say i our times cricket was great...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Good call Sachin. Top man, a fine long innings played.

Posted by bluefunk on (December 23, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

all things must pass.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Yes! It is a good decision. Its time for youngsters to show their talent. Expecting some more surprises in this coming year 2013

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Great entertainer and outstanding career. He has been a plus to the cricket A record holder. World's best one day player.

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Also, the Mayans were right! 2012 has indeed marked the end of an era! :)

Posted by ek_glassi_2g3gf on (December 23, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

the game is poorer from today.. i wasnt this sad even when i missed my last promotion :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

End of an era. We will miss you Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

What a player, what a champion. Salute you and god bless :) Lots of love from Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

We will miss u sachin..............

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

RIP Global One day cricket...Hats off to the Master SRT...It was pleasure watching you play ODI's for last 23 yrs. Global fans around the world will miss you..SALUTE to the Legend..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

I am sad that Sachin has retired from ODIs. I am glad that he will test cricket at least. 2012 is worst year for Indian (world) cricket. 3(4 including Ponting) all-time great players left Indian (world) cricket.

I enjoyed watching their play. I am happy and proud that I belong to this generation so that I could watch these great players in action.

I am very much angry on these 3 great players for one mistake. They did not give us chance to pay right tribute for their great entertainment. Now it is the end of great skill batting.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (December 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

Great! when is he going to retire from test cricket where he is not contributing much in the recent times... Please make up your wind and leave a way to a youngster and save the Indian Test Cricket!!!

Posted by CHHOKAR on (December 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

The Legend SRT, God of Cricket decides to gift his career to politics in BCCI and Selfish Media

Hats off to him for enterataining Billions of Cricket fans, Nationality apart.

Watching Cricket would never be the same again!

Hi Time i start following another sports now.

Thank you SIR

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman this world has ever produced and his achievements are enormous. He has truly represent his country in the world and an inspiration for all the upcoming batsman and a role model to follow. I as a Pakistani Salute you for the way you have entertained all of us.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (December 23, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

At last, thank God! What about Test Cricket?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

so sad... we will all miss him. the game will lose a true son. LITTLE MASTER, i solute u.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

without u ,what "Cricket" means?. without u what "WE" are? without u what our country "IS"?

why dis damm doomsday hasn't taken me frm hearing dis news?

Posted by dinuhebbar on (December 23, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Only from ODI....??? One must feel bad for test hopefuls as their long wait continues.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

A true fighter? Miss u so much little master bluster.. A great crickter from our time ... God bless you

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

The 5-32 vs Australia in 1998 was also a delightfully brilliant performance. He got Steve Waugh, Moody and Warne bowling leg-spinners, and Michael Bevan and Darren Lehmann (LH batsmen) bowling off-spinners!

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

The 5-32 vs Australia in 1998 was also a delightfully brilliant performance. He got Steve Waugh, Moody and Warne bowling leg-spinners, and Michael Bevan and Darren Lehmann (LH batsmen) bowling off-spinners!

Posted by S.Alis on (December 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

No Doubt. A Great Batsman. 'nuff said

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

great decision...........SRT. this is the time to welcome the young player in limited over format.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Is there a reason why Sachin's fanboys steal other cricketers' nicknames and apply them to him?

"The Little Master" was actually a Gujarati, Hanif Mohammad, who played 55 Tests for Pakistan and scored a monumental 337 to turn certain defeat into a draw in Bridgetown.

As for the "Master Blaster", that was Vivian Richards.

Sachin used to be a great batsman, but there already is a Little Master and a Master Blaster, and they were both better batsmen than him when their team was in trouble in a Test.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

At last... an great era ended. All the 1.2 bn indians will mourn this day....

Posted by Sehwag3rd300 on (December 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

odis will NEVER be the same again :( i dont kno if i can ever watch india play again and feel completly happy

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 23, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@KiwiRocker you did not expect sachin to continue this far but i did not expect that you Shaoib akhtar would play this far and i was correct. None of your pakistani players can even come close to his work ethics.

Posted by Feroz9700 on (December 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Salute the little master! Well done Sachin! U will be ever cherished and adored by every cricket loving soul, if ever anybody deserved the Sir Tag it should be Sachin, I salute u Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Among bowling memories, the last over vs SA during the Hero Cup semi-finals is unforgettable. Only 5 needed for a win, McMillan and Dave Richardson at the crease, and Tendulkar put his hand up and asked Azhar for the ball. 6 balls (6 intelligent and nerveless balls!) later, India had won by 2 runs, and were through to the final! (Where Tendulkar clean-bowled Lara, and then Kumble ran through the WI to win India the Cup!)

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Among bowling memories, the last over vs SA during the Hero Cup semi-finals is unforgettable. Only 5 needed for a win, McMillan and Dave Richardson at the crease, and Tendulkar put his hand up and asked Azhar for the ball. 6 balls (6 intelligent and nerveless balls!) later, India had won by 2 runs, and were through to the final! (Where Tendulkar clean-bowled Lara, and then Kumble ran through the WI to win India the Cup!)

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (December 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

For me, it will always be the match against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup, when Sachin tore the hearts out of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib in a SAVAGE ASSAULT scoring 98 runs, off 70 odd deliveries, to take India through at The Centurion in South Africa. He showed how an over-rated fast bowler (Akhtar) should be dealt with square cutting him for six depositing the ball way back on the 3rd tier.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Its going to be a strange void when the Indian team walks out in the one dayers....several memories, the sand storm at Sharjah, Shoaib sailing over the boundary the very first ball, Henry Olonga every thing except being physically assaulted, Warne's nightmare, and sometime back a snorter from Waqar on the nose and two exquisite boundaries with a leucoplast on the nose!!! Thank you Sachin, for those glorious moments which now become memories, the incredible innings, and the feeling of pride to bean Indian, and the fabulous entertainment for all these years. All the best for your life beyond the One-dayers

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Adios, SRT, you shall be missed.

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

And among other memories, I don't think it's possible to forget (if one was lucky enough to watch) that stunning innings against Pakistan at Centurion during the 2003 WC! The final 3 balls of Shoiab Akhtar's 1st over provided probably the most sublime strokeplay I have ever witnessed. Akhtar was screaming in at 150 kph, and Tendulkar cut hit him for 6 (over backward point), then flicked him for 4 (to square leg) and then, the best of the lot, a gorgeously perfect on-drive for 4! Ah... still evokes pleasure!

Posted by liaqathussain on (December 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

will be missed for his play and attitude toward players,, very very humble guy, wish the rest of the indian team had that,,

will be missed,, from pakistan

Posted by Sreedhar_9 on (December 23, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Hats off sachin Thank you very much for entertaining all of us with ur great cricketing skills very sad to miss you on pitch, all the best for your future endeavors

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Sachin is greatest batsmen overall... specially a masterclass in ODIs. Many fans around the world watched a match just to see him bat. Vignesh, u r right. I had bunked school, then college lectures, then office days to see him play cricket. With his bat, there are many memorable matches like one in Sharjah against Aussies. With his bowling also he had few memorable matches like one in Titan cup against RSA. One of the greatest passion of ODI cricket dies as this master retires. amilag, all u think about is a spot in team?? Look at his stats even in last 3 yrs and u will realize he was class better than any other youngster. Sachin has brought happiness and now a void to millions of fan which NO ONE can fill..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I was shocked after hearing this news Grand salute to the great man of World Cricket

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

In terms of favourite momnets, I'll also never forget the 2 breath-taking (and stunningly powerrful) straight drives off Lee in the Melbourne ODI in 2008 during the CB tri-series. Still remember Michael Slater gushing that Lee had sent those two down at 150 kph, and Tendulkar had sent them back at him at (what seemed like) 180 kph!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

As I woke up at 5:40AM (MST) on my B'day eve....and opened up my fb....I read that Sachin "The God" Tendulkar is retiring from ODI's (immediately opened Cricinfo and went through the details ).....I was stuck with a wave of sadness....got blank for a while.....after a bit of time I recovered....I was partly happy and partly sad.....Happy bcz he doesn't have to take all the trash everyone is speaking/writing to him (not that he or for that matter I care abt it)......Sad bcz the greatest player of ODI format is retiring from that format..... On a final note....Adios Sachin...hope to see you in few more tests and T20's.....your presence matters to me.... Taking a bow!!! A fan for ever....:).....CricInfo...Please publish it...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

I would say that it's a very timely ODI retirement for the Legend. I hope to see Sachin's contribution to the Indian cricket behind the scene as well in the avatar of a coach. :)

Posted by spinkingKK on (December 23, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

I have heard people saying that the best ODI batsman ever is Michael Bevan, Viv Richards etc. But, Tendulkar is the best ever and non one can even reach close to him. His record speaks for itself. Eventhough I am one of the people who thinks that he should retire from tests, I never doubted his abilities in ODI's. Even when he gets out for low scores in ODI's, he seems to have done enough (scoring couple of sixers or increasing the run rate) before he gets out. He always played the ODI's in the right frame of mind and for a player of such a stature, he didn't bother being orthodox all the time. He understood that ODI's needed funny improvisations and he just ROCKED. Well done Sachin and you have given us tremendous entertianment in both ODI's and tests. Also, from the glimpse of your performance in the IPL's, I am sure you would have been a star in T20I's as well. End of and era is such a cliche. But, I can't stop saying it here with the fullest of its meaning.

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

The "desert-storm" back-to-back hundreds vs Australia will forever be etched in my mind! Unreal batting that! I'll also never forget the stunned look on Warne's face when Sachin hit him for six over long-on the very first ball he switched to round-the-stumps in that final! Unforgettable!!!

Posted by mansman on (December 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Another record for SRT no one has talked about yet - over 1000 comments in one evening for one player. Even President Obama's voting counts did not increase at the rate that the comments are being added for this man! What a player, what a man!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

:'-( :'-( just does'nt feel right... i guess we were not ready fot it... THANK YOU, SIR for all the memories _/\_

Posted by BDforever on (December 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

There is no reason for someone to retire after making available himself for selection just before two days. It can't be a coincidence that he announces his retirement on the same day that Indian ODI squad for Pakistan series is announced. The only possible reason could be he announced his retirement after hearing the news unofficially that we was left out from ODI squad for Pakistan series. Even though Sachin is an overrated batsman I rate him as a good batsman but I doubt his ability to win matches single-handedly. In that sense I have seen many better batsmen than him in his era. I can understand why some Indian fans believe him as a cricket God because they don't have batsmen other than him who can bat in green bouncy pitches away from home.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Well done Master and Good decision by the "God of cricket". Wish him success in his next steps and test cricket. . Here are some of the favourite quotes about Sachin... ---- "I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar." -Brian Lara(WI) "We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin" -Mark Taylor(AUS) "He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.-Waqar Younis(PAK) "There are two kind of batsman in the world. 1 Sachin Tendulkar and 2. all the others" .-Andy Flower(ZIM) "I have seen God. He bats at no.4 for India in tests.-Matthew Hayden (AUS). "I see myself when I see Sachin batting.- Don Bradman(AUS). "Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting". -Australian Fan. "I don't know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play..Not because I love his play, it is because I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5 percent when he's batting".- Barack Obama

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Well done Sachin. You are the greatest Indian batsmen ever!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Well done Sachin. You are the greatest Indian batsmen ever!

Posted by sbchopade on (December 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

What a great career for Batting Maestro. It's very SAD news for me and all the cricket fans around the globe that they will miss the live ODI actions for the legend. The way he play his shots with amazing body balance and foot work was Fabulous. Lots of great innings he had played, but for me 200* runs in ODI against decent bowling attack of South Africa. We salute you for being a part of Indian Cricket TEAM. We always support you Master-blaster…..:)

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Thank you for the incredible memories, and 23 years of unmatched joy and excitement, Sachin! There will be an emptiness whenever I watch India in ODIs... knowing that we shall never again be fortunate enough to see you in India's colours...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@mahendra naik.. You are right, he should announce his retirement immediate to the world cup, if i am right YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT TEAM WORK... and construction process.. never do anything on of sudden, There is a time for everything.. if he want to play, till he has OPEN DOORS, but both SELECTOR'S & Himself felt that there are the guys who can FILL THE GAP & YUVI was quite GOOD now. It is the time for INDIAN CRICKET keep this team till 2015 World cup. anyway, even you don't know how to SALUTE for the SOLDIER OF INDIAN CRICKET.. You believe it of not it's FACT. Crores of people know that... We PROUD TO BE DIE HEART FAN OF SACHIN...

Posted by Avid.Cricket.Watcher on (December 23, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Thank you for the incredible memories, and 23 years of unmatched joy and excitement, Sachin! There will be an emptiness whenever I watch India in ODIs... knowing that we shall never again be fortunate enough to see you in India's colours...

Posted by lesterloyd on (December 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Good for Indian Cricket....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Some have read the announcement correctly. Many have NOT; they are commenting as if he he has retired from international cricket altogether! (Don't they even read the headlines?) Sachin has retired ONLY from ODIs. He has NOT retired from international cricket. Of course, he keeps himself unavailable for T-20 (except for Mumbai Indians). He is STILL announcing indirectly to every one concerned (including selectors) that he is still AVAILABLE for TEST CRICKET. We will also see him in the IPL.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

How bad is it a player like Sachin who is one of the greatest ambassador to the world cricket has been forced to retire when he came to know that he wont be selected for ODI team against pakistan... selectos should have given a chance to play his last game against pak, because he has started his career against Pakistan and would have allowed to end with stylish. Hope he will let us enjoy more in tests. I started watching sachin since 1991 hero cup against W indies,.....when Kumble debuted and India had won the series ........Ravi Shastri was the captain.That time sachin did not score much but ...........after his 78th ODI he got a ton........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Thanks for Sachin's contribution on One Day Contribution. It is time to decide for youngster to chance in Indian team. He can do contribution to Indian team not only for playing, he can give his opinion to young crickters. Hat off to Sachin's as like man y players like Gavaskar, Kapil and Ganguly in Indian Cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Salute to the great man,the last and the best of the modest Indian batting maestros.

Posted by Sandt on (December 23, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Read this who ever say Sachin is not a Matchwinner Tendulkar scored 33 of his 49 centuries in wins, and averaged more than 56 in team wins, at a strike rate of 90. Among those who scored at least 5000 runs in wins, only Lara and Richards have higher averages. In terms of hundreds scored in wins, Ponting is next with 25.

Posted by westindian_fan on (December 23, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

I didn't know that deep inside my heart, I've been a fan of Sachin, until I heard this shocking news. Heartbreaking indeed! He should have played the ODI series against Pak and then retired. So that fans will also be able to digest his retirement.

Posted by indianboy2008 on (December 23, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

With Respect to all his records..he has lost the match winner name to just another easy wicket nowadays.

Finally India as a Team can be happy that it will lose one wicket less..Otherwise it was certain to lose one wicket in first 3 overs for sure..or see him play a test knock in ODI..with all praises to his record..

Posted by CricEshwar on (December 23, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

He said something about reviving the ODI's and now what did he do? Now who is going to watch the ODIs at all?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

The reason I follow cricket is you...Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar You Have Inspied Each and Everyone in the world...I am sure there is only and will be only one God of Cricket that is Sachin Tendulkar...:)...I will miss u alot...Bye bye Tendulkar...:)...

Posted by Nilesh_T on (December 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

"Commit all your sins while Tendulkar is batting at no.4 for India,and they will never be recorded, because even God in heaven above is busy watching him..." no greater tribute was ever paid to a sportsman,dead or alive...Period.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Hi Sachin, Thank you very much for all the entertainment. I am sure the Indian ODI team is not going to be the same again without you. I salute you for what you have done for the game of cricket and for Indian cricket fans. I think you have made the right decision at the right time. All the very best.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Thank you Sachin. I've had mixed feelings about how I will receive this news, turns out it's just as bad I had imagined it to be. Wish you well!

Posted by tylerhans on (December 23, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Sad sad moment... Well lot of people lost a lot of things... Sachin lovers can't see him play anymore... Sachin bashes need a different tree to bark now...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

he should be,............sir sachin tendulkar

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

this is no Shocker......finally Great Man retires from ODI......But can any1 of his diehard fans tell me what made him to retire prematurely(?) when he had made himself available for ODIs against Pakistan? How baffling is it that he announces his retirement few hours before the team for ODI & T20 to play against Pakistan is selected? Whatever it is no one remembers which was the last ODI match Sachin has played..... Your have mistimed the Timing of your retirement....It was long overdue....Now what about retirement from TESTS? Will it go like ODIs?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

thanks sachin.....right dicision at right time....

Posted by mark2011 on (December 23, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

end of one good era... finaly he has decided on ODI retirement...may be test retirement too will be around the corner.... ANY WAY... VERY GOOD BATSMAN HE WAS....

ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTIRE ....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

The real soul of indian cricket is moving out, friends we only made him to go out from indian team, he did every best things in all the times, but only 10 failures made us to comment on him and now he became history, this was only because of expectation on him. friends the person who made 18k runs and more runs in cricket world to feel bad with our comments, Without 'Sachin' paaaji indian team is like Starless Sky, Sachin has given his place or the new stars, Let them Wish all the best. Still i personally feel sachin would have played atleast next 'n' series.. We Miss U Paaaaji.. Thanks for your woderful memories of cricket and All the very best for each and every seconds of the Giften Life. My Cricket world ending today,

Posted by memoriesofthepast on (December 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Experience of 23 years in Indian teams that never had quality bowlers like Marshall, Ambrose, Andy Roberts, Imran, McGrath, Donald nor had quality fielders like those in Aus and SA yet played 463 games of 50 overs with 49 hundreds, 33 of them in Indian wins, 2011 WC title for India in India. Sachin's record is a proof of taking the best advantage of batting as an opener in the 50 over game as well as a proof of cricket being a team game rather than one-man game. Tendulkar's 18,426 runs, is almost 35% more than the next-best, Ricky Ponting's 13,704. His 49 ODI centuries is 63% better than the second-highest, Ponting's 30. Only a player who has played 463 odi's and made 49 hundreds has the right to criticize Sachin and that player is only Sachin. 960 comments already here in a short span of time-what to say more.

Posted by venugopal_1000 on (December 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

The joy you gave us in Sharjah..whacking Shane warne and Co.all around the park was mind blowing...Thank you Sachin...for all those Glory moments.

Posted by niyasindian on (December 23, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

End of ODI cricket...no more odi cricket for me... And Thanks to All PAKISTAN , BANGLADESH and SL fans for their Tributes to the lil master... i feel pitty on Eng n Aus ppl who r trying to undersetimate his talent,,,,

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Sachin..cricket would never be the same without you now.We have lost much interest just bcoz you leave the scene.As many Ind-Pak fans have begged...please retire atleast after the Ind-Pak series.We have put you under tremendous national burden over the last 23 years....Just one more time.Please do not hang up....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Many players will come & Go in the game of Cricket. You are the one, who was loved by people over the nation.... We did not even think of Cricket if you did not come to play... in our generation... It is difficult now for you to control your emotion on this time... But we dont have word to say... our emotions.. We love you Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Just like BC (Before Christ) and AD (After Death), in cricket there should be BS (Before Sachin) and AR (After retirement).

Posted by mansman on (December 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

The best batsman in my eyes - bar none. Bradman - Bill O'Riley plotted his downfall over a pint of beer with the Englishmen. He never would have survived the modern age of video analysis and pre, during and post match verbals. And besides, he had no aesthetic sense in his batting. Kallis threw his wicket away when Ozzies did a pre-match verbal assault on him at the 2007 world cup, Dravid was a slow poke (SR of 72 in >300 ODIs),Ponting, well, his shuffle landed him in trouble more often than not. Its besides the point that umpires looked the other way when LBW appeals were made against him. One finally saw him on all fours on the pitch in his home series. How he was called "good to watch" is beyond logic. Sehwag is a lottery. Laxman never could run. Kohli, Cook and Amla have a few years to prove themselves before they can be considered. And of course Lara. In his own words, he was a mere mortal when it came to comparison against Sachin. End of story. Good night and good luck!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

no one else amongst sub-continent origined players will get within coo-ee of his records and the doing away of the twice a year tournaments in Sharjah means fewer opportunities for other star batsmen from Sri Lanka,Pakistan and India to challenge his 20+ hundreds scored in Sharjah. It is just hoped for that he stays around in the test arena for India's home series against Michael Clarke's Australians.

Posted by rustyryan on (December 23, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Thanks for the memories, Legend.!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Nothing can be enough when we talk about Sachin. Sir Viv Richards instilled fears in the mind of the opponent bowlers who was regarded as the most fearsome batsman. But he himself said that if anybody could terrorize bowlers more than him it is only Sachin Tendulakar. Master you will be missed. I don't know if ever I will watch ODIs for full 100 overs when You are not playing. You Sir have left a great Legacy behind you. As every good things come to end, we feared that this day will come. You have ended on a high and every Indian owe to you. Will miss you forever.

Posted by kaidranzer on (December 23, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

The inevitable has finally come to pass. It's the end of cricket as we know it.

