Tendulkar's retirement from ODIs

'He changed the approach of batting in ODIs'

Reactions to Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODI cricket

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December 23, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar fell for 2, Australia v India, CB Series, 1st ODI, Melbourne, February 5, 2012
"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": Bapu Nadkarni © AFP
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"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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Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

@ DeathKnell: The TRUE God of cricket is Jacques Kallis. To say that someone is a God of cricket, we would be implying that the player is astute at all three disciplines of the game: Batting, bowling and fielding. In order to quantify who the TRUE God of cricket, let's compare Tendulkar's test record against that of Kallis. In Test cricket, Tendulkar (for now) has more runs and centuries than Kallis by virtue of playing more matches. Kallis has the better batting average of the two. In bowling and fielding, Kallis has close to 300 wickets and almost 200 catches. Both of these stats TROUNCE those of Tendulkar. In summation, Kallis is better than Tendulkar (at worst) 2 disciplines (Bowling and fielding) to Tendulkars 1 (for now). Envy is a sickness, please get well soon DethKnell :)

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

@Integrity1 - well you know what u are much bigger than all those people you have mentioned, because you know what SRT can & cannot do.. ha ha hah...

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

@micklem - you know what.. I did nt read the whole load of ...... (writing) that you have done below...tell me one whom you consider GOD, then we shall discuss further... going step by step...

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Wow! Incredible tributes from the all time greats such as: . Sharad Pawar . Kirti Azad . Umar Amin . Mashrafe Mortaza (A Bangladesh "Fast" bowler no less) . Bapu Nadkarni

I'm in awe!

Posted by Shan156 on (December 26, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

To all those who claim Sachin is God of cricket, is cricket only a batsman's game? What about the bowlers? If you guys at least claim he is the "God of batting", that would make some sense; at least, there is scope for argument. But, how could he be God of a *team* sport when he is good at only one facet of the game? Also, I didn't bring tests into the mix here. We all know that this article is about Sachin's retirement from ODIs. If people had praised Sachin as the best in ODIs, there would be no argument from my side. Someone else mentioned Don and Kallis and we had to retort. I also don't understand where I belittled Sachin in my messages unless arguing that he could not be the best cricketer ever is belittling. @DeathKnell, I don't think of any cricketer as God. Period. Bid Adieu.

Posted by micklem on (December 26, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Reply to DeathKnell 5: Point to be Noted,For a man who is labelled as Ultimate Batsmen in World Cricket can perform only these littlebit in the long list of crucial matches which he played and those who taken 49 centuries can't even took a single century during the crucial stages of world cup.On the Other hand his performance in the Knockout matches of other major tournament ICC Cmampion's Trophy is also totally ineffective.This shows when it matters Tendulkar is totally uselessless.

Posted by micklem on (December 26, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Reply to DeathKnell 4: In cricket Records and Statistics don't Reveal clear things.They will hide more than they reveal.If you want to Know the real class you had to check in details.In Cricket Important Occasion means the Knock Out and Crucial matches in world cup and ICC Champions trophy where all the testplaying countries would be playing.Tendulkar is totally worthless in those situations.His overall record in World Cup is Outstanding.But like the usual Tendulkar way ie mostly because of the innings against minnows and unimportant matches.He only played two times in crucial stages in World cups ie 98 vs Pak at Centurian in 2003 World Cup and and 85 also vs Pak at Mohali in the last World cup.But in the latter match Indian Momentum is lost because of Tendulkars's Innings.He tried for 100'th century and become very slow after 70.That played a major part in Indian Collapse during the final stages of their Batting.Anyway India won thanks to Pak's poor batting.

Posted by micklem on (December 26, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Reply to DeathKnell 3: In some situations everybody will play and some other situations nobody will be scoring,example is recent India's tour of Aus and Eng when nobody was scoring.In ODI's Tendulkar always just picking up some of the runs that must have eventually gone into some other player's name.He will never score in those Key situations when the personnel contributions will have a greater impact on Team's Success.I totally agree that his consistancy in these easy scoring situations is very high and he is the best among the Indian Top Order batsmen.But if you rate tendulkar as the greatest in the world ,then that would be solely because of these unfair advantage he got as an Indian Opener playing for long periods.So simply based on Overall records,runs,centuries and MOM awards can't put Tendulkar on top of the world Cricket.

Posted by micklem on (December 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Reply to DeathKnell 2: IF a team will play in Subcontinent batting wickets there is a great chance that the top order batsmen goes on to make bigscores.Obviously they will get more MOM awards.Only India had played significantly more times in these kind of batting wickets.NOt Pak,Not SL,Not any other team.If you check avg team scores you will find these facts.India's won percenatge will not be that much great,but still the average runs scored in the matches will be much better than those involving any other team in the world.The reason for these is, India is generating a lot of money in Cricket and BCCi wants to fully exploit these..So as an Indian Opener he will get plenty of oppurtunities to become MOM in Subcontinents especially in Indian Pitches.But the reality is,in most of his MOM awards even if he had not played somebody should have scored that runs atleast littlebit faster than him and eventually India would have won the match.

Posted by micklem on (December 26, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Reply to DeathKnell 1:I am here for you Don't stick on to craps like avg MOM awards and similar things.I totally agree he is the best batsman in India.But what about his performance in important occassions.In this regard even other Indian players like Dhoni are better than his standards.In His very long carrier he played very less times in important occasions.That two back to back centuries vs aus and 98 vs Pak at Centurian in 2003 world cup.These are very less for a batsmen to be called Utmost.He might have got 62 MOM awards in ODIs,but outside Subcontinent he got only 15 MOM awards.Among them 5 against minnows like Zimbabwe,Kenya and Namibia.So he got only 10 MOM awards against Test playing Nations.Out of these 10 only 3 times he got Centuries.Just Note these.Eventhough Sachin got these many centuries only 3 Out of them got him MOM outside Subcontinent against Test playing Nations.These shows he is very average player outside Subcontinent

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

@Shan156 - media spins lot more in the west & east playing mind games before any tour.. dont care abt media, Gayle, xyz, abc.... tell me why no other player in the world has beter avg-MOM than the GOD 76 on 650.. ??? .he was adjudged the best in so many occasions..thats called consistency.. given the situation/ conditions then at the time while 21 others played along...there shud have been 100s more, if any had been some support (normal output from anyother player)....so SRT = GOD/ Maestro/ BOSS... period....

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@Shan156 - Thanks for discontinuing the argument..as u have nothing to argue for.. not sure why u bring Don & Kallis and everyone here.. while it is abt ODI retirement of SRT (& you talk abt mixing stuff here).. u seem to write and discuss without a focal point here.. no ifs & buts, if he had played.. if that ground was considered..etc, which I have been telling all the while...no one is belittling other greats efforts/ achievements (other than you)...the point is SRT is god (considering all aspects of the game)... find one person whom u think as GOD, then we shall talk point by point comparing the real GOD..

Posted by ANMK on (December 26, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Sun and Moon rise and set on a daily basis. But, Sachin is THE only one in the world of cricket. You will shine for ever. You will be the touch stone for time to come for the future cricketers. Your humility with the supreme greatness of your cricketing caliber, you stand head and shoulder above all. Hats off to you.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

@Cricketfan23, and just because Sachin bats and bowls occasional pies doesn't mean he is a better cricketer than Kallis:-) We are talking about tests here which is the true test of a player. ODIs require some skills too but it is more in favor of the batsmen than the bowlers. Test cricket is more of a game of bat *and* ball. You don't need a great strike rate in tests. Patience is as great a virtue as, if not more than, strokemaking in test cricket. It is hard to understand for some who love ODIs more. And, most of us agree that Sachin is the best in ODIs. And, who knows how the Don would have performed had he played in ODIs? Just because he didn't play that format doesn't mean he is an inferior batsman to Sachin.

