Tendulkar retires from one day cricket

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Updated: December 23, 2012

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from ODI cricket.

The 39-year-old had come in for criticism in the wake of another poor showing in the recent Test series defeat to England and has announced the decision before the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, starting from December 30.

Tendulkar finishes an illustrious career in the 50-over format, having played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record.

He brings the curtain down on his career in the shorter format, but, crucially, will continue in the Test arena as India prepare for their four-match Test series against Australia in February-March, a format where he has scored a record 15 645 runs in 194 matches at an average of 54.32 with 51 centuries.

Tendulkar, who has been dubbed the “Little Master”, made his one-day debut aged 16 in Gujranwala on a tour of Pakistan in 1989. He lasted just two deliveries before being dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring.

But in what turned out to be his last two one-day innings, during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in March, he made 114 against Bangladesh to record his 100th international century and then scored 52 against Pakistan.

He played in six World Cups since 1992 and finally found success in his last appearance in the tournament when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final in Tendulkar’s home city of Mumbai on April 2, 2011.

Tendulkar was two months away from his 37th birthday when he smashed the first-ever double century in the history of one-day internationals, making an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in Gwalior in February, 2010.

His announcement on Sunday comes only weeks after Ricky Ponting, second only to Tendulkar in the list of highest run scorers in test cricket, played his last match for Australia.