Posted by annys on (December 23, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

There will never be a cricketer like him again, a great entertainer and a legend, will miss the genius and magic of his

Posted by GOST_RIDER on (December 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

I was watching criket because sachin was playing. For me no sachin no cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

About time!! Should have retired straight after the world cup!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

the best cricketer of all time, must give him a warm farewell reception

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

u r greatest person that india have seen, thanks for making me proud of our country , love u sachin from deepest corners of my heart

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

RESPECT

I believe he compromised to stay in test side... wish it didn't come to that.. I love to watch him in ODIs.. thank god I can still watch him bat in tests and IPL (IPL finally served its purpose)

Now I don't mind missing ODIs :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

great plyr ever in cric history

Posted by faizan_feroz on (December 23, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

end of an era ! even though i would have prefered him playn this format then test because his reflexes and level of concentration has bobbed down a little ! still wish him the best in his life ! thnk u indian media for creating this pressure on SRT which no other team cud enforce on this guy :/

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

~~~~~~~~~ UNLIKE :(:( ~~~~~~~~

Posted by maheemanga on (December 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

feeling privileged to watch his last ODI at Mirpur :)...You will be missed certainly.. I think he should have played this pakistan odi's and retired from test as well. I think he's planning to finish his career by playing with OZ's for the last time...That;l be interesting series to watch out :)....ALL HAIL SACHIN

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

All those criticism about Sachin holding Indian Cricket to ransom by no retiring was akin to kicking a man when he's down. He was simply a man doing what he was best at... making millions of people smile... giving hope that all is not lost. The burden he carried for more than 2 decades was immense. I hope that his decision to retire was his own and not one that he was forced to make. SRT may be 39 years 243 days old on the day he retired... but like he himself said once... somewhere there's still a 16-year-old inside.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

thanks for your right decision in right time .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

As a Pakistani i say he had to play against a single match so that crowd can say Good bye to great legend.i m so sad for him.Some body convince him to play a single game against Pakistan inzamam ul haq said he should retire after series against Pakistan so crowed should pay tribute to him while leaving the filed.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Dear Sachin..I thank you for the pleasure you had given to me and all Indians while watching your breathtaking strokes. I am very happy to be witness all your career. I still remember your debut match. I remember you hitting Abdul Kadir out of ground in succession, Krish Shrikant watching you on non striker end and Abdul Kadir clapping helplessly to your strokes...For me it is just like it happened yesterday. And now you will not be there in India team when they will take on pakistan.. I salute you and wish you longer career in Tests!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

The Great Man says it's enough. I don't feel it's enough. I never feel it's enough in his case.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Well he would have been dropped from the ODI team anyway. When will he retire from tests? Or when will the selectors drop him? Whichever comes first.

Posted by desireuben1 on (December 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

why just onedays ? he is equally bad in tests ?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

i am very frustrated and down but this day had to come some day ..... you will be dyingly missed

Posted by Sobhan_Sachinfan on (December 23, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

No more one-day cricket for me...SACHIN...............I am in tears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

an illustrious career comes to an end... best of luck for the little master.....

Posted by nair_ottappalam on (December 23, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

A great relief for youngsters, no doubt. Yet, he has had the best moments which cricket could ever boast of. Such an illustrious career where he has achieved almost everything which is unlikely to be matched in a long long future. A world cup win had eluded him till 2011, which was also achieved by him (without major contributions from him).Till 2009, Ricky Ponting was precariously close to him and that Ricky was a good two years younger than Sachin, there was a feeling, that Ricky would break his record. But 2009 took Sachin miles ahead of Ricky Ponting and the Punter has already hung his boots. I earnestly hope that after the Aussies series Sachin too will call it a day from Test matches as well.

Posted by amilag on (December 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

good batsman.Thanks now at least youngsters will get opportunities.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

End of an era for ODI cricket!!! The man who dominated the format like nobody else!!! He sold Indian cricket to the world, he helped marketing companies to create brand value for their products, many students failed in their exams to just witness his master class, many bunked offices to enjoy the legend's cover drive and straight drive, he scripted the mode of the country. Will ODI cricket be ever the same without this little grand master?? I doubt it!!!! Take a bow Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, you brought happiness to millions around the world and we will love you forever!!

Posted by Perera32 on (December 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

As a Sri lankan fan, I must salute a true Legend and Gentlemen. I will never ever forget Tendulkar and how he played the game hard and fair. I will miss you very much.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Sad day for Indian cricket. He will be truly missed by atleast a few billion people.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

its very sad hearten news for all of us that Sachin Tendulkar "The God of Cricket" has been announced his retirement from ODI........... will surely miss him very badly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the whole cricket world seems like stopped ............. but hope he will continue cricket with Test Matches.

Posted by SPA001 on (December 23, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

This is not surprise at all. Well past his shelf-life, Sachin's last few years have been seeped by greed and selfish motives. A truly great modern player , who continues to deny his age and poor reflexes. His chums and close mates have made him believe that he is INDIAN CRICKET, in other words bigger than the game. He needed brutal honesety which was not forthcoming even from the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri & Sanjay Manjrekar - three of his close associates in the BOMBAY CAMP. I salute his batsmanship and his grand sportsmanship and his true love for the game but sadly the commercial aspirations and trappings has been his downfall. What a shame that it had to end like that. India's somewhat 'dubious' World Cup 2011 success that too we shall all find out in good time was designed to give SRT a farewell gift. The ODI retirement should have been announced on that night in Bombay, with a World Cup and winners' medal in his hand, not 20 months later.

Posted by Just_love_it on (December 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

NO comparisons whatsoever Sachin is THE best ODI player ever to play game and will remain THE best for long long time to come ! Will miss u Little master !

Posted by ozwriter on (December 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

sounds like tendulkar was pushed, hence the statement through BCCI. otherwise surely he would host his own media conference

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

End of an era ! thanks for the memories SRT :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

OMG..... Its end of the cricket world...........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

he is a legend.. i m pakistani but still a big fan of his..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

It was absolutely a surprise decision..........every fan of him wanna see his exquisite straight drive and adieu him in the ground with his bat in hand ....we are really fortunate with Sachin...great player of cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Tears n my eyes Sachin, i play cricket bcos of you, thanks lot for past 20 years entertainment, my rest of life i will enjoy watching your old games, no one can beat you sachin. thank god you just announce your retairement, if you retaire after game at ground i sure i will cry lot.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

The greatest exponent of modern cricket retires with all his grace and power. But we want more from him in the test match arena.

Posted by Dreamscrapper on (December 23, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

End of the best legend in cricket history. Sachin is really the God of cricket. this is not the end..... his marvelous records will scintillate his name in gold forever. The world will miss the best sensation of 23 years very much. Your achievement is beyond the world. We endorse you all the respect from me, my country and the world cricket. Salute to you, Little Master!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

can't digest "GOD OF CRICKET" resigned from ODI's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

The best ODI cricketer has retired,............I was very fortunate to follow him in the early years of my life........There may not be another Tendulkar and we will miss him

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

:: You will be missed in the One Dayers for sure master. We respect your decision. It'd be great to see you performing against Aussies like you always did against them. ::

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Now no point in watching cricket... we will terribly miss u Sachin.. we knew this day would come sooner than later, but hard to digest... I am at loss to express my sentiments in words.. Sachin U made me cry.. but no problem all the best for u...

Posted by Silverbails on (December 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

A great ODI career comes to a close. Thanks for the memories, Sachin. As he's indicated, the highlight must be winning the 2011 WC in his hometown, especially after a hiatus of nearly 30 years!! At last, one of the decisions to retire HAS been made by SRT. The next question is: when's he going to retire from Test cricket? He's been completely ineffectual over the last few years, and unfortunately his actual record in WINNING Tests for India (and not MERELY chasing personal milestones!!) compared to the no. that he has actually played in pales into insignificance when compared with the legendary Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman!! Anyway, good luck SRT...

Posted by Hyderabadi_Nawab on (December 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

The timing might not be ideal - WC2011 win would have been the perfect swansong - anyway this opens up a permanent to all the guys waiting in the wings. Test cricket retirement after the Aussie series....hopefully with a series win - Team India above all else, individuals do not matter, the game of cricket will continue to thrive and India will continue to produce cricketers of calibre - just wish that this obsession with individuals diminishes and the team performance is always kept paramount by the fans - we have a long way to go in this regard. The next gen should see a shift in the focus to team performance only then will India be consistent else we will continue this roller coaster ride, #1 test team one day and 2 straight 4nil white-washesthe next......

Posted by aravind077 on (December 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

god fof cricket sachin ramesh tendulkar. there is no words in dictionary to tell about him . he is such a great player

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 23, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

The best i have ever seen and we will miss him. All the best to his family at this difficult time.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

The greates batsman ever for me...take a bow Little Master...........

Posted by vibbaxi on (December 23, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Jeeyo, Raja! Thank you for all the wonderful memories!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Somewhat well-deserved: an arrogant nd passionless team, a bunch of howling nd ranting 'experts', an irresponsible nd sensational media, nd ... an impatient, self-centred nd hyper-judgemental breed of 20-20-minded modern cricket fans: this is not how we njoyed God in da 1990s nd 2000s. will always miss da God-Dada-Jammy-VVS era - no more ODI cricket - da saddest day of my life :( ... God be Sachin Tendulkar !

Posted by Pankaj_INDIA on (December 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

born in 80's, started knowing cricket as SACHIN.... dont know how to watch cricket without the GOD.. its saddest day in Cricket.... Love you master blaster..... Please reconsider your retirement......i think i'll go mad soon....not in any condition to understand anything........ GOD save cricket.... RIP

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

21-12-2012 supposed to be end of the world (as per mayan calendar) but 23-12-2012 is an end of an era, the biggest icon is now retired :-(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

The man who inspired me to watch cricket during my younger days retires from ODIs....its sad that we can't see him playing for India with its blue jersey again... Regardless of his form in the recent matches,he is still the best batsmen of all time. Little Master you are truly a great servant to cricket,cricket lovers of worldwide will miss you.Thanks for all the memories you gave to us...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

this is not the time to Quit SACHIN...... :(( i will stop Seeing ODI cricket whatever the Series is.......... Now only TEST and IPL......remains

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I must say that Sachin should have played that last series with Pakistan - He is a true legend and well respected all over the world. Hands off to Tendulkar for giving great entertainment to cricket world !! You deserve a title "Sir"

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

No word to say!! Completely in tears :'(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Good decision. One of the biggest batsmen no doubt on that.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Salute to the ultimate legend of cricket for entertaining us almost 2 decades and bringing laurels to the nation on so many occasions

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Cricket will miss your genius Sachin. A wonderful player loved your innings(Not against Pakistan off course hehehe)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

great legend of sports, we really miss you a lot.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

He is the best not only for player also a man............

MISS U Master Bluster :'(

Posted by CricketforOlympics on (December 23, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

I feel so dejected and broken heart : ( i can't believe it has happened. I wish you come back But You will not . He will Not be back there. Didn't You the critics know it? because some of us Who did not believe him and the TORTUROUS MEDIA that kept him worried for things and that resulted in his under-performance. They are indirectly but Responsible for this All. And the weapons used were the most stupidest raws like Nohit Sharma and Raina, in the name of 'Bringing youngsters'. They never Performed and The Team Lost at many occasions, but the one who was brought under the scan was Sachin and his TRIO. The time When He along with Dravid and Laxman Needed a better support and farewell by the Young pools. You May not be God But We Adore You Sachin : ( Nothing can replace or compensate your Loss.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Although this may be an emotional experience for Sachin, it is no less emotional for many of his fans.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Even God has retirement !!!

Posted by nadeemzish on (December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

No doubt only legend of cricket India ever produced !! This retirement is not a surprise at all, one of my friend bet with me that as soon as Ponting retires from cricket you will see Sachin retiring, since he was the only one who was any close to his records and we all would agree that sachin liked to play for his records and I can't blame him for this and it doesn't make him any less of a great and most stylish cricketer.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

he was a great player but he should have retired much earlier with some dignity.He has been forced to retire due to his poor form.he will retire from test cricket very soon....again due to his poor performance....unless he plays against teams like kenya,zimbabwe......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Sachin will forever remain the epitome of greatness when it comes to cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Sachin, thanks for all the happiness you gave to us for 23 years.People who were after your head have got it.Now they will search for the tail of indian cricket and not get it too.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

today is the real dooms day for ODI cricket....anyway we hope god will get going well in tests.....

Posted by fr600 on (December 23, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

He'll remain a legend in cricket forever.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Sachin, thanks for all the happiness you gave to us for 23 years.People who were after your head have got it.Now they will search for the tail of indian cricket and not get it too.

Posted by Ajay11139 on (December 23, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Announcing my retirement from watching one day cricket :(

Posted by EagleOne1027 on (December 23, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Commit your crime when SRT is batting, as then, even God is watching.. This man has given so much to cricket, to india and to fans like me across the globe, his contributions, his achievements, his perfection and humility is unparalleled.. Criticism, comments. media clamour et al and still he reamained unmoved.. WAT AN ICON.. Now n alwz.. Thank u Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

we will always cherish his contribution to Cricket....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Respect and Salute to u GREAT..............

Posted by CricketChat on (December 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Much delayed, but the right call. The reason given or published for retirement is plain simple laughable. Unlike Ponting, who was gracious enough to admit he was good enough to be in the team, SRT was concerned about the preparation for next WC when he should have known clearly that his pick and choose style was never going to help the future team. Hope he sees the futility of continuing in tests as well. Time for Ind and rest of cricket fans to move beyond Sachin and welcome younger players.

Posted by Mass_Hypnosis on (December 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

This guy should have retired way back in the early 2011.

Posted by senthil25 on (December 23, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Sachin we miss u lot.......Iam just crying...no words for u..........surely cricket will not get another SACHIN. We know how u love the game...... But now your age is not supporting you.......Iam happy that u will play test cricket......but sachin bashers pls stop critize him........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

it was better for him if he did this decision just after doing his century of centuries

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

no words at this moment ...we knew it was coming sooner then later....god bless ....

Posted by T.R.GHANCHI on (December 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Good news for young players to show their worth. His decision might bring fortune to Indian cricket but his retirement is a BAD sign for other teams, if you know what i mean !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Tandulkar ........ really very sad to know that this man got retirement. he was the beauty of cricket. a true legend of his age....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Doomsday in the History of Indian ODI Cricket...We are always behind you for whatever decision you take...You are an inspiration to lot of youngsters. I can imagine how the dressing room would be just with your presence...countless occassions where we just used to watch cricket just to get a glimpse of urs...cant imagine how can I watch cricket going forward...Dont know how to express my feelings and I guess it could have been same with others, but you have that charisma to make us feel so happy n ecstatic just knowing that you are in the match...Doesnt matter if u score 1 or 100, you are always a legend and inspiration to the so called CRICKET...I question to all the sachin bashers...Just imagine, how much of pressure to handle to >1 Billion People around the world and still perform, this can only happen with a man with Superficial powers known as GOD and that's none other than SACHIN...He gave cricket a GLORY...Long Live LEGEND...

Posted by fan_2_fans on (December 23, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

there was a time when Sachin and Ganguly,just used wipe away any bowling attack making world record partnerships in ODI cricket;now those will just be memories.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

all I can say christmas has come early for pakistan :)

Posted by Sarfin on (December 23, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Feeling very sad. ODI cricket will be poorer without him. My generation was blessed to watch him play. But it's really pathetic that some people tries to undermine his achievements. He shouldn't be remember for his last two years. Any team from any generation would be lucky to have him. Twenty years he got runs across the world against every opposition. It's sad that some people try to label him as a flat track bully where he scored 18 away Tests hundreds against Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand, more than anyone. Respect to this great man from Bangladesh...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

We are all missed you little muster ........ wish you all best Tendulkar .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

i didi not want him to leave one day matchs and hope he does well in test match and bless him hope we get a another tendulkar in his son arjun and wise him luck

Posted by ListenToMe on (December 23, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

He could have retired giving us a chance to see his last ODI. Many of us have missed his last ODI. He did not consider his fans when he took his decision. I grew up seeing you playing. You influenced me a lot in my life, whether it is about your passion, your dedication or your mental strength. I am one of them who used to switch off TV once you get out. When I was a teenager, I could never digest the fact when you get out. I accept your decision to retire, but as a fan you could have given one more chance to all your fans to see your last ODI.

Posted by RathishCochin on (December 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

I booked ticket for India - England match for seeing Tendulkar, not for seeing Dhoni and Co...

I need my cash back....

Without Tendulkar, no life in Indian Cricket..

Posted by sherishahmir on (December 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Tribute to little master for the time he had in the game and entertainment provided to cricket fans all over the world.

Posted by RathishCochin on (December 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

So this is the World Ending which predict in Mayan Calendar

Its not the end of World, its the end of Cricket in India.

Its a very bad news for whole India... Now I am sure. in India cricket market will go down.. Also this may be the end of BCCI dominant in world cricket...

Posted by Pankaj_INDIA on (December 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

I announce my retirement from watching ODIs. RIP ODI. Cricket is gonna lose more than half its fans. Love you GOD!!!!!

Posted by sibiburhan on (December 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Its a forced decision...by sachin!! 23 years he served for india...what he got at the end...?!!Its really cruel to a person...indian cricket analysts..medias..shown to him..! Who ever playing for india...no one is going to get a good fame..in later stage..!! if sachin got this aproach! Lets wait and see..now people say kohli ,rahane,etc are good..!! Every one will suffer and cry at end..its called indian cricket!! if they wont react for this now!! What to say..we love sachin a lot..!!Good wishes for his future life!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

This is ridiculous. He might have played last odi before announcing his retirement. Good luck tdndu. We will miss you . Its not fare. Pak vs series would have been a grand occasion for litter master's retirement . Sad

Posted by ListenToMe on (December 23, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@Stephen_Smith, if you can't respect a legend, please don't insult him. This is not the right time to do so. I agree that he is not at his best for the past few years. If you want to know how good he was, watch his batting in the 90's and 2000's. He did well against all teams in all pitch conditions. His decision to retire came very late in my opinion.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Lots of unanswered questions with this decision... Why he is not getting to announce his retirement with a farewell tour....This is not good 4 a great player like him.. It s much better If he would have retired after WC with good memories,with a High note ending to his career,unlike this bargain style...feel sad about this way of Retirement :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

The greatest sportsman in this era..All the best Sachin...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

We all will miss you severely in the ground Sachin in ODI. You made us proud. Be Happy. :)

Posted by Thiag on (December 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Best Batsmen ever, Its a biggest loss for Indian cricket. I am really saddened. I stop watching one day cricket. I will watch test cricket till God decided to quit Test cricket. Hats of to Sachin. True architect.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

This is an amazing decision that we can't digest it. What ever it is very nice for our future cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

miss you sachin......and love you so much.............

Posted by ListenToMe on (December 23, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

I am a big Sachin fan, but I don't feel sad about this decision. In my opinion, one should retire when he is at the top. When Dravid retired, we felt a big gap in his batting position. Sachin last played an ODI long back and we always thought India can survive without him. So I don't feel the same intensity of emotions I felt when Dravid retired. Now Sachin is not doing well in tests also. My request to him is play well in the next test series and then retire suddenly.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

its is not just end of Tendulkar he is taking with him self a lot related people stories behind the curtain because after him many ages came in bating so in his bating we can see other chracters ohh he is guy who played against waism macgrath he scored century same match in saeed anwar hit ton or lara well now cricket is totally on new shoulders....good by...master blaster

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

We will miss you Sir master blaster, i wish somehow Sir Sachin tendulkar becomes Pakistan batting coach!

Posted by rajthedoctor on (December 23, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@stephen smith. yes he is bad form in tests now and he was clean bowled in the last innings but he isnt retired 4m tests,definitely he ll finish on a high,he has scored an half cntury in his last odi innings which ind won.. he has played 6 world cups, top scored in 2 of them,won 1....eng had just won a test series after 25 years in ind and u r on the moon, man thats the longest period a cricketer would hv ever played in the world..now cmin to eng in odi cric......ouch soo sorry mate.... ....ouch sorry....

Posted by isot on (December 23, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@Mohim Zaman Yes. All of us would have loved it that way, but it just shows he does not care for all that pomp and show. Great man!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

come back sachin ,we still hoping to reverse your decision...

Posted by raj_gt on (December 23, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

oh god...finally the day came...I never wish for this day in my life....but i knew it will come...adieu to the master blaster and thanks for all the joy you gave me throughout the life........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

There won't be any player like him in next zillion of years...

Posted by chokkashokka on (December 23, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

class act - don't think we will see another - blessed to have witnessed the gift. At least we get to see his brilliance in the test arena for a little while longer. Also. I do have some words for d-bags like Stephen_Smith below - how these worms get on these forums is beyond me. Where is the moderation police - one way traffic in favor of England/Oz - yet again. Shameless cricinfo.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

We all would have been happy had he scored that 50th ODI during this series against Pakistan, and given the final call to the 100 over game. The headline "Started against Pakistan, Stopped with Pakistan!" would have satisfied the cricketing worlds. Anyway...the inevitable news has hit the headlines. Sachin, wish you all the best!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Good Bye Sachin - The Cricket World Will Miss You Indeed

Posted by Skmannepalli on (December 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

News as a food for critics. Critics who are fit for nothing...speak as if they always won matches for the country, as if they always hit tons in every match. They could not support the God of cricket in his rough patch, which is rare. We all miss the hero who used to bat alone for India when other wickets continue to fall. Shame on critics...can't Imagine Indian cricket with out Sachin !!

Posted by land_slide on (December 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

never known and cricket and NOT known sachin, many of my generation I'm sure will feel the same....now you need to shut some critics up with your bat, for the last time.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

gud luck sachin, u r true son of soil , thanks for making me love this game , u r best cricketer and human being ever, love ur work , enjoy ur test cricket now and make INDIA proud, come on team INDIA come on u team BLUE, LAND OF TIGERS AND Warriors

Posted by screamingeagle on (December 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@Stephen Smith, your comment shows your class (lack of) quite clearly. The guy is a legend, couple of losses against a hyped English team will not dim his achievements. Well played Sachin, thank you for the memories.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (December 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Legendary batsman but he wasn't a good FINISHER. Therefore, he isn't the best ODI batsman ever, period. Good luck to Sachin for his future endeavors.

Posted by centuries on (December 23, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Lve Long God of Cricket. Make an inspiraton for juniors

Posted by nijilc on (December 23, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Staying True to the game. ST will forever remain the epitome of greatness when it comes to cricket. The world have been thoroughly entertained by your class and your love for the game. ODI batting records and fans will miss you.

Posted by stFleming on (December 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Ooh Sachin Tendulkar has retired from ODI cricket...That's really a good decision...It was getting difficult for him to play both formats especially when he was totally out of form...Congrats sachin on a great career...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

