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Updated: December 24, 2012 04:21 IST

Sachin quits one-dayers

G. Viswanath
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The batting maestro announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format. File photo: S. Subramanium
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The batting maestro announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format. File photo: S. Subramanium

He will be available for Australia Test series next year.

Sachin Tendulkar has decided to fade away, albeit partially from the world of international cricket, in particular from the 50-overs format.

On Sunday the 39-year-old ended his world record 463-match ODI career in which he scored 18,426 runs at 44.83 by informing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he is through with the 50-overs form of the game in which he played six World Cups from the 1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup in Australia-New Zealand till the ICC World Cup 2011 that India won defeating Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium.

Tendulkar’s decision meant that he’s made himself available for the four-Test series against Australia next year and also for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy tournament. Almost five years ago he — along with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid — opted out of the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup and demonstrated their intent of keeping away from the shortest form of the game at the national level.

Sachin Tendulkar: Numbers to remember (pdf)

Nothing short of a colossus would be apt to describe Tendulkar. Humongous has been his run scoring ability and the sheer dynamics he created with the willow as a skinny lad with a curly hair way back in Pakistan in 1989 and right through his remarkable tenure made him the darling not only in India, but elsewhere in the cricket world.

His retirement from the ODI’s, he has played in 96 venues across the world from the first one against Pakistan at Gujranwala in December 1989 till the Asia Cup early this year was more or less on the cards, especially after he reached the 100 international centuries milestone against Bangladesh on March 16, 2012 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

In fact after the ICC World Cup win in April 2011, he did not figure in 25 matches for India and missing the last tour of Sri Lanka was a clear signal from him that he cannot take on the travelling rigours of limited overs cricket and that he should vacate a place for a younger talent.

It’s been a fascinating story of the Bandra-born boy who showed a tremendous appetite for runs right from the matches arranged by his first coach Ramakant Achrekar at the Shivaji Park in the 1980s and right through for the teams like Mumbai junior and senior teams and finally for India. He notched his first century in his 79 ODI match against Australia at the Premadasa Stadium in September 1994 and against a bowling attack that had names like Glenn McGrath, Craig McDermott, Shane Warne, Tim May, the Waughs (Steve and Mark) and Michael Bevan. Since he has played many signature knocks, the most notable being a blazing 98 against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup match played at Centurion Park, South Africa. Fittingly it was his 49 century in ODIs that brought his international centuries mark that had eluded for many days.

After a dismal showing in the home Test series against New Zealand and England, critics have been demanding his exit from the scene; he kept his composure in the face of strident remarks; it gained force after Ricky Ponting quit from all international cricket at the end of the Test series against South Africa.

On Sunday he spoke to the BCCI President N. Srinivasan and Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and issued the following statement: “I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game. 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. 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.”

Decision not sudden

Playing tribute to a fine cricketer Jagdale said: “It (decision to retire from ODIs) was not sudden. He informed us before the selection committee meeting about his decision. We should respect his decision. The way BCCI and cricket lovers respect him, the same way they should respect his decision. He is not only a great Test batsman but also a great one-day batsman. In T20 also he has batted well in whatever matches he had played. We wish him the best. It is his own decision and people respect it. He spoke to me and the President about his decision. Naturally he must have been (emotional), we just spoke on the phone. A person of his calibre knows what to do. He has always taken the right decision at the right time. He will continue to do that in future as well.”

The BCCI Chief Administrative Officer, Ratnakar Shetty said: “I think it is a big decision. For a player, who has been playing for 23 years, and in all formats of the game with great distinction, it is a decision he has taken with a great deal of thought. What he has expressed is his concern that India has to prepare for the next World Cup. From that point of view, he felt that it was time that he retired.