Posted by Witty_Cricketer on (December 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

@Integrity1, stats do tell a story but not completely...I am a decent player (at club level) and I have been part of a decent team and bad one. It is so much easier to play in a good team because you are only playing a part and result of the match does not depend solely on you, where as in a bad team it is so difficult to play your natural game because you know one mistake and match is as good as gone. That is the difference is between Tendulkar & Kallis. In between I am a big fan of Kallis, but Tendulkar is in a league of his own.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 26, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

@Samir Patel, media likes to spin stories that people like to read. I remember some bowlers, not Warnie, who said that cricket is like a religion in India and Sachin is its God. That is far from saying that "Sachin is God of cricket". How can he be a God? He is a great batsman but as mentioned several times, cricket is a game of bat *and* ball. Surely a "God" should be the greatest in both? Besides, some of these players know what cricket is like in India and how they celebrate Sachin and they say some exaggerated stuff to get people going. Warnie once mentioned that he was getting nightmares of bowling to Sachin and the media kept repeating it again and again. When a reported asked him about it long after he retired, he said that he said it just for fun and didn't really mean it. Of course not. It is just a sport and why would one get nightmares about it. It was silly of people who literally believed it.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

@Arun M, thank you. I know quite a few Indian fans who appreciate achievements of other players. Sachin deserves all the praise he gets but there is no need to put down other players. Some of these "fans" believe the media hype and think the whole world revolves around Sachin. Far from it. As you said, Sachin doesn't deserve such "fans". A great player like him deserves more sensible fans.

@DeathKnell, no point continuing this argument with you. You mix tests and ODIs and come up with arguments which absolutely make no sense. You call Don and Kallis as part-timers, whatever that means. Let me tell you, if achievements in all formats is what is considered worthy, then I think Chris Gayle is the only one to score 100s in all three formats. Sachin played just one T20I and failed. Would that mean that Gayle is better than Sachin?

Posted by mE_wE on (December 26, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

ODI Cricket Retires from Tendulkar...Cricket has been fortunate to be graced by a legend Like you. Take a bow SRT

Posted by Cricketfan23 on (December 26, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@Integrity1- Kallis is a great cricketer but not in the same league as Sachin. Kallis has been a accumlator of runs much like Dravid and Cook and has never really dominated any attack as can be seen from his strike rate.Infact many times because of his slow approach, South Africa have choked from winning positions.Players like Kallis and Dravid cannot win the games on their own and always need someone aggressive at the other end to finish off games whereas Sachin carried the entire batting line up on his own especially from mid 90s till the emergence of Ganguly as a matchwinner in ODIs. During that period oppositions only had to dismiss Sachin to beat India. Just because Kallis also bowls, he can't be classified as a greater cricketer than Sachin.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

@Integrity1 - were you born y'day...here comes one with stats.. do u have an answer for 76 MOMs in 650 odd Matches. it may take ages for u to read thru what God has accomplished.. go do that first then come back.. we shall have a talk...

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

@DethKnell: To state that someone is the God of something, you would expect him to be the best at all aspects of whatever he is the God of right? You say that Sachin is the "God" of cricket. Let's examine your argument here. Cricket comprises of three disciplines: . Batting . Bowling . Fielding

Now lets compare the test match stats of Sachin to that of Kallis:

Sachin: Mat Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct Batting: 194 15645 248* 54.32 51 66 114

Wkts BBI BBM Ave 4w 5w Bowling 45 3/10 3/14 54.64 0 0

Kallis: Mat Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct Batting: 158 12980 224 56.92 44 56 192

Bowling: Wkts BBI BBM Ave 4w 5w Tests 282 6/54 9/92 32.57 7 5

Now please tell me, after looking at the stats in front of you, who the REAL God of cricket (batting AND bowling AND fielding) is?

Please post Cricinfo if you believe in the truth.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 26, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

@Arun, Integrity1 andall fanboys of Don or Kallis or which ever part timers...here we are talking abt God of cricket (76 MOM in 650 odd matches)... you guys can fight in another forum to adjudge if Kallis is better than Don or anyother xyz parttimer is better than abc...read the prev posts, lets not even compare people who played with their neighbours only & in their backyards & scored 100s...

Posted by Mr.pPp on (December 26, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

@beazle: m sorry if i was too rude, actually it wasnt just u... i had read too many harsh comments disrespectin sachin... n as i said i myself m nt a huge sachin fan.. even i beliv Kallis is a much better cricketer than Sachin (not a better batsman)... but d point is, atlist on d day when this legend retired, he deserves to be respected and his achievments appreciated... i can understand ur comment wasnt that harsh as others and it was jus ur opinion n evry1 can hav their opinion n m sorry 4 that... but it just wasnt d day to offer that opinion though.. let d man hav his day, n let his millions of fans hav this day...

Posted by   on (December 26, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

Good Decision which he took..................... It is not good for world of cricket and specially in ODI format as it lost best player forever in the world of cricket. NO DOUBT that he is the "BEST". @Shan 156: It was not SRT or DeathKnell who gave his other title "God Of Cricket", that was given by world's best bowlers and players specially Shane Warne who experienced his batting a lot more in better way than any other batsman in the world.

Posted by Integrity1 on (December 26, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

The GREATEST of all time... AFTER Jacques Kallis!

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Shan156 and Beazle, good to meet sensible people like you here. The fact remains that, in any era, from the very first Test match till the last one played in 2012, against any attack, under any conditions of pitch, bowling laws, weather, batsman's gear (especially for protection: helmets, body protectors, etc.), only Bradman averaged 99. Nobody else averaged 98 or 97 or 90 or 85 or 80 or 75 or 70 or 65. Only 3 batsmen averaged between 60 and 61: Herbert Sutcliffe, Graeme Pollock and George Headley. These so-called 'fans' of Sachin are only demeaning the great man's name and career by comparing him with Bradman. Let Sachin's records stand for themselves. His 'fans'' inferiority complex is only too obvious whenever they jump at comparisons with Bradman.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@Shan156 & Beazle - keep the part timers stories with you....we are talking about a complete player - the god - MOM of all games/ all formats...dudies... as told several times, Stats with conditions like - discount this, remove that, consider only that ground, only during summer in australia etc etc" stories are not good for argument.. he has 76 MOMs from 625 odd matches (and could have been 100s more if only any batsman/bowler performed what they were supposed/expected to do)...give me a person who had done this in the history.. then we shall talk.. else there is no point talking abt part-timers, who scored 100s in every match he played the total being 20 matches, players who have 60+ avg while the total matches played were 30.. & on & on stories...

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Beazle, I agree with you but now brace yourself for a scathing attack from Sachin fans. They will come up with several 'facts' why Sachin is better than Bradman. The most laughable one is the fact that Sachin also had to play ODIs. Like Bradman had a chance but refused to play. Simple logic when comparing players from different eras is to look at the peer group. The next best player in Bradman's era had an average 40 less than him. In Tendulkar's case, he doesn't even have the best average among his peers. However, Tendulkar should rightly be considered the best ODI batsman ever.

Posted by Beazle on (December 25, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

I am no lover of the Australians ( no team I love seeing get beat more) but surely, they have the title of world's greatest batsman easily won by Bradman. I am sure even SRT would be the first person to concede that ! No one else- not even Sobers who averaged just under 58, gets within 40 runs of the great batsman that is Bradman.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@DeathKnell, you wanted to talk about MoM awards? I gave you the #s - Kallis gets it once every 7 matches (even allowing for the fact that one of his MoM awards was for his bowling), Sachin gets it once every 14 tests. You decide who is consistent now. Sachin may be a better batsman than Kallis considering that he has great stats in alll countries while Kallis' record in England is not great; besides, Sachin has more strokes than Kallis but Kallis' superior bowling means that he is a better cricketer than Sachin. You think Sachin is a God, good enough. Doesn't mean everyone needs to agree. If you think Sachin is a better cricketer than Kallis then that means you value batting more and not value bowling at all. Which is fine. To each his own.

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

When I said Bradman is not the best, all foreigners got hurt, taste of own medicine you chaps, was it bitter? I bet it is. Stop being critical,it makes no difference at all to Sachin, get life, and talk about your own players. We Indians fund the cricket, be grateful and accept it. I have certainly no problem if Aussies think Bradman is best.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

@Shan156 - enuf said...Laxman did this, Kallis did that.. who did it consistently..that is what is maters most ..thats the one who is called as god Period..to reiterate..read thru match by match, situation by situation of all Maestro's innings..& come back....we will talk again...

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Sachin is the God of Cricket..World's best batsman ever seen..No need to check the stats..or quality one more time..