..forget the incredible innings he has played against every single cricketing nation. So go on, whine as you always have, as teams playing against him always have. At the end of the day, Tendulkar is still the Lord of the Manor, and no amount of whining and baseless accusations will change a thing. Overrated? Certainly, you can say that.....only it wont be true. If you think for one second that you are smarter than his millions of fans, and the scores of cricketers and critics alike who swear by him, then you are the one that is overrating yourself. And whatever you say is not going to affect in the least the Legend that Sachin has become.

You can say that failures in the England series made him retire, he played only on flat tracks. You can say he only accumulated runs, he was overrated and hyped by the media. But the fact is, at the end of the day, this era will be remembered as the "Age of Tendulkar", and you & your hyped hero all wont be worth the dot at the end of this sentence.

Posted by frozendilemma on (December 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

about time ...He was badly out of form for some time...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

The Great Master has Called off but Will surely be remembered in the History of the game.hats off and Best of luck for test carrer and life

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hi Sachin Saab, we miss you alot. . .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

He was certainly the heartbeat of a billion people. Sometimes I wonder, when people criticize Sachin Tendulkar, there is a rage inside a billion people but he always remains calm and serine. That's the beauty of a legend, an immovable force driving the nation on his strong shoulders. @Stephen_Smith: U might be new to cricket, you have no idea about the fan following this man has, no cricketer has ever been prayed like this man. He doesn't care whether you like him or not, coz there are a billion dying to see him play every single day of their lives. I dont believe in statistics, its the pure class of this man that has made him the best batsmen of all time. I think Sir Don himself said, he see's the glimpse of his batting in Sachin, I think that says a lot in itself. Respect to the greatest batsmen of all time and his service to this nation.#bleedblue

Posted by Lovearyansri on (December 23, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Hello Sachin this is really sad news for us plz take back ur decision . we want you with team for long time becoz u r not only player u also as a coach so that is benefit for other 10 player of team

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

We all would have been happy had he scored that 50th ODI during this series against Pakistan, and given the final call to the 100 over game. The headline "Started against Pakistan, Stopped with Pakistan!" would have satisfied the cricketing worlds. Anyway...the inevitable news has hit the headlines. Sachin, wish you all the best!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

It was your 47th ton Sir. Sachin, which I won't forgot in my lifetime which you played for the country....... A score of 175 which was the best ODI innings for me in you career.... The crowd has gone silent when you was dismissed... As Mayan's predicted the Dooms has came but; this time it was for the cricketing world....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

The Cricket Great of all time has finally called off.Rather in the good of Indian Cricket, fans will be dissappointed.Best of Luck For Tests to come.You will be missed by millions and billions of people but will be regarded as one of the best in history of the Game:(

Posted by Ha8rick on (December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Good decision although I think he should have retired from TEST cricket first. 5 day on the field is a lot compared to playing ONE day.

Now only if Srinivasan would retire/quit!

Posted by mansman on (December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@hhillbumper, one doesnt know where you are from, but instead of insulting Sachin with your comments, you have ended up insulting Bradman, Benaud, Viv Richards, Martin Crowe, Richard Hadlee, Brian Lara and Shane Warne's intelligence (wont include the list of Indian cricketers messrs Gavaskar, Dravid et al who consider him to be genius). Me thinks the world is laughing at you now. Can you handle it, or do you need to book an appointment with SRT to learn how to deal with public opinions??

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

End to ODI carrier of a great cricketer

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

It'd have been great if he had played the series against Pakistan as his last series. He started his career against us. One in a thousand kind of player he was. Respect!

Posted by goldenhoney1986 on (December 23, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Great batsman,nice to give chance 2 your young guns

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

well done, you have played very well. i can proudly say to my grandchildren that i lived in the era when Great Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting, Lara used to play.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (December 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

This is not good news. He has created capacity to now hog his Test position for another 20 years.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Blue shirt, flag on helmet, head still, bat ready, high elbow, front-foot punch, down the ground .... silence, madness,four.... Back of length delivery on pads.... Just a flick....Four..... Short of length.... Rock back on back foot.... Hooks above fine leg..... Silence .... Six.... Madness ......Short of length.... Out side off stump...flashed hard.... Silence..... Above 3rd man for six ..... Madness ..... Touch fuller delivery out side off stump..... Silence..... Four to cover boundary..... Majestic.... Madness.... THIS WILL BE MISSED...:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

ODI's Will Always Miss U, Sir Sachin Tendulkar :( Started his ODI career against Pakistan, Played his last against Pakistan. :))

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

finally - a great player indeed

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

bye bye ODI. I won't watch them anymore. The legend has bid adieu in an unceremonial way.

Posted by Paz22 on (December 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

A true legend!!! Sachin u will be missed dearly there was never a better promoter, player of the great game! Cricket is in strife Dravid, Laxman, Boucher, Ponting, Brett Lee, Andrew Strauss and now the God himself :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

I will really miss you Sachin in ODIs. You are the champion and best ever batsman of the world.I wish you have played this pakistan series atleast.We loved watching you play cricket. Cant think of cricket without you. I will never ever watch ODI cricket hence forth. Miss you. Love you Sachin..... You are the best!!!!!!!! Please continue playing test cricket.Dont retire till next two years, please its a request sachin.......... thanks rohit

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Salute you Sachin my inspiration! Its our luck to live in your time!Glorious!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

well guys , true that many are surprised and emotional about him leaving the One day Cricket and some may say he should have gone to play one more year or so and so.but the fact is one day he will had to say Good Bye forever so in my opinion its good that he is leaving at time when people are Sad and will miss him instead of people would demand him to leave. And its always sad to see a legend struggle to do at the end of his career doing what he used to do the best... so life goes on GOOD BYE SACHIN UR GAME WILL BE MISSED!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

about time .. hate to see a legend embarrass himself ..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

No I can't blive,i can't support this all of sudden decision to tk retirement!!!he is legend,should hav tk retirement but y so silently!!!????he should declare this match going to my last match(nxt pakistan match is right time,bcos he startd his career)billions of suppoorters frm all over the world will sit in front of tv,indian n pak fans come to ground say ............bye bye legend b y e bye.we will miss u,we will never see u again!!!!y Bcci n Tendulkar did not think about that!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Its sad to see the way a legendary journey came to an end. #speechless

Posted by PKNYcricFan on (December 23, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

There will be no other sachin tendulkar. the greatest cricketer ever. Love from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

i miss u in Odi criket.ur the best cricketer for all time.ur record never break anyone.ur best.

Posted by Serene247 on (December 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Salute to Sachin, Fantastic Batsman - Always a treat to watch on and off the field. Words not enough to praise his talent and genius. From a Pakistani fan and on behalf of all Pakistani fans. We will miss you, Wish you all the best !!

Posted by mansman on (December 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

833 comments in 5 hrs since the news broke out. This man captures the public imagination like no other. The mark, perhaps the only mark, of a true legend in this day and age when words like "great" and "legend" are thrown around for every tom, dick and harry. @ Avinash Emmidi, awesome artwork, very creative mate.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

its aover oneday cricket for all cricket fans and he is true legend never say he played fore record,,,

Posted by ozwriter on (December 23, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

good decision. he must be congratulated for this.

Posted by Jiral on (December 23, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

End of ODI cricket..

ODI Cricket without Master Blaster????????????? OMG

We all Indian will miss Sachin when India will take on Pakistan

Hope He will continue to play Test cricket for next 2 years

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

amitcricketcrazy: U still saying he played for his records, come on man wake up..he is just 1 century needed to reach 50 tons but still he announced his retirement. that shows what he cares about records.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Now he will be able to prolong his Test career.

Posted by Jiral on (December 23, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

End of ODI cricket..

ODI Cricket without Master Blaster?????????????

We all Indian will miss Sachin w

Posted by dabbler on (December 23, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

The greatest ODI batsman ever. Period.

Thank you, Sachin, for all the memories. Hope you can go out on a high in Test cricket, too.

Posted by thahirbinhasan on (December 23, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Good decision at the right time..very sad though..miss you great man...great Indian..we wait until you come as Indian Coach..Play test cricket to glory until then.. thanks for all good moments ...good luck

Posted by BryanAdamsFan on (December 23, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

All, Salute the king of cricket. Thanks Sachin for all the action. My generation was blessed to watch you play.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (December 23, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Overrated and hyped by the indian media. That's what get with Tendulker. Got hammered against England than had to retire. lol. We won 2-1 and also made the little man retire for good. roll on the ODI series now.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

No I can't blive,i can't support this all of sudden decision to tk retirement!!!he is legend,should hav tk retirement but y so silently!!!????he should declare this match going to my last match(nxt pakistan match is right time,bcos he startd his career)billions of suppoorters frm all over the world will sit in front of tv,indian n pak fans come to ground say ............bye bye legend b y e bye.we will miss u,we will never see u again!!!!y Bcci n Tendulkar did not think about that!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

for any team game no player is bigger than game and country EXCEPT SACHIN TENDULKAR

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar-The God of Cricket.Loved the way he played,loved his passion for the game.You may have retired from ODIs but not from our heart.

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (December 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Who cares. He is the most overrated player in modern cricket. Never performed in key situations or in tough conditions. Only capable of playing in flat pitches. I rather stick with Cook than this little fella.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Statisticians will now rest fr many many years as ODI will certainly fade away in few years.Teams like Bdesh are improving so no more free runs in ODI or test.Doubt if any one will now score 51 Test centuries.Great player except his very few good innings were match winning.Best of luck to statstically the greatest cricketer.

Posted by ak_dragon on (December 23, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

An era of legends ......Ponting, Sachin, Inzi...Gr8 Players. Thanks Sachin for entertaining us....!

Posted by Pankaj_INDIA on (December 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

End of ODI Cricket!!! I will no more watch ODIs here onward....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

.I think now its my time to retire from watching ODI cricket..

Posted by D.Sharma on (December 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Good riddance to you. It's about time.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Lots of unanswered questions and speculations with these decisions.. was with Dravid's and Laxman's as well. Why are they not getting to announce their retirement with a farewell tour. Pressure will be on opposition as well. And it won't count as biding time as well. Don Bradman got out to a duck and stuck to his decision. Why can't Sachin (n Dravid n Lax ..if they wd hv bn allowed to) announce an upfront retirement decision? Something fishy in this..With all the axes hovering o'er Sachin, it looks more like a 'bargain' decision that Sachin retires from ODIs..not being in T20 neway..If he had retired after WC its a diff scenario (His Dream!!)..NOW?? .its fishy..a farewell tour ..Pakistan.. one more 100 ..a 50th 100. not much sense I see here.. #Sad

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Now No Reason To Watch Cricket.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

The end of ODI cricket mania in India..BCCI revenue will touch gorunds for sure..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

y cudnt he jst hav gone 4 a 50th ton nd den retire vil forever remain a mystery

Posted by AVM3 on (December 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Bit surprised that a player who gives priotiy for records has retired without completing 50 centuries. I was expecting him to retire after 200 tests(SA tour) and only after scoring another 100 in ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Sachin you must have scored your 50th 100 !

Posted by venkat.cricinfo on (December 23, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

He is truly a legend! One of the greatest players! Salute him. I am huge fan of him. But it hursts to see him struggle for so long in test series!! It is not surprise that he announced ODI retirement. He should quit from ALL formats and give the precious chances of failing (innnings after innings) for an upcoming youngster in a precious 11 places in a team. Introducing youngster in home series will be good thing than series away. This is my personal opinion. Good luck and hats off!

Posted by ravikb on (December 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

The greatest player cricket has ever seen. Not just on-field but off it as well. True champion. Hope he plays Test cricket at least for one year and goes out on a high. Long live legend. Love you and miss you in colors :-(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

23 Dec, 2012... Starts very sad news , Cricket without Sachin , I am in shocked. I am stop watching ODIs. Today is end of Cricket world. I really miss Sachin. I am Pakistani but I salute him & i proud to be a big fan of little master. I am also lucky that I saw Sachin's cricket specially he scored 100 in my city Rawalpindi cricket ground. I have never words for him , he is Master man, Super man & great batsman. Now I am waiting indian Test matches for watching Sachin. Good luck Sachin ... We always with U. East or West ... Sachin is the Best !!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

One day cricket will never be the same again. Some of us may not watch one day matches any more.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

As Siddhu rightly said, Sachin is an institution in himself. MAny international Team of 11 combined together has not played the number of matches Sachin has alone played representing india,

There was a time when India althogh 6 down, chasing a huge total, evrybody said"Sachin khel raha hai, and everybody still had that feeling that India can win".

God of Cricket. And I sincerely feel, he should have announced his retirement saying Pakistan ODI series will be his last ODI assignment. God Bless u and Thanks a lot ..

Difficult to imagine Indian Team without Sachin!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

the legend who took India to the world has retired... feeling disappointed.....hope he wont be retiring from test soon..as India is in a slump after Dravid and Laxman's retirement... with India youngsters doing nothing in front of the wicket....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

" The man who changed the style of batting in the ODI'S is no more there playing it, a living legend among one of the most honoured men in cricket world respected even by his own opponents.It feels to me that something very huge(sad) has happened today for Indian cricket. Thank you master balster for the show.

Posted by Farhan020328 on (December 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

I believe if he didn't score that 200 and retired immediately after the WC2011, people would still remember him as the greatest man ever played cricket. Anyway, it's all his own decision. He was a great great player. I would say after Viv there's only one name to mention ... It's Sachin. Goodbye Maestro

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 23, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

The way he bats I thought he had already retired.Most over rated player ever.

He had one or two good innings in the nineties but seriously it is tedious how many Indian fans will be on here calling him a God.

He is a semi decent batsman.That's it

Posted by Mahaanama on (December 23, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

His retirement from ODIs brigs a tear to my eyes as I have been a big fan of him for two decades. The oldest memory I have about him is his 84 against NZ during 1992 world cup. I still remember how he got out in that match and that's also the oldest memory I have regarding cricket. By that time I was a very little kid, didn't really understand cricket but somehow I watched that match & started loving him. Even after two decades from that day I still have the same pleasant feeling about him that I had as a little kid. He is a true legend. I loved to see his true genuine smile that he always had. I'll miss you so much.I wouldn't probably see a player like you during my lifetime. Hope you would play test cricket at least for two more years. Wish you all the best for your future Sachin! - Sri Lankan fan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

we miss you lot! Thanks for giving a Entertainment....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Should have played the series against Pakistan.......

Posted by devprasad2011 on (December 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

No matter how bad you have played recently, but i got to salute you and your decision. An amaging person with such a humility, you are a true idol for bilions of people worldwide. A person with so much fame and riches , and still so humble . Best of wishes for your family and you..

Thank you for what you have given to world cricket

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

I was very little when Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in Gujranwala ( I actually saw that match live). No one would have imagined that this man would go on and play for next 23 years. I do not rate Tendulkar highly. My posts have alwayes reflected that. For me Tendulkar lacked the delicacy and detsruction of Brian Lara, Sanath Jasuriya, Sir Viv Richards and Inzemam Ul Haq. However, what made Tendulkar special was his longevity. He always hung on and this deserves some credit. I do not believe that he has made a right decision to retire only from ODI cricket as it is time that he retires from all forms of the game. Like every sportsman, he needs to call that time has come to move away from cricket. India's over hyped world cup victory had nothing to do with Tendulkar as he failed in the final. I am afraid, I would not miss seeing Tendulkar as he never caught my imagination as some other cricketers as mentioned above did. I hope he soon also retires from test cricket!

Posted by gamespiritfirst on (December 23, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

well i am a bit confused here. i have read that in india the age for retirement is 58 years. but he is not even forty then how could he retire, is it a VRS

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Really,,sachin,a great legend is retiring his record will remain for ever.salute sachin for your contribution in cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Thanks Little Master for all that you have done.

Posted by my11hehe on (December 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

this will be the 'most talked about' news in 2012

Posted by swat1999 on (December 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Little bit late but still very good decesion. Good bless him. He bring name, fame and glory for Indian and Asian cricket. His record is awesome. one of my most favourite cricketer

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

It is very clear, that the great man Sachin CAN NOT take a decision to retire from international cricket altogether. This half-way-house type retirement is neither good for him, nor the selectors, nor for the future of Indian cricket.

At least when the selectors meet to choose a test team next time, it is their duty to help him; lead gently out of the pitiable sight he is in, and spare further humiliation. After all the feats he achieved and the services he rendered to cricket in general and Indian cricket in particular, Sachin deserves that gentle nudge to retire, once for all, with whatever pride is left.

Posted by asraruwant on (December 23, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

So far all most of the comments i read i find it amazing how so many of my Indian Brothers can't understand english i.e simple english. They are saying not a good farewell, should have played one last match etc etc... Guys he has retired from ODI cricket only, He is still gonna play Test cricket, And I am assuming that he will Retire after the Home tests against Australia if he has another bad series if he finds his form then he might make the south africa Tour. So stop getting emotional, sachin was anyhow not participating in a lot of ODI's from the last couple of years. So it was High time he retired from ODI. Infact in my eyes he should retired from ODI's after the WC Final.

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 23, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

End Of an ODI cricket, Damn Sure..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Somebody just does everything @ Right Time... :)

Posted by shairazz on (December 23, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Good batsman! Would have loved to see more match winning innings from him though!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

No doubt that the man is a legend, however time is cruel it spares no one.In to his 40's it was always going to be struggle to maintain the glory of his past, he should have made this decision right after winning the world cup, like Imran Khan did. It was like the perfect scenario now it looks like he did not have a choice but to quit. But yet again the man has broken every possible record that could exist when it comes to consistent batting & no virat kohli can never touch the man's class he was a towering figure in terms of his performance yet so humble in terms of his personality. His name undoubtedly would be remembered for ages to come, I am assuming he might start commentating, in any case we wish him best of luck for his future endeavors and thank him for all the entertainment he has provided us. Farewell !

Posted by Sooryan_Indian on (December 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

to be honest. Sachin has made the right call and he knows when to retire and good to see he has done the right thing keeping the future of indian cricket in mind... But still couldn't digestthis decision. We all have been Instituionalised to teldulkarism all these years and suddenly he will not be seen in indian colours is a big pill to swollow. But that is how life goes. Nothing is permanant. SALUTES TO MY LITTLE MASTER. LOVE YOU LOTS CHAMP.

Posted by Rohit... on (December 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Now I won't be seeing ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

bcci has not done good to a great player specially to a RECORD HOLDER player oh come on make him play his last ODI thats gonna good for him to beat pakistani in his last ODI

Posted by itisme on (December 23, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

why from ODIs only? oh, come on. do a favour to indian fans, please. retire from test cricket as well.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

ODI cricket has lost its greatest Legend , not only by sheer amount of statistical data but a great charisma , who enjoyed much more love and attention than the Indian politicians or even Bollywood stars . Take a bow Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar , for all the happiness and joy you have given in this form of cricket and hoping and praying you retire in test cricket in much better frame of mind with a series win and you scoring well.

Posted by Matthew_17 on (December 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

It is indeed sad but nonetheless it was expected.. But I am happy he retired from ODI cricket with grace rather than be kicked out.. All the same he could have announced his retirement saying he would quit after playing the Pakistan series.. In that way we would have had the chance to see him one last time in ODI's & he would have been given a farewell.. We salute you Sachin & our love & prayers are always with you...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

BCCI must have asked him atleast to play in this series........He should have retired in front of home crowd........I will cheer for Pakistan if BCCI does not cal him back in this series.........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Hats off to you Sachin, The Master Blaster. I wish he would have been the part of up coming series against Pakistan.

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 23, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

A sadly low-key end to a superb career, which is what happens when a player tries to carry on when have already endured a steep age-related decline in their ability.

I rate Tendulkar in the Top 10 players ever to play ODIs (Viv Richards obviously top, followed in no particular order by Gilchrist, Botham, Wasim Akram, Ambrose, Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, McGrath and Warne).

I also think that Tendulkar is probably one of the Top 20 batsmen ever to play Test cricket, which would place him somewhere in the Top 50 Test players of all time, which is a great achievement.

So it is the partial passing of a very, very good player. It's just a shame that by extension he clearly intends to continue in Test cricket, where his decline has already seen his average fall down to All-Time Number 16, and he is one more bad series away from exiting the Top 20 batting average list forever.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

great, deserves to retire from all forms of the game. Delayed decision, should have done this long back. Gives the deserving new faces a chance to showcase their skills....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

This bad day to every cricket player and cricket lovers,,, one and only man in cricket universe,,,,, he is the god of cricket universe,,,,, No body can fulfill this place,goodness,fear to bowlers,suggestion to youngsters,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

i will stop watching cricket and i cant be live he is taking a retirement i was expecting him to play more i vil miss u big bro

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Hails Little Master , a true legend of Cricket, his Centuries will remain unbeaten like Bradman's Average. Cricket will ever have two eras , Pre Tendulkar and Post Tendulkar. Just wished he should have retired from the ground and that too against Pakistan , a team against whom he played his Debut. A Fan From Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

bow to the master, bow the Thee !

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 23, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

ODI is going to be a dead rubber here onwards. I am not a big fan of sachin, But i want to sachin playing alwayz. We miss u master

Posted by PointFielder on (December 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

One of the best batsman in cricketing history. Well played Sir.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

An Era Ends Here !!! So Sad And Shocking Moment of Disastrous 2012 !!! Mayans Said World Ends in December 21, 2012 But Didn't Say One Day International Cricket Ends in December 23,2012 . We The Indians Think Sachin Should Reconsider His Decision to Make Sure One Day International Cricket Never Ends !!! Miss U Master Blaster !!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

End of an amazing era, honestly.

Posted by SShriniwas on (December 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

I have just retired from watching ODI cricket... A class batsman with mass following .....just amazing...well ur critics can concentrate on other players now atleast....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

A true legend of the game of cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Must be a hard decisions

Posted by Amit_13 on (December 23, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

BCCI announced his retirement??? I would like to have this confirmed then.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Should have played the upcoming series as a farewell..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Blessed to be born in the SRT era. Thank You God.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Hats off to one of the best batsmen, the word has ever seen.

Posted by mukesh2147 on (December 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

good decision,its the start of great Kohli era,good bye

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Nooo... Although m a Pakistani, but thats a big dent to cricket world ... atleast he should play the Pak India series.... should get the honor from the crowd to walk away with retirement

Posted by ajayrcs on (December 23, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Isn't he almost retired from test too cause India will play only test against Australia in 2013.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

oh my god! GOD of cricket has retired in odi's defenitely a sad news one more hundred in odi's would have taken away my sadness. anyway a standing ovation from me.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

its good time when Sachin Tendulkar retires he is grate player

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

sad to hear really sad, atleast BCCI have made him appear in series against Pak. I m really sad to hear this news.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

end of cricket for me because i watch the cricket only for sachin

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

that's disappointing....expected atleast one series or a match to resurrect his form and then retire in full glory....but he decided otherwise or rather made to decide....now according to his critics indian cricket team will win all the matches since sachin 'the only non performer & selfish member'' in the team is gone....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

