Sachin Tendulkar, today announced retirement from ODI cricket. It came as a surprise to all his cricket fans throughout the world. Sachin’s retirement was on cards but the announcement came in an unexpected fashion. We all hoped to see him play in the ODI series against Pakistan. Probably, the man will also retire from test cricket after the Test series against Australia in February 2013.
The master left with some amazing performances and left an a permanent mark in the hearts of cricket fans throughout the world. His service to the nation for the last 22 years is unparalleled.
He will always remain the greatest cricketing icon of India and one of the greatest in the world.
Tendulkar retired with these closing comments:
“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” he said in a statement. “I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team. 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 played in 463 ODI’s, scored 18, 426 runs and made 49 centuries. All of these are world records.The master was also the first batsmen in the world to make a double century in an ODI. He made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and his last ODI appearance was also against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. The master scored a 50 in the match.
Well, the show is over. The master will no more mesmerize us with his charisma. But the memories will always remain etched in our minds. He will continue to command all the respect in our eyes.
Thank you Sachin for all the great performances, for setting such a high demeanor, for inspiring countless youngsters over the last 22 years. You may have retired but you are immortal now.
Hail the master blaster, the ever so classy little master /|\