Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day cricket with India

Record-breaking India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has retired from one-day international cricket.
In a statement, the 39-year-old said:  "I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-winning Indian team."

The 'Little Master' made his one-day debut in 1989 and collected 463 caps.

He excelled in the 50-over format and became the world's top run-scorer with 18,426 at an average of 44.83, including a record 49 centuries.

His last one-day international game was in the Asia Cup on 18 March, in which he scored 52 in a six-wicket win against Pakistan.

Tendulkar, who made himself unavailable for India's Twenty20 matches after playing just one game in 2006, has faced calls to retire from all international competition from former national captain Sourav Ganguly  after several poor performances with the bat in the recent Test series against England.

Tendulkar's 23-year ODI career, which began with ducks in his first two appearances, included his becoming the first batsman to score a double century in that form of the game against South Africa two years ago, while he was the top scorer in the 2003 World Cup where India were losing finalists.

He then excelled in India's successful 2011 World Cup campaign, scoring two centuries and averaging 48.2 in the tournament as co-hosts India won the final in his home city of Mumbai against Sri Lanka.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh saluted his colleague on Twitter:  "Sachin Tendulkar, a great batsman. Great human being. A great friend. Great man to look up to. Proud Indian. Real son of India. I salute you and love you."

Tendulkar fact file

  • 1973 - Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 24 April
  • 1989 - Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan
  • 1990 - Scores first Test century, against England
  • 1998 - Scores first double century for Mumbai against Australia
  • 2005 - Passes Sunil Gavaskar's record of highest number of Test centuries
  • 2008 - Becomes the highest run-scorer in Test cricket, passing West Indies' Brian Lara's mark of 11,953
  • 2010 - Becomes the most capped player in Test history
  • 2011 - Wins the World Cup with India
  • 2012 - Scores his 100th international century in ODI v Bangladesh

- BBC.co.uk


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