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

@DeathKnell, To reiterate my point about MoM awards, check out this match:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63695.html

Sachin was awarded MoM award for this "match" which lasted 71.1 overs for his score of 52* with NZ not getting a chance to bat. Is this MoM award the same as the one that Laxman got for his 281? Also, since you wanted some comparison, Jacques Kallis, who played in a team with more matchwinners than India, has got 23 MoM awards in 158 tests. Sachin has got 14 in 194. India only won 5 of those 14 tests. I am not saying it is his fault that India didn't win those but you got to understand that just because he got MoM awards, those were crucial knocks. One MoM award is not the same as another. On the +ve side, Tendulkar's first MoM award was for his first ton which was a crucial knock that prevented India's defeat and almost led them to victory. He was only 17 then. I vaguely remember this match. It was incredible.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

@DeathKnell, Sachin cannot be "God of Cricket" PERIOD. God should always win, should also be the best bowler (since cricket is a game of bat and ball not just bat), and also the best fielder. Not to mention, should also be a great captain. PERIOD.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

@DeathKnell, a "back to the walls" knock usually will fetch you a MoM award but not all MoM awards are for such knocks. You could play a gem of an innings at the top of the order batting first with less pressure, and then your bowlers could roll over the opposition using scoreboard pressure and you could win the match. Since you created the pressure for the opposition, you will get a MoM award. The kinds I am talking about are when you are under pressure. Again, I am talking only about tests. I don't follow Indian cricket closely but I have seen quite a few games where Sachin has played. To my knowledge, in test cricket, I have never seen Sachin play such an innings. That doesn't mean he has not played at all. Could you please point me to an innings which compares to Laxman's 281?

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

@Shan156 - it has become a cliche dude.... why is SRT's avg-MOM much better than all those greats that you mention???? PERIOD...

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

@soumya07, so the legends are always correct? One should always agree with their opinions and not have one of their own? Are the leaders of the largest political party of your country always right? Why can't I have my own opinion? If you think some of his facts are wrong, please feel free to dispute it with facts; or stay clear; don't simply say that since great players rate Sachin highly, we should also find no faults with him. Alex doesn't fault Sachin's technique. He criticizes his fight (or lack of). Again, I don't agree with that as Sachin has quite a few # of valiant knocks to his name. In tests, I am yet to see a single knock of Sachin that compares to Laxman's 281 or several of Dravid's "back to the walls" knocks but in ODIs, he has played quite a few.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@Krishna Mohan Lalukota, yes Bradman played only against a limited # of teams. But, he frequently played the other best team of his era while Sachin got plenty of opportunities to feast on poor bowling attacks. Technology? It helps current era players too - what about bowling machines? Batsmen in those era had less protective gear, played on uncovered wickets, and had to travel months to go on tour. They didn't have the best doctors and state of the art medical facilities that players have got now. So, before you compare players of different era, just think for a second before blurting out. Bradman held most of the records among players of his generation. In terms of avg, the next best was Sutcliffe who averaged just over 60 (a difference of nearly 40 runs per wicket). In the current era, Sachin doesn't even have the best average - Kallis averages a good 5 runs more than him. Of course, in ODIs, there is no question. Sachin is the best. But, Bradman didn't get a chance to play in any.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 25, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

@Centuries2020. what have you got against Pele, the greatest sportsman the world has ever seen? I mean, if a person who is a legend of a sport that is played by but 8 countries in the world could be called the greatest sportsman the world has ever seen, why not someone who is a legend of a sport that is played by the whole world? I mean, it is your opinion that Sachin is the best sportsman in the world. It is Alex's opinion that he is not. Yes, we can only comment here. And, you can do something more here?:-)

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

@micklem/ manzig - remove this, remove that, strip it, discount that.... so you have to do somany things to match the Maestro to the next great.. I am sure that SRT is not the only one who played the games during WC, there were 150 other players playing in the same "easy-to-score" pitches right.. so why cudnt they score as good as SRT... & what abt top scoring in WC in SAf, I did nt know that SAf is in India?? from when?? .. if everything is as per what you say.. why SRT has better avg-MOM than any other so called (your imaginery) greats??? you must know by now that MOM is given when someone wins for his country...there would have been hundreds of MOMs more to SRT, only if any other player/bowler contributed to what they were normally expected to do..do all your trolling on other players...cos SRT is a class apart..better stop ur cheap stunts at once....

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 25, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

look at u sachin haters.. the tree that bears the most/best fruits will be the one that is hit most...the greatness of the man brings out every feeling a human being can have... and no surprise people spew venom as if he is a criminal... all what u say abt him, can u use the same yardstick to the player whom you like most.. I am sure that you dont.. cos by any means you want to show Sachin is less than others in someway...but the fact is IT IS NOT.. I have seen interviews from 100s of small time players.. how they cherish/ be proud of playing for nation..even if it is for a few months.. & they show their trophy cupboard proudly.. but then think abt a man who played for 23 yrs & consistently on top, with trophies all over his house....if anyone who stood holding a bat facing a cricket ball (say 80-90 KMPH forget abt 100+), knows what it means to play the game... (and at international level)

Posted by micklem on (December 25, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Soumya,Above you told that his 90's also make Indai won.That is right because after 90 he will spoil more balls.So if he out in 90 it is better for the team.Infact if got out before 80 it is very bast for the team,because thats where he will start wasting balls for his century.I am not telling he is not talented or not good,he is the best batsman in the country..But don't forget that other players like Dhoni,raina are very better match winners than sachin in their smaller records.He got 100 international centuries.But don't forget that India lost a tournament bacause of that 100th century.

Posted by micklem on (December 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

So Soumya recors did not matter,Only contributions for that particular match is important.You wrote above that out of his 49 centuries,only 16 India lost match,remaining 33 he won single handed.Hey Lady only 3 matches we can say he won single handedly ,Two matches in Sharjah cup in 98 and 98 vs Pak in Centurian at 2003 world cup.These are the only matches he played in pressure situations.He will never play when bowlers dominate or tough conditions or other than Subcontinent conditions.ie reason he is not a great player.For any batsmen who played this much matches like sachin they should have won more matches single handedly.Then that 16 centuries India lost,16 out of 49 centuries is 32%.I don't think for any other player their 32% of centuries resulted in lossing match.Reason is simple.He got centuries mostly in batting conditions.For that particualr wicket he will waste so many balls especially after 80.Even if he will not play somebody will perform in those conditions.So his overall

Posted by micklem on (December 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Soumya07 I will reply...Everybody can post opinions.There is no rule that only those who played in indian cricket team can only post comments here.Then who r you posting here?You played in which cricket team?Sachin is the most over rated and exaggerated played not only in cricket but in the entire sports.India played in most batting friendly conditions than any other country.So as an opener in India he had more chances than any other great players.Records will not show all the things.For example his record in world cup is great.But there is an otherside too.He played two out of the six worldcups in India.India always played in extreme batting conditions in the worldcup matches in India.So overall naturally batsmen get more opportunities to score and bowlers will suffer.No other batsmen get the oppurtunity to play two world cups in home soil.His world cup record will be poor if you remove the matches in India and against minnows ie non test playing countries.

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Whatever some jealous foreigners think, Indians and majority non Indians know Sachin is the Icon of Cricket, and Best batsman of century. If he was born in any other country in south or west of the globe he would have been praised as better than Bradman and best batsman of all time. Note Bradman played only against limited number of bowlers when they had no technology to review videos and plan the dismissal in advance. It is not important what foreigners think because they can not see the growth of Indian cricket and cricketers but they just have to put up. In plain English " Frustration leading to silly comments", rather than accepting a true Legend. Let's celebrate the Master of the game, the only living God of game called cricket.

Posted by manzig on (December 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Sachin as a technician is par excellence. But as a team player -person who can raise above to win matches or as a captain he was quite ordinary. Ofcourse there are odd instances like in sharjah in 98! but the fact that one has to go back 15 years to find a game where he won it for India under pressure itself shows he was not a big match player. He was an extraordinary batsman but not a great team player. Indians still glorify numbers and statistics and greatness are defined by the amount of runs m- so he is bound to be great. He had never compromised on his cricket even for the sake of his team. Unlike other batmen he has never offered to bat in any position . He was middle order batman come what may and we haven,t seen any creativity or team game from him when team India was getting beaten by every team when they travelled abroad in the 90s, 2000s or in this decade.Sachin was like an art form . You marvel it's beauty and its potential but rarely delivered the quality runs w

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

@Alexk400 You follow cricket ? you sure bro? just checking

Posted by Centuries2020 on (December 25, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@Alexk400> why are you so aggressive on Sachin. Man he is the legend of the game. greatest sports man World has ever seen. People like you can only comment here. I am sure you cannot take away the love & smile which he brought in me and millions and billions.Period!!