this not Good Farewell... to God of Cricket........ BCCI shuld allowed him to play his last match.... It will honor to see him playing his last game. in ODI....

Posted by Micky.Panda on (December 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

A very solid reliable ODI player with average only just below Kallis but a much better run rate, not far below Watson. For many years, a Tendulkar performance usually meant an India win. Right time to retire as his average and run rate started to drop a little in 2012. Really should retire from Tests as well.

Posted by Sherkhaana on (December 23, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

What a champion and great ambassador for the game. Tendulkar we salute you. My generation has been very lucky to have witnessed your pure genius. I have followed you from your debut match in Pak. You are a true role model for young aspiring athletes. You touched the heights of success yet remained humble and honest. Wishing you the very best for the future. A fan from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Im reading articles from cricinfo and reading comments for the past 5 years and im a true tendulkar fan... i noticed one thing that commenters here finds happiness by young making statements such that "sachin should retire", "sachin is a burden for the young players"........Hey ppl from here for us indians cricket will be jus a sport..coz man who made poem from a sport left the game....... India will no longer be the center of attraction from now on... No one could replace him... No one could bear the nation's hope on one's shoulder like he did. For me cricket is now just a sport. Thank u sachin haters, U jus managed to ruin a beautiful game

Posted by myrmidon on (December 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

if this happened before 2 days then it would be apt for mayans of their cricket ending world.

Posted by prodipbd on (December 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Cricket World will miss Mr. Sachin's harmony batting and feel his absence in the field forever. Wish him all the best.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

we love u SRT still cant believe a series with pakistan with out u but still think u should have retire after wc 2011. but really discipline,dedication,love for game is amazing

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

The golden era of indian cricket is going to end......may some day the guys like rohit sharma or virat kohli may come close to this master..........God bless him

Posted by Outside_Off_Stump on (December 23, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Good riddance. He should have retired a longtime ago. Bring it on Kohli! it's your time now.

Posted by ImranShafqat on (December 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Little Late but I think good decision, it's time for next generation.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (December 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Great Legend Cricket ,,,next players follow him...Good Luck for Future Sachin.....Now i hope Pak can win...when sachin was against PAK every time in WC matches Pak lost ..Reason was a Schain....He done well against PAk speically in WC matches ..every time he became WALL against To go in next Step.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Whether you love him, whether you hate him.But You cant Control your emotion for him.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

God of cricket retires from ODI cricket Sachin will be missed a lot.. Indian ODI cricket bound to lose its charm without sachin Sad day...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

from today onwards cricket has entered into a new era called A.S(after sachin)....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

INDIA will LOSE the ODI-Series VS Pakistan 3-0. If Tendulkar not present.Whole indians will happy including me pakistan victory because no sachin.The FOOD without salt isequalto Sachin without cricket.Bring Back Sachin otherwise ban ODI matches hereafter Play only TestMatches.Bring back Sachin please....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Pleasèeeee bless Indian cricket by announcing your retirement from test team also. Thanks in advance. We can not see you lying down in the feet of opposition team's bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

i think i will not see cricket again:((

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

thank you for retired & chance for young star.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

You will be always remembered by all of us :)

Posted by arjunnandith on (December 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

End of a great era.Greatest cricketer in the world.Sachin had a wonderful career.ODI cricket is undone if this master does not play.He must had more time to retire.Sad of his retirement,the whole country and me.He atleast must have played against PAK.CRICKET UNIVERSE will miss him.WISH U ALL THE EST FOR YOUR FUTURE SACHIN.I hope that u should atlest play test cricket & IPL for the next 2 years.

Thank you SACHIN.

YOU ARE THE GREATEST CRICKETER OR ME AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

Posted by --.-- on (December 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

I didn't get this.

The Best player Cricket has ever produced will not get a proper farewell ? :(

Shame !

"SRT has scored 49 centuries in ODIs." - Really a tight slap on faces of those people who say SRT plays for records.

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (December 23, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Hero cup 1993, Sharjah 1998, World cup 2003 (Pak match), CB series 2008 and world cup 2011. These are some of the most wonderful memories in my life. What a journey! Wish he had played the PAK series but he must have felt it's the time to go. Wish you good luck Sachin for the remaining test career. Play with a free mind. Nobody will bother you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Best batsman ever...........

Posted by anuajm on (December 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

The haters would be happy, i expected Sachin to play against Pak and Eng. Its clear Sachin wanted to play else he would have retired from tests too..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

he sholudnt retire from odis he is playig well in odis

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

great player and a great career comes to an end////////////////

Posted by absoni on (December 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

An era ends.. 20 yrs ago I used to shut my TV when he departed from the batting crease.. not much has changed for me in these 20 yrs.. A true gentleman who is much beyond those who love to write and critique him.. thank you sir for everything. Cricket will always be indebted to you.. !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Even though it was long overdue, I'm still a bit emotional to see him go. Cricket will never be the same.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

will miss u so much BABA.............

Posted by my11hehe on (December 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@Amith S Menon: Have some respect to the best batsmen ever. In cricket there is something called form. No player barring bradman ever played consistently throughout their career without losing form. If u believe u r better than the greatest batsman then first prove yourself. Else respect this great man.

When sachin had not performed, India lost 8 overseas matches in a row and 2 consecutive tests in India. this shows the importance of sachin. No Sachin No Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Thank you Sachin for so many years of great entertainment ...a West Indian fan :-)

Posted by kabir.mohammed on (December 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Well,I Think Sachin shud have played the series against Pakistan,as his last series,Player like him shud have got a Farewell,before retiring,But i respect him,he is the one to decide not me,God Bless him,but we wil Defenitly miss the Trade mark Straight Drive Sachin;;;I hope Young Cricketes will atleast come close to his Records,Bye for now & Thanks for the Entertainment Sachin,,, Miss u verymuch & God Bless u.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

A true Legend. The world of Cricket will miss him very badly. There will never be a player like Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ever again...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

today black day for all sachin fans we miss u sachin paajji

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

truly heart breaking to me i isn't watch t20 and asia cup's india vs pakistan match last one for me too really bad decision by god of cricket he should play till 2015 we need you god. please come back.

Posted by Farkhar on (December 23, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Right decision at the right time... Retiring with good memories... Real Champion...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Saddest news of the year for me.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Your character, composure, focus and courage, has earned you this success and glory. Congratulations and let the spirit never fade away.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

God is no more..:( The world of cricket is no more the same without him. I lived my entire life seeing him lift his bat, hitting boundaries, kissing his helmet... but not anymore. Cricket just missed the Greatest Player the World had ever seen.

Posted by TendulkarDgr8 on (December 23, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

End of ODI cricket for me...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

An era has truly ended...for people my age it will always be before and after Sachin...I jst hope u play the australian tests so that I can see u live one last time in Indian colours..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

*A to Z Qualities that every person to be learned from Sachin:

A: Admiration, Adulation, Attention B: Belief, Brave C: Commitment D: Dedication, Devotion, Durable E: Encouragement, Endeavor F: Fearless G: Gratitude H: Humanity, Humble, Honest I: Intensity, Innovation J: Jive K: Kind L: Loyal M: Motivational, Master N: New ideas O: Overhaul P: Peace Q: Quality R: Respect S: Steady, Silent T: Temperament, Technique U: Undertakings V: Volatile W: Wonderful X: X-treme Y: Youthful Z: Zero Gravity (Down to Earth)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

I'm really happy by the way Tendy has made his right decision for retirement. He has done absolutely right. The BCCI should look forward for young players too as the guy is too aged for one-day cricket. Gradually, he should think of retiring from test cricket too as he seems to be out-of-form in the longest format of the game.

Posted by Hit1968 on (December 23, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

You will be missed Sachin, but like any other tale this has to end. Salute to you for an amazing career. Good Luck!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

The great man i am honour our perfomens i like it

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@Amith S Menon: Please try to achieve even a quarter of what Sachin has achieved and then come back with your comments.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Thanks for entertaining us. You carried our hopes for 3 decades, rewrote the career of many young Indians, been a part of IPL foundtion and will always look to you to see the humble Indian. Thanks for all.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Hope this will enhance his test career...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

salute 2 master...........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Sir you are the most admirable personality from among all the sports today and if you decided to leave from the ODI its very hard to believe and cant imagine presence of the royal INDIAN BLUES with out the legendary Jersey No 10 on and off the field....and its an opportunity for the youngsters in the INDIAN team to prove that you are one the who played the cricket along with the GOD.... and as an great fan of cricket i could say that i have lived in the era of The GREAT SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR....................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

An era has truly ended...For people my age it will always be before and after Sachin...I just hope u play the tests against Australia so that I can watch u live one last time in Indian colours....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@frommoonman: Sachin was playing cricket even before Ajmal started taking his first toddler steps. Keep your brash opinions to yourself.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

While many a writer better than I, Shall devote reams to the Lord, Here's my mini-Ode, with an awestruck sigh, [May it strike a chord!]

Willow Wielding Blade Runner Extraordinaire, Bolt o' Thor, Poseidon's Trident, Excali-bare! The Unetchable, The Immutable, The Unfazeable, The Legend made all else a nano-Fable.

Multitude Inspirer, (Platitude eliciter? :D), The Icon Exemplar, Prodigals imploded, Newbies buzzed off, reigned the Knight 10plar! At Thy Altar, Almighty Rex of Rexes, this Obeisance humble, Chanteth alike, Lords, Bradman, Brat Men, and Bumble.

'Tis but a Sport - a Game, Conjured He the Hysteria, The glare blare grows, what remains the same - The Phenomenon, The Mysteria.

So bid Thee Farewell - O Mighty One, Test of Time stood true, such has been, or will be - none.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar - I bow to Thee.

Posted by avik_chowdhury1980 on (December 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

The greatest ODI career has ended today ! 49 centuries 96 half centuries (including 18 90+ scores) all scored at a staggering strike rate of 86 (given the fact that he has played 463 matches) and at a phenomenal average of 44.8 ! ) besides, he has taken 154 wickets as well :)

He single-handedly carried the Indian batting in the late 90s and in the good part of the beginning of the last decade..!!

Scored maximum runs against the best team in the world AUS !

Has won 62 MOM awards in 463 matches.. most consistent of all !!

Leading run scorer for India in the WC tournaments in 1996, 2003 and 2011 and overall leading run scorer in 1996 and 2003 !!

Cricket will never see another Sachin....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

me miss you sir................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

i think no one can break his clouds,until the 16 yr boy play for indian team.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

why he is dealing in installments... he should complete retire...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

We miss you! One of the milestones of Indian Cricket which has produced greatest player ever in the cricketing history!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (December 23, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Why didn't he announce it himself? It is unusual for selectors to announce it, especially for such a great player.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

The God deserved the Guard of Honour.. :'( :'(

Thank you God... for everything you gave...

Posted by UglyIndian on (December 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

What? Just ODI's? What about Test cricket?

Posted by khankijaan on (December 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

From a Pakistani fan of Sachin: i loved and liked Sachin as much as i did inzi,saeed anwar,waseem ,shoaib akhtar and saqlain..At times i was called traitor by my friends when i used to admire Sachin in-front of them and enjoyed ur batting a lot ...the way sachin used to flick towards midwicket from middle and off was unmatchable...a career ,almost equivalent to my age is in itself reflective of the greatness of this legendary batsman....it was so sad to hear his retirement news...Sachin ,VVS laxman,Dravid and sourav have always been 1 of my fvrts ,,all being extremely humble on the field and probably off the field as well..(young virat ,raina has to learn from them and try to to be decent like them )..we'll misss u so much and lots of love for u from across the border...best of luck "great batsman"

Posted by khankijaan on (December 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

From a Pakistani fan of Sachin: i loved and liked Sachin as much as i did inzi,saeed anwar,waseem ,shoaib akhtar and saqlain..At times i was called traitor by my friends when i used to admire Sachin in-front of them and enjoyed ur batting a lot ...the way sachin used to flick towards midwicket from middle and off was unmatchable...a career ,almost equivalent to my age is in itself reflective of the greatness of this legendary batsman....it was so sad to hear his retirement news...Sachin ,VVS laxman,Dravid and sourav have always been 1 of my fvrts ,,all being extremely humble on the field and probably off the field as well..(young virat ,raina has to learn from them and try to to be decent like them )..we'll misss u so much and lots of love for u from across the border...best of luck "great batsman"

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

cricket is nthng without god....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Not happy with his Retirement.... Team and Fans will miss him badly... He should take his retire while playing not silently.. :(:(:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

The Little Master Sachin Ramesh Tendulker says good bye to ODI cricket a bit late he should have retired after the W.C but a gr8 player a classy stroke maker indeed cricket will miss the little master almost every record in the books is against his name..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

this is the heartbreaking announcement we will miss you master blaster, INDIAS salute you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

as a bangladeshi, i think india will miss him very much. If he retires from test cricket, India will be in big trouble cause they haven't yet get backup for VVS and WALL (someone will say pujara, but i don't think so...time will say)

he was a player, better man then any indian player. (trillion times better then sehwag, as a bangladeshi's perspective) . Whole world will miss him.

KUDOS. SALUTE. RESPECT. SALAM. everything to him................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Today is the real end of world(cricket) for me :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

News Shaked me completely ..... i knew it was about to happen soon but still for me it is not a very pleasant 1 let me tell u I'm from Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Having watched this game for 20 years, there wasnt any one who even came close to this guy, whether in terms of skill, beauty or humilty...thank you sachin for everything

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Hats off to Sachin......a timely decision and correct decision ....will miss him...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Not surprisingly many cricket-pundits are happy in this news as they wanted it so much......they are in fool's heaven.....I believe he could continue to deliver some special moments....India will never find the replacement of Sachin in one day or test match format.....Salutes to the champion.....going to miss you badly!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

The quit of the great cricketer. Cricket world will remember u for long..................

Posted by nellaiseemai on (December 23, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Its a very sad news but team has to move on. He should have played at least the first game as his last game. People who have welcomed this decision and showed relief did not see cricket matches during 80s and 90s when he was the only lone warrior. Only those people say he is not a match winner. Who can forget his last big innings in ODI vs Aus 175 where India lost not because he scored that many runs but because others did not score the needed runs. Those people please watch Tests and ODIs from 80s and 90s you will definitely change your decision. Team India will move on but definitely its a big lose. In ODIs the question any viewer would ask is whether Tendulkar is still playing or not as he is an opener for ODI.

Posted by kg.criccrazy on (December 23, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

49 centuries... 96 half-centuries... 195 sixes... Waiting for the armchair critics to still justify how he played only for personal records

Posted by rahulsingh4381 on (December 23, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

was really sad :( there will be no interest in cricket without this legend In this form of sports he was literally a God :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

With the end of the year also Ends an ERA....of Sachin tendulkar...---->The mayans were Ryt...THis Wud b the end.... :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Very Very Sad News To All Indians in his says

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Should be all forms, he is clearly on the decline.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

True Legend... No one can reach to his performance.. Well done sachin ... As a Sri Lankan .. Congratz you... for your Future.....

Posted by Onky....9 on (December 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

thnkx 4 d memories u ill never retire 4m our hearts ..... ..:)

Posted by frommoonman on (December 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Good - he will be spared from facing Saeed Ajmal. Having seen what Monty and Swan did to him, this is actually a wise thing to do.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

The greatest batsman the game ever had...a true legend

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

A bit surprised at this decision given his reasonably fine form in ODI cricket. Anyway, it's the end of an ERA in 50 overs cricket. A true LEGEND has called time on a simply BREATHTAKING career. I literally grew up with his innings. India and world cricket will remember you forever Little Master. Well done and good luck.

Posted by t.feroze on (December 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Well its the right decision but he should have announced it before playing a last match, its sad he was forced to retire and its sad he was not allowed a last outing against pakistan and an opportunity to recieve a farewell from the crowd who worship him...........BCCI could have waited another match having waited so longgggg....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

cricket before sachin (BS) cricket after sachin (AS).....respect legend

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

does it mean he can play big bash and other leagues...tht would be great then

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Sad news, let us hope he can help young talent to achieve more than what he has achieved

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

not a great end of a gud player...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

I'll always miss you Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

a master batsman and the humility he displayed throught his long career is amazing.He's a role model for youngsters.

Posted by VJGS on (December 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Noooooooooooo! Why Sachin, why? I thought you'd play the 2015 WC! I hope you didn't retire because others forced you to

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar - Cricket= 0 I will really miss the master strokes played by you, have a prosperous future ahead!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Truly , the end of an era for Indian cricket...there will be a lot of great cricketers to come.. but never again will anyone carry the aspirations of a billion people like Sachin...Long live the God of Cricket !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

The Legend who revolutionized the ODI format bids goodbye to it. HAIL SACHIN, you are Irreplaceable.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Tere bina cricket se koi shikva to nahi... Tere bina cricket lekin Cricket to Nahi....

Posted by Rif_cruz on (December 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

has been forced......that's bad

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Mixed feelings for this .. end of a legends ear .. but a good chance for youngsters ..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

why before Pakistan ODIs??? WRONG TIMING WRONG FORMAT

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

ODI Cricket is Over.....GOD OF ODI Bid Farewell.....End of Era

Posted by lankan_cricket on (December 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

The true master. Really admired how he stayed humble even though he is one of the greatest. Hope he starts coaching or commentating so he stays in touch with the game

Posted by onphel1 on (December 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

ODI cricket would NEVER be the same again. Period. Well played sir. Thank you for the entertainments and great memories you have provided for nearly a quarter of a century. All the best with the rest of your Test career. Happiness to you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

I never worried when Srilanka lost 2011 world cup........because I thought Sachin deserves a world cup for 21 years cricket service.I thought this day will arrive but i cant control my emotions.

Posted by legfinedeep on (December 23, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Posted by IndianNeo on (December 23 2012, 06:19 AM GMT) Mayan people miscalculated 2 days, for me world ends today :( <<<< and that, pretty much sums up the problem with Indian cricket

Posted by saintsinister on (December 23, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Nothing but respect for a decent, humble and amazingly talented individual from a Pakistani fan.. I am just a little down due to the anticipation of seeing him against Ajmal.. :) Best of luck sachin..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

ODI cricket has lost it's beauty just now...

Posted by tennakoon63 on (December 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Its about time. Also he should consider retiring from all forms of cricket and contribute towards the better man of the game.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

he will be missed :( legend of legends

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Greatest cricketer in the world. A long successful journey by cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

One of the All time best.......Cricket will never be the same without Tendulkar Congrates on his awesome career !!

Posted by maqk on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Thanks Sachin for your magic, cricket will miss you

right decision i will say, though heart breaking for your fans :'(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

wrong decision...he doesnt need to retired yet...he could still play fo anothr year or two

Posted by m_kamb on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

he is not selected for matches against pakistan and he decides to retire.hope selectors will do same with him when they slect team against aus..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Mayan people miscalculated 2 days, for me world ends today :( Soo sad :'(

Posted by Smithie on (December 23, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

And he will continue to be a major hurdle to the full implementation of of DRS.

Posted by the_blue_android on (December 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Not sure why he retired from the format where he was best performing. He should have continued to play ODIs but retire from tests.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (December 23, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

I loved cricket bcoz of U,nw i leave cricket bcoz of U...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Sachin no one can keep up with you for what you have created a mountain of runs until there is no coverage.My Regards to the future..:)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

we miss your awesome batting sachin i can't stop my tear's

Posted by passionatecricbug on (December 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

That remarkable timing when he hits the ball with absolutely no power behind the shot, sweet and effortless ! Memory of him batting is worth preserving and I will take it to my grave.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

this is not his own decision its by force............he should be in the team at least til next world cup.............

Posted by Vaibhav3418 on (December 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Sachin was Dropped before he declared his retirement. So I wanna ask why Sachin Surrendered instead of saying ok so u dropped me ok I will play ranji list A matches & prove my worth & will come back soon.

Sachin has lost faith in himself.

Posted by uddeshmukh on (December 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Good Decision by a Great Player...Perfect Timing as good as each of his Strokes...I won't be surprised if he ends his Test Career with a bang vs his favorite opponent...Aussies Beware...Long Live the God of Cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Sad...He must play at least Pak series.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

The Legend of the game.A sad day for all cricket lovers.Long live Sachin.Wishes from Srilanka!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

sad news "Politics in Indian cricket compelled him to retire"

Posted by sanjibroy on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

We will miss the prince of ODI cricket !!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

I am proud to be living in the times of Sachin Tendulkar and having witnessed some of his unbreakable records.. cricket will miss you :

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Comments from people forced him to retire. Are we good commentators ??????

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

True Legend indeed - just when cricketing world was getting used to cricket without Punter - we've been quaked with another - will be miss ya sir!!

Posted by SamRoy on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Now he should be (along with Sehwag) dropped permanently from test team. All time Great ODI batsman; probably the best ODI batsman after Viv, but I am not saddened one bit that he is retiring. Should have retired from ODI cricket after World Cup victory as there was nothing else to achieve.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

My world ends, I was watching the master's finest innings, the Sarjah final highlights against the aussies yesterday... :'(

Posted by CHAMP-INDIA on (December 23, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Emotional Day for the fans and whole cricket Community, Really hard to beleive that no more SRT in Indian line up for the one days in future. All the very best to the Greatest Legend of cricket in whatever field you go. Thanks for your Service to Indian team for such a long span of time. I dont feel like watching Cricket anymore............

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

2012 just showing its effects as the Legend says Good Bye to ODI's! A nice decision taken at the right time.... No 1 can replace u Lil Master.. But u should have waited till the Pak Ind Series.. :( from a die hard Pakistani Fan....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Happy that finally his senses prevailed.NOw go selectors find a match winner not just an accumalator.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

shocking!!!!..expected him for the Pakistan series... finallyt we could have witnessed him in ODI's...A black day for indian cricket...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

end of the great crickters carear.he was realy the son of india.we salute you sachin and we love you for ever.GOD bless you.

Posted by niyasindian on (December 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

The End of Cricket World....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Miss You Sachin ......... I watched your 95% match from 1996 ..... Cricket Ground will miss a Legend like you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Sachin - the God of Cricket, We Missed you badly!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

I was lucky to be traveling in India when Tendulkar entered the stage of international cricket in 1989. I recall going into a shop and nobody served me because the shop assistants were watching the Tendulkar bat in Pakistan. I walked over to the TV set and stood, quietly watching the game with 8 shop assistants. After a few minutes I was offered a seat and spent the whole afternoon watching the game. We talked cricket....and I eventually left the shop, the shop that didn't want me to sell me anything. A special memory of a 17 year old who has become the legend in international cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

we all will miss u tendulkar

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Really this is the end of the world!!!!! I Hate Indian cricket politics... and i love sachin tendulkar east ho ya west SACHIN is always best.....................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

