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Posted on Dec 24, 02:23PM | IBNS
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday bid adieu to his illustrious ODIs career but will continue playing Tests.
Tendulkar made the announcement minutes before the selectors announced the team for the limited overs series aganinst Pakistan starting Dec 25.
Tendulkar spoke to Board president N.Srinivasan and and conveyed his decision to retire from the ODI games.
"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team," said Tendulkar in a statement.
Tendulkar said it was time for the team to prepare for the 2015 World Cup.
"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," he said.
Tendulkar's decision was on expected lines since was battling with form. Since the 2011 World Cup, the 39-year-old cricketer has scored just 315 runs from 10 ODIs.
But still all his figures in ODIs remain world records and will be tough to beat. He has played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries. He is also the first cricketer to hit a double century in ODIs -- 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it was not surprised with Tendulkar's decision to retire from ODI cricket and continue playing Tests.
Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of BCCI, said that the board respects Tendulkar's decision.
"Tendulkar's decision is not a shocker for the BCCI. He was waiting for the right and today he took the decision. The BCCI respects his decision," Shetty told reporters at the Cricket Centre here.
Tendulkar made his ODI debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala. He scored a duck on debut. His last ODI apperance was also against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup, where he made a match-winning half-century. During the Asia Cup he also completed a century of centuries (49 in ODIs and 51 in Tests).
After making his debut, tt took nine ODIs from him to get his maiden ODI half-century -- 53 against Sri Lanka in Pune, 1990.
Tendulkar took the world by a storm when he was asked to open the innings against New Zealand at Auckland in 1994. He smahsed 82 off just 49 balls.
Tendulkar had to wait 79 ODIs for his maiden century in ODIs -- 110 against Australia in Colombo, 1994. Tendulkar has scored most of his runs against Sri Lanka (3113) and Australia (3077).