Sachin to quit ODIs after 100th ton: Reports

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Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 18:32 [IST]
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Sachin to retire from ODIs: Reports

Mumbai, Mar 10: Sachin Tendulkar is likely to quit from One Day Internationals after scoring his 100th international century, according to reports quoting Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) sources on Saturday.

Tendulkar had a poor ODI tri-series in Australia recently. There were calls for him to retire from the shorter format but he was later picked for Asia Cup which gets under way in Bangladesh on Sunday.

According to TV reports, quoting BCCI sources, Tendulkar will give up the India ODI jersey but will continue to play Tests. There is also speculation that VVS Laxman will also hang up his boots.

These reports are emerging a day after Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from Test and first class cricket on Friday in Bangalore.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman are the "Big Three" of Indian batting and there has been pressure on them to call it a day after the Australian debacle.

All three batsmen failed miserably in Australia and the team lost the four-Test series 0-4. In the tri-series that followed, India failed to reach the finals.

Tendulkar is hoping to reach the milestone in Bangladesh during the Asia Cup. India will open their campaign on Tuesday with a match against Sri Lanka. The biggest clash of the tournament is set for next Sunday when India lock horns with Pakistan.

It would be fitting if Tendulkar reaches the magical 100-international ton against Pakistan next Sunday and the team goes on to defend the Asia Cup which they had won two years back in Sri Lanka.

Recently, former India captain Kapil Dev had opined that Tendulkar should have quit ODIs after winning the World Cup last year in Mumbai.

Another former captain, from Pakistan, Imran Khan, too had echoed Kapil's views.

It will be interesting to see what Tendulkar does over the next one week in Bangladesh.

Laxman, who is currently in India, was unsold in the Indian Premier League's auction last month. He is yet to make any announcement about his future as he plays only Tests now. India's next series is few months away and the Hyderabadi will be thinking hard about his future.


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