Sachin Tendulkar is the world record holder for one-day international cricket runs at 18,426, and 463 one-day international caps, as well as 49 centuries. He has decided to announce his retirement from one-day cricket international games, although he does not have plans to leave the game of professional cricket.
Tendulkar announced: “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-winning Indian team.”
He further commented: “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.”
Although Sachin Tendulkar carries many world records, his performance recently has not been doing as well as hoped, and there has been a call for him to retire, although it was unexpected that he would do so right now, ahead of the limited-overs series against Pakistan.
Tendulkar’s retirement from one-day international cricket has come while the national selectors are making a decision regarding who will be in the team for the limited-overs against India’s rivals’, Pakistan, that will be beginning on Tuesday. The series is a noteworthy one because it is the first that is taking place between the neighbors on Indian soil in five years.
Although his retirement was expected, Tendulkar has been part of a golden age of cricket in the one-day format, along with some other players, such as Dravid and Anil Kumble, and Sourav Ganguly, a former captain of the Indian team. As this golden generation of Indian cricketers is coming to an end, one wonders who will shine in the future.