Posted by soumya07 on (December 25, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

For me sachin was, sachin is , sachin will remain "GOD OF CRICKET".... for me its not sachin's runs that proves him... its his attitude that he carries...each time he goes out for the team.... only sachin can say what he feels each time he goes out their to bat.... carrying the hopes of more than 100 crore people,each 1 expecting atleast a 100 from their hero. exceptional cricketer....... amazing performer..... with a scintillating career....!! well said by mr kapil dev - legends of his caliber are born only once in a century....

Posted by soumya07 on (December 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@alex400- i just want to ask u.... do u know much more about cricket than these legends....? i really doubt.... have u ever have got a chance to hold a bat even..... u look to d 16 centuries of SRT that ended up in loosing cause... but u never look to the rest 33 centuries and several 90's that took india to the podium single handedly ....his best phase came in an era.. when even if sachin scored 100 the rest were not able to conclude the match.... u r blaming sachin for others' failure.... u r saying sachin should have carried the team till the last run...... i wanna ask u..... so what is the need of rest 10 players then.... if they cant conclude.... u better reply me.....

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@Alexk400: Grow up Kid !!.... think beyond.

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

@ Alexk400, You must be below 20 years of age?

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 25, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

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

Posted by kurups on (December 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Alexk400?!!....what r u talking?....do u watch cricket?.Ignorance is never always bliss, my friend. given a chance I would watch Lara or Sehwag play than tendulkar..but during his prime everyone, me included, couldnt wait to watch him play. the longevity and consistency and his enthusiasm to play speaks volumes of his talent and character. and Alex, get to watch some cricket soon!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (December 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

The Best All Round Batsman of our era and the best ODI Batsman of all time. Thats a given. He may not be the best Test Batsman (Bradman is and even Tendulkar has rivals in Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, and Sangakkara), but he definitelly overall was the best (both ODIs and Tests). Wouldn't say that he was the man who changed the way ODIs were played though, since that was done by Jayasuriya in ODIs and Sehwag in Tests

Posted by sscrocks on (December 25, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

sir, atleast play the first odi vs pakistan. we would like to tribute your greatness in the ground which will defenetely be full of your fans. please accept the nations request. looking the playing 11 board without your name is undigestible. atleast fullfill it with that match. no matter what the result of that match is, we will be glad to have you in the playing eleven on that day. wishing for the success in everything.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 25, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

I know some of you think why i show so much venom at sachin , for me if people over hype some who do not deserve adulation is same like guilty go free , innocent get punished. For me its same. All this adulation for a person who do not even contribute in "Effective" way in any part in winning a TEST. I mean he scored runs but he never took it on himself and say i carry the team to win. I am no fan of micahel clarke , he carried his team to winning matches against india , fought well against SA. I rate player who fight for his team to win. Sachin do not deserve to be called even legend. He is not even great indian player. That is Rahul Dravid. Dravid tough it out and got draw many many times. Dravid has 70% of talent of sachin but the effort dravid put for the team is unparallel. I never seen sachin does that for india. Never. He is not legend. There are people call him legend because thats only way they can make money india. Thats only reason all past greats say sachin is great etc.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 25, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

@Beazle , Perfect. All teams wants to win , they make a plan , they ignore sachin contribution to win. They know once sehwag is removed , indians can be kept quiet and pressured. India can find many young players , i doubt they find another sehwag. India can produce as many technically correct players who can graft runs like dravid and sachin did. Sachin do not put fear in opposition. The whole 10-0 loss because of sehwag vs dhoni ego clash. Sehwag undermined dhoni and threw his wicket away. he can't say that openly he will say instead thats the way he play. Sachin is not great batsman. Never was. He is a great grinder. Slightly better than dravid in garbage time. I know lot of people like sachin for various reason. Indians always emotional shy people , never boasting type , so sachin resemble most mild mannered indian and having some form of records. For me i rate by how they fight in dire situation. He choked in every time. His name always chokedulkar for me.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 25, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

@Beazle: You got anything good to say about Sachin say it... otherwise the exit is that way.

Posted by Patrick_ on (December 25, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

@ Alexk400 Your comment shows your ignorance. Do you even watch cricket ?

Posted by ramooji on (December 25, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

It is a thing to watch a great no. of heaps of praises at once he announced his retirement from one day series. He himself would need days to go thro. Appreciation of good deeds should be a continuous one which would give inspiration,motivation etc.,instead of waiting for all these to be announced only on his retirement. No doubt his contributions in one dayers and cricket inn general, would be source of strength,inspiration to all especially the younger generations.

Posted by Hammond on (December 25, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

See, even Sachin knows which type of cricket is pre-eminent. You ask SRT if he would rather play odi's or test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

thnx a lot sachin for ur immense contribution towards cricket....its always been a pleasure to watch.... providing us an wholesome entertainment.....arguably the best batsman ever....salute to a legend

Posted by Beazle on (December 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

To clarify- I think SRT is a great batsman but in my opinion, not as good as Sobers, Viv Richards or Lara. Its only an opinion !

I recently attended a dinner where two recently retired very experienced test captains spoke of Sachin,admittedly in the context of Test cricket. They both agreed that while they respected his character and admired his technique, he did not "terrify" them ( their word) the same way Lara, Gilchrist and Sehwag did. They said that while you could usually keep Sachin fairly quiet, those other guys could ( and did) take the whole match away from you n a session.

Posted by cricfan65 on (December 24, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

This is not the time to quibble about who is the Greatest Crickter of All Time , or whether Sachin played for records or country , or whether he should have left earlier or stayed on. Let us simply celebrate his 23 years of amazing class and productivity.Athletes like Sachin, who completely dominate their sport and rewrite all the recordbooks, come once in a lifetime. Let us enjoy this while it lasts.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

people who say Sachin not match winner. here is stats for you list of highest player of the match winners SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2012 463 62 every 7.46 matches ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 48 every 9.27 matches JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2012 321 32 every 10 matches RT Ponting (Aus/ICC) 1995-2012 375 32 every 11.71 matches IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 187 31 every 6 matches SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1992-2007 311 31 every 10 matches BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2007 299 30 every 9.96 matches only next to IVA Richards but still the best match winner...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

People who say Sachin not match winner - here is a stat for you most player of the match awards in ODIs SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2012 463 62 every 7.46 match ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 48 every 9.27 match JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2012 321 32 every 10.03 match RT Ponting (Aus/ICC) 1995-2012 375 32 every 11.7 match IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 187 31 every 6 match SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1992-2007 311 31 every 10.3 match BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2007 299 30 every 9.96 match only next to IVA Richards...but still the best match winner!!!

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

@Beazle,

You are entitled to your opinion. It is a different think we care for what you think and so it doesn't matter to us,

Posted by wiseshah on (December 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

really sad that tendulkar retired. i used to enjoy, when he used to run for personal record and century and team india would lose the match. he is one player whose most century makes india lose the game.but he is a humble and great person. salute to legend

Posted by Shan156 on (December 24, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

@Mr.pPp, "learn to accept and respect" that's a little rich coming from you. It is @Beazle's opinion that Tendulkar is not the best he has watched. He probably likes other players more. Why is that hard for you to accept and respect? Besides, there are quite a few England and Aussie fans who regularly visit this board and have left messages praising Tendulkar not to appease fan boys like you but because that is what they genuinely believe. I am an England fan and I believe Tendulkar is the best ODI batsman ever. I mentioned the same in my previous post. On the other hand, there are quite a few Indian fans out here who have bashed Tendulkar time and again. So, it is inane to slam England and Aussie fans as if they have something against Tendulkar. BTW, how do you know that @Beazle is an Aussie/English fan? Perhaps if you start following what you preach, your words will have some value.

