Tendulakar retires from one-day cricket
New Delhi, December 23, 2012
One of cricket's all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday announced his retirement from one day international (ODI) cricket.
The legendary Indian batsman's decision brings to an end a glorious 23-year career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records, a report in Times of India website said.
"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," the star said in a statement released by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI).
"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 added.
"I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team (in 2011)."
The Indian batsman is the world's top run-getter in one-day cricket, with 18,426 runs from 463 matches at an average of 44.83 with 49 centuries and also holds the record for scoring the highest runs in the Test cricket format.
He has not explicitly stated whether he will continue to play in Test cricket.
Tendulkar was nominated into the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper House of Parliament, in June this year.
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