The legendary batsman also known as the ‘God of Cricket’ has announced his retirement from the One-Day International cricket. The BCCI released the little master’s statement about taking the retirement from the international cricket. Sachin said that I have decided to quit the ODI format of the cricket. I feel blessed for being the part of a World Cup winning Indian cricket team which had been my dream for so many years. Sachin’s decision has caused a shock in the entire world. He has millions of fans outside India while he is worshipped as the God of Cricket in India. He added that I would wish all the very best to all the young players and the Indian cricket team for their bright future.
Sachin’s retirement talks have been very often in the recent time because of his poor form after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. He is the only batsman in the world to have 100 centuries in international cricket. Sachin has scored maximum runs in both tests and ODIs and is also the leading century makers in both form of the cricket. He has scored 18426 runs in 463 ODIs including the first ever made double century in the 50 over format. Sachin has 49 ODI centuries and 96 half-centuries. This decision has brought an end to a long 23 years career of the master who is presently of 39 years of age. Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan on 18 December 1989 and surprisingly he has played his last ODI against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on 18 March 2012. Besides his legendary batting he has also got 154 wickets in ODI under his name including his best bowling figure of 5 for 32 against Australia in 1998 at Nehru Stadium in Kochi. He has 1 more 5 wicket haul in ODI cricket that came against Pakistan on 2nd April 2005 at the same ground.
Stats of Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs
ODI debut Pakistan v India at Gujranwala, Dec 18, 1989
Last ODI India v Pakistan at Dhaka, Mar 18, 2012
Some Facts about Sachin Tendulkar
- Initially Sachin wanted to become a pacer. He was refused by Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Academy at Chennai in 1987.
- During the 1987 World Cup, he was bowling as a ballboy in the nets.
- Made a 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli at school leve match in 1988. His contribution was of 326 runs.
- An Indian with the youngest age of 19 years to play in County Cricket.
- Made maiden century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup.
- John McEnroe, a tennis player is his favourite sports player.
- Sunil Gavaskar presented him pads which he wore on his debut test.
- Sachin plays with a heavy weight bat of around 1.5 kg.
- Made 5 test tons before being 20 years of age.
- Scored maximum runs in a calendar year in 1998 scoring 1984 runs including 9 centuries.
- Awarded Golden Bat for his superb performance in for scoring 673 runs at an average of 61.18 in the 2003 World Cup.
- Became the first ever player in the cricket history to score a double hundred in an ODI match.
- Became a Member of Parliament in 2012 (Rajya Sabha).