Didn't see myself playing WC 2015, says Tendulkar

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Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 13:14 [IST]
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Mumbai, Feb 5: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he decided to retire from ODIs since he did not see himself in the 2015 World Cup team, during 'Coca Cola's My School Campaign' organised by NDTV on Sunday.

Since India won the World Cup in 2011, Sachin Tendulkar felt a formidable team should represent India in the next World Cup and the 39-year-old also added that he did not see himself playing the shorter version of the game for that long which made him take a decision on his ODI career.

Didn't see myself playing WC '15: Sachin

During an interaction with NDTV's Vikram Chandra and actor Rahul Bose, a part of the 12-hour telethon Sachin explained the reason behind calling it a day in the ODI format.

"I felt in 2015 when we go to Australia and New Zealand we should be fully prepared to lift the trophy again. I don't see myself playing in the 2015 World Cup and that's why I felt I should back off and the team should move ahead and form a balance, formidable combination for the 2015 World Cup," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Moreover, the cricketer wanted youngsters to take over as the team should be able to defend the World Cup title when they play in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Sachin Tendulkar who has amassed over 34,000 runs including 100 international centuries during his international career spanning 23 years, announced his ODI retirement on Dec 23, 2012 two days before the start of the Indo-Pak series.


Story first published:  Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:10 [IST]
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