Mumbai, Dec 23: Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from One Day International cricket on Sunday. The 39-year-old batsman announced his decision to BCCI President N Srinivasan and the Indian board released a media statement of Tendulkar.
The Master Blaster said in a statement, issued by BCCI: "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 winning 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 in a record 463 ODIs with 49 centuries and 96 fifties. He is the leading run scorer in 50-over international cricket with 18,426 runs. Tendulkar hit 2,016 fours and 195 sixes in his 452 innings.
The Mumbai batsman made his debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala. His final ODI was against Pakistan in Dhaka in the Asia Cup on March 18, 2012. Tendulkar scored a duck on debut and ended his final ODI innings with 52.
During Asia Cup in March, he scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh. Tendulkar was the first batsman in ODI history to hit a double century, which he achieved against South Africa in Gwalior in February, 2010.
In recent times, there was pressure on Tendulkar to give up cricket. He has had a tough time in Test cricket, without a century for almost two years now. His last Test hundred was in January 2011 against South Africa.
Tendulkar will now focus on forthcoming home Test series against Australia in February, 2013.