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Sachin Tendulkar: Tributes after one-day retirement

By Vikas PandeyBBC Monitoring

Sachin Tendulkar, India's very own "god of cricket" will never again answer fans' prayers for runs in one-day internationals after deciding to retire from the formathe served for more than two decades.

And his decision has sparked an outpouring of tributes from his team-mates, cricket pundits, and millions of fans who believe watching the game will never be the same without the master batsman.

The record-breaking cricketer will continue to play in Test matches, but this has not provided any consolation to his fans.

The fantastic four

Tendulkar was part of a formidable batting line-up, alongside Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, that combined to earn India many memorable wins in Tests and one-day internationals.

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman

Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman were the backbone of the India batting line-up for years

And the three champions from form the quartet were first to pay their tributes to Sachin's illustrious one-day career.

Former skipper Ganguly felt that there was "still hope" that he will continue, but the decision eventually came as a "big blow".

"His greatness did not lie in being a terrific talent, but the way he used his talent to attain enormous heights. He is too precious and too good," the former captain wrote in his Hindustan Times newspaper column. 

He added that playing alongside Tendulkar "was an honour" and his longevity has been "beyond imagination".

Also writing in the Hindustan Times, Laxman said the master batsman always put his team ahead of personal laurels and this quality earned him respect from his team-mates and fans all over the world.

And fellow ex-captain Dravid admired the ability of the 'Little Master' to give his absolute best in any conditions and against any team.

The artist

Many fans, including former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, say they will never forget Tendulkar's elegant straight drives, his artistic stroke play and those thunderous sixes.

Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam-ul-Haq shared many battles on the cricket field

Tendulkar and Inzamam

Inzamam said a "chapter in cricket's history has come to an end" but rather poetically he added that the "book is still to be finished", referring to Tendulkar's decision to continue in Test cricket.

The champion batsman's ability to read the 50-over format of the game won many matches for India, but it was the mix of his artistic style and aggression that amazed cricket fans during his glorious 23 years in one-day internationals.

He could play an elegant cover drive and then go for a towering six the very next ball. This made him a class apart among his contemporaries.

Cricket pundit Pradeep Magazine said his "masterly control and "intuitive innovations" made him play knocks "out of bounds for mere mortals".

The Hindu's Vijay Lokapally wrote that Sachin believed in adapting to different tasks, and it came "naturally to him".

The sandstorm

Tendulkar has been often compared with Australian legend Don Bradman, and West Indies batting star Brian Lara among his contemporaries, but very few can match the kind of respect he commands among his fans round the world.

Sachin Tendulkar shakes hands with Shane Warne after India beat Australia in Sharjah in 1998

Tendulkar's India overcame Shane Warne's Australia in Sharjah in 1998

His innings of 143 against Australia in Sharjah in 1998  has remained etched in the memory of millions of fans. The match had every emotion one associates with sports.

After a sandstorm disrupted play, India faed a revised target of 237 in 46 overs to qualify for the final. The middle order collapsed, leaving Tendulkar alone to take the team home. The heat was unbearable but a determined Tendulkar took the adverse conditions in his stride and saw the team home by smashing five sixes and nine fours.

Laxman, who was at the non-striker's end, said "the strokes he played were exemplary. Good ball or bad, it simply had to go to the ropes".

Tendulkar repeated his heroics in the final to help India win that one-day tournament in Sharjah and his innings earned "the sandstorm" nickname.

And 12 years later in February 2010, he became the first batsman to score a one-day interntaional double century, against a well-balanced South African attack.

Twitter tributes

The social networking website has been abuzz with tributes to Tendulkar since the news broke on Sunday as celebrities, cricketers and fans joined hands to pay their tributes.

Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh with the World Cup

Yuvraj Singh (right) was the player of the tournament at the 2011 World Cup

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh  tweeted: "Emotional time! Letting Sachin go from one dayers. 18 thousand plus runs. Your jaw drops when you see those records, master you will always live."

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma  showed his admiration: "You'll be missed a lot. Thanks a lot for whatever you have given to Indian cricket."

"In Test cricket, Sachin may have had serious rivals in Lara, Ponting, Kallis for being the best batsman. But in ODIs, he was peerless," cricket analyst Ayaz Memon  wrote.

And broadcaster Harsha Bhogle  seemed to agree with Menon: "Tried thinking of my favourite Sachin ODI moment. So many. Gave up. He's left behind a mountain no one can scale."

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nd of an era as Sachin Tendulkar exits one-day stage

Tendulkar was the first man to make 200 in an ODI innings
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  • India's Sachin Tendulkar celebrates after he scored his 100th international century during their Asia Cup one- day international (ODI) cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka March 16, 2012
    Tendulkar was the first man to make 200 in an ODI inningsANDREW BIRAJ/REUTERS
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Last updated at 6:56AM, December 23 2012

Sachin Tendulkar retired from one-day international cricket yesterday in a move that stunned India before a three-match series against Pakistan, starting tomorrow.

