India’s Sachin Tendulkar, the highest-scoring batsman in international cricket history, said he’s retiring from one-day games. His record-setting 23-year career is set to continue in elite Test matches.
“I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game,” Tendulkar said in an e-mailed statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India yesterday. “I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-winning Indian team.”
Nicknamed “Little Master,” the 5-foot-5 Tendulkar holds almost all of cricket’s major batting records, including the most runs and centuries in Test and one-day international matches.
With a batting style founded on balance, precision and anticipation, and his mastery of an array of strokes, the 39-year-old Tendulkar was able to score runs in all conditions and in any country.
He made his test debut at age 16 against Pakistan in November 1989, with his first one-day international against the same opponent the following month.
He finishes his one-day career for India with an average of 44.83 from 463 matches, including a record 49 centuries. His total of 18,426 runs in the 50-over format is almost 5,000 more than Australia’s Ricky Ponting, who is second on the all-time list.
Two decades after his debut, the right-hander became the first player to score a double century in one-day international matches and in 2011 he helped India win its first Cricket World Cup since 1983 by scoring a team-high 482 runs.
“I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future,” Tendulkar said in his statement. “I am eternally grateful to all my well-wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”
Tendulkar, an idol in his native India, was again feted in March when he scored an unprecedented 100th international hundred against Bangladesh. That remains his last century as he struggled for runs in 2012.
That total includes 51 hundreds in Test matches, a format in which he may add to his record 194 appearances. He played only one Twenty20 game for India.
-- With assistance from James Cone in London. Editor: Paul Tighe, Peter-Joseph Hegarty