BCCI officials saluted the master blaster for entertaining everyone for 23 years, after he walked into the sunset having scored 18,426 runs off 463 ODIs which included 49 centuries and 96 fifties.
When there were reports on Sachin Tendulkar retiring from ODIs, many speculated the reasons that forced him to take a call on his ODI future.
Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's chief administrative officer
"What he has expressed is his concern that India has to prepare for the next world cup. From that point of view, he felt that it was time that he retired."
Sanjay Jagdale, BCCI general secretary
"It was not sudden. He informed us before the selection about his decision. We should respect his decision. The way BCCI and cricket lovers respect him, the same way they should respect his decision."
"He spoke to me and the president about his decision. Naturally he must have been (emotional) I can't say we just spoke on the phone. We wish him the best. It is his own decision and people respect it."
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla
"A person of his calibre knows what to do. He has always taken the right decision at the right time. He will continue to do that in future as well.