“There was no pressure on him from the board. The board President had spoken to him and left it entirely to him to take a call on when he wants to call it a day. That is the stand which we have been taking for the last five years because speculation has been there since 2007. For a player of his calibre, he decides ultimately when it is time to quit. He has quit from the shorter format of the game. We should allow him to take the decision on retiring from longer format because he is the best judge till when he can play and till when he can bat well. That decision will be entirely his. I won't say it was a shocker. He was also thinking on those terms. He was waiting for the right time to call it a day and today he has expressed his desire to retire from one-day format and BCCI respects his decision.”

Tendulkar’s ODI record: Matches 463, Innings 452, Not out 41, Runs 18,426, Average 44.83, Highest 200 not out, 49x100 (20 in India and 29 overseas), 96x50s, 20x0s, Balls faced 21,392, strike rate 86.14, 192x6s, 2013x4s, 154 wickets, 2 x 5 wkts, catches 140, seven times 1000+ runs in a calendar year.

Tendulkar’s 18,426 is followed by Ricky Ponting 13,704 in 375 matches, S. Jayasuriya 13,430 in 445, Inzamam-ul-Haq 11,739 in 378, Jacques Kallis 11,498 in 321, Sourav Ganguly 11,363 in 311, Kumar Sangakkara 10,915 in 337, Rahul Dravid 10,889 in 344, Mahela Jayawardene 10,844 in 386 and Brian Lara 10,405 in 299 matches.

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Its a loss for our team , no one can replace this void.

from:  Nagarathina
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 11:58 IST

Take a bow.. You will be remembered forever Sachin.

from:  Sivashankari V
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 11:55 IST

What I can see here in comments is southies are particularly not very fond of sachin. But as for cry for youngsters, those Youngsters of Indian team have not been so great as of now. They have consistenly failed to perform and Sachin still is playing decently even though his age is almost double of those so called youngsters. The same cry for youngsters led to retirement of dravid and VVS Laxman and result is in front of you. These youngsters are just gold diggers. They just want endorsements.

from:  harsh
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 09:46 IST

It's a great loss ot Indian cricket team, critics keeps coming, he always responded it in his batting, not making any comment on it. We respect his decision, and he should contribute himself to make many Sachin in future.
We miss you lot Sachin, all the best for the future

from:  shyam
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 06:01 IST

It’s a sad moment, especially for every Indian, the simple reason being, its only after he started playing India started winning lot of oneday tournaments, bilateral series, faired exceeding well in 3/6 world cups he played, in the remaining 3 world cups India did not reach the semifinals, it coincided with Sachin's performance, so that conveys how much value he had brought for our team. Plus, his immense contribution to our Test team resurgence into world-beaters.
So, it’s because of his performance's India would reach 1996(semifinal), 2003(finals), 2011(finals win).,
His performances always brought lot of motivation for me, even though my field of work is different. i derive lot of energy by watching him score runs against many India’s arch rivals.
His critics never knew all the facts or pose to remain blind sighted,
As a fan, am in debt to write this, for a man who brought peace and happiness to my heart on many days, for something to cherish in my otherwise ordinary life.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 01:02 IST

my earliest memory of cricket goes back to the 1996 world cup semi final
against Sri Lanka. as a kid all i knew when Sachin got out was that we
have lost the match. I cried. After that there have been so many
delightful innings. memories of growing up in a small town of rajasthan
have inextricably linked with seeing u in blue jersey.
u will be missed! hope to see much more of u off field.

from:  abhilasha
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 23:34 IST

I don't see anything which inspires me to watch one day cricket anymore. Always wanted to know Sachin's score along with team score whenever India played (At times we preferred his score over team score!) Only a few specials shared somewhat equal (lesser)position along with him at diff times Azhar,Ganguly, Dravid,Sehwag,Laxman...Lara,Ricky ponting, Gilchrist, Steve waugh,Pollock, Warne, Chris Cairns, Klusner, Inzy,walsh can't remember many. For me no one else from current Indian team shares such a place in that galaxy of stars which revolved around Sachin in a golden era. Only Kalis is remaining. No point in getting disappointed. See, football got a Messy to cheer for after 15 yrs since Maradona had left. Let’s hope we'll get a bunch of legends in Cricket too.