Posted by Mr.pPp on (December 24, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

@Beazle: M not a huge Sachin fan myself, but its really unfortunate for you, someone who has watched "45" years of cricket, to make such an ridiculously ignorant comment, more so at the time when this legend has call it a day(plz uncl, atlis not now). even VIV n LARA would be ashamed of your comment

its shameful to watch a bunch of english n aussies here is cricinfo always acting like they OWN cricket or something. its like they get to define good pitches, good batsmen, etc... learn to accept and respect... always trying to pointlessly belittle others only shows your frustration and stupidity... disgusting

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

God of cricket and world best batsman finally retires from ODI..Thanks Sachin for lots of good memories and we will miss you.

Posted by Beazle on (December 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

I don't rate him in the top 5 batsman I have seen in more than 45 years of watching cricket.

Both Viv and Lara were better matchwinners than he.

Posted by Shan156 on (December 24, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

At this moment, one cannot help but feel sorry for the Aussies. They play India next in a test series and they will feel the full fury of the master's blade. Not something that they have not experienced before but now that he will be playing only one format of the game, he will be fully focused and galvanized to tear any attack into shreds. Thank God, England won't be playing India in tests till 2014 summer by which time the fury may have subsided a bit, hopefully. Sorry Aussies, but now you are going to have to bear the brunt of Tendulkar's attack.

The calculated attack on Pakistan's bowlers, and Shoaib Akhtar in particular, alongside "operation desert storm" in 1998 will remain my greatest memories of Sachin's ODI batting. The greatest ODI batsman ever and one of the greatest legends of the game has called curtains on the ODI format. India will not miss him too much in ODIs as they already have a very good side. So, the timing is quite good. He has left the team in safe hands.

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

Slept with sadness yesternight...and when I woke up this morning, the first thought that flashed through my mind was: "Will Sachin reverse his decision!" I am still waiting for his 50th ODI century. If only his decision is sent to the third umpire for DRS, may be his decision could be reversed!

Posted by NuruddinLakhani on (December 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

I watched him making his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989. I was second year medical student then. I am twice my age now, my hair is less and grey now; and my kid will soon go to University. But honest to God, I am gonna miss SRT playing cricket. If there was one reason to see India playing any country other than Pakistan, it was SRT. I can proudly say that I was there watching him bat when he made his Test debut. And I enjoyed his batting for last 23 years. Thank you Sachin . . . you have been a great ambassador. God bless you.

Posted by ruudraza on (December 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

always thought i wud be sad when sachin retired but since he has retired from odis only i will hopefully see him play alot more tests. Anyway he played very few odis in the last few years so i guess perfect placement.

Posted by dirick on (December 24, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

I don't care for the sarcastic comments here because deep down in heart no one could ever hate Tendulkar. He brought a smile on Millions of Cricket followers and that tells the story.

I just wish him the very best for his remaining TEST career and hope he will play some ODI kind of innings against the Aussies to entertain us one last time.

Unfortunately everything comes to an end, it is hard to digest the fact but we need to move on.

No words to describe this sorrow !

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (December 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Funniest statement is "Sachin never won any games for India". I am not a fan of Sachin but it is foolishness to criticize great player, who once Indian team completely depended on for many years, senselessly.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Kapil dev, kirti azad, entire media should be very happy as they have success to make a legend retire. Master still had two more years of cricket left in him. Very heartbreaking to see him depart from one day. Shame on all of those pundits who were keep targeting him recently.... Legend did not give us a chance to see him one last time in blue because of you people..

Posted by SachinsCup on (December 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Ultimate ODI icon. IMO, he was the greatest ODI player ever and I am aware that a certain Viv Richards was equally destructive and had a high ave/SR et al, but he never had to carry the burden of a billion-strong cricket crazy nation. :) As much as the stats speak for themselves, Tendulkar's mental fortitude and strength is what places him head and shoulders above everyone else. Thanks for the memories, Sach.

Posted by Satyajee. on (December 24, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Cricket means sachin and sachin means cricket. The man who made this game popular in India. Odi has lost the Man and its glory. I guess it could be the end of the game for his fans.

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

The Guys Who were opposing Only See the Cricket ... and they can't understand .. Because for this they have to "LIVE THE CRICKET..."

I Feel & Live the Cricket & I Know .. I Believe... SRT is My PROUD..

" THE PROUD OF INDIA "

" GURUR-E-HINDUSTAN "

Once Allan told he's not sure of what after LEGEND.. ;

Far Year Back he becomes THE LEGEND.. THE LIVING LEGEND..

Today i'm sure Allan got the answer GOD Comes after the LEGEND..

Now I watch the game .. but with some EMPTINESS in MIND & HEART..

We cannot see the UNIMAGINABLE Batting With.. A Unique Style.. Unique Determination.. ON Field..

Thank You Number 10... Only Sachin Tendulkar...

Posted by bingorighton on (December 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

mayan calendar predicted 21st dec 2012 as the doomsday ...well it was actually 23rd december 2012. someone pls convince sachin to play 1 last ODI for his farewell.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

salute to champion the legendary cricketer of all time ,he has retire himself ,selector cannot retire him because he was a crowd puller,everybody went to see him playing,we will miss you.

Posted by OmanBiek on (December 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Sachin and Lara are the two champions of our time, Pointing is a distant third frankly. To compare them will be to rob them and us of the glory that they produced. Well done Sachin you are one of the Greatest ever right up there with Bradman, Headley, G Pollock, Viv and Brian

- from a die hard West Indian and Lara fanatic

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

Sachin Tendulkar has three periods in his great career. From 1989 to 1995 as learning period. From1996 to 2003 in top form to demolish opposition. From 2004 to 2012 to guide youngsters and matured contribution. But all through his career he entertained cricket lovers with his stylish batting. A true Genious.

Posted by Sridhar_WGL on (December 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Guys, Sachin has given a great contribution for Indian cricket and did so much for india. No one should force sachin to retire from tests also, because you can not see this kind of legend's batting when your want. Now we are the people to happy to see his batting while the upcoming generation can't. So ENJOY his batting as he is still holding the testcricket.

Posted by Oceans11 on (December 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Doomsday for Indian Cricket!!!

Posted by ListenToMe on (December 24, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

He could have retired after scoring 1 more ODI hundred and 4 more 50s. He has quit without creating 2 records: 50 hundreds and 100 50s. I always thought he will retire from tests first then ODIs. No more records to break in tests for him.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (December 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Great career indeed. Best ODI batsman of the last 20 years. Some People will no doubt question timing of this decision, but that should not be allowed to take away anything from the entertainment he has provided for the last 23 years. Watching him play has been a privilege!

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

Man 34,081 International Runs, 200 International Wickets..... what a career....

Posted by KingKongIn on (December 24, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Dear cricinfo,

Could you please stop posting comments which are against SRT. what SRT did for the country and Indian cricket team they will never understand.

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

@ srinideva thats the roblem with sachins critics they the see 1 % and dont talk about the 99% (its true indeed that sachin dint play exactly as per the requirement the same goes for laras 400 but they were other factors like bowling not able to defend 290 against bangladesh ? does that not bother you ?) what about the the remaining 99 ?

Posted by coolindianfan on (December 24, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@ karthik_raja spot on man there are a couple of more losers also.May gad bless them.

Posted by Sandt on (December 24, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

People compare sachin with Lara and Ponting for best bastmen of this time and say that he is not a match winner. Ponting wins matches for Aus. But why no one bother to tell about Lara as match winner. These 3 are legends of cricket and comparision is not good. Ponting had a world beating side with him with some of the best batsmen and bowlers of current era. He is supported by them to win matches. Imagine without Hayden, Gilli, Mark Waugh, warne, mcrath, Gillespie what would have been pontings profile. I don't think he will have this much of winning success. Lara was good equially and he don't had a good bowling and batting side Sachin had played all these years with mediocre bowlers expect Kumble and at least tried to have some fight thru his batting. That is greatness of this player. Please stop analyzing that he is not a match winner. Cricket is a team game and one person can put some extra contribution by 11 players have to do their best to win. Please take the statistics of Pont

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

@ Karn Mamgain @ Vimalam - well said! @ Dravid_Gravitas, you are spoiling the reputation of your idol - Dravid. If you truly considered Dravid as your hero, you would have cultivated some grace and dignity by now, qualities that you claim that your hero possessed. Unless of course you are saying that Dravid was jealous and close-minded and you being his true worshipper, got the same mental qualities.

