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Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs

New Delhi, Dec 23 (): Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday has announced his retirement from 50-overs cricket, bringing an end to his glorious 23-year-old career in ODI format.

Tendulkar spoke to Board president N Srinivasan and conveyed his decision by issuing a statement.

In the statement released by BCCI today, Sachin Tendulkar has stated that he had decided to retire from the One-Day format of the game. He had stated he felt blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being a part of World Cup-wining Indian team. The humble cricketer also said the preparatory process to preserve the World Cup in 2015 should start as early as possible and in right earnest.

While speaking to the reporters in Mumbai, Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the board respects Tendulkar’s decision. Shetty said there was no pressure on Tendulkar to take the big decision and added the decision was not shocking.

The top BCCI official said it was not clamour caused for his retirement but the thought of the Indian cricket team’s preparations for the next 50-over World Cup in 2015, which prompted Sachin Tendulkar to walk into ODI retirement.

When Shetty was asked about Sachin’s plans for the Test format, Shetty said the board has left the decision to the player.

Cricket Board general secretary Sanjay Jagdale said Tendulkar of his calibre knows what to do at what time. He has always taken the right decision at the right time. He will continue to do that in future as well.

It is widely believed that Tendulkar should have retired after India won the World Cup on that heady night of April 2, 2011.

During his ODI journey, Sachin has scored a whopping 18,426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83. The 39-year-old right-handed cricketer has 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred — the first in this form of the game.