Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar today announced retirement from One-Day Internationals.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released Sachin’s statement on the day when team for Pakistan series was to be announced.

“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” said Tendulkar.

“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.”

Tendulkar played his last ODI against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup, where he made a half-century in India’s victory.

He is finishing with 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs at an average of 44.83. He has scored 49 hundreds, 96 fifties in the format, including a double hundred.

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