Posted by karthik_raja on (December 24, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

guys, please leave Dravid_Gravitas alone. He is not a Dravid fan as he tries to show himself as. He is die hard critic of SRT and hides under the cover of so called "Dravid fan". He knows that Dravid himself wont accept any of the points he is putting in front against SRT.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Whole world will miss Sachin like anything.We all respect his personal decision, god bless sachin, thanks for the memories.

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

Just to think the numbers he has achieved in ODIs !!!! Who are we in front of the grtness, mere mortals !!!!! Thanks Scahin for the Innumerable times You made us exclaim in Unison , Jump in Joy , Clap our Hands , Clutch the fingers , and Yes The moments when our Hearts came out of our Mouths !!!! Thanks and Salute !!!!

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

Dravid_Gravitas - Nice to have you back to lighten up the mood. People really needed after the news came in. I think, the reason people are able to find humor im cricinfo is because of guys like you, AlBundy1, Kiwirocker, Randy_Oz, et al. Thanks, we hope you don't retire.

Posted by karthik_ig on (December 24, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

This is the saddest news of indian cricket. you have been Greatest inspiration for cricket all over the world. we all miss you sachin. God bless you..Salute you sachin.You gave his lot of happiness and entertainment.we miss you badly..

Posted by Rahulbose on (December 24, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Watching him bat in ODIs has given me such joy over the years. I am a bit sad tat it is over, but also glad that he has finally made the right call. Reruns of his ODI knock will always remind me of childhood. Thanks Sachin.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

End of an era... the biggest achievement is that he made everyone believe that he can win the game from any situation, he let us be optimistic, he allowed us to criticise... Cricket will not be same without we blindly believing that Sachin will win the game for us. The only other person who allowed many to be optimistic and criticize is God.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (December 24, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Without such a potent bowling attack, all Ponting's runs would have been waste and he too couldn't have won as many games for Australia.. so please, stop this stupid comparision.. India never had great bowling attack but most of the times rode on Tendulkar's performance to put up a fight.. He was an will be the great batsman ever to play Cricket.. way ahead of Pontings, Laras and Kallis of this world..

Posted by CricFan24 on (December 24, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

Greatest batsman of all time

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

Devam sukhija I request u to come out of your state of denial sachin dosent need ur acknowledgement to become a legend .If a guy is a a member of espncriciinfo 11, Benard 11, bradman 11 what would u say about him ?. If that dosent solve ur state of denial problem then think about it mcgrath, warne, lee (the greatest bowlers australia has produced) all consider him the greatest batsmen they have bowled to . if that still dosent solve your problem have the guts to go on google and type "qoutes on sachin tendulkar". He has never won a single match really r u serious? he has twice the no of man of the matches Pointing does(62 vs 31) .get well soon mate.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (December 24, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

Thanks Sachin for all what you have done for indian cricket and world cricket fans. All the best for your future !!!

Posted by satheeshkumar.m on (December 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

he was the hero to me since 1992..he gave the belief that Indians are no less than anyone...his achievements are not just cricket achievements but its way beyond...

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar obviously a jealous Dravid fan can't understand a phenomenon called Tendulkar. Best of luck.

Posted by shahmeerhaq on (December 24, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

they got wrong "Rameez Raza"...lol ''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

Posted by wakaPAK on (December 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Probably the best ODI batsman.. and he was great against Aussies, the best one day team throughout his career.

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Really sad that it has come to this. Selectors have to gently push and nudge him out of the ODI s . From the events it is evident that he was informed by the selectors that he will NOT be selected , in other words dropped, and Tendulkar has realized that there will not be comebacks..at his age. He has realized that the only option he has is to retire quietly...at least from ODIs. If he is not selected for Australian Test series ( which I hope they will ) that will be real insult to him. He is not given the opportunity to keep his bat high one last time in one-dayers, and no one really remembered which was his one day match was. Really sad. I do not know whether it is sponsorships or other commitments that he is really hanging on to, but honestly it is not because of cricketing reasons that he continues to play..Tendlya...leave with grace.

Posted by blaster.pk on (December 24, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

How can sachin play in tests even after loosing 10 matches in the hands of AU and ENG. what is he trying to prove ? Does he not know that everyone must go one day or the other and he can do it now for atleast the youngsters. why wont he tell his plans of retirement in Tests? Why is he hiding from media when he is doing badly and he comes out to media only when he scores hundred. ? A man who stays in the team just to prove himself and not to think of indian crickets future can be considered the most selfish cricketer, look at ponting he failed against SA and he immediately retired, even though he can still play and score big(remember he scored a 200 against IND that was this year)

Posted by   on (December 24, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

What a great player Tendulkar is really a master. I have watched Tendulkar since his debut in November 1989 as a teenage wonderboy. I think he should have continued playing ODI's until 2015 world cup. I was him playing in Australia in 1992 world cup and it was a real joy watching him batting and bowling. He looked so cute and so boyish in that world cup. His batting style as so pure and so stylish. I feel he should have scored his 50th century and then retired. But still he can make a comeback if the selectors wants. He was a great entertainer on the cricket pitch and a very good human being.

Posted by himsez on (December 24, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

@devam - you have a good hold of the game!

Posted by srinideva on (December 24, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

@coolindianfan, this is the problem with indians. I still remember the way he played for his 100th 100. He lost a fan on that day. I would rather watch dhoni's 50 for india than this record man...

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

Sachin earned a lot of respect with his Talent and Cricketing skills, but he completely failed to keep that respect by prolinging his tenure for such long time eventhough he is not performing well. I'm glad he realised it, Now it''s time for another star to rise for India.

Sachin its time to take break from cricket and spend your valuable time with your lovely family. Congratulations!!!!

Sachin do not forget to payback the Indian fans who supported you for all these 23 years in your ups and lows. and should comeback in year or two with new ideas and energy to steer the upcoming young cricketing stars of India.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (December 24, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

God of cricket we will miss you..

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

I very much doubt Tendulkar went of his own volition. The sooner he retires from Test cricket as well, the better for India, as they can only start to genuinely rebuild after he's gone. Probably the most overrated batsman of all time. He was certainly excellent, but excellence does *not* equate to the genuine greatness of a Bradman, a Pollock, a Hammond, a Sobers, a Lara or a Gavaskar. Personally, I'm not even sure he's one of the top six Asian batsmen of his generation: Dravid, Sehwag, Yousuf, Younis Khan, Sangakkara & Jayarwadene all played more match-changing innings than Sachin ever did; & with a great deal more elegance & elan as well.

Posted by M4yur on (December 24, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

Thank you for the amazing memories and the unforgetable moments that I will cherish for all my life. Never seen a hero quite like you, the best, yet so humble. I am blessed to have witnessed you playing, it was a privilege that I am enormously greatful for.

I have always loved you and will continue loving you for your sportsmanship. Your talent, your work ethics and your temparament. You represent the "Great Indian Dream", coming from a humble middle class and conquering everything a young man could possibly ever think of.

23 years have flown by, I still have memories of you smacking Abdul Kadir for sixes in the friendly India-Pak match. I still remember your run storm in Sharjah. I still have the images of you wacking Shoiab Akthar for six over point in the "all important semi final in SA".

I have enjoyed your triumph and I have had to bear every heartbreak with you at everyturn of your cricketing career. You have made me proud, both in India and across the globe. God bless u Sach

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

people who say his runs 'did not matter' are being foolish. please think carefully before saying such stuff - people will start laughing at you. I mean what's the whole point of batting in an ODI? to make runs. the more runs you make, the harder it is for the opposition to win. so if this legendary sportsman scored at least 44 runs in every one of his 463 ODIs - not to mention 49 hundreds and 96 fifties - he made life for the opposition very hard indeed, for a very long time.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (December 24, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

Bapu Nadkarni - people are rightfully asking the question why is Tendulkar retiring now when he has said the process to begin defence of the 2015 WC should begin now. There's no doubt Tendulkar has been a great servant for Indian cricket in the past and we thank him for all he has done, surely this announcement should have come after the WC win last year. Instead he delayed his retirement for 21 months later when another player could have had that opportunity.

Posted by CanGrit on (December 23, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

I see so many haters here. But Sachin is a true legend he is THE master. He carried India for soo long with their mediocre bowling attack. None of these great great batsmen they are comparing him to had to deal with that for so long as he did....come on haters be real... And those greats never did come close to him and no one ever will. For soooo many cricket fans the game starts and end with him..THANK YOU Sachin for all the great moments, you are forever the best!!!!!