from:  Arunchandran S R
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 23:19 IST

Hats off to Tendulkar for all those scintillating innings he played all
over the world. I think his one day records will never be surpassed by
another cricketer. I appreciate his decision to retire.

from:  Asokan Suppiah
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 23:08 IST

He is God of Cricket and real hero(when he was playing cricket he had
lot of confidence and endurance, i hope we can't find like SRT player
never and ever in cricket).

from:  ravi
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 22:15 IST

This is not a right decision, Pressure given to him by selection team, Why they make a shame to god of cricketer.give a chance and then retried in front of fans giving a claps & cry thats the respect....

from:  Aru
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:58 IST

Very logical decision. Further the demands of one day game on the physical abilities are high. Alert fielding and catching also help win one day matches. He has taken a considered decision both personally and for team India to plan its team for the next world cup. He has made it a point to prove the world that he is not after records alone though everyone would cherish creating such records. Salutes to him for the spirit with which he played the game and for giving us 20 years of exiting cricket. Wish him good luck in his test career which with proper workout and adaptation he may extend for another two years at least.

from:  N Kumar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:53 IST

we will miss the God of cricket
we can't imagine the cricket without him.

from:  vikas kr
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:43 IST

ODI will not be the same without Sachin.

from:  Kishore
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:40 IST

I feel it is forceful retirement not voluntarily. When in the world
President are forced for retirement, like in Maldives, forcing Sachin is
not big deal.

from:  SAURABH
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:35 IST

''Even in 5 day test formats ,he is playing hardly more than few balls.He should renounce even that short appearance at the crease in test matches without pretending that he is playing cricket as long as he wants..He is actually playing as Short as the fans do not want him to do so.Let God him the courage to retire from this FOTMAT also since he is already out of FORM in this.
23rd dec''

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:31 IST

Maya calendar and many astrologer earlier suggested the world will end on 21st dec 2012. But little did happen that could shake this earth and prove those pandits correct. 21st december passed as usual only to give way to 22nd dec-doomsday for World Cricket. For the ODI sky will never see the sun again. What could be more gloomy for the cricket fans than to hear that they will never see the artful strokes of the maestro-SACHIN-in ODI matches. Does not matter whether he is at the peak of the form or not, his mere presence was enough to rush adrenaline into oppositions bloodstream. His calmness intrigued fastest and the ablest bowlers in the history. He always had a pressure hat on his head, still that cannot elude him to get thousands of runs under his belt. But all coal do not have the qualities to turn into diamond under pressure. It requires skill, constant adaptation to changing environment, perseverance and constant urge for learning which were packed in the maestro.

from:  Deep Singhal
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:28 IST

The great man quits from the format of the game which I feel has
actually become popular with his unique style and brilliance in
batting. The way he builds his innings in One Day Internationals is
unique. Many times, it was he who won matches for India single
handedly. Apart from the game, it was his character too which played
an important role in this long career. He always did the talking with
his bat and very rarely rarely opened his mouth regarding the comments
on him. His decision to retire, though late, was the right one giving
an opportunity to youngsters. Thank you for you invaluable services to
India as well as to the world cricket sir. In cricket,there will never
be a replacement for you!!

from:  phani
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:15 IST

The logic Sachin applied was when we have 80+ Politicians with half foot in grave want to hold office,why not he.
Whatelse he had contracts to honour and so what if we lost to Bangladesh during his pursuit for his 100th hundred,we ended up losing to Bangladesh.

from:  harun
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 20:15 IST

I was lazily lying on my bed when my friend saw the retirement news at
2 pm on internet and told me. I jumped out of bed, saw it for myself
and sank in my bed again... I was in the stadium in B'lore for the
final test match of India-Aus series. Sachin had hit a double ton in
that match. When Indian team was fielding, the entire stadium would
roar in joy whenever any ball went to him. He was fielding mostly near
the boundary and the vociferous crowd was cheering him all along. He's
a legend. We, his die-hard fans may hate his detractors but he never
made his dissent public. Ah, it makes me senti to learn he's gone.
With no Saurav, Dravid or Tendulkar in the ODI team, I've no interest
in Indian ODI team now. Sad.