without Sachin Tendulkar .............no interest left in IND-PAK series

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Greatest ODI batsman ever.

Posted by Sandt on (December 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Salute the true server of Indian Cricket. Amazing person who had played carrying millions of peoples faith with him and under tremendous pressure. people can say whatever they want about him- runs behind records or not a match winner etc. But fact is something else which is not reflected properly. A true legend.To play so consistently thru these years is not a joke.Even great lara was not consistent as sachin was. One thing the so called new generation lovers need to know that every one will have to become old one day.People who becomes old also have the right to live here and do what they want. These so called young generation will also become old oneday and need to see if they will move away for generation of that time.respect the olders that is the lesson the new generations should study first. everyone have the right to live in this world. be old or young it applies to all.once again i salute the true legend. we will not have anyone like you ever- that is sure.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Sachin retirement from ODI's, Big void in indian cricket.....We are gonna miss u SRT......Gonna miss that straight drive and sweep shot......Its just absolute delight 2 watch on the field........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

A Very Good News Of The Century For Indian Cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

end of god of cricket ,end of cricket book,end of a legend

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

sad........are people (we) happy now ???? ..................................never.......................people enjoy teasing .........and nothing els.............

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Great man We miss you, good luck for your future ....Black day for ODI Cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

speechless,he was my biggest idle not for just cricket on field but for his humble attitude and helping hand to the needies..was watching your batting since school days,used to run from school thinking would miss a single ball you wld bat,skipped meals when you failed,had tears in my eyes when you lifted the wc in 2011..miss you sweetheart,God bless,you took indian sports to global level...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

right decision and not a bad time also.should keep support for cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Its over :( Never we can get back those 23 years of cricket ODI without Sachin!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

welldone Sachin!! we miss ur oneday cricket!!! u r true legend and god of cricket!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

i think there is nothing to left to see cricket when india is playing its the end... i dont get any interest to see india without sachin especially iin odi s

Posted by ronakrd86 on (December 23, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Not a proper farewell to master

Master has given tremendous service as a great sportsman to our country. BCCI should have planned it out in a more respectful way by allowing him to play against Pakistan. Also, by saying that we like to give opportunity to youngster as we have to plan for next WC and before series start you can announce your retirement from ODI by saying this will be my last series in this format. As much I know and I have followed him as a cricketer I don't think this is master's decision.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

i cant xpress d inner feelings in my heart....:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

True legend, i personally will miss him a lot. He should play the series against Pakistan and then got retired. What I more feel is its the dooms day for cricket as he is among few of the legendary players in the field of Cricket. God bless him and more over I thank to both mother of Sachin Tendulkar for producing such a legend and BCCI for giving him a chance to play for his country. God bless you and will remember you always. See you soon in 5 day game.

Posted by niyasindian on (December 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

If He Stops Playing Cricket........... I Will Stop Watching Cricket...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Indian cricket watching crowd increased b'cos of him, increased revenue of BCCI, BCCI became rich and global powerhouse,IPL came into exisitence , it made game rich also many players rich.So all modern day cricket world exits b'cos of him.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

An end to a good career, well done. Good decision for Indian cricket - this will give chances to youngsters to make their mark!

Posted by praneethtz on (December 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

he is taken the right decision....i feel he shld have quit even tests....But his services to Indian cricket will be nw history..miss u sachin..:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Sachin had to retire one day, BUT not this way..................... I think its media and BCCI to blame... he is indeed a living legend and had to depart like the legends do. Very sad. . . . Now I know what Mayan Calender meant.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

To all the people, who say Sachin is a selfish player, who just plays only for personal records and personal milestones....

Sachin has played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs with 49 centuries & 96 half centuries.

Had he been a selfish player, who just plays only for personal records and personal milestones, he would have played on to make 50 centuries, 100 half centuries and even eyed on the record of playing 500 ODIs and scoring 20,000 runs !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

The Burden of Indian Cricket Team finaly Retired party time for Dhoni!

Posted by oneupnowuv on (December 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

puts country before self , wishes them luck , marches on head held high #MYHERO

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

sad moment for cricketing world........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

we will miss such a great player..

Posted by coolindianfan on (December 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

oh boy sad news will stop watching odi cricket from now on. surely the greates odi player along with viv Richards .Thanxs a lot sachin for the fun . will treasure ur sharjah centuries for a life time .

Posted by lazyplayers on (December 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Thank God, Thank you Tendulkar

Posted by SMALI_RWP on (December 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

The end of great sporstman called Sachin Tendulkar. In the cricketing world he was on par with the great aussie; the one and only Bradman. Its a great accolade to his batting ability and rightly so that he will be remembered for ever as the first player to make centuries of 100 in all form international matches. His batting record is simply awesome to say the least. He did not go after records but it came his way thru his batting genius. He is the first super star sportsman in the world who was a paragon of modesty and a scandal free person. Whether as a sportsman or in private life he led as a role model for all to see. Personally I would have preferred that he announced his retirement rather than the situation led him to do. Be that as it may I won't loose any sleep over it as for me he will also be remebered as a GREAT Iconic Cricketing star. Thank you Sachin for giving me the pleasure for watching cricket and wish you all the best for the future from a British/Pakistani admirer.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

The Indian ODI team won its independence on Dec 23, 2012.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

great god really a true india

Posted by CanGrit on (December 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Greatest batsman..forever will be missed..for many cricket fans he is CRICKET!!!?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Dear Sachin Tendulkar, thanks for giving us such great entertainment in One Day International cricket. Today marks the end of a great era in Indian Cricket. Goodbye Sachin and good luck for the remaining time we get to see you in Test Cricket.

Posted by 9885888143 on (December 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

we miss u...............

Posted by myrmidon on (December 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

comment on tendulkar retirement, ................ only tears no words

Posted by bluebloodripper on (December 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Thank you Sachin for inspiring the entire country to believe that we could be world beaters. Thank you for entertaining us with so many great innings and in the end thank for putting the nations sentiments and cricket over everything and walking away when the time is right, leaving us with great memories of ur great service to this sport.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (December 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover - Somewhat agree with you about Ind bowlers. Also your gandu Akram was not a great match winner either. Well I guess it has everything to do with medicore Pak batsmen traditionally.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

odi (sachin tendulkar)retires today, very sad for indian cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

What a great loss for India. I expecting him to do the 50th century in OID. I will miss this legend in OID.

Posted by FlairSelva on (December 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Hate You Patil.. Love you Sachin..

Posted by Tejas1983 on (December 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

The Mayans had predicted that the world would end when Sachin announced his retirement on 21 Dec 2012 ..... they were off by 2 days

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Now retire from test cricket as early as possible so that MS can rebuid the team as the seniors are really a hindrance to that.Sehwag should follow suit as 2015 world cup in Australia is not for slow movers and veterens!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Right Decision at the right time.......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

The end of an era . . glad to see him depart with dignity. Hope he can still contribute in Test arena

Posted by rajsin3 on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

so sad i cant beleive dat we wil never see lord of cricket in blue!!!!!!!!!!!! i thnk dis is d end of legend and begng of fall of indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

We will really miss you Sachin!!! It's a heart breaking news for us but still we have to accept it cause there is an end for everything. From the deep of the heart wishing you all the best and thanks for the entertainment you have provided so long. Hoping that you will be always involved with cricket and we will be able to be in touch with you always.

Posted by ronakrd86 on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Not a proper farewell for master

Master has given tremendous service as a great sportsman to our country. BCCI should have planned it out in a more respectful way by allowing him to play against Pakistan. Also, by saying that we like to give opportunity to youngster as we have to plan for next WC and before series start you can announce your retirement from ODI by saying this will be my last series in this format. As much I know and I have followed him as a cricketer I don't think this is master's decision.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Its A Black-Out Day in ODI cricket. :-(

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (December 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

THANK GOD! Happy Day for me!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

right time good decision,but we miss alot

Posted by 9885888143 on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

a true legend call the day finest cricketer world has ever seen. i am so lucky to see him batting and scoring thousands of runs

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Should have gon right after the final in Mumbai. And it was abt time, he had made enough money to live peacefully, had nothing to prove. Better make way for a youngster rubbing it ot in the nets as I write.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Neither a unexpected nor dissapointed. It was getting close.It is a bit of an anticlimax, if this was taken immediately after WC 2011, it might have been a retirement that would have been etched in cricketing immortality . I have had an apathy towards Tendulkar, but nevertheless all Indians should salute to this man , he has been one of the greatest servant to Indian Cricket and the world,a great role model, one of the or arguably the best batsmen in ODI format. Incredible numbers, incredible skill. I salute, Tendulkar for all he is!!!!! Hope he has a great life !!!!!! Infinite salutations SIR..We all love you!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

a true legend , a sad ending for indian odi history, best of luck for the future

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

how the diamond necklace make a lady beautiful. sachin made the cricket a great heights with his behavior . great ambassador to cricket .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

I cannot express my feeling of this moment. Its true every player has to retire once but Tendulkar is Tendulkar! This is one of the saddest day in Cricket world. God bless Tendulakar!!! Miss you! Miss you!! Miss you!!!

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

As expected..this was always on the cards...SACHIN...you are my legend and will live in my heart forever....I am nt a cricket expert to comment on who is the greatest cricket ever....for me you are the THE greatest cricketer ever....your onfield and off field behaviour, your motivation to younger lads, your commitment etc makes you a stand out player...I will miss you in ODIs and surely I lost interest to see India ODI matches....cricket in india will not be same after you....empty stands is all you see from now for ODIs.....all d best...we Indians owe you a lot....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

463 matches 18426 runs 96 half centuries.. 49 centuries..

And they said he is selfish,

Now haters can go & achieve 500 matches 20000 runs 50 hundreds 100 fifty's !

Mayans were right , The world has Ended For Cricket Lovers !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

The time comes for everybody to depart the stage. Sachin Tendulkar has done so with grace and dignity. Of course, this is the end of an era. But cricket has a way of turning out stars -- and soon there will be someone else whose game we will celebrate. And I bet that Sachin will be cheering as well from the sidelines. After all, he's a classy guy.

Posted by Jephron on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

It was not fair Mr. Sachin. You had to play this coming Pakistan Tour and then retire. We, people want you playing One Day Cricket also. It is very sad moment when you announced your retirement. Please play Test Cricket at least for five more years please.

Posted by Cricket_archive on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Watching the odi matches will not be the same again.We will always miss u sir Sachin Tendulkar,the greatest odi batsmen ever.thankyou.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

A True batting genius!! i couldn't image anyone else who will play 23 years of international cricket again! i am glad he is still playing Test cricket,because i have no doubt in my mind he is greatest batsman the world has ever seen,everyone should understand everyone goes though a rough patch ,sachin is no exception. thala(leader) hats off to your awesome career!!!!! we will support you no matter what!!

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Well without a doubt the greatest ODI batsman and perhaps India's greatest sportsperson.

Many people found it easy to criticize him after every Indian loss and especially if he had scored a 100 and called him selfish.

In coming years people would find out how wrong they were when they will see Indian batting struggle and then they would repent their comments.

If you think Sehwag, Gambhir, Sharma and others would consistently perform and win matches they are wrong! and they will find out pretty soon enough.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Emotionally it wud have been difficult for this legend to announce retirement... but its hard for fans to see this legend fail and being criticized on every other day.. He is human and we cannot expect him to be playing for ever... He wud still be remembered for his greatness, wt a humble person he is....

Posted by PakCricSpin on (December 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

WE all were blessed to have witnessed Sachin Tendulkar's entire career. :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Finally some sense prevails! Anyways better late than never!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Soo sad to here this news.great player in the world

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Finally. He should retire from test also.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

ODI retirement just in time, but test cricket retirement is way overdue. Selectors may need to force the issue before the Australian tests. Strange, should have retired from test cricket first. Fine batsman, but no greater than Kallis, Sangakkara, Ponting, Cook, Graeme Pollock, Lara, Gavaskar, Viv Richards and many others...lasted longer playing at an international level, but his best years were no better than the best years of these other greats.

Posted by sivaambi on (December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Interestingly, even though I was a die hard fan of sachin (I noted down every single ball he faced in a little diary in the year 1998), reading this news I do not feel sad. It feels right. Thanks Sachin for the entertainment you have provided over the years. Now it is time for the Indian team to move on and perform.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Indian team has just lost its color in ODIs forever ;( :( we love you sachin! :( thanks will be an ordinary word for all the extraordinary things you have given us..

Posted by cricbee on (December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Oh My God.................Miss you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

What a player, Sachin was the best batsmen of modren era and surprisingly down to earth person.Great ambassador for not only India but for the whole cricketing Nations. We love him here in Pakistan as well, I wish he should have played series against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

We will miss you Sachin! No matter what the selectors think, Sachin is still the best cricket player in indian team.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

End of the cricketing era...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Thank you Master for all those wonderful memories....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Congrates for a wonderful career, Thanks for all the moments, some time praising, some time criticizing, some time waiting, some time enjoying, but all in all a life time experience watching 'God' bats. Best of luck for your rest of life, Sir

Posted by sivaambi on (December 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

I share the same feeling as cricTorque. Even though I was a die hard fan of sachin (I noted down every single ball he faced in a little diary in the year 1998), reading this news I do not feel sad. It feels right. Thanks Sachin for the entertainment you have provided over the years. Now it is time for the Indian team to move on and perform.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

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

WE MISS U SACHIN !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Miss you Sachin, would be good if he retires from ODIs after a good season :(. for me cricket and sachin are interchangeable words, proud to be part of this era..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

LOVE U SACHIN.......U r the reason y i love this game so much. You are not a god, but u r a true genius and master in this game. YOU RESPECT CRICKET, CRICKET RESPECTS YOU AND WE FANS RESPECT YOU. Its always easy to sit and point out mistakes or comment on anything. but in the field its all different. I truly wish, u cld hve announce retirement before a match, I missed seeing ur first match, but i wish to see ur last one day match. And i think many wish the same. For me, You r the only one i respect a lot in this cricket game. Take care Sachin. ...THis is my first post in cricinfo and let this be my last post also. Not going to post anymore about anyone. TY

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

we all are miss u lot sachu. . .ur great.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Mine also retires from watching one day matches.... sachinji please change your decison.... come back......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Greatest ODI cricketer ever !!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar has retired from ODI cricket. Tendulkar finishes an illustrious career in the 50-over format, having played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 run

we miss u sachin...!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

I could tell youngsters about Sachin's cricket era.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

I still remember the day when a young guy 16 years old started his career against Pakistan in Pakistan and here after 23 years he decided and made his last match against Pakistan in Asia cup as his last in caree! its better for both this great player and INdian cricket that he decided to move on! i would have loved to see him one last time against Pakistan in upcoming series but neverthless I salute to this great cricketer and will always respect him as the legend of Cricket! good luck Tendulker!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

the greatest player born. what a way to carry himself. no controversies. hats off to u. njoyed cricket bcos of you

Posted by Shabbirshah on (December 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

He should have left on a high note after world cup 2011 win, rather than this dismally when not considered for a series against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

We miss the meaning of cricket,Thank you very much sachin for playing cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Very bad news for Indian Cricket! Sachin, the master blaster, we'll really miss you !!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

The showtopper in the world of cricket hangs up his boots in the ODIs. BCCI should find a new wonder to increase their revenues now. Respect for the master blaster

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Tendulkar is a great batsman in all formats but I feel it is the ODI format rather than the test format where Tendulkar has forged his legend. He was a real match winner in ODIs and its a little ironic that he should end up with 49 hundreds there. Shades of Bradman...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Definitely a great loss to Indian team....

Posted by sujit2104 on (December 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Retirement of Sachin makes me a Atheist about cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Should've retired with a half century at least

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

oh!! end of an era. hats off the master blaster.. Everything is over!! India team will going like Zimbabwe definitely!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

sachin you have tremendous potential to play...atleast upto next world cup you can play ....please dont take decision under pressure... we want to see you in next ICC ODI WORLD CUP

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar needed to go; was painful to see him struggling. I would rather have his image in my head of a master in control

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

We will lose to see the greatest Batsman ever in ODIs

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (December 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

A great servant to the game and one of the all time greats to have played this wonderful game we all love, at his peak would have slotted into any All time XI.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Date 23 adds up to 5(2+3=5).Occult number of Sachin Tendulkar is 50(5+0=5).Year 2012 adds up to 5.Twenty three years have passed since Sachin's Test debut.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

The saddest day in Indian cricket...The God decides to leave the team :-(

Posted by giantz2k7 on (December 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Sir Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest person, the greatest cricketer, the greatest entertainer, one of a kind and gem of a person today departs the game he loves and the passion he always lived for. May god bless you. You will always be remembered. Good luck with your life and for your future....but will wait for you in your next test match!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

glamour of cricket gone! now its over.... shocking news for all cricket lovers

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Respect and Salute, the Master Blaster retired from ODIs on this day with indomitable records to his name. Respect with few tears running down my eyes.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Very Late but Correct Best of luck for the rest of your life Have a break have a kit kat :-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Finally...His scorecard-last year- was no more than a combination of binary codes used by an Army battalion for transferring secret information.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Now Cricket would be just another sports for me, specially the ODI format where I wont be seeing the legend opening the innings for India or at No. 3 :(

Posted by harry133 on (December 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Its Really sad that not all think that sachin played cricket for india as a passion , and love for the game and the country but for Records and money which he already have/had in abundance...

Sachin you deserve to being given Title of "Sir" as You played in 4 decades, 80's, 90's, 2000, and 2010 ...and faced all sorts of bowlers and scored all over the world...against all opponents....

we will Will Miss u ...Thanks for winning our hearts continuously for 23 years of your cricketing career.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

He's scared of kallis taking him over in test 100s :)

Posted by G.Vinoth on (December 23, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Oh my god... Sachin we will really miss you... This is a Shocking news for the whole world... Thanks for the entertainment & great memories...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

What a talent to have blessed the game of cricket. Thank you Sachin for serving the game this long. You are an example and you records have set new milestones for the generations to come.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Sachin thanks for your wonderful experiance.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Smart Move, before you face Saeed Ajmal who porved to be your nemesis every time you faced him......No Doubt you were great but not the greatest...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

great love to maestro;now i won't watch odi cricket anymore;

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (December 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Arguably the best ODI batsman of all time along with Sir Viv Richards. Sachin made India glued to television sets forgetting their day. Such a phenomenon. Hail master, love you Sachin and you are irreplaceable, all those who talked ill about you are losers...Thanks for all your memories, you rocked 96 WC, 2003 WC and 2011 WC. Also, your sharjah knocks, CB series knocks were dream innings. End of ODI according to me...

Posted by Krish_sandesh on (December 23, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

I born....Sachin started his career.... I completed schooling....Sachin was playing.... I completed college....Sachin was playing.... I completed masters....Sachin was playing!!!! I brought up watching Sachin's play....But now Sachin retired...:( A player with same enthusiasm, passion for game, dedication.... We miss u a lot Sachin...:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Thanks Mr.Tendulkar.... 2+ decades of cricket watching was an immense pleasure...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

it was on the cards..surprised that it did not come earlier....seems he is now taking one series at a time in tests...and so the complete retirement is not far off...well a great ODI career..an era has ended..the turning point of his ODI performances came when he started to open...till then he had played about 50+ games without a hundred..only criticism is that he had not always delivered well enough in big games..eg 2 world cup finals and many other finals & crunch games where India needed a big innings from him..leaving that aside ..easily the biest ever ODI batsman apart from Viv Richards..with lots of memorable innings...2 back to back tons v Aus in sharjah..1st 200 in ODIs v SA..his 82 in his 1st ODI as opener v NZ..90s & 100s in 2008 tri series finals v Aus..leading to Indian victory.sourav & sehwag benefitted a lot as his 2 most successful opening partners in ODIs..I believe he could have been more brilliant in tests had he opened in tests also like Sehwag..wud hv had more 100s

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Good Bye Tendulkar ... u are, without any doubt, has been and will be a batting legend ... From a Pakistani Fan!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Hail to the Master.... I think he deserved better.... walking of the ground in the uniform he has been in duty for 20+ years..!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Thanks for the memories .....................................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

take a bow master.........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

No Sachin No Cricket ,Black day for world cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

End of a generation! ODI'S will never be the same again!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

cricket without sachin .....no .....i can't hear tthis

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Thank you Mr Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by Femali on (December 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

well good for him and for India but i think he completely miss read the script he should retired once india won ODI world cup and continue playing test cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Bloody Tragedy! This cant happen !!! I cant believe this..

Posted by sujit2104 on (December 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Cricket can't be a religion anymore without GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Great career ends and world cricket will be poorer without him. But I am pleased that good sense prevailed at last and he announced his retirement before it was too late. It was sad to see him struggling and we want to remember him as an all time great smashing blowers in all corners of ground and not as a out form aged legend hanging on to his place. Thank you Tendulkar: you played a wonderful innings and we are proud to get the opportunity of watching you play.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

historical retirement.........

Posted by BhaskarChow on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Everyone has to retire at some point of time! Such a brutal fact it is!! Heart breaking. My eyes filled with tears after longtime

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

hail the great man!!!! hail the greatest servant of Indian cricket!!!!!

Posted by wasim_007 on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Please take retirement from all format of cricket for the sake of Indian Cricket..if you are so keen and well wisher...

Posted by KK47 on (December 23, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Good luck to Sachin. I personally would have liked him to retire from tests and continue in ODIs. He is struggling to concentrate for longer periods in this age. ODIs would have given him freedom to express himself and play his natural game.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

End of Great ODI Career. Well played Sachin Tendulkar whom I was watching from my childhood and inspired many including me to play cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Great era of Indian Cricket has become to an end. We will miss you Sach......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