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

@Devam Sukhija - with all your knowledge, can you then tell why SRTs MOM-avg is far better than your so called greats... and fyi - MOM is given when a player wins a match for his country......

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

Good decision wrong timing... The world cup win should have been the day he retired from ODI's. None the less excellent career. from a diehard paki cricket fan...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Real master of scoring easy runs when it did not matter... Pointing Kallis are whom you actually call legends....

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (December 23, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Now India will have to fill big gap in ODI cricket. every reliable Tendulkar is no more there. India is going to go back to mid card team in ODI's. Great news for Pakistan that Tendulkar is not playing in this series. We have huge chances to win in India. Tendulkar name had bigger pressure on Pakistani team than the whole Indian team. The guys will be relaxed because the master is retired and it's time just punish india and show Tendulkar worth. Tendulkar worth a million. As a cricket fan i am sad but as Pakistani i am happy that he will not play against us. Thanks.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

@dork29 , did you know his record in last 10 ODI's??

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the Nice Guy who did NOT finish last. But maybe the last Nice Guy to finish in international cricket.

Posted by arviein on (December 23, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Thank god, common sense at last prevails. By the way, its the selector's call to drop players.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

I do enjoy the over reaction.An aging batsman with no discernible quality has retired. Do us a favour and go from test cricket because you are cheapening what was once a good career. As for the fans saying he is the all time greatest.have you heard of Bradman or Richards?. He is not even the best Indian batsman. that would be Dravid

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

Out goes the old one, in comes the new one - that is the law of the land! No one is indispensable in the world in any profession. I am glad finally SRT realized it and called it a day. Well done SRT and hope you do the same with test cricket as well.

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

I bow my head to him for the contribution he did to Indian Cricket . May God bless him. Now he can focus on his batting in tests and not be pressured by the media . Damn you media.

Posted by NLS1 on (December 23, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

He played many, many sensational games. Thanks for all the entertainment. It is time to go!

Posted by coolindianfan on (December 23, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

@ AAlexk400 I request u to come out of your state of denial sachin dosent need ur acknowledgement to become a legend .If a guy is a a member of espncriciinfo 11, Benard 11, bradman 11 what would u say about him ?. If that dosent solve ur state of denial problem then think about it mcgrath, warne, lee (the greatest bowlers australia has produced) all consider him the greatest batsmen they have bowled to . if that still dosent solve your problem have the guts to go on google and type "qoutes on sachin tendulkar". He has never won a single match really r u serious? he has twice the no of man of the matches Pointing does(62 vs 31) .get well soon mate.

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

Like CM PUNK says "BEST IN THE WORLD" !!!

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

Fortunately for India Pattison, Cummins, and Harris are all injured and Lyon is not the same threat as Monty and Swann, so there is a good chance the Tendulkars, Sehwags and Gambirs will score atleast one fifty. The dreadful thing is that this is sufficient to extend your career by 10 test matches in India.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:54 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 megha603 on (December 23, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

welcome he was good batsman in one daY cricket n right time right decision he is the hero

Posted by dork29 on (December 23, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Thank God he has retired. It is a no brainer that Sandeep Patil did what others could not do. I always knew he had the guts to bell the cat. Sachin was living on borrowed time for the last two years, Even during the World Cup he struggled. Being temperamentally suspect at the best of times, his diminishing form and the associated criticism was too much for him to take. Yet, he was too proud to call it a day.He quoted his love for the game as the reason for his continuance. He ceased to be the among the eleven best players of the country long back. There is no question that the selectors spoke to him. He must have been told in no uncertain terms that either he hangs up his boots or he will be DROPPED. Otherwise why would he suddenly announce his retirement? after all he had said only the other day that he was available for the Pak tour.I am glad good sense prevailed and we will not see this guy coming and going after scratching around for few runs. Good bye Mr. Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

It was a privilege watching him play ODI's. Test retirement now looks like a matter of time though. Best of Luck to him!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 23, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Best batsman cricket has seen

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

Thank God that he retired. Indian ODI Cricket can move on now. BTW, when is he retiring from Test Cricket?

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

Sachin was the Best player in his Peak. Still remember when I used to watch cricket only for him. Used to switch off TV when he gets out. Will miss him

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

Very Very Unfortunate.. The EMPEROR of ODI's finally forced to say Good Bye, Thanks to Indian Media and People.. for continuous Criticism...and I think the chase of 100 100's spoiled his game.. and for ever...We miss him...

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

Sachin will retire whenever he pleases! If I were in his place I would like to call the bluff by proclaiming that I plan to play for another 10-15 years. Then let's see where all this nonsense "let him retire when he wants to" goes...

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 18:00 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 anand_sreekumar on (December 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Atleast the Indian media should have supported him in his toughest of times..Thankless Indian Media didn't show any respect to India's favourite sons

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

The heading is misleading--the fact is that he was not making the final squad against Pakistan and when he was told,,he took the decision to avoid the humliation,,Sachin was a great batsman and ambassader for India but he over cooked his time of retiring,,still clinging on to tests where he is not performing at all,,everbody needs to understand that all great things comes to an end one day and if you start to live in a buble then you make judgment errors like SACHIN is making,,he should have retire from all forms and may be asked to play a last ODI against Pakistan to give people a chance to fare him well..Sad to see the end of a great player.

Posted by Akhter786 on (December 23, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

the humblest of all batting legends

though turns out to be a bit selfish towards end

deserved much much better farewell

nevertheless the legend is what he remains

Posted by farhanindian on (December 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@SPotnis ..most selfish and self centered???? wht you know abt cricket and sachin??? its easy to comment and laugh...take out time and go thru once what sachin has done for cricket and for his country???? and i m sure u wil lget your answer....i dont understand what sachin wud have done more to make his crictics happy...i feel he has done everything what a player shud do for his country...stilll???????starange world !!!!!!

Posted by AvmanM on (December 23, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Poor timing. Should have retired after the 2011 WC. Having not done so, the next proper milestone to retire after would have been the 2013 Champions Trophy (also the last one ever).

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (December 23, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

I Agree With Mr.Srikanth..He Should have Continued playing both formats and should have retired from both when he wanted but at the same time..

Posted by SPotnis on (December 23, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

A great career comes to an end but thanks to whoever gave him some sense to retire. Most selfish and self centered cricket I have ever seen

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

I think Sachin is a player who commanded a better farewell. He should have played Pakistan and play like he used to in his prime, free stroking sachin. You would like to remember a player of his stature from his last innings and if he does well, you really understand what you are going to miss. Sachin is greatest ever and will undoubtedably remain as a LEGEND! It is all those years that we watched cricket and it is difficult to understand and believe we will never see Sachin opening again for India with Sehwag. A combination which India can never reproduce.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

My God am really shocked to hear ths. A real server of our country. I ve watched him play ths game from my young days and still i wish to.of course age and other parameters may add to this decision . But whatever decision he has taken in any format should ve been walked out away with an standing ovation. I belong to chennai and i would ve loved to be there to see him playing his last one day in chidambaram stadium. But its ur decision Sachin thanks for all the great thinggs u ve contributed for indian cricket. I salute u . Foof a great career without any attitude problem. This is what stuns me. amazing . We miss u a lot. Great regards to u snd ur family. God bless u .

Posted by xylo on (December 23, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

finally! it is sad that these reactions were not like "oh no, why is he retiring", but instead talking about his current form and selection. but then, that is a result of Sachin's own decisions. I think Dravid, Laxman and Sachin now missed out on a poetic end to their careers like Murali, Kumble, Ganguly, Warne, McGrath who announced their retirements ahead of their last games.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Many of those might have celebrated...as they have achieved what they wanted..........but u never know what the cricketing world has lost.........

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

he is the best in the world,he set records that will never be broken

Posted by torsha on (December 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

It's all due to stupid media and few people who have pressurized him to do well each and every time. Tendulkar, no one can replace you ever..

Posted by Karnamkotil on (December 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Y did he retire from ODI. Infact, Test cricket is more challenging. He was in good form in ODIs. And from my viewing of Sachin, he is a great ODI player, rarely he gets a bad patch in ODI as against Tests. Can the BCCI request him to pull back his retirement OR can he atleast play the 8 ODIs coming next. Everybody thought that he will announce in advance and then v all will give him a grand farewell. But, it was sad to know that he did it abruptly. :(

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

I am utterly disappointed in the way the Indian media and the pubic has treated him in the last 6 months or so. While the full team is responsible for losses, they were singling out Sachin.......

