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Reactions to Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODI cricket
December 23, 2012
"There was a doubt about whether he would play ODI cricket or not. But I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right. I don't think there was any pressure of selectors on him. It is his own decision. No one can drop him."
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly
"I have very fond memories of the century he made against Australia in Sharjah when I was at the non-striker's end. He redefined the art of opening the innings in one-day cricket, and what was amazing was the consistency with which he continued to score over a period of 23 years and more than 460 matches."
Former India batsman VVS Laxman
"Emotional moment to not see the person who inspired me to play for india not play one dayers anymore.hats off paaji.we all love you.respect"
India batsman Virat Kohli, via Twitter
"If you look at the statistics, his greatness becomes even more evident in the sheer volume of runs he has scored and the huge gap between him and the next batsman. To bat consistently at the top-order and the aggressive manner in which he did that is a staggering achievement."
Commentator and former India batsman Rahul Dravid
"He changed the way batting was approached in ODIs especially after he started opening. And he was good as a bowler, if a left-hander came in, he will bowl off-breaks, if a right-hander came in, he will bowl leg-spin, if there is dew then he will bowl seam-up and that's Sachin for you."
Former India legspinner Anil Kumble
"He has figured greatly with runs in the longer version of cricket. I think he has played a little bit more in the longer version but when he feels that he is good enough to play in the Test side, I know, he feels he is good enough to play in the longer version in order to achieve the milestone of 200 Tests."
Former Sri Lanka captain and batsman Arjuna Ranatunga
"I am disappointed and unhappy that we did not get an opportunity to celebrate Sachin's farewell ODI. He should have given time to the country to pay a tribute because legends such as him are born once in a century."
Former India captain Kapil Dev
"Against New Zealand in 1994 the team was looking for someone, and Tendulkar, still so young, offered to take up so much responsibility. The rest is history. The New Zealand attack was blown away by a rampant Tendulkar. His 49-ball 82 in Auckland remains one of the pivotal efforts of his ODI career."
Former India seamer Venkatesh Prasad
"I am lucky to have played cricket in Sachin Tendulkar's era. We will never get a legend like him."
Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza
"You can never beat the moment at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, that night when millions of fans cheered on as he took a victory lap sitting on the shoulders of his teammates with the World Cup in his hand."
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar
"Conclusion of a sterling ODI career from a wonderful batsman. Congrats Sachin Tendulkar."
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, via Twitter
"Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to Sachin."
India offspinner Harbhajan Singh, via Twitter
"He is the best man to decide when to retire from other formats because he knows his body well. All this time people were asking when is he retiring? Now that he has announced his retirement from ODIs, people are asking why has he retired? I don't understand the Indian people."
Former India allrounder Bapu Nadkarni
"He was the one who infused aggression into the game and you can say that he was a game-changer. It was a privilege to share the dressing room with him. The good thing is that he will still play Tests."
Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath
"Emotional time ! Letting sachin go from one dayers ! 18 thousand plus runs ur jaw drops when u c those records ,master u will always live."
India batsman Yuvraj Singh, via Twitter
"The reason for playing cricket. The reason for watching cricket. Sachin Tendulkar..... No words.. Love you Paji"
India batsman Suresh Raina, via Twitter
"Statistics NEVER lie! They tell a very true story.. Well done Sachin! What an incredible ODI career.. #thebest"
England batsman Kevin Pietersen, via Twitter
''When you've played 23 years of international cricket, a time comes when ODIs don't excite you anymore as you have achieved everything that you possibly could have. Sachin has also won the World Cup, therefore his decision is understandable.''
Former Pakistan captain and commentator Rameez Raza
"If cricket was a religion then Sachin would have been the God. I'd have loved to play against him. I played in the 2010 Asia Cup but he wasn't there. I wish he was there in this series. I wish him all the best for the rest of his life."
Pakistan player Umar Amin
"Sachin is a cricketing God. Unbelievable what he's done for Indian cricket."
Former England batsman Paul Collingwood, via Twitter
"Waqar Younis was on a hat-trick having dismissed Sehwag and Ganguly at Centurion in 2003. As I walked in, he said to me 'be calm and stay focussed.' There was a lot of chatting from the Pakistanis but I survived the hat-trick ball."
India batsman Mohammad Kaif
"Greatest batsman of all time & my good friend Sachin Tendulkar retires from One day cricket. Thank you for making India so proud."
Former ICC and BCCI head Sharad Pawar, via Twitter
"I think he has obliged Indian cricket by retiring. The god has ultimately decided. Everybody is talking that he should retire. I suppose if I am playing cricket whether I am playing good or bad, the call has to be taken by the selectors."
Former Indian batsman Kirti Azad
"Actually I am surprised. If he is continuing with international cricket (Tests) then he should have continued with ODI also. We play almost 25 ODIs in a season. It is very important to keep playing international cricket."
Former selection panel head Kris Srikkanth
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