Sachin Tendulkar Retires From ODI Cricket
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One of the game's all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, today announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records.

"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 39-year-old said in a statement released by the BCCI today.

"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.

Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket and one who was considered next only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, retires from the ODI format at the top of the run-getters' list.

Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred -- the first in this form of the game.

Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals.

The Mumbaikar, who made himself unavailable for Twenty20 after playing just one game in 2006, will now remain active in only the Test arena.

The brightest moment of his ODI career came last year when he finally became part of a World Cup winning Indian team after five previous appearances.

Speculation over Tendulkar's future had grown after his continuing failures in the past one year.

His last ODI hundred came in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March this year -- a feat that completed an unprecedented 100 international tons.

He was stuck on 99 tons for quite a while after scoring two hundreds during India's successful World Cup campaign. Tendulkar also has an mammoth tally of 96 ODI 50s to his credit.

Despite the recent slump in his form, Tendulkar's overall tally of runs is unlikely to be matched anytime soon given that the distant second-best in the list, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, has already retired from the game with 13,704 runs under his belt.

Sri Lanka's retired great Sanath Jayasuriya occupies the third spot in the overall chart with 13,430 runs.

Besides his batting, Tendulkar was an effective partnership-breaking bowler and finishes his ODI career with 154 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.

Tendulkar's Test records are as awe-inspiring. The right-hander has 15,645 runs at an average of 54.32 in 194 Tests that he has played so far. The tally includes 51 hundreds and 66 half-centuries.

Hailing Tendulkar's contribution to cricket, BJP said the nation will remain grateful to him and the living legend will remain a "Bharat Ratna" in the hearts of the people.
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Dec 27, 2012
05:24 PM

  Although late, decision to retire should be welcomed by all cricket lovers. The right time for Sachin Tendulkar to declare retirement, perhaps, was after the World cup victory. Any way, it is his 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 and many years of good health and sheer joy after retirement from all forms of cricket!

Narendra M Apte, Pune
Dec 24, 2012
10:32 PM

>>> Like other batsmen he was in the team to score runs which he did more often than not and still these people compained that his scores/centuries didn't win matches.

Couldn't agree more! Just for the sake of arguments here is some statistics.

Sachin scored a century in total 49 one day internationals. Out of these 49, India won 34, lost 13, 1 was tied and 1 no-result. So, his 70% centuries have resulted in a victory for India.

Gurujee, Pune
Dec 24, 2012
08:57 PM

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the only cricketer in the world who is critisized by

some people - who probably do not understand cricket - for doing his job. Like other batsmen he was in the team to score runs which he did more often than not and still these people compained that his scores/centuries didn't win matches.

Mohan, Adipur
Dec 24, 2012
11:57 AM

>>> when was the last time we won when Sachin scored a hundred,The

Shall he make a hundred every time to win?

In the world cup 2012, in the quarter final match against Australia, Sachin made 53. India won this match. Was this not a good contribution in the victory?

Again in the semifinal against Pakistan, he made 85. Was this not a solid contribution in the victory?

This year, while chasing 320 against Sri Lanka, Sachin made 39 in 30 deliveries.

In the same series, while chasing a modest 235 runs target against Sri Lanka, Sachin's contribution was 48 in 63 balls.

Again after a month, while chasing a 300+ target against Pakistan, Sachin made 52 in 48 deliveries.

India won all the three matche. Sachin was not the highest run scorer in these matches, but his contribution in the victory was significant.

Gurujee, Pune
Dec 24, 2012
11:47 AM

>>> The last time in Asia Cup game Sachin took 27 balls to move from 95 to 100 and the result we made 17 runs short tahn what should have been made.Bangladesh won.

very funny logic! India made 290 against Bangladesh and still we lost. The blame must go the ballers for failing to defent such a huge total against a minnow.

Let's look at the numbers in that match. Sachin made 114 from 138 balls (strike rate 79). Virat Kohli made 66 from 82 balls (strike rate 79) and Gambhir made 11 from 15 balls. So, if Sachin is responsible for the defeat, then Kohli and Gambhir are equally responsible.

Now about balling. Bangladesh needed 124 runs to win in the last 14 overs (required rate 8.86 per hour) which is a very difficult task fro any team. And then Bangladesh needed 33 in the last 3 overs, which is again a huge task. In the 48th over, Irfan Pathan bowled short outside leg stump, fulltoss and wides giving away 17 runs in 1 over. Now Bangla needed only 16 in last 12 balls. Then came Praveen Kumar to bowl the 49 th over. First ball he bowled a fulltoss above waist height. A no ball was given and it was hit for a boundary. So now, only 11 needed in 12 balls. Next ball was again a fulltoss which was hit for a six. Now, only 5 needed in last 11 balls which were made in next 3-4 deliveries.

So, who is responsible for this defeat? Only Sachin or Sachi, Kohli and Gambhir? And what about ballers? They were not able to defend a huge total of 290 runs. In fact, Irfan and Praveen gave away 28 runs in 7 balls to make the victory simple for BD when they needed as many as 33 runs in 18 balls?

So who is responsible for this defeat? Only Sachin? Or Sachin, Kohli and Gambhir? Or Praveen and Irfan? or all ballers? Or the entire team?

Gurujee, Pune
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