Sachin.............I wall always be your fan !!!!

Sharjah and WC 2007 against Pakistan . . .

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Goodbye and good luck. Hero cup 1992, Sharjah 1998 and WC 2003 - great memories.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

sad day ,a career which calling legendary is an understatement ,world cup win is surely the highlight but there have been some amazing moments ,we will badly miss him . Thank you sachin !! you are the best i have seen

Posted by da_man_ on (December 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Well played to Sachin, one of the three modern greats no doubt. Some of his numbers may never be bettered. In my humble opinion he should also retire from the other formats within the next year, six months if form continues to desert him. All the best Sachin, you are a role model to young cricketers in terms of your durability, humility, class and how you carried yourself. Traits which are becoming rare in Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

The Greatest of Grates.. Hats-off to Sachin for your Efforts, Achievements,Memories and Entertainment provided to all the Cricket Lovers in the World ....We feel Very Proud of You ....You are The Roll-model for Every Youngster playing Cricket in this World...Love to see you Batting.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 15:13 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 nirmalzz on (December 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

A great salute to "God of Indian cricket".. But I think, he hadd missed golden oppartunity for Retirement when India had won World cup.. Anyways, he will live as hero in every Indian's mind..

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

sad to see him go.used to get frustrated as his failures.if he was going to retire it should have been from tests because it's more taxing on the body.i think he should have played out the indian season then call it quits......and score that 50th. odi century!!!!! not that anyone will come even close to 49.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

He will be the greatest ODI cricketer ever, a record that will never be broken. Not even Virat Kohli will break this recrod, mark my words.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

One of the greatest to have played cricket.Sachin you are a legend and there is no comparison at all!!!! Feeling sad that we will not be able to see him bat in india colored clothing anymore... Good that he took the decision himself, but it would have been better if he had scored some big runs against PAK, then announced his retirement.The fact that he had his feet on the ground all the time for the past 23 years of his playing international cricket is Phenomenal.He is a true champion sportsmen and every one person should emulate his behaviour on and off the field.It's immaculate. Take a bow!!! Thanks a lot SRT for all the entertainment that you have provided the world over in the last 23 years. Fantastic!!!!You will certainly be missed by the millions and millions of fans across the world!!! Sincerity, humility, humbleness shown by him shd be followed by every sportsmen representing their country!!!! U R A GEM!!!Proud to be an indian and wish SRT all the very best for the AUS tour!!!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Salute to my childhood hero. 23 years, countless memories!!! You are not just a great sportsman, also a real gentleman. Thanks for entertaining us.

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

Wish someone else can come and play for India, like Sachin played, before my death... I don't think it will be fulfilled... will be missing Sachin in blue tshirts..Miss u.. Wish some one force him to recall this decision and come back to ODI.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

span of time he spent on cricket field tells the greatness of this GOD. I can't remember how many generations he had played........ Salute to You and your commitment....

Posted by squarepeg on (December 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar has been a phenomenon. In my opinion, the ODI format suits him the best at this point of his life, but he must know better. Can a player like Sachin be dropped? The best thing to happen is for a great player to decide to retire before people start asking whether the selectors have the guts to ask him to retire, which is the second-best thing to happen. Being told of being dropped is the third best, and the worst was the situations Mohinder Amarnath, Ganguly, Laxman etc faced at times in their career- being dropped, period.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@ Alexk400 on (December 23 2012, 11:44 AM GMT) Though I won't like to contradict on your statement "He is not a legend" that can be your personal opinion and i respect it.But your second statement "He never won any game" is absolutely not true as that is not an opinion and you are trying to state something which is miles apart from the actual truth.Though his contribution to Indian Cricket is far beyond numbers I'd request you to take a look at purely the numbers and then decide for yourself if what you stated "He never won any game" is true or not.Please read "http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/598341.html".I'm sure your doubts about how many games has Sachin won for India will be cleared on reading this.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

anybody can be dropped and th kind of form he was in, he was smart enough to drop himslf. He shd have retired from all forms after the WC.

Posted by drnaveed on (December 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

it was the test match format in which he was not scoring runs in the recent past, strangely he got retired from ODI, in which his performance was not that bad, infact he got a half century in his last innings, so , it was a strange decision. both SRT and Laxman did not retired immediately after some particular series , but both announced retirement just before the start of a series, another strange decision.so the selectors have something to do with their retirement announcements.apart from that ,No doubt he was a champion batsmen, a legend,a great cricketer,and we all will miss him.

Posted by Nilesh_T on (December 23, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

A whole generation of cricket lovers will stop watching cricket now that this man who carried the hopes of a billion people on his shoulders (yes, that same old but very true cliche..) whenever he went out to bat, is hanging up his boots with an era in one day cricket passing into history.An otherwise humble,soft spoken and docile boyish - natured true sportsman had nerves of steel,the heart of a lion,skills of a master magician and calmness of a buddhist monk, as his willow decimated the best of attacks the world over for over two decades as time stood still. The cricket world..nay the entire sporting world ,salutes you little master,take a bow..the applause shall take a long long time to fade away,if at all.

Posted by CricIndia208 on (December 23, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

GREATEST CRICKETER EVER. Tendulkar is the GREATEST, no one even comes close.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Told a lot of people the Cricketing World is changing but Sachin is a great man great player wish him well from my warm hearts Bangladesh fan.

Posted by AdityaRavindran on (December 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Sach has been my greatest inspiration all through my life so far. I will miss him from now but he is one person who i will continue to worship every single day of my life. Cricket for me will not be the same anymore. The nervousness i always felt when Sach took guard each time wont exist anymore in ODIs. And noone else can create that feeling in me. He'll always be my GOD. And i'm now short of words.. . Thanks Sach - for being such an influence in my life. Wish i meet you sometime in future to thank you personally for this. I follow Sachinism

Posted by natasrik on (December 23, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

This retirement is definitely not his own personal decision, definitely we have some masala behind this decision. Infact if it his own personal decision then he has played a mind game behind team indias recent debacle. Sachin definitely a great batsman but when it comes to decision making team India has suffered a lot and I am sure it will be the same if he just delay the retirement from test also. He should give some space for the management to decide and plan for the future. Sachin's uncertainity would further put pressure on each and every individual who represent team India. Time to say good bye from all formats but can hang on to his IPL team.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

He is not a legend. He never won any game. That said he has the perfect "efficient" stroke than any batsman ever. At his best everyone know he do not lose his wicket like sehwag does. He brought calm in the mind of indian fans when watching. Thats only two things i can good about him. I have many laundry list of bad about him. Top of list he should retire from test also and stop hijacking indian cricket for his own self interests. Then i can say he did a good job. if you play well no one can tell you to retire and if you do not play well and india loses if you have any drop of patriotism you should retire from test also. I think no one should ignore youth. Everyone and everything is mortal.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

True Word : No one can drop him

Posted by CricketChat on (December 23, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

I thought Sourav Ganguly should know better than to say "No one can drop him". He himself was dropped unceremoniously after having led it to great heights along with NZ coach John. I think the norm should always be "anybody can be dropped at anytime if they do not perform to the benefit of the team".

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Cricket's humanity resists specialisation

Jon Hotten: While major sports across the world are driving their competitors towards homogenous physical ideals, cricket seems to celebrate diversity

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Manic one-day chases, and daddy partnerships

Also, most brothers in a Test XI, and the fastest to 20 ODI centuries

Has international cricket begun to break up?

The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

Well worth the wait

Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

Younis Khan and the art of scoring hundreds

Out of 70 batsmen who've scored 15 or more Test hundreds only five are from Pakistan, but Younis Khan's appetite for hundreds matches that of some of the top contemporary batsmen

Australia outdone in every way

Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    Has international cricket begun to break up? (83)

    The gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing wider, and the disenchantment is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket among weaker teams

    Australia outdone in every way (51)

    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

    Lyon low after high of 2013 (48)

    The offspinner was Australia's highest wicket-taker in 2013, but his form has dipped sharply this year

    Well worth the wait (36)

    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

    No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan (33)

    When a team loses its best bowler, it is expected that the team's performance will suffer. As usual, Pakistan defied the expectations