from:  Hemant Gairola
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 20:06 IST

Sachin : Such an innings in cricket

from:  karthik
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Looks like that there are 2 sets of people, (1) who likes cricket and
hence mentions about other great cricket players (2) who likes
cricketers and switches off TV after STR gets out. For 1st set of
people, India loosing Asia cup is hurtful and for the 2nd set of people
STR scoring 100th Century is heartful and because of these people, 'big'
cricketers think that they are bigger than the game and block the

from:  Gunamani
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:38 IST

Some people arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts
and we are in no way ever the very same.Watching cricket will never be a
same experience without sachin.The impact he has made on an entire
generation is unmatched.We should consider ourselves very lucky that we
have been witness of his magic on the field, the future generations will
only get to hear from us that there was a player named Sachin Tendulkar
and he.............

from:  mamta rathore
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:25 IST

All the best to the great cricket player of our time. We will miss him after his retirement from test cricket too. He has shown how ferocity of attacking balls and no-tantrum persona can co-exist. We wish India gets similar players from the younger aspiring crop.

from:  VMN
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 18:52 IST

Many suddenly seem to have forgotten that he entertained us for more than a couple of decades, and are criticising him for not performing in the recent past. It is not right to pass such comments against the great man, especially after he has called it a day. There is a nice song in Tamil, "Vaazhnthaalum Yesum, Thaazhnthaalum Yesum, Vaiyagam Idhuthaanada", so very true! There will never ever be another Tendulkar, certainly not within my life time. Thank you Sir for those hours and hours of entertainment over the last twenty three years. I don't care how many matches we won or lost because of you (a game is not just about winning), but I remember most of your wonderful knocks. Look forward to seeing you regain form in test cricket, and leaving on a high.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 18:49 IST

It is good decision from his part. He is undoubtedly a great cricketer
and due to him our country has got lot of name and fame in the cricket
world. But cricket type of games should not be continued by any person
if he cannot perform well and moreover, age is also an important factor.
I suggest he should consider himself to bid adieu to Test also.
Wishing Sri Tendulkar a happy and peaceful life.

from:  Shankar Chatterjee
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 18:33 IST

Thank God he has gone!He was only playing for the sponsors and not for India.The money grabbing BCCI is only interested in the huge money of sponsors and could not care less for the countrys honour.

from:  Ramnik S Mamik
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 18:30 IST

Although late, decision to retire should be welcomed by all cricket
lovers. The right time to declare retirement, perhaps, was after the
World cup victory. Ant way, it is Sachin Tendulkar’s decision and he has
earned a right to decide timing of his decision. Let us now wish that he
makes a big hundred in a Test match very soon and then announces his
retirement from that form of cricket too. Best wishes to him for that
big hundred!

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 18:17 IST

It is long over due. He is a spent force he should have realized long back. Better if he gives away to younger talent in all formats.

from:  Murthy
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 17:46 IST

I feel Tendulkar should make it to the 500 ODI mark, he will also get a
chance to make his 50th century and his 100th half century and finally
20,000 one day runs. The board and the fans should seek him back and
allow him to get them.

from:  Anil k
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 17:40 IST

Ahh wont i see sachin playing in blue Jersey for india any more?

my love with cricket started when saw sachin playing for india... and it
dies today.......... today is black sunday for me........

from:  sangam kumar chaturvedi
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 16:36 IST

We lost the POLAR star.
It never be possible to fulfill the place of Tendulkar in Team India.

from:  Amrit Kumar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 16:09 IST

It is a right decision. It is very sad that a player of his calibre should be subject to the sort of comments we see in media. For me, watching cricket is a futile exercise, after watching Steve Waugh, Tendulkar and Lara. Newer player do not show the sort of character. The last remaining in Jacques Kallis. We just hope that newer players will emerge like these great players.

from:  Ravikiran
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 15:36 IST

The sudden announcement of retirement from ODI platform is definitely a shock to the entire nation and largely to the world cricket. Yet one cannot rise above the maestro to challenge his decision. Cricket has respected him this many years and will continue to do so. Each of his series of 463 matches displayed his art on the cricketing theater. He never had a constant or always rising career graph but his perseverance showed that he can can trap any wind. He is not GOD but not less than him to. He may be out of form but his presence is enough to instill fears into the opposition. His weapon bat can ruin the party of many. And still with this great stature, he knows how to stay calm and evolve constantly to answer the fastest and greatest of the deliveries on the world. Though he has limited his area of action with a sudden decision, this cricket almighty will always be a force to reckon with.

from:  Deep Singhal
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 15:18 IST

As a fan of you we know cricket is the biggest part of your life. you are just ending retirement but you wont end retirement in the souls of your fans.

from:  Vivek Mohan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 15:12 IST

Thank God, he has retired. Let us not gloat over his runs and statistics and hailing him as the best ever please.
He has never been a match winner but scored 18000 runs.
He has failed on very crucial matches be it 2003 world cup, 2012 world cup but yes he has scored 49 centuries.
Like his mentor Sunil gavaskar, he was lucky to be part of a winning world cup squad.
Viv Richards, brian lara, Gordon greenidge, Alan border, mark waugh,Ian botham, Martin crowe, Inzy,to name a few have all left the game on a high and did not stretch their career endlessly like sachin .
If at all, he will be remembered for the match saving innings against England on his debut and his two back to back centuries against Aussies in Sharjah.
When is the test retirement coming? already he is spoiling the career of yuvraj, rohit sharma, suresh raina, badrinath and let not the list stretch more.

from:  P.G. Ravikumar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 14:21 IST

At last he has retired!! Kindly ask him to retire from Test cricket also
so that a youngster can be given a chance. He had played many matches,
it is time for him to retire as he is 39 now. I don't think that Sachin
is younger to play Test cricket.

from:  K. Preethi
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 14:12 IST

This is the sad day for Cricket, Like crores of peoples around the
world, I am also a die hard fan of Sachin, I used to turn off the TV
when Sachin gets out, Now he is not in the game itself, I think due to
over criticism in the recent days had forced this great man to think on
his retirement, I personally feel he has some years with him, the
current form is just a recession. Any how I really congratulate and
thank Sachin for whatever decision he takes. Thanks Sachin for
entertaining us for the past 23 years.

from:  Thiravidamani
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 13:55 IST

It would not have been wise to skip the upcoming ODI series and still not retire from ODIs... On the other hand, a poor show in the England/Pakistan ODI series would have cost him the place in the ensuing Australia test series in Feb-March 2013. Sachin made a right decision to retire from ODIs to save his prestige and stay afloat for the test series...

from:  Natarajan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 13:45 IST

Although the decision is belated, Sachin has done the right thing by quitting the shorter format of the game as there was no way he could have acquitted himself well any longer considering his woeful batting form in recent times. The ace cricketer however can take solace in that he has had a longer run than anyone who ever played the game and that his records are not going to be bettered for quite some time as there are no challengers on the scene as yet.

from:  C.V. Aravind
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 12:58 IST

Salute to the champion cricketer who entertained us for more than two
decades. Sachin not only will be remembered for his amazing batting
skills but also because of his humble nature throughout the career
despite achieving what lesser mortals can't even dream of.

We will miss you Master!!

from:  Ved Prakash Bhattacharya
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Thank you for all the wonderful innings you played..!! I guess its time you consider taking up a role in the management side of any sporting body and help improve the standards of the game in our country..

from:  Rajendra
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 12:34 IST

I wish he should have played few more games.
Very sad moment for every Indian.

from:  rohit
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 12:24 IST

Phew! Finally a deserving youngster can find a spot in the Indian Cricket team.

from:  prasanna
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 12:19 IST
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