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Posted: 28 December 2012 at 11:19am | IP Logged
SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER 2012 India , World

Sachin Tendulkar retires from one-day cricket

 

Sachin Tendulkar, widely regarded as the world's greatest living batsman, announces his retirement from one-day international cricket after winning 463 caps.

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The cricketer, nicknamed the Little Master, said on the governing body's official website: "I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game."
Tendulkar added: "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.

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

The batsman, who made his one-day international (ODI) debut back in 1989, has made his decision before next month's five-match one-day series at home to England.

Tendulkar has not played in a one-day international match since March, a victory over Pakistan in which he scored 52 runs.

The announcement comes the day after England secured an exhilerating victory over India in the second Twenty20 international, with Eoin Morgan snatching victory by hitting a six with the last ball of tthe match.

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Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else wil be able to come close to.salute salute salute to sachin

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Tendulkar struggled during the recent Test series against England, passing 50 in only one innings and averaging just 18.66, and a decision over his future had been mooted.

He retires from ODIs having scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010. He made 49 one-day centuries and 96 fifties.

His last one-day appearance came in March against Pakistan, the team against whom he made his debut almost exactly 23 years ago.
Tendulkar also took 154 one-day wickets, his best return five for 32 against Australia in 1998.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh was quick to pay tribute to the batting great.

He said on Twitter: 'Sachin tendulkar a great batsman.great human being.a great friend.great man to look up 2.proud indian.Real son of india.I salute u nd love u.

'Masters.423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to sachin.'

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The 2015 World Cup and the message Tendulkar's sending

by Tariq Engineer Dec 25, 2012

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The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. Sachin Tendulkar in his retirement statement

India's victorious 2011 World Cup campaign was the culmination of a three-year plan that was set by then coach Gary Kirsten when he took over the side in 2008. In an editorial for the Hindu after India won the final, he wrote that "We set our goals as a team way back in October 2008. We wanted to become the number one ranked Test team in the world and win the World Cup". Having concrete goals and a plan to achieve them gave the team both an objective and a means of measuring their performance. There could be no excuses.

It is one thing to groom a side for home conditions, where even players new to international cricket would have had experience playing in domestic cricket. It is quite another altogether to take untested players to Australia and expect them to cope with the pace and bounce under the intense pressure of a World Cup at the first time of asking.

The 2015 World Cup in Australia is now little more than two years away. Given an Indian team in flux combined with the challenges posed by playing in Australia, it is already too late for "early", but perhaps still not too late for a process to be put in place with "right earnest".

Ajinkya Rahane, Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai teammate, could replace him at the top of the order in ODIs. AFP

The list of players that India will need to replace (or potentially replace) is a long one. Of the 11 players to feature in that final in Mumbai, Tendulkar has retired, while Munaf Patel and S Sreesanth have fallen far out of favour. Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag are unlikely to still be around in three years, while Gautam Gambhir's form has been patchy and Yuvraj Singh will be 34 and his health and fitness are still a question. That could leave just MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina from the World Cup winning XI. So finding replacements is not just a choice, it is a necessity.

MS Dhoni has said repeatedly that he wants a squad where everyone has played 60 or 70 ODIs. But with only two years to go and India playing about 25 ODIs a year, that is now not an option. So India will have to settle for taking players inexperienced at the highest level to Australia but they can still ensure that players gain exposure to the conditions through strategic 'A' tours. Of course, first the BCCI needs to identify the next 10 or 15 players who they think can step into the breach, and so far there has been no sign of that. Here is a list of players, some already part of the conversation, that Firstpost thinks deserve a chance to prove themselves at the highest level in limited-overs cricket:

Ajinkya Rahane (top order)

Rahane has been in the squad for over a year but his opportunities to play have been limited, which must be frustrating for the Mumbai batsman. He has a much better record in the longer format in domestic cricket, but has the potential to play the big innings even in the limited-overs format. Made 91 against England in England last year and had an outstanding 2012 IPL, which included a century for Rajasthan against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Deserves an extended run to cement a place in the side.

Mandeep Singh (top order)

After topping the run charts in last season's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy he made 268 runs from nine games at a strike-rate of 127.61 Mandeep had a breakout 2012 IPL for Kings XI Punjab. Still only 21, Mandeep has already shown he can bat intelligently and score freely without taking too many risks. Has already shown composure well beyond his years and would add depth to India's opening positions.

Ravi Teja (opener)

The Hyderabad opening batsman was a regular selection for India's Under-19 squad and has been a consistent performer for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy. He was the second leading-scorer in the Vijay Hazare tournament last year, scoring 361 runs at an average of 72.20 and a strike-rate of 86.15. Overall, he averages 43.69 from 35 List A games and also bowls a bit of legspin. At 25, he is entering the prime period of his career and should at least be given a chance to go on an A tour.

Suryakumar Yadav (middle order)

Yadav loves to play the big shots but does so successfully more often than not. He has a first-class strike-rate of 85.86 AND an average of 57.11. His topscore of 200, made against Orissa last season, took just 232 balls with and contained 28 fours and a six. Just 22, Yadav has the potential to be a destructive middle-order player in the mould of Kevin Pietersen, something India currently lacks.

Manoj Tiwary (middle order)

Tiwary has been given the run-around by the selectors for too long. They need to decide if he can do the job for them and keep him in the side, or move beyond him and consider other alternatives. Based on talent and ability though, he should be in the playing XI when he is fit.

Rohit Sharma (middle order)

Rohit is on the verge