A Tendulkar retirement had been expected for months, but not a staged withdrawal. At least yesterday's announcement offers the Indian public a taste of cricket without the Little Master before his full retirement, expected during or after the four-Test series against Australia in February and March.

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Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from India's one-day international cricket side

Sachin Tendulkar gave in to the passing of time on Sunday up to a point when he retired from one-day cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from India's one-day international cricket side
Little master: Sachin Tendulkar has retired from India's one-day team Photo: GETTY IMAGES

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But he appears set to continue his Test career despite diminishing returns over the past two years.

Tendulkar made no mention of his future in Test cricket in a brief statement released on Sunday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India but it is believed he intends to play on against Australia in February.

He is expected to play for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy at the end of the month in an attempt to find some form for the series.

Tendulkar has spent the past few days since the end of the Test series against England considering his future with speculation in Indiamounting that he would announce his retirement from all cricket.


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Sachin Tendulkar: Master strokes
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He started his ODI career with two ducks but went on to smash every record in the book. What's more, he has created numbers that are the stuff of dreams. <i>DNA</i> celebrates some of his greatest one-day knocks.

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One over, six runs. Brain McMillan needs one hit to crush India's dreams. Sachin Tendulkar grabs the ball from skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. First ball: McMillan cuts to deep point for a single. But oh! Fanie de Villiers is run out attempting a second. Allan Donald misses the second, third and the fourth deliveries. Fifth ball: Donald finally gets a run. Now, the heart-in-the-mouth moment: the final ball. McMillan swings and misses. India win by two runs. Eden Gardens erupts. Yippie!

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In this Friday, March 16, 2012 file photo, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar bats on his way to scoring a century during the Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. India's batting great Tendulkar has announced Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 his retirement from one-day cricket. (Aijaz Rahi /AP)

India great Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from one-day cricket

C.RAJSHEKHAR RAO

NEW DELHI  The Associated Press

Published Sunday, Dec. 23 2012, 12:21 PM EST

Last updated Sunday, Dec. 23 2012, 12:21 PM EST

Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day cricket on Sunday but wants to keep playing tests for a rebuilding India team.

"I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game," Tendulkar said in his announcement. "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."

Tendulkar holds the world records for one-day international caps (463), runs (18,426) and centuries (49).

But the 39-year-old has limited his one-day appearances in the last three years to prolong his test career, and since India's World Cup triumph on home soil 20 months ago he's played in only 10 matches, all in February-March this year.

In his second-to-last one-dayer, against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, he made 114 to become the first player to achieve 100 international centuries. He hasn't scored another century in either one-dayers or tests, drawing growing calls as India has also struggled, for him to retire from international cricket altogether.

He made his announcement as national selectors were in the process of announcing the team for the limited-overs home series against Pakistan starting on Tuesday, the first series between the neighbours in five years.

Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing of his retirement.

"Sachin's announcement has come as a big surprise," Srikkanth told the CNN-IBN channel. "I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan."

Tendulkar, who is also the world record-holder in tests for runs (15,643) and centuries (51), had been under pressure to step down in recent months owing to the retirements of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman as well as his own indifferent form since the World Cup.

He made his ODI debut for India at 16 almost on the same day in 1989, and was the first batsman to score a double century in one-dayers when he smashed 200 not out against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010, but was selective in playing one-day games after that.

The Mumbai batsman had the knack of being among the runs in big international tournaments like the World Cup, and his retirement brings an end to a golden generation of India cricketers in the one-day format that included former captain Sourav Ganguly, Dravid and Anil Kumble.

Tendulkar topped the run-scoring in two World Cups: 673 to ensure India made the final in 2003, and 523 when India made the semifinals in 1996. In 2011, he was the second top run-getter (482) behind Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan (500), but winning the tournament more than made that up.

His absence was felt in the 1999 World Cup when India failed to advance from the Super Eights, losing a crucial game to Zimbabwe when Tendulkar had to go home due to his father's death. Tendulkar returned to England and got a century against Kenya but India could not reach the knockout stage.

"Winning the World Cup (in 2011) is the proudest moment of my life. ... I couldn't control my tears of joy," Tendulkar said after the final at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium, on April 2 last year.

India's next test series will be against Australia at home in February-March, when four tests are scheduled.

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Harish Kotian salutes India's batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who called it quits from One-Day International cricket after a career spanning more than two decades during which he broke nearly all batting records.

He did not have the best of starts to his One-Day International career, as he registered two ducks in a row in his first two games, but by the time he hung up his boots, Sachin Tendulkar finished as the greatest batsman to have graced the limited-overs' format.

It was no sheer coincidence that the nearly-dying One-Day Internationals came alive and became a hit among the masses during the Tendulkar era that stretched from December 1989 to March 2012.

Yes, you had Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Javed Miandad, but there is no doubt that Tendulkar was the best batsman to have played ODIs.

No batsman had the ability or the eye to dominate bowlers or score consistently like Tendulkar did during his 23-year reign in ODIs, which saw him amass 18426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83, while hitting 49 centuries and 96 fifties on the way to establishing his greatness in modern day cricket.