at the end of 2012, world didnt lost but we lost the little batsman from the ODI cricket... Thanks for contribution to the nation JAI HO..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Whether you love him whether you hate him, But you can't control your emotion for him on his retirement.Cricket will never be same at least for us.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Very shocking ....indian team losing its charm...Our new Indian team is looking like another Bangladesh...just see the new faces of Indian Players ........Love you Sachin for Rising our Nations pride for 23 years....You are The best

Posted by Venkiviru on (December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Sachin proves that he doesnt play fr records...50th odi century was on cards

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

We have all grown watching Sachin play right from our childhood days. It's been a pleasure watching him play. Sachin's greatest innings across formats will always be etched in our memories forever. The milestones set by him will remain unreachable for years to come. Thanks Sachin Tendulkar for entertaining with those magical cricketing shots! We will be missing you...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

greatest player of world cricket. cricket will miss you....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Oh At least half a billion people will stop watching ODI's .The GOD OF CRICKET retires.......:(

Posted by Shailendra_Malik on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Finally... I am relieved... I could have not watched him suffer any more like a fallen angel.. It was long due for this and thankfully he agrees... Thanks Sachin for inspiring a generation and being a role model of almost all of Indians... We were blessed to live in your era...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Miss You Sachin............

Posted by KhurramAfzal on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

He is a legend, this is not fair to the ODI Cricket if he just walks off like this, he should play his last ODI to give everyone a chance to salute him for his wonders...

Posted by FazleAbed on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Thank You Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Sad news to all Sachin fans.... Great ambassador of Cricket... NO one in the world can even come close to his records... Luv u Sachin

Posted by thahirbinhasan on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Good Decision at the right time...very sad too...(Still we want him to play test matches for India)

Posted by JustIPL on (December 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Signal is clear for selectors if they don't select him for next test series then he will retire as he did in ODIs. It might be that BCCI wants him to play 200 tests. Keeping the current talent that India have Tendlukr is the choice for next couple of test series.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

ODI Cricket Misses Sachin :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

we missed a great farwell party for the legend from our ground and our heart...why bcci...pick him for the 1st odi at chennai...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

oh finally... he was once the passion of Indian Cricket, because of Sachin I watched and loved cricket a lot. A Great salute to Little Master.

Posted by sujit2104 on (December 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

23-12-2012 End of the cricket

Posted by bharath Tathireddy on (December 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

God of ODI's King of ODI's.....Take a bow......Its the time the SUN has set down and GOD moved away...from ODI's....We miss u...."Thanks " is a small word but i have dont have any better to express my gratitude for all the entertainment you provided past 20 years...........Miss U......Praise God...Praise Sachin........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Very sad..I can not control my emotions right now. Sachin your place will never be fulfilled by anyone...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

The greatest loss of Cricket ever!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Say news for Indian cricket fans.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

This is exactly what I wanted. SRT to retire from ODIs and continue play test Cricket for at least couple more series.

SRT -Simple The Best !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

The Legend retires, ODI's are not going to be the same, thanks for all the stress and pleasure!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Salute the Man, Salute the brave decision. Kudos to you Sachin, you have been a loyal servant to this country and the King of all Cricketing Legends.. May you scare the shit out of the world with your masterly cricket in the last phase of your career at the Test Arenas.. God Bless.. Cheers!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Tendulkar retires from ODIs

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Hands off sachin ji....u made Indian people to be proud that we have lots of records in Cricket and legend of cricket,God of cricket. Sachin served a lot to India.Thought new Techniques to young players in India team and opponent teams. Records of sachin make Indian's proud.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

cricket will never be the same now .....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

end of a era,,,as a pakistani i have woken up at stupid oclock to watch him. he made the game look easy.a legend..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

It would sound cruel to say this but the great man jumped the gun.

Posted by Cric_Wiz on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Good decision-though a bit late.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

at last......... one real player of india.... retires

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Love u Sachin Bhai. You will always be missed. :(

Thanks for serving Mother-India for so long.

Proud of you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Sirjii...thanks a lot for all the odi memories...straight sixes, straight drives,uppish cuts,leg glances and unforgettable sixes over point,also unpredictable bowling(googly,off n leg spin,medium pace)..we all miss u alot in odi's..thanks again for all those wonderful victories which wouldn't have been possible without YOU

Posted by indianphysio on (December 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

So end of an era,A right decision taken on right time (although i would love to see him make one more hundred in odi and make it 50 hundreds)but i know age is big factor.Well played sachin and u was a gr8 player and a gr8 human being..I will definitely miss u ..and hope more hundreds waiting for upcoming australia tour of india

Posted by Scrop on (December 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Sachin, We all miss you in ODIs. You were the single reason I started loving batting, the game itself.

I wish you play for a long long time to come in Test matches. Wish you all the very best.

Ashok

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Good bye Great Tendulkar..we will miss you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Farewell to the arguably the greatest batsman in the the history of cricket. I grew up watching him play. And there were quite a few times when I wished a batsman like him was in Pakistan team too. He was the soul of Team India for all those years! I looked on in awe when he played! He was instrumental along with Dravid, Sehwag etc, in bringing India to the pinnacle of both ODI's and Tests! I can only say I fek proud that the batsman who let the world bite the dust was from the Subcontinent! Hats off Tendulkar! May you do equally well off the field, and something tells me that you will!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Tendulkar should be allowed to play against Pakistan as his last series. Even though he has delayed his retirement, he deserves to go by playing his last game after announcing his retirement. There has to be a swansong of Sachin Tendulkar. Selectors should ask Sachin Tendulkar to play the series against Pakistan as his last series in ODI and finish his career. He will be able to come good in the series as there will be less pressure on him after the retirement. He may also be able to get that 50th one day hundred, and it will be a good milestone as he loves his records, and so does most of his fans. He should also announce that he will retire from test cricket after a couple of series, and that will reduce expectations on him, and he will be able to contribute with his bat without pressure, and will be able to complete 200 test matches.

Posted by asvigneshbalaji on (December 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

U will be remembered !! Love u sachin..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

He has given the answer to Critics by Calling it a day on high, even More higher than Ponting, Check his last 5 ODIs, And I guess he timed his retirement to perfection just like his upper cuts.

Posted by kishore.wgl on (December 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Awana and Chawala in T20 Squad again.........Sandip Patil 'u' r a joker...........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Dear Sachin Tendulkar, thanks for giving us such great entertainment in One Day International cricket. Today marks the end of a great era in Indian Cricket. Goodbye Sachin and good luck for the remaining time we get to see you in Test Cricket.

Posted by MWaqqar on (December 23, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

End of an era. Cricket will not be the same without Sachin. But the truth is life must go on, the show must go on. Sachin will remain the 'Bradman" of ODI,with records that cannot be broken.

Posted by TenRajesh on (December 23, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Its time to stop watching ODI cricket. The last remaining great batsman has retired from ODI.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

i am really shocked however it is the good tym to take a decision..will be missing you..

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (December 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Tendulkar has been made the scapegoat for India's poor performances in all 3 formats since WC 2011.

He is the not only the greatest batsman ever in ODI's but the best in all tests as well.

Many people said throughout his career that he was statistically inclined and what else to insult him....

But retiring on 49 centuries shows how statistically inclined he is.

People will also know now that he was not the only problem with Indian team as non-performers like Sehwag,Gambhir, Rohit Sharma and Dhoni will continue to bring us down.

Posted by Aravindakshan on (December 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

SRT is as idiotic as dravid and Laxman when it comes to planning the retirement. Bloody you should have made known the occasion of you wearing the Indian blue for the last time, public, much earlier, so crazy fans like me can show you what you meant to us by flocking to the ground. Shame your last ODI wasn't even on Indian soil. Beg you not to make the same mistake in Tests. Give us a chance. Give yourself a chance. You bloody deserve a guard of honour from legends, not just team mates or opposition players.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Whoever thinks Everything is Possible... 463 Matches...Best of 200...18426 runs @ 44.83 Avg... 86.23 strike rate...49 hundreds...96 fifties... 41 times not out...2016 fours...195 sixes...140 catches and 154 wickets. This is IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Thanks Sachin for Providing Entertainment to whole world since your debut. You are a world class batsman and nobody can even think of going close to your records in both ODI and Tests. but I think He should have played this series against Pakistan and retire in last one Day so that everybody can bid him a Farewell......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

good for everyone. i hope he follows ponting and retires from test cricket as well. thank you for everything you did for indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

V didnt expect tis from our GOD.................peally india losses the ONE MAN ARMY;);););););) V MISSED HIS 50TH TON IN ODI

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

I would like announce my retirement from watching the ODI as a cricket fan. Its been a long journey starting from world cup 1987. I would consider myself to be very lucky to watch sachins whole carrier.

Thanks Paaji for the Great Show.

Posted by cduggal on (December 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Finally God Retires from ODI... I will have to stick to watching Test cricket only now as i cant imagine cricket without Tendulkar...what a career..what a player...Wish u all the best Sachin for the Test matches ahead...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

we totally respect tendulkars decision. he has been a champion cricketer and served the nation with lot of respect and dignity. i feel , he should have quit after playing the huge series against pakistan. it would have been a huge moment for whole india to see him one last time on the cricket field. very sad day ....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Oh....NO...I won't follow one day cricket any more...... Any way thank you so much...Sachin..Your contribution to Indian cricket is priceless..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Means, he is here to stay in test cricket for at least a couple of years. A strategic move indeed.

Posted by cricketkumar on (December 23, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Why can't he retire from all forms of the game once and for all. He doesn't deserve to be in the test team anymore. This is what Ponting did to prolong his test career but what happened in the end. Australia lost test matches because of him. Same thing with Tendulkar. If he has even a little self respect left, he should quit playing test matches as well.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Hats off to Tendulkar for being a huge part of the batting order for 2 decades..His retirement now enhances my respect for him.....He is leaving gracefully.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

End of an Era..!!

You shall be missed Master Blaster.. :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Wanted him to be a part of indian team against Pakistan! Nevertheless a true legend. #RESPECT (from Pakistan)

Posted by EagleOne1027 on (December 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

What you have given to the nation, the people, the game of cricket and to fans like me, is something i can never explain in words.. People will talk, authors wil write but u have done it all and will remain d beacon of inspiration alwz.. Thank you master, Respect and love, now and alwz.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/35320.html

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

End of an era...I knew it was going some day but i thought he would play against Pak atleast..

<3 Sachin <3 We miss u Master

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Farewell Champion you debuted in '89 , India's economy was unshackled in '91 there was a symbiotic connexion between your growth , India Shining & the Sensex !! We will miss you .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Finally Legend walks off with proud Indian !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Am I sad today? Yes. Like in the case of VVS retirement announcement, I sense some bitterness here too. Sachin deserved better. Hell, millions of his diehard fans, like me, deserved better. It would have been great if it was announced beforehand that series with Pakistan (or atleast one match) would be last ODI for The Little Master. Moving out of ground, with standing ovation from everyone, that would have been a graceful retirement. Hope your retirement from test format is not like this one.

Respect people... Respect the most humble and simply the best cricketer, India ever had. ST, The Great!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

& the Gr8 Sachin finally took a decision.................

Hats Off to the great Indian Legend.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Great cricketer and down to earth human being…….Good luck Sachin

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

the best thing was his humbleness. great player great man

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

OH ..Its very hard to digest for me, bcoz of him i started watching cricket from 2003. See guys who were saying he is only playing for records, now at least open yours eyes. He is just short of 1 century to make 50 ODI centuries. Any way he knows very well than others. So, we respect your decision sir. We are very proud of u...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

good decision,,,,, all the best...

Posted by KiranShiva on (December 23, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

He will retire in tests along with Alistair cook who is the potential candidate to break his record in tests for most runs if not for most no. of centuries.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

a good decision under the circumstances...

Posted by Bhupendradwi on (December 23, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Cricket is about to end.. :'( :'(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

"I will never...and I mean NEVER watch any Live ODI match." That's my word.

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Rohit Sharma Back in the ODI squad.. He is the lcukiest guy in the india

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Sad moment for World cricket... He should have played a last game in the coming ODI series...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

He should stop playing in the IPL as well, so that he can have a decent run in the Tests & retire on a high, as all his fans & well-wishers (as well as he, himself) would like to!

Posted by amit_kanoongo on (December 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

ODIs retire from Sir Sachin Ramesh 10dulkar...

Posted by SRT_greatest on (December 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

This is going to be such a sad Xmas - the biggest loss to the world of cricket!!! Salutations to THE GOD OF CRICKET.. IM proud to be an Indian... Jai hind n Jai Tendulkar... A true Legend

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

each INDIAN must be pruod of him

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

RIP ODI"S. We Will Miss you Master. Thanks for the Memories.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

#Sachin; You'll be in hearts for ever and ever, We Indians feel proud because of you, People knows India as a country, as best of cricket playing nations, all because of you!! Hats Of Bravo!! Blessings for you!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Sachin Retires from ODI's

Wont b intrested in watchin ODIs nemore.......... :( GOD retires = Cricket retires

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

what masterpiece to the history of Indian cricket, truely legend who has magnificant amount of records in both ODI and test cricket and miss you Sachin.

In ODI squad for pakistan why is Irfan Pathan out, who recently took 5 wickets in one of the game against srilanka. is he injured?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Pheww!! Thank God we will get a chance to see some other good batsmen from India.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

We suddenly realise that the sun sets on everybody irrespective of how big or small the person was. What counts is our contribution to family,society and the world and Tendulkar stands very tall on that victory stand.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Thank god!!! Finally :D good news

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

We miss u a lot master blaster......you could have completed 500 test matches....: (

Posted by Chaitu03 on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Take a bow MASTER... You will always be remembered for the pleasure and joy you spread amongst all cricket lovers...

Posted by radheradhexi on (December 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

I can't belive legend has retired from ODI. Will miss You sir salute to your contribution towards indian cricket wish you all the best for post retirement life.

Posted by mjrvasu on (December 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Difficult to know which came first - the BCCI Selection or Sachin's announcement. In any case, Sachin should retire from all forms of cricket. He already lost his chance to retire gloriously, and now he will not fit in a XI for short forms of the game. It will be a painful departure if he waits further to leave the Test games. His age, eyesight and reflexes are gone, and not fit for any field sports anymore. To keep busy or active he can go and play golf. Thanks Sachin for all your contributions, but that will do.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

shud have played the pak & eng odi series before retiring and could have made his odi centuries count 50....SRT we will miss u badly.....

Posted by zahid1979 on (December 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

This is a sad for cricket. The Board should give some respect to the greatest player.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

i'm blessed to live in his era...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

miss you Tendulkar!!!THE LEGEND OF WORLD CRICKET !!!

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Oh god! Why before that 50th century. You have less than 2000 runs for 20000. You could have helped india win the next wc at aus,you will be missed sachin

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

having played 463 ODI's scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record. A great career for a great player a greatest gentleman of Sports.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

We'll miss u for Sure. :(

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

I hope this is real and not a cruel joke for people who are eagerly waiting for his retirement. Thanks for the memories. See ya!

Posted by mastermind39501 on (December 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Master of Class will remain same in all format. i see him till 1989 and his hungry for run and cricket.now the captaincy will truly tasted against pakistan and champions trophy

Posted by amitcricketcrazy on (December 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

I just beware of those indian emotion cricketing fan that dont be put tag of "GOD" for any cricketer its not right. look at the australian cricket team.they have lots of legend like bradman,taylor,waugh,warne,Mc Grath,ponting and others but they never put tag like that. even when you comparision team achivement then i dont think any team will match to australian even old westindies. 4 time worldcup,3 hatricks, 16 countinus win in test for 2 times, lots of year no.1 ranking in test and both oneday team but australian fans never put tag god to player that's why champion team and still champion. i strongly belive that the raeson behind indian team downfall is emotional fan and indian media. they have to stop publishity like this then only will better for indian cricket either within 2 years indian team same like as westindies team. i salute australian team, really that team is champion and champion and never other team will do like that..........

Posted by cobrat22 on (December 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

i am sad to know that tendulkar is retiring as the hot series was approaching nearer verses Pakistan and i was sure that he was very good against them but it is really sad that he is retiring but still very proud of him for everything that he has given for indian cricket and world cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

I think its a nice move by the greats of world cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

The Best Decision for himself and for Indian Cricket!!!!

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (December 23, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Sachin retires? Oh I was waiting for him to open the innings with arjun tendulkar in 2015... :\ As far as selection is concerned, We do not have bowlers.....that'll always be a disappointment..... i hope ashwin shall have worked on his game...dinda is a good prospect....yuvraj is our only bowler....hopefully shami ahmed,bhuvneshwar kumar,ishant sharma...any of them come good....ishant has never been a good limited over bowler....missing Irfan pathan in limited overs! ....India should not be afraid to try out sandeep sharma of U-19 squad if they don't have other choices... In odi's i hope india give more chance to rahane than sehwag at 34 already with his form concerns its unlikely sehwag might play 2015 WC..... Rohit,virat,yuvi,raina,dhoni all are likely to form the middle order with 2 openers....hopefully fast bowlers learn some art while our spinner ashwin learns to deliver all the time...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

There aren't enough superlatives to grace this man in terms of what he's done for the sport. Not just in India, but world cricket. Thanks Sachin Tendulkar for the last 20+ years in ODI Cricket. Your legacy will never be forgotten and winning the world cup last year was just one of the many highlights in a truly remarkable and world breaking career that will be never be surpassed. Thanks for the memories and I sincerely hope that your test career ends on a high and just as gracefully

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

A much awaited decision from Sachin. And its good that he maintained his respect and dignity by aptly retiring from ODI Cricket which he should have done it right after the 2011 WC Win!.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Finally he decided to take rest from ODI formats, But he should have first retired from TEST cricket..

Posted by mmadhankumar on (December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

The GOD has just left the temple.... thats a shocker of news on a sunday morning... we miss you sachin.... and we stand right behind you... good luck to your future

Posted by cheenu_balaji on (December 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Sachin, we will remember you, your batting, your persona for ever. You have made an indelible mark not only in the game of One day cricket but also in our hearts as well. Thanks for all the struggles that you went through to give us the mere pleasure of watching some great batting. All the best Sachin.

Posted by popcorn on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar should have retired from Test Cricket ALSO.Realization has come to Sachin Tendulkar a little too late. That he is no longer good enough to play One Day Cricket. Sadly,his realization is not complete. He should have retired from Test Cricket too.Didn't his disastous performances against England in the Terst Series tell him that his time is up?Maybe he is worried that there will be a drop in his endorsement income.He is depriving the many promising youngsters who are better than he is currently.If he does not retire from Test Cricket fast,those promising youngsters will lose heart,and will have become too old to be selected.

Posted by SVCan on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Finally..Surprised that this happened after he made himself available for the series two days back..but boy, am I glad..Finally, the selection committee had the nerve to throw this non-performing passenger out..And like it happens in Indian Cricket, it is always sugar-coated.."Rested" when you are dropped for a series or two, and "Retired" when you are dropped permanently.. Please drop this NPA from the test team too and give the performing youngsters a much needed breakthrough so they can showcase their talents at the top level. Whoever you select cannot do any worse than what Tendulkar has been doing in the last two years..

Posted by colossalcricketer on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

#Sachin Tendulkar We will miss you sir! :( We will miss your elegant cover drive and exquisite backfoot punch but the most of all we will miss the sheer joy and passion you instilled in us while batting!Cricket will be poorer without you! P.S. - We will still worship you!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

This the moment of truth. Now when would Sachin retire from all forms of the Game? After he loses form in all the games uh?? ANYWAYS...... India respect him for what ever he has done for the country. Great Legend & God of Cricket finally retires after 24 Years.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

What a legend ....you ha've made India proud

Posted by hasa555 on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

That was a shocking news. Whatever reason your the best in the game. God bless you for your future. from sri lanka

Posted by SwapnilDudhane on (December 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Where is Irfan Pathan ? He should have been selected in ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

There aren't enough superlatives to grace this man in terms of what he's done for the sport. Not just in India, but world cricket. Thanks Sachin Tendulkar for the last 20+ years in ODI Cricket. Your legacy will never be forgotten and winning the world cup last year was just one of the many highlights in a truly remarkable and world breaking career that will be never be surpassed. Thanks for the memories and I sincerely hope that your test career ends on a high and just as gracefully

Posted by ksrajavel87 on (December 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Tendulkar should have played ODI series Against Pakistan before he announced hid Retirement.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

You are a legend,Great Cricketer, True Indian. You are only hero in cricket in 80's and 90's. We will miss u a lot. Good Luck.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

:(....very sad to hear his retirement...he should have played his last ODI vs Pakistan in the upcoming series

Posted by Player_007 on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

i am a Pakistani fan but Sachin has always been my fv8 batsman...salute to little master!! you will be missed but a good decision at the right time.

Posted by Nazmul-Islam on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

I saw his century against Australia live in the Dhaka stadium (1998). I still vividly remember the square drives. Goodbye (from ODI's), master!

Posted by ftitumir on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

So the last Station has come finally! Everyone has to say Good Bye. But someone is to remember for ever. And the whole world will always praise you as a cricket Warrior. we will miss you a lot.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

will miss next ODI century!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Tendulkar retires from ODIs ............ wont b intrested in watching ODIs now ........ :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

He is history and we know history is always alive. He is the sign of cricket and he is the magic man in cricket.

Posted by gamespiritfirst on (December 23, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

hats of to the legend, single handedly carried the batting on his shoulders in whole of the 90s. and coming to the selection i am wondering where yousuf pathan is, he can hit the heck out of that cricket ball.

Posted by zack11 on (December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

i think tendulkar has done this to take some pressure off his back....ppl has been calling for his retirement....retiring from odi cricket which he anyway doesnt play much would shut them for sometime and make them think the end is near so let him play for some time more in tests

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

No. 1 cricketer in the world i really miss you sachin.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Bad day for Cricket.................

Posted by AnilKoka on (December 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

End of an era in Indian and World Cricket. Heart breaking decision for his fans. Hope he will continue in Test Cricket for few more years.

This is not the Christmas and New year gift people are expecting from him. :(

Posted by Dbatsman on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

When will Shikhar Dhawan get pick for ODIs he is already 27

Posted by pravinhyd07 on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

We miss u God! ....Please concentrate on tests.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Tendulkar retires from ODIs

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Right decision....Strange Timing!

Following poor performances for the last year or so, I guess it is the right thing to do...

Also I guess ... he would rather go now....than to risk playing Arch-Rival Pakistan and continue to show poor performances!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Legend departs :( ....... You cant say enough about how the game will be left empty with his departure. Looks like I will not be watching One Day Cricket anymore.

