Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from One Day International cricket.
“I have decided to retire from One Day format of the game,” Tendulkar said in his letter addressed to BCCI chief N. Srinivasan.
The decision came after string of questions raised on his performance during past couple of months. Tendulkar decided to announce his retirement in the wake selection of team for upcoming India-Pakistan series.
“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest,” the 39-year-old said in a statement released by the BCCI on Monday.
“I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years,” he added.
Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket and one who was considered next only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, retires from the ODI format at the top of the run-getters’ list.
Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred — the first in this form of the game.
Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals.