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God of Cricket Hangs His Boots, Quits ODIs

Monday, 24 December 2012, 03:04 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Mumbai: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar closed a major chapter of his illustrious career by announcing his retirement from one-day cricket. He will continue to play in Tests. Tendulkar's decision following days of speculation came moments before the selectors announced Team India for the limited overs series against Pakistan starting Dec 25. Battling with form, Tendulkar's move was on expected lines. Since the 2011 World Cup, the 39-year-old has scored only 315 runs from 10 games. Yet his record in ODIs will be hard to beat.He has played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries -- each figure a world record. He is also the first cricketer to hit a double-century in ODIs -- 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010. Tendulkar conveyed his decision to retire from the 50-over format to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan."I have decided to retire from One-Day format. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-wining Indian team," said Tendulkar, 39, in a statement.He said it was high time for the team to prepare to defend its world title. "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," he said. Tendulkar's decision ahead of a crucial series against Pakistan, which marks the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties disrupted after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, made his teammates emotional. Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh wrote on Twitter: "It is an emotional time! Letting Sachin go from one dayers! 18 thousand plus runs. Your jaw drops when you see those records, master you will always live in my heart and fellow Indians! The pride of our country, I salute to you for your contribution to Indian cricket." His contemporary Sourav Ganguly expected Tendukar to play against Pakistan."I felt that he would play the series against Pakistan. But it is his decision and I think it is the right one," said his contemporary and former India captain Sourav Ganguly. "There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not. But I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right," he added. For BCCI, the news did not come as a shock.Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the BCCI, said: "He was waiting for the right and today he took the decision. The BCCI respects his decision." Tendulkar's last ODI appearance was against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup where he made a match-winning half-century. During the Asia Cup, he also completed a century of centuries (49 in ODIs and 51 in Tests).Tendulkar made his ODI debut in 1989 in Gujranwala, Pakistan, scoring a duck in the game.It took him nine ODIs to get his maiden ODI half-century, 53, against Sri Lanka in Pune in 1990. Tendulkar took the world by storm when he was asked to open the innings against New Zealand in Auckland in 1994. He smashed 82 off 49 balls.Tendulkar had to wait 79 ODIs for his first three-figure score in ODIs -- 110 against Australia in Colombo, 1994. Since then he has re-written record books.Tendulkar has scored most of his runs against Sri Lanka (3,113) and Australia (3,077). His back-to-back hundreds against Australia in a triangular tournament in 1998 at Sharjah mesmerized his fans. He was also the highest run-getter in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(2)
1: This is one true story or "fairy tale" the children of the common men can refer to while struggling against hopes. Who would have thought that this boy, like thousands of young kids, who trudged along a cricket bat with his school bag would be a legend of this magnitude? Son of an ordinary librarian, staying at an ordinary locality this kid might have just dreamed of playing Inter-School cricket or the Ranji trophy. Truly, a remarkable man, not a single controversy in this scam ridden Country! Sachin has earned his well deserved rest but the stadium as well as the Sun will miss this little master.. God bless Sachin.
Posted by:jamini - 25 Dec, 2012
2: The timing the signal for all else to pull up their socks and step in to their shoes with the earnestness and zeal shown by Sachin Tendulkar from the beginning , when he has graced this noble game of cricket, is NOW. In showing this grace and speaking with the bat all his fellow team mates will be honoring and crediting Sachin the only way they can, to show they truly live and carve out their niches, the way he showed them. Cricket has lessons for everyone, and is a game which instils and rehearses many aspects, attitudes, behavior and various other characteristics which shape our lives and our Character. Sachin Tendulkar who has lived and played the game and has given the game and those who have opted for this game and given it their all, many pillars to emulate and adorn , when they carve out the niches and put their names on the annals of the game. I salute honor respect Sachin Tendulkar and will do so for times in memorial. He is still available and will continue to play in tests. A privilege and a rare honor for the progeny to watch this great persona in action. Waiting to see you soon in the Test match format Mr Sachin Tendulkar. Aum Jai Sai Ram :-)
Posted by:Nayanika Jayaram - 23 Dec, 2012