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Tendulkar retires from ODIs

HIGH POINT: Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar (second left) celebrating with teammates (from left) Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina after winning in the World Cup final in 2011. (AP Picture)

Mon, December 24, 2012 - 12:05 AM

NEW DELHI – Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day cricket yesterday but wants to keep playing Tests for a rebuilding India team.

“I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game,” Tendulkar said in his announcement.

“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-winning Indian team.

“The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. 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.”

Tendulkar holds the world records for One-Day International (ODI) caps (463), runs (18 426) and centuries (49).

But the 39-year-old has limited his one-day appearances in the last three years to prolong his Test career, and since India’s World Cup triumph on home soil 20 months ago he’s played in only ten matches, all in February-March this year.

In his second-to-last ODI, against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, he made 114 to become the first player to achieve 100 international centuries. He hasn’t scored another century in either ODIs or Tests, drawing growing calls, as India have also struggled, for him to retire from international cricket altogether.

He made his announcement as national selectors were in the process of announcing the team for the limited-overs home series against Pakistan starting tomorrow, the first series between the neighbours in five years.

Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing.

“Sachin’s announcement has come as a big surprise,” he told the CNN-IBN channel. “I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan.”

Tendulkar, who is also the world record-holder in Tests for runs (15 643) and centuries (51), had been under pressure to step down in recent months owing to the retirements of Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman as well as his own indifferent form of late.

He made his ODI debut for India at 16 almost on the same date in 1989, and was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs when he smashed 200 not out against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010, but was selective in playing one-day games after that.

Tendulkar topped the run-scoring in two World Cups: 673 to ensure India made the final in 2003, and 523 when India made the semi-finals in 1996.

In 2011, he was the second top run-getter (482) behind Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan (500), but winning the tournament more than

made that up.

“Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. . . . I couldn’t control my tears of joy,” Tendulkar said after the final at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium, on April 2 last year. (AP)

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Posted by Sol Fish 1 year, 10 months ago
Tendulkar made his ODI debut on his first international tour, in 1989, against Pakistan in Gujranwala, where he got a duck. He scored his first half-century in his ninth ODI and made an immediate impact when promoted to open the batting in 1994, in an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland, where he smashed 82 in 49 balls. His first century took 79 ODIs to arrive but he kept piling them on with remarkable consistency.having played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record.
The point here is that in the WI when certain players from the region fails they are dumped immediately, great players from other countries were given extended runs by their boards, Attaputu, 5 ducks in his first five scores in test cricket, Jayasuria from number 9 batsman to opener, I've noticed the moment, Dwayne Smith or Kirk Edwards fail they are dropped from the team and other batsmen included, its time WICB have a little more faith in more of their players instead of some of their players, many times we have to be allowed to fail in order to succeed, and with experience comes consistency aka Tendulkar.

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