Posted by ghemanth15 on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

We Miss u Sachin!!! He should have played the final series against Pakistan..Anyways his 1st match and last match is against Pakistan!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

its good decision from 10dulkar.....................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Could've played on for some more time so that the fanboys had less to talk about when he ultimately retired :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

The saddest day of indian cricket !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

The end of the most amazing era of Cricket.............................the man who makes the Cricket as a religion not only for him but also for the Universe...............:) Dear Sir, Really, We miss u.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Too sad to know that...You are really "THE GOD OF CRICKET"...I was waiting for your batting against Pakistan.... :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

All the BEST Sachin, sure u give way to young stars

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Sad news for cricket fans as god of cricket is out of ODI's

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

We'll always cherish what you gave cricket, Sachin! Dedication, like none before. Finesse, like no one else. Beauty, in all youthful exuberance. Grace, oh so graceful. Power, awesome. Skill, fearsome. Love, like we all love you. Look forward to your contributions off field for the World Cup preparations, now.

Posted by AshishHande on (December 23, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

We will miss you GOD.........

Posted by szaranger on (December 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Almost the time to retire from Test cricket.. Looks like his addiction with Cricket coming to a lose end...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Thank you for all the proud moments and smiles, sire. It was an absolute privilege watching you bat.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Good Decision, has to make it after so much pressure from everywhere...He was the king of ODIs. Take a bow SRT!

Wish YOU all the best !

Posted by aragon40 on (December 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Mayans calculations regarding apocalypse on 21.12.2012 were wrong. They missed it by 2 days. Hail Sachin !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

OH my goD! shockin decision.. but respect his words.. SRT will b missd a lottt!!! the classy straight drives.. the TONS and all are gonna b missd.. THE little master takes a colossal step END of SACHINISM!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Sachin is a legend no doubt about it..But now a days he can't play as per his ability.Everybody has to go.I think it's is not good decision to available for Test cricket.He should quit from Test also.Now Australia is coming,it's tough for sachin to overcome their pace attacks.You are Sachin,the God Of Cricket,You should leave as per your term not as per BCCI's term.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Thanks heavens. Now I await his retirement from test cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Best wishes for all time great

Posted by maqmohammed on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Great Journey for a player who have achieved all records for India. At the same time have occupied the position which could have been filled by some other youngsters. Its right time to groom youngsters as India playing Pakistan , England & Australia all at home, New faces other than Rohit sharma,Raina & Jadega to be inducted in ODI aswell as Test, As India should think about future & Indian selectors should try out alternative captain who could fill in Dhoni shoes for ODI's and Test cricket in case of any Injuries. Where are Pathan Brothers , Abhinav Mukund, Badrinath , Manish pandey , Robin Utthapa - Munaf Patel etc ..

Posted by Rajnikant_laad on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Sir, We will Miss You Lotttt.....No words to describe your greatness....Hats off to you you....:)

Kirti Azad : Kabhi zindagi mein bat pakda hai? Upkar sharam nahi ayi tuje bolne mein... Dhoni you never win a series without senior...jab tak team mein Dinda,chawala,rawana, jaise bowler hai 500 run bhi kam lagenge....

Posted by Hari6789 on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

ODI would miss you sachin. I wish you play one last match against pakistan in your favorite ground chennai though :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

A part of me just died now !! Never known cricket without him. Salute to the Legend.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Goodbye Little Master. we will miss u a lot...........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

U r god of cricket.. and we respect your decision and thank you sachin the joy that you given to every fan of Indian cricket. We miss you alot :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

It,s not a good decision..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I guess this what Mayans meant when they said - "world will end in 2012". well, not watching Tendulkar bat anymore is the end of the world .... atleast for his fans !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Ohh Dear !!!! The God is retired :(... God Bless and you get all success to in near future ..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I am one of those lucky people who witnessed him scoring his 100 th 100 from the gallery in front of their own eyes. This is a moment which I shall cherish all my life. Salute to the master.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Hats off to one of the greatest man in the history of cricket.

Posted by featurewriter on (December 23, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

"...and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record." Care to explain that? Collectively, perhaps - but "each"? Come on. Leave the hyperbole for the celebrity publications.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Sachin could plan his exit in some decent way by playing a series and announced in advance that he would be retire afterwards....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

first to comment on sachins retirement in cricinfo. what an honor :)

Grew up watching you play cricket from 1993. 20 years wow. i will miss you.

Posted by Webba84 on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Respect for the decision.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

He should have retired after the world cup win. Never the less a good call, when is the test retirement coming? Before he hits 40 in april?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Great news - But sadly its only from ODI...

Posted by TORONTO123456 on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

He should retired from Test Cricket as well considering poor batting display against ENGLAND recently

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

i am gonna stop watching odis

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

So Sad To leave you,....Sachin......................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Goodbye of the living legend of cricket.

Posted by Suganth.T on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

This is my saddest news in my life ever. He must continue the TESTS long. All the Best. CHAMP.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

This is really shocking but he has taken a good decision

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Believe this is not a prank by cricinfo! Cant Believe that HE actually retired! Wish him all the best - Though i am not a fan of him there were many occasions i did admired him - Respect !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Sachin... WE will really miss u ....U r a great sport icon... No words to described hw we feel...U play or not ..Sachin " If Cricket is our Religion , Sachin will remaiin as our GOD"

Posted by amitcricketcrazy on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Thanks God! finally he quit one-day cricket but why not the all format of game.i am big fan of him and sure he is greatest batsman of all time but since last 2 year he is not deserve in team. when you comparison to other's Australian legends like ponting,gilchrist,hayden,hussey,waugh brothers i think they are much better than tendulkar. they all play for team not for individual unlike tendulkar. when you find win ratio of team then its very clear that tendulkar always play for money and fame only. indian is very emotional that's why they think that tendulkar is best and called god of cricket but its not true. tendulkar is just good cricketer like other player. ya he made all records because he played most no of games also than other and last 23 years he plays countinus.if ponting or other player played same no. of game then more records held than tendulkar.now he think that lots of young blood is ready to take place of him and board will throw him any time that's why he took decision.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

:(..no words...i grew with Sachin!!!! Hav the honour of watchin him frm 6 years of age....Black day for Cricket.... Dooms day!!! Sun has faded.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

we all are asking that sachin played the next world cup.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

He will be MISSED!!! THE LEGEND

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Sachin You made us proud.Long live the GOD!!!!

Posted by Tamim.Jaigirdar on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

A True Legend......will be missed from now on till the days cricket will be going on........Salute boss but would loved to see u retire with a great ton......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

A Kind Request to Media Please Don't Divert The News...... I Love Sachin But Please Keep Us Updated With Damini's News......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I am blessed to born in his time. Left us many many cherishing moments during his career. ALways ready to 100% to the country. He is warrior and a true Legend..!! Hats-off to you.!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I request BCCI to give him one farewell ODI, would like to see my HERO going with bat held high...and roaring crowd giving him final applause... farewell...please please please..............!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by bhim23 on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

bad day in indian cricket.the god retires from odi:( sachin we will miss u feel like crying now u r true legend all the best for ur future i hoped that u il play in pak series i wamted u to play in that

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

We will miss you Sachin! Thanks Sachin for providing a glorious era!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Sad to see Tendulker leaving. For me an unexpected decision :( and btw Where's IK Pathan? I guess he played well in the last series

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Was expecting him to retire from Test Cricket :/

Posted by WEXI on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Not Good Not at all Good.Sachin could have came back in form just through ODI only.As he was struggling to get his 100th 100 in International he got in ODI only many time in test he came close but he was not able to do it.So here also he could have come back in form with ODI's Only.And here the secrate matter is that selectors told him to retire or they will not pick him for Pak ODI's.So insted of getting sacked he anounced his retierment and then the Team has been declared.Not good not at all Good to a Man who has done lot more good things for country.And people measuring him through just a bad phase in his carrer.And Not only him No one in the Team click in these lost series.So why to target him.We Salute u Bhai.SRT the Greatest.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.We will miss u Sir.For me there is no cricket without u sir.Love u sir.I started watching cricket just because of u.Now i will stop watching just because of u.Hats Off.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

he should have taken retirement from Test Cricket rather than ODI.....big blow to Team India..... but salute to the little master.... take a bow for your wonderful career

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

good one but what about test cricket sir g.its mean he want two year more test cricket.poor one sir some player waiting for thier chances which you get when your age was 16.

Posted by wijitha_srilanka on (December 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Finally the Right decision. Sachin is one of the greats of the game. Wish you all the best for your future.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

:( :( knew this was inevitable and imminent still breaks my heart..

Posted by Sarangarajan on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Thank you very much Sachin- you gave us all the thrill and excitement in your ODI days so long. We all cherish all those wonderful innings- be it the way you blasted out the kiwis first time as an opener or the Sharjah inninga against the Aussies to win the cup.You had been legend Sachin- we all are proud of you.We rsespect your desire to retire from ODIs.A very illustrative chapter in the world of ODI cricket has come to close.

Posted by Nuxxy on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Cue all the people saying: "He's only done it now because Ponting is retired and hia record is safe. He won't retire froms tests until Kallis does." Maybe they are right.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

An Era of great Cricket is come to an end, Great Ambassador of the game of Cricket in the whole world.... Once again I thanks to Sachin Tendulkar to make us entertain through out his career... No one is replaceble....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

good bye God of Cricket........ we will miss u lot..... love u so so so much

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Feeling bad for the Indian Cricket !! We miss you master blaster !!!!!! :D

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Every one should know the time when to step down... Feeling sorry for one of the greatest and finest cricketer, He could have taken his own decision at 4 years earlier....Good Bye Sachin. Have a nice life. You have been a wonderful icon of Cricket all these years. Respect and blessings from the heart for you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Its a right decision to save his honour. but he should have retire from test cricket as well

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

thanks for the memories Sachin..I m lankan but i grew up watching u bat..the greatest batsman of cricket,there won`t be a player like u again

Posted by H-Shakil on (December 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

One amazing thing about sachin's carrier, in most of the cases when he scored a 100 india has end up losing; also haven't seen him really performing in crunch matches.... but i guess to get 49 centuries and 18,000 plus you have to be great player. He was definatly of the very best... will always be missed by cricket lovers

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

good decision...... End Of Era....

Posted by Sree2007 on (December 23, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Shocking! He should not have succumbed to this pressure from a small portion of Media and a few Critics!

He was out of form but had lot more cricket left with him. This should be done after discussions and should be declared before a series! Not the right time!

Please reconsider the decision.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Since the day I remember about Cricket, I remember about Sachin Tendulkar!! Last year while world cup cricket was going on, I went to Bangladesh for one week just to watch the match at stadium! And the reason behind I chose the match between Bangladeh and India, was just to watch Sachin Tendulkar live playing in the field! And today he retires feom One Day Cricket! On this mournful day I just want to say that, I will miss you! Nothing else, Sir Sachin Tendulkar! No words can describe my feelings now! Being an immortal fan of Cricket, I will miss you Sir!! And Thank you for Everything, for making my life beautiful!!I never thought I would cry like this! :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

sachin miss you....truely

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Good decision taken by sachin. Now is the high time to start building a team for the upcoming WC. And he too has been a dead load for the team in the recent times. Hope this makes way for some capable young gloves into the team.

Posted by Attractivue on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Greedy man, should have retired from the Tests as well!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Oooooooo my god! legend and his best for his country with full dedication

Thousand even million salute to you my super man

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

OMG......!!!! At least wait for 50th Century............!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

He should have played with Pakistan possibly one last series. One last game. Will miss sachin for sure. :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

What a player to watch! Was in peak of his ODI career. Should be given a farewell match against Pakistan or England.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

When i say cricket,first thing that comes to everyone mind is sachin,Missing such a great player....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

You were great.. Cricket will miss you. Loves from Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

No words can define him .... :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

I guess I won't be watching ODI's anymore .

Posted by theswami on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

NoHit Sharma again, OH!! No

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

A True Legend....going to miss him for sure...specially against Pak series ...

Posted by Anachronist on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

We too are grateful to you Sachin for all the happiness and thrill you've given us throughout our childhood. Lots of good memories to cherish. Thank you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

you will be missed forever ... the end of Sachin Era ..... an epic player.modest human being ....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

we miss you ur d master of cricket

Posted by vijaysrivatsan on (December 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Dear Sachin

Entire India miss the world champoin who entertained us for almost a quarter of a century. There may not a another sachin ever. wish you all the best and will remember all your innings especially Sharjah 98, 175 Vs Australia in 98 vs pak in 2003 WC. All the best to you.

Note: please do not retire from Test due to media pressure

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

A very sad day for Indian Cricket, the Man is now gone...

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (December 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

NO! Sachin what have you done? You could easily have played until the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Sachin is still one of India's best 11 ODI players.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

End of an era... Will always miss... This is one thing our generation of cricket lovers can boast. We lived in the era when the GOD himself used to open for India. We saw The Sachin Tendulkar batting for India... Hats off to the Master!!!

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Sachin. You are the GREATEST, incomparable. Thank you for giving us joys unlimited. Best wishes. Best wishes. Best wishes.

Posted by ahson4cricquet on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

End of a very successful and entertaining era.good luck tendulkar for test cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

WHY????????? I believe there was more left. I must thank you Mr Sachin Tendulkar for all the great memories you have given to me, my friends and family. We had some great times watching you, but my favourite was in the India Pakistan clash at the 2003 world cup. My friends and i decided to play this drinking game where we did a shot of whiskey every time you or sehwag hit a boundary. This became a very risky thing to do as you and sehwag were hammering pakistan. we got very drunk and cant remember the rest.

Posted by ahson4cricquet on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

End of a very successful and entertaining era.good luck tendulkar for test cricket

Posted by ahson4cricquet on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

End of a very successful and entertaining era.good luck tendulkar for test cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

should have retired right after the WC Final in 2011, leave at your peak, not when you are dropped from the squad.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Thank you sachin for the memories.

Posted by seeknshare on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

An EPIC ends...We will miss you Lil' Master!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Hence forth we feel the pain!We love u sachin!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

It is really great to have Sachin in the team... Would luved to see his 50th hundred too.. it is now in the hands of Virat and Company to carry the mantle, which sachin has left shining.... All the best Sachin and thank you for the wonderful entertainment...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

I am not going to watch ODI cricket any more...My Love for the Game is Retired...LOVE U SACHIN!!!!

Posted by oneupnowuv on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

like always puts country before self wishes them luck and marches on #MYHERO

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Sachin Should Have Played the Last Odi against Pakistan and then he should Have retired !! would have been a great Farewell !! A True Legend & Great Ambassador For Indian Cricket !! Thanks for all the Entertainment you provided us for all these !'No Words to describe !! Hats off Legend !!

Posted by jackluvscricket on (December 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Totally shocked to hear that the GOD of CRICKET retire from ODIs. Can't wait to see him score big hundreds against AUS and play a year more in test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Today is the sad day for Indian cricket and cricketing world....Thank you Sachin for your contribution...a die hard fan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Well played SRT. WE would like you to retire from Test Cricket as well!

Posted by Asad1979 on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

You are such a BIG BIG player that 1000 characters are not enough to ADMIRE your game even we need 1000 and 1000 of books to admire you...HATS OFF BIG MAN

Posted by Cricket_equals_Sachin on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

First i would like to congratulate every critic out there for there sincere efforts to make Sachin to take this decision and believe me if u keep doing your work, Sachin will announce his retirement from Tests too, very soon. But for one thing i can assure you is that cricket will not be same after him, there is not a single player like him out there. Cricket will lose his charm without him. i grown up by seeing him playing, for me Cricket equals to Sachin. @Sachin: i will always miss you man, you are the greatest player of any sport i ever known .. Hats off to you. #Crickinfo , please publish my comment because i registered only to make this comment . :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

A grate man and nice personality atlast retire from ODIS.. This is actually a embrassing decision for me i will miss him onwards in ODI :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Love you Sachin...!! One of the greatest son of Mother India!!! Served the nation with great responsibility...!!! Great human n ambassador of game!!! Salute....!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Yope, So much miss you & your Awsom batting. you are the best in all over the world. I am can't accept your retirement from ODI. I think you have to continuing your play until 50 of Century. Really I miss little master blaster.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Thank you for those mesmerizing moments..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Good bye Sir. Tendulkar. Thanks for sharing great movement

Posted by fab4_india on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Now thats a real hard tight slap on the face of those who say he plays for records..50th ODI Century just a century away...and great man calls it a day...GOD BLESS THE GOD...real pleasure to see him bat in ODIs...all the best for Australia Tests..u make us feel proud ALWAYS>..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Sunday Shock ..... :( , i still believe Sachin's best yet to come. Media forces him to retire.

Posted by faisal_76 on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

No doubt a great player who ll be remembered for his records. He should have retired from all forms of cricket immediately after the world cup.

Posted by AbhijitB on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

A real wise step! Leaving it to the selectors (who have been clueless to deal with this) would have just invited more ire for Sachin from people like me who thought its good for him to take the step on his own. You will be missed for being the sole shining light in some of the darkest hours of Indian cricket!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Take a bow master! We really feel Proud of you !!

Posted by solankibhavesh on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Finally God takes decision so Good Bye SRT A great Cricketer and This is the End of good cricket in india

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

He can wait till the INDIA VS PAKISTAN Series...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

it is a shocking day for me... what would be the fate of indian cricket team? who would take the place of sachin? I think indian team is going in dark days.

Posted by shayad on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

1st comment thank you and congo for wonderful career sir sachin tendulkar

Posted by ajay.padwal on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

We will miss you Little Master.....you have been great player in any format. It was my plasure to watch you live. Thanks for the great entertainment... love you forever....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

23 Years Rising Sun Going to set off....................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

It was like doomsday hit me!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Best batsman the world has ever seen.. #respect

Posted by GingerBiggles on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Timely statement, avoiding a less ceremonious push out of the team. A similar move with regard to test cricket would serve the interests of the country well. Well done, Sachin. A great " inning" and on your day, the best in the world. (Thanks, Ricky, for setting an example.)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

He is god of Indian Cricket.......... Thankq so much for your contribute of Indian Cricket god Bless you Sachin........!

Posted by rehan61360 on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

we will miss u master................. Almost every time india will play the heart of indian fans will miss u deeply love u soooooooooooooooooo uch

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Cricket won't be same from here on. We were blessed to see you play.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Good riddance. When will Indian test cricket see that glorious day? This guy should understand that every game he is playing and failing he is destroying the opportunity of a young budding player. Like how he put his heart and soul to play for the country there are umpteen number of kids who want to make their dreams come true. No doubt they will fail initially but there is hope for the nation....but when this guy fails there is no hope. PLEASE GO BEFORE THE GAME HITS ROCK BOTTOM mate.

Posted by Vjy86 on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

GOD of cricket, Master Blaster, The first and the only man on the planet to score 200 runs in 1 innings of ODI, Most odi runs, most matches, most centuries, the run machine finally halts... cricket is going to miss yu sachin... We Indians for sure!!! Thanks is nt the best way 2 convey yu for all yur records.. We love yu the god of cricket...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Wise decision by the master.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

i think it would have been better had he been selected for one squad and gave him opportunity to play his last series against the Pakistan, every one would have enjoyed it and sachin would have got a rousing farewell

Posted by kv_aneesh on (December 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Thanks Sachin!! Thanks for everything. All the best for Tests.

Posted by vivekbhutra on (December 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

49 centuries in ODI by SRT....will be like 99 average of Don Bradman!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

its ODI today........but TEST will be followed soon........CRICKET is going to lose GOD play completely.........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

where is Irfan Pathan? Is he injured or was he dropped becoz he shared dias with Narendra Modi? Why keep Gambir in T20 squad when he spoiled yesterday's match against England by occupying 11 overs to score 17 runs?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

He should play against pakistan one day series, for honer from both teams. He served India for 25 years, BCCI should respect his effort ,

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

He should have retired on field playing a match in the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan (against whom he started his career). That would have given his fans around the world to have one last glimpse of him playing an ODI for team INDIA.

Posted by romeomustdie on (December 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

great news.. salutes to the great man.. finally the youngsters have a permanent spot to latch on .. that will encourage them to play with confidence.. hope to see some real character from the youngsters

Posted by ashutosh.p on (December 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

The sun has set. I am sad.. gloomy. We all knew time was comming but still its hard to accept it. An era in cricket is over.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Good at last he has retired. It was high time that he had to take the decision. Now at least new faces shall get the chances. What we wanted to achieve he over-achieved.

Posted by NitishMishra on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

End of a great ODI cricket era ..

Posted by yakironi98 on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Mad respect for Tendulkar!

Posted by Sachit1979 on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

You were, you are and you would always be known as god of batting in Indian Cricket. HATS OFF TO YOU SACHIN!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Legend cricketer SACHIN retires from ODI format...We miss you in ODIs SACHIN

Posted by indianpunter on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

This is a deal, cut by the sly tendulkar. He had made himself available for selection, going by all media reports. He would have held the selection committee to ransom, by agreeing to announce his ODI retirement, provided he gets one last dig at the Aussies in march 2013. And the kind selectors aquiesced. Such a shame, we still cant see the end of Endulkar.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Feeling void..Thank you Sachin to make us feel proud several time...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Tendulkar retires from ODIs

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

very sad decision..............i think still he is the star

Posted by arvin_d on (December 23, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

This news is something i feared most. Nevertheless thank you Sachin for all your contributions. You are by far the best cricketer the world has witnessed. I respect your decision to retire so that the team will start to build for the next world cup. The people who have criticized you are senseless fans who have no knowledge about sports.

Hope to see you thrill us with your skills in Test arena.

Posted by ars29 on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

another star falls after Ponting! Little master, whatever you did, cricket won't forget you!

Posted by loks07 on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

