India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.
The Board of Control for Cricket confirmed the 39-year-old, regarded as the world’s greatest living batsman, had decided to bring an end to his 50-over career after 463 one-day international caps.
Tendulkar spoke to BCCI president Narainswamy Srinivasan before announcing the decision.
The Little Master said on the governing body’s official website: ‘I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game.’
Tendulkar added: ‘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. 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.’
The batsman, who made his ODI debut back in 1989, has made his decision before next month’s five-match one-day series at home to England.
Tendulkar struggled during the recent Test series against England, passing 50 in only one innings and averaging just 18.66, and a decision over his future had been mooted.
He retires from ODIs having scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. He made 49 one-day centuries and 96 fifties.
His last one-day appearance came in March against Pakistan, the team against whom he made his debut almost exactly 23 years ago.
Tendulkar also took 154 one-day wickets, his best return five for 32 against Australia in 1998.
India spinner Harbhajan Singh was quick to pay tribute to the batting great.
He said on Twitter: ‘Sachin tendulkar a great batsman.great human being.a great friend.great man to look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd love u.
‘Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else wil be able to come close to.salute salute salute to sachin.’
SACHIN TENDULKAR FACTFILE
1973: Born April 24, Mumbai.
1988: Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.
1989: Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
December: Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.
1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.
1992: At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.
1994: September 9 – Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one-day matches.
1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.
August: Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.
1997: Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.
1999: November – Involved in India’s highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.
2000: Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.
2001: Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.
2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 673 runs, the highest by any player in the tournament.
2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar’s record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.
2006: Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.
2007: January 3 – Edges past Brian Lara’s world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.
June: Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.
2008: March – Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.
August – Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
June: Nominated as the ‘Icon Player’ of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth US Dollars 1,121,250 per season.
October 17 – Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara’s previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.
2010: February 24 – Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
April – Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament’s top run-scorer.
August 3 – Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
December 19 – Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.
2011: March – Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.
November: Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.
2012: March – Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.
December 23 – Announces retirement from one-day international cricket.