On this day ten years ago, the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day international play. His contribution to India’s victory in the World Cup on home soil in 2011 marked the pinnacle of his career in the format.
In a statement, Tendulkar, who also claimed 154 one-day wickets, said: “I feel blessed to have realised my dream of playing for an Indian team that won the World Cup.
“The World Cup defence in 2015 should start early and with the utmost seriousness.
“I will always be grateful to all of my well-wishers for their unwavering love and support throughout the years.”
Tendulkar played Test cricket up until late 2013 when he announced his retirement from all international competition.
An insight into the statistics of Sachin Tendulkar
The world’s best-living batsman, known as “The Little Master,” retired at the age of 39 after a 50-over career that began in 1989 and included 463 ODI caps.
He amassed 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, making him and still is the leading run-scorer in ODI history.
The first ODI double century, and Tendulkar’s highest score, was an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. In total, he recorded 49 one-day centuries and 96 fifties.
And in Tests, after 200 appearances, he retired with a total of 15,921 Test runs under his belt, more than 2,000 runs ahead of Australia’s Ricky Ponting, who was his closest competitor.
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