His decision came on a day when the selection committee picked India’s limited-overs squad for the T20 and ODI series against Pakistan. “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. “The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest,” Tendulkar, 39, said in a statement released by the BCCI.
“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.” His last ODI was against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup, where he made a half-century in India’s victory. Tendulkar scored record 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The legendary cricketer has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred. Tendulkar made his ODI debut on his first international tour, in 1989, against Pakistan in Gujranwala, where he got a duck.
He scored his first half-century in his ninth ODI and made an immediate impact when promoted to open the batting in 1994, in an ODI against New Zealand in Auckland, where he smashed 82 in 49 balls.
His first century took 79 ODIs to arrive but he kept piling them on with remarkable consistency.
The right-hander has 15,645 runs at an average of 54.32 in 194 Tests that he has played so far.