I personally feel he should have retired from Tests first. However adios to Little Master; your innings in Sharjah against Aussies will always remain etched in our memories.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

even though I hate him, he is a true legend, greatest of all time

Posted by sujithnair1982 on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Salute to you master!! A big loss for Indian cricket. Thinking to stop watching cricket from now

Posted by marlon17 on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

should have retired from test cricket as well... No more a team player... I would still rate Ponting as best batsman ahead of Sachin...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Hats off to you sir. You would be missed always. Glad that I was born in the age when you wore for the helmet for the first time representing our country.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

not a bad decision... so it is ok, consdering performance...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Mayans were right...End of an era... Thanx for all the wonderful memories Sachin.... You are irreplaceable..

Posted by drajwani on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Thanks SRT for being a wonderful servant of the game, just wish you had gone out on a high, and not just before likely being dropped...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

........hats off to u sir :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

no WORDS 2 describe ur carrer.......the god of cricket!!!!!!! will miss u in da limited over games

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

End of an era !Thank you for having entertained us for the past 23 years and made us proud as an Indian. Will miss your presence on the field.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

thanks a lot sachin for your 2 decades of contribution to indian cricket team.., your place cannot be replaced by anyone.., this is great loss to our team & odi cricket.., but every player should retire one day that day comes to you now.., and you will remains in the memories of the cricket for ever...,

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

yesterday match was my last match and from now on ward i won't watch cricket and i hate this news so sad :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

yesterday match was my last match and from now on ward i won't watch cricket and i hate this news so sad :(

Posted by RISHI2016 on (December 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

wanted him to go...now it looks real empty once i know of this... started watching cricket and he was a constant and now realsing wont see him in colored clothes for india makes me feel real real blank....anyways good decision sachin

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

love you sachin . you are the master blaster . great human

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

sad day for anyone who has ever loved cricket..started loving cricket because of him..thank you master.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Will Miss You My Childhood Hero "Sachin Tendulkar" .. will miss your master class innigs in ODIs.. 200 vs SA, 145 vs Australia, 98 vs Pakistan and so many... Thanks for giving some sweet memories .. When I first cricket match at tv you scored a century.. Will miss you... :'(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

shocking but a good news for indian team we will get a younger player to replace him

Posted by astopal on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

GOD , we are thankful for all the moments he has given as a cricketer on the field. More than that he has shown that humility is the biggest trait in any successful personality. Now please continue in tests for 2 more years at least. We need a mentor in test team for the young brigade. And please do not go out abruptly , please let it build up for your exodus from International Cricket.

Yours Truly Average Indian Cricket Fan:)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

A legend of cricket..... i always miss him forever.......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

sigh! i wish he would have played the last series against Pakistan ! A legendary inninging finally comes to an end .. Farewell Mr. Tendly

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

End of Indian cricket Era....:(

Posted by AnoopXI on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

good decision atlast.... i always prayed that tendulkar would not be dropped instead he should retire in a nice manner with all the honours....He will be the greatest player ever.I remember the school days when tendulkar was batting nobody will move from their seats but when his wicket falls all tv's will be switched off... All the best for ur future little master

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Without Sachin; Indian cricket team................................?????

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

great decision by sachin , now who will be the next hero of indian cricket ??????

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

I am from Pakistan and I believe he should take back his decision and just make one more century and then retire. It is a shocking news for his retirement as he has cricket fans all around the world including myself.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

a true legend.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

:( The World ended in 2012

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Good Sign for Indian Cricket..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

a true legend.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

End to an aw-inspiring journey..Cricket ,as a whole,will never be the same without Tendulkar

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Congrates on his awesome career !!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

No doubt one of all time best batr but not a great match winer, i guess it has to do wd indian bowlrs who hav been very mediocre traditionaly

Posted by IndianNeo on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Mayan people miscalculated 2 days, for me world ends today :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Dooms day for Cricket World...God left the ODI Cricket...:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Soo sad :'(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Sachin we miss u :(..you r legend...master ..cricket god

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

dis is the end for the most astonishing player who has set a tremendous record in ODI format. we honour you sachin for your contribution to indian ODI cricket. we hope that you continue in test format and lead the team forward.......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

did the right thing for 2015 world cup.. hoping to see him making 300 in test..

Posted by kumargh on (December 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Salute to the Legend and genius of the Cricket. As long as India plays cricket, every Indian fan recollect and cherish the greatest moments master has achieved.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Will miss you Sachin ...:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

I believe it's toooo late... If he has done it after the World Cup.. He must have received much respect like Gavaskar.

Posted by SixoverSlips on (December 23, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

BCCI, now reduce the number of all these meaningless ODIs and organize more Test matches!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Sachin Sachin..God of Cricket...!!!

Good Discussion Sachin.

We will going to Miss you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

we ll miss u little master

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

oh god what a loss.sachin pls continue playing test for atleast 2 years before we find a replacement

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

right decision....at the wrong time....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

And the news comes...finally!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

no !!yu shuld play for ever.......bat again n play again

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Thank you Sachin, but this will raise several eye brows. Your last ODI scores have been far better than your Test ones. Nontheless thank you for these wonderful last 24 years. It's a good call for you to step down in ODIs. I am a Pakistani and I generally don't like many Indian players. But Gambhir, Raina, and Sharma have impressed me. Now Raina has an oppurtunity to bat at 5 and hopefully cement his Test place. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar, Little Master, ''God'' of cricket.

Posted by NaveedSajid on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

A True Legend of India will now no more appear in the ODIs but hats of this guy who achieved several milestones during his long and successful career. He entirely changed the game of ODIs when he would hit centuries and centuries and his stats kept on piling. A True Server of Indian Cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Hats off to the legend. Right format to start the reitrement with. ODI will give the chance to young players and will bring them close to test cricket in time. You will truly be a legend to the sport and whole world respects you for some fine innings you displayed for the country and for the sport.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Started watching the game when the Great man was just 17 years n I was just 8... Since then been the biggest fan... No words to describe him than GOD of cricket.. To have born in the same era has this great man is itself fortunate.. A big thank you to u Sachin.. Nothing is eternal and we always respect your decision and no one else is better at judging you than yourself.. Feeling just a bit sad that we won't see the great man play in odi's but at least he will play in tests, and slowly but surely we have to digest that He would retire from tests too... There is always this feeling not only to me but all his fans, One more cover drive one more paddle sweep one more of that straight drive all trademark Sachin Tendulkar shots.. But a big thank you! And all the best SRT...

Posted by cricTorque on (December 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Sometime ago this would have evoked a very strong disappointment in me. But today as an Indian fan, strangely I feel nothing. The string of losses, and more importantly, the lack of fight for nearly 2 seasons by the Indian team has left me numb. Today, I am neither happy nor sad. I just hope Indian cricket is brought back to a stage where in fans like me can be proud of it. It is not happening any time soon. I just hope we don't have to wait another decade for it.

Posted by contreezyindia on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

No more sixes over the bowler's head...No more ODI MOMs...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Finally the Man Who defied Father time has been brought down by Media. We will miss you Sachin :(. More than us the Media will miss you, they cant find a better scapegoat or a better headline than you. Thanks for all you have given to us.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

hats off sir !!!!! the indian cricket is going to miss u. An era of the greatest cricket god has ended !!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

unnecessary!!! would have loved to see you one last time against pak!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

we miss U a lot master blaster........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Hats off the Legend.......

Posted by Nandu21 on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

The greatest player to play the ODI format. Good decision Sir !!!

Posted by cric_lover143 on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Its an Honor and a Blessing to live in the same era... I Love you Sachin bhai...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

GOD of cricket has retired from ODI'S

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

The Glory of Indian Cricket come to an end with the retirement RIP

Posted by Rajesh. on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

What a career !! Never before, never again .....!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Hats off for this great player..it takes great patience, perseverance and patriotism to keep playing at that level for so long. He is the true champion who has won millions of heart not by his word, but by his act all over the world. He has inspired Indians to such an extent that the name Sachin shall always stand beside cricket in India. Salute you God!

Posted by visakhnair on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Salute to the Great Man...Who made us to love the game more...May his records last for ever...Last but not least Thank God that i have lived in a generation and blessed to watch most of his innings...

Posted by thespire on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

You made Indian Cricket and took the game to great heights in this Country and around the world...All the best THANK YOU for being a true icon for INDIAN SPORT around the world...

Posted by h.k.foysol on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

The world will miss you Sachin

Posted by sivanesan77k on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

welcome mr tendulkar good news for india . when u retire from test cricket after complete 200 test matches?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

by far d best batsman who have evered played the game and most respected of all the legends

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Thanku SRT for your wonderful gift to the world cricket.You still play cricket in million's heart.. <3

Posted by BatAndBalls on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

You shud have got your 50th century and called it quits but oh well 49 is is not a bad number to end on. It was great watching you play.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

God of Cricket decides to hang his boots for ODI !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Long career comes to an end.. He should have retire straight after winning the World Cup

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

heart breaking news...............................................................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Such a Batting genius had to Retire at last, i guess there was Immense pressure in him also at this age of 39, in a Sport Dominated by youngsters he made the right choice of walking out now

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

its great decision by a great player

Posted by shrastogi on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

This decision should have come after world cup win in 2011. A glorious career comes to an end. He should now play in the remaining Ranji matches and try to make big scores so that there is a respectable platform for him to retire from tests as well.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

A very good decision at the right time.. I think Sachin can play more tests..another couple of years than ODIs in which there is plenty of talent pool at the moment!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

OMG !!! Finallly !!! Good for him . He has earned all records an cricketer would ever wish for.If he continued he would defame all his earned accolades. Thank you for everything you have done for the country !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Very sad to hear that Sachin Tendulkar is retired from one day format

Posted by CRmadrid on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

finally! little too late

Posted by CricIndia208 on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Greatest cricketer EVER. No comes even close.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Hey KID! Get ready for the real TEST against Australia now...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

YOU will be missed SIR .....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Its a good decision Sachin, I respect your decision... with lots of love...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

All the very best. Now lets blank the aussies

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Also Should retire from Test...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Greatest Ever player to play ODI cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

This ends an era in ODI cricket..........the legend, the true king of ODI cricket bows out....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Legend of Indian Team retierd from ODI cricket, but his contribution to BCCI & Indian team follows. Hope he will be a part of Indian team 2015 as a Coach!!!!!

Posted by xylo on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

A year late, but a good decision nevertheless. Congrats!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Oh GOD!!!! It has happened finally. GOD....kindly reconsider. Plzzzzzzzz

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Thank you sachin...it has been a pleasure seeing u play...still remember the 1998 sharjah matches vividly

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

dislike...we ll miss u sachin :-(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

GOD has decided to retire. World will end now.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Wow ........ did not see that coming. Nevertheless, not enough praise can be given to arguably the greatest batsmen who ever lived, Bradman aside.Thank you Sachin, for your service to the game, your example to the world and your fine display of sportsmanship.We will miss you.A fan from Sri Lanka.

Now , the big question.Where does India go from here?

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Thank God for that...saved from further humilation...

Posted by ListenToMe on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

I thought it should be the other way. He should have retired from test cricket and continued to play ODIs since his fitness might allow him to do so. I don't think he will be able to perform well in tests.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

End of an Era in ODI Cricket, You will surely be missed SRT

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Thank you and well played. It was time young players would get chances. I hope you call time on test matches too very soon. One of your most memorable innings have come in Sharjah against Australia - would never forget it!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Go Please Sachin, I am really not interested to listen anything about you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Congratulations SACHIN on a Illustrious Career... We will never forget what you have contributed to indian cricket from past 23 yrs :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Shocking... One of the Sad days of my life, watching him playing was always a joy and a wonderful feeling. He gave me so much happiness.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

All the bes for the future, Sachin ! He has done the right thing retiring , paving way for youngsters to prepare and defend the World Cup in 2015.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

thanks for all your great contributions for our country. We always love you and respect for your great team spirit and commitment

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

ODI cricket, on 23rd dec. 2012

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

A chapter in the book of cricket is closed.

That's a good news in a way too, 'cause if SRT's services are needed for India, it's in the longer version where India seem to have been losing the way. His experience and ability will surely help younger players and the team.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Black day in Cricket ......... Great Sachin retire from ODI !!!!! Hats off for ur contribution Sachin and your idea to give chance to young !!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Good days to Indian cricket has started.

Posted by vish57 on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Looks the Selectors have called the shot; good decision in the interest of future Indian Cricket; Tendulkar indeed one of the all time great who played for India, we wish he concentrates on Test cricket and retire high after playing 200 tests.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Not gud news 4 pak considring ind have get rid of their liability

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

I welcome this decision... Play with tooo much pressure is worst ever.. Sachin takes right decision. Ending the career with multiple Objection nd advice is totlly frustable.. Will miss ur Straight Drive ...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

ODI retires from the game of cricket!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

aww it would hve been very emotional decision for him wish it goes in his favour and can regain some momentum in test cricket........ thank you sachin for serving India for such a long period of time wish u a very best of luck for your life

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

oh my god.!i cant believe this...great loss for india..:(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

really a great player and real team plyer

Posted by RockcityGuy on (December 23, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

God bless you Sachin...:-) Legend. Respect.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

I am Hurt !! if Sachin would have played upcoming 3 ODI's ,,, and then retire it would have been fantastic.......... end to his ODI carrier.. However Hats off to u Sachin.

Posted by anvargath on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Now..One less thing to worry for Sachin haters...:-))

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

thanks sachin, i miss you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Lord Of Cricket retired frm ODI...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Cannot believe this is happening... We miss you SACHIN

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Good of you to announce the retirement, Sachin! When is the next announcement about Test Cricket?? It is easier said than done.. but earlier the better for your credibility! All the best in your life!

Posted by anvargath on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Now..one less thing to worry for Sachin Haters...:-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

an era ends today..................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Yuo are the god of not Indian bt Whole Cricketing world...We Will miss you !

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Perfect decision but unexpected!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

OHH NO..SAD NEWS....WE MISS THE GOD IN CRICKET.....I SEE CRICKET BECOSE OF SACHIN PLAYING.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Goodbye Sachin. I anticipate that your retirement from Tests will soon follow. When Kallis retires, with him will come to a close another era of greats which includes Lara, Sachin, Kallis, Ponting, Warne, Murali, McGrath, Waugh. You will be missed.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

ohhhh one of the greatest legend. no one can break his record his style his career... hates offf men...

Posted by Ajayvs on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Just decision. Since he was never in India's plans for next world cup,its better he put an end to I'm in I'm out situation in the ODI's . This sort of situation clearly did not help the team to build a settled lineup.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

it was high time that tendulker retired....now he has 2 retire with a bad form

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Sachin retires..from ODI's.....Expected...but..some how my heart..can't accept... :-(

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Should had at least let fans see him bat the last time. Never saw it coming.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

I forgot he was still playing ODIs, Anyway he was one of the greatest batsmen of that aspect of the game (as well as tests) but I'm just like eh. If it were international cricket full stop....then the emotions would be different or existing

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Proud of u true legend Good bye :)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

but i must think a batsman of his calibre must get a farewell match n that too agianst pak

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

thanks sachin you are wonderful cricketer, i miss you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Bad time for india.......sachin we miss u lot...

Posted by smalishah84 on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

The end of an era. Thanks for the memories Tendy

Posted by fahmim on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

End of an era. The little master will be missed in the Blue Jersey.

Hope he continues his test career for a year or two.

Posted by PrinceLokesh on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Its a sad day in my cricket life,i miss u Sachin.

Posted by NSS2012 on (December 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Can't imagine watching any India match without you, Sachin. You will be missed!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

missing somethings that will not get from anyone.............

Posted by RK204 on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

thnk god..:) god bless him.....................

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Its gr8 that we people saw him to play, life long topic for everyone. Cricket will remember him time to time. Best of luck Mr. Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

i dont have the reason the watch the cricket now...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

backfoot cover punches no more..

Posted by Juniorklassy on (December 23, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Probably the Saddest Day for Indian Cricket... :-( ... would have loved to see the Champion play against Pakistan....... But anyways... what a Career it was.... :-) Sir, we thank you from the bottom of our Heart for serving the Country for so long & more than that, for keeping people Happy, Cheerful for last 23 Years.... :-) Cheers to the most Beautiful Career :-)

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

I wish he was 5-7 years more younger to continue playing in ODI's

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

End of a great era of cricket, Solute you sir from all Pakistan

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Oh!!! No!!! Cant believe the greatest is not gonna play ODI anymore!!!

Posted by Sarlana on (December 23, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

I always like to follow cricinfo...I will open this page whenever i login my computer, but today I don't like it to see the news of sachin retirement from oneday cricket...really not able to digest...............

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

End of a era..... we are not happy with this decision.....

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

so an end of era from one day cricket . .....................finally indian oneday run machine is stop ................bad news for sachin fans

Posted by VishalBharat on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

What a sad day for cricket...He could have played the pakistan series at least and completed 50 hundreds in ODI's.

Posted by scanningmind on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

He should have played Pakistan series atleast

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

End of an era in ODI's..:-(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Thats a shocking news.....I wish he played the ODIs against pakistan and then retired......anyways Sachin should really concentrate on Tests....wish you all the best "GOD OF CRICKET"

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Lord of Cricket retires!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

I know the reality... But cant take it.. it feels like some one close to my family has passed away ... The GOD will never be seen again in the format which was dominated by him ...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

take my bow.... GOD of modern cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

What a great batsman !! I bet many Indians still wants to see him in next worldcup including me..There should be some pressure from board to step down..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Good to see the step forward at last !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

I mis u Sachin.. Lov u so much

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

saddest day for the cricket..!!

Posted by Faarhan on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Thank GOD , finally he realized that its enough for him and world cricket !!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

GOD we miss u :(... Thnk you for provding gr8 entertainment continuosly for 25yrs ... No1 can ever replace you

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

All good things come to an end ... I wish SRT to have wonderful life ahead

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

What?????????? No............you cant go like this........

Posted by vivaro on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

This is huge.. beginning of the end.. Thanks for the memories Mr Tendulkar ..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Great Decision by the legen in time.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

i dont want this to be real... please say it's a fake news

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Good Decision Sachin. time for new face of Indian cricket

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

the LEGEND retires :( will miss you SRT in one day matches..:(

Posted by Rajesh. on (December 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

What a career....... Will perhaps never be matched again !!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Disappointed :( :( :(

Posted by pravinhyd07 on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Miss u tendo.....Please concentrate on tests....as india going down day by day...in that format

Posted by victorvikas on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Sad news for fans like me!! But, I hope he keep playing good in other formats, he is India's best cricketer!! Respect his decision though.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Should have announced it after World Cup 2011, but still it's a start. Hope he announces retirement from other 2 forms also soon and does not wait till he loses all respect from his fans the world over.

Posted by NaveedSajid on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Good news so that he can now focus only on Tests for his 50th Test Century and I hope he retires from it upon its completion.

Posted by girshya on (December 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Gutted!! enough said!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Very shocking to cricket world

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

U were the reason i watched Indian Cricket.Will always miss u SIR.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

stop trolling. this can't be happening.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Well played little master...

Posted by BharatBhushanHir on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Well Decided Sachin ! A delayed but wise decision to give himself more and more time serve the country for the longest format..

Posted by sjashish on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Very very sad to hear this. Long live Sachin..

Posted by Bharatchalise on (December 23, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Evergreen Cricket Hero.. Cricket Legend

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

v miss u a lot 10dulker :(

Posted by a1234s on (December 23, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Sachin, thank you for all the glorious moments. It has been an absolute privilege to watch you bat in the ODIs. well played

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

This is a shocka !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

hope his records will be intact

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

And Finally.... Tendulkar Retired From One Day Internationals..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Congrats Sachin and Thank you for all that you have done for Indian Cricket and it was a pleasure to see you play cricket for India, You have a great role mode on and off the ground, Best of Luck

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Hats off Sir Sachin Tendulkar......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

wonderful chance for youngsters now, to care the team INDIA

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Salute to you my legend. I will miss you.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Legend _/\_ Indian ODI cricket will never be the same without you :(

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