The next best batsman was Ricky Ponting, who finished a distant second with 13704 runs in 375 matches at an average of 42.03.

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Sachin Tendulkar: The Milestone Man

by Rajneesh Gupta Dec 24, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the best one-day batsman ever, has retired from 50-over cricket. Tendulkar played in 463 ODIs, during the course of which he scored 18,426 runs with 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries, all of them world records. He averaged 44.83 in the format and had a strike-rate of 86.23. He was also the first male cricketer to make one-day double-hundred.

In a statement given to BCCI President, N Srinivasan, Tendulkar said: "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. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future.

Sachin won the ODI World Cup in 2011. Getty Images

"I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years."

Below are detailed Sachin stats

Matches played: 463 (most by any player)

Most Runs: 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83

Most centuries: 49

Most Fifties: 96

Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI's 145 (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties).

First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs.

Most Man of the Match awards: 62

Most Man of the Series awards: 15

Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.

Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.

Longest career span : 22 years 91 days.

Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches a World record.

Tendulkar has played on 96 different grounds most by any player.

Only player ever to cross the 14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 run marks.

First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 ODI runs.

15,310 of his runs came while opening the innings with the aid of 45 centuries and 75 fifties in 340 innings- most by an opener.

Was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24,2010).

Tendulkar top-scored for India on 129 occasions most such occasions for any player in ODIs.

Was the first players to complete the all-round treble of 10000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches.

Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.

Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more.

Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He did so seven times 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007

Tendulkar has scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.

Has played ODIs with 866 players (teammates and opponents) most for any player in ODI history.

Most scores in 90s: 18 (including one not out innings).

Was involved in 99 century partnerships most by any player.

Tendulkar was the first batsman to score over 3,000 runs against an opponent (3,077 runs against Australia).Since then he has also done this against Sri Lanka (3,113 runs).

Tendulkar was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs.

His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They put together 6,609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for the opening pair is also a world record.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.

Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups from 1992 to 2011.

Most runs (2,278) in World Cup history including 6 centuries & 15 fifties with a best score of 152 against Namibia in 2003 world cup.

673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single World Cup.

Tendulkar is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28-08-1996).

Tendulkar was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (v Australia at Dhaka on 28-10-1998).

11.27% of all the runs and 24.50% of all the hundreds scored by all Indian batsmen have come from Tendulkar's bat.

Performance vs countries

 

Performance in countries

 

Tendulkar at different positions

 

Tendulkar's mode of dismissals: Out of 411 completed innings, Sachin was caught 258 times, bowled 68 times, LBW 39 times, run-out 34 times, stumped 11 times and hit-wicket once.

A break-up of Tendulkar's scores

Tendulkar's most productive years

 

 

Tendulkar's nemesis: Tendulkar has been dismissed by Shaun Pollock, Brett Lee and Chaminda Vaas nine times, by Glenn McGrath and Heath Streak seven times and six times by Courtney Walsh, Azhar Mahmood and Abdul Razzaq.

 

Tendulkar's most productive series

 

Top run-getters in ODI Cricket

 

 

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From ODIs, a god named Sachin Tendulkar, retires

by Tariq Engineer Dec 23, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the best one-day batsman ever, has retired from 50-over cricket. Tendulkar played in 463 ODIs, during the course of which he scored 18,426 runs with 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries, all of them world records. He averaged 44.83 in the format and had a strike-rate of 86.23. He was also the first male cricketer to make one-day double-hundred.

In a statement given to BCCI President, N Srinivasan, Tendulkar said: "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. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future.

Sachin Tendulkar. Image courtesy BCCI

"I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years."

His retirement is not entirely a surprise given that he has often opted out of playing one-day series over the last few years. His last one-day innings was a half-century against arch-rivals Pakistan during the Asia Cup earlier this year. It was during the same tournament that he made his hundredth international hundred.

Tendulkar's blossoming as an ODI batsman was all the more remarkable given that he took 79 matches to make his first ODI hundred. It was his promotion to opener that changed the trajectory of his one-day career. Over 344 matches opening the batting, he scored 15,310 runs at an average of 48.29, with 45 of his 49 hundreds. His ability to take on and dominate the opposition's opening bowlers often gave India the psychological advantage even before the first ball was bowled.

He saved his best for the big occasions, averaging a staggering 56.95 with six hundreds from 45 matches across six World Cups and was the tournament's leading scorer in 2003. India's victory in the 2011 World Cup filled the one gap Tendulkar felt he had in his CV. Emphasising his ability to perform when the pressure was highest, he also averaged 54.44 in tournament finals, with six hundreds from 39 games.

Beyond the numbers, Tendulkar also left his fans with many indelible memories, from hitting a pumped up Shoaib Akhtar for six in Centurion in the 2003 World Cup to crush Pakistan's spirit to his 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010 a few months shy of his 37th birthday.

Tendulkar's ODI career began and ended against Pakistan. He made his debut against them in 1989 in Gujranwala, where he made a duck. He was adequate in the middle order but switched to opening the batting in 1994 and made an instant impact with 82 in 49 balls against New Zealand.

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