Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from One-day Internationals today, and with it comes to an end of his illustrious career in world cricket.
“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game”. His statement was published on The Board of Cricket Control in India’s website – BCCI.tv.
“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team (in 2011).”
“I am eternally grateful to all my well-wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”
The announcement of his retirement was somewhat surprising. The Little Master ends his One Day career with 49 hundreds, 18,426 runs in his 463 matches at an average of 44.83 and 96 half-centuries.
The 39-year-old Indian batsman is the world’s top run-getter in one-day cricket and also holds the record for scoring the highest runs in Test cricket. Similarly, he was the first batsman in the history of the one day game to score a double century.
Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of the game, next only to Sir Donald Bradman.
The batting legend was nominated into the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper House of Parliament, in June this year.
One Day Career Stats
463 matches, 452 innings, 18,426 runs, 200 not out highest score,
44.83 average, 49 centuries, 96 half centuries.
8,054 balls, 6,850 runs, 154 wickets, 5-32 best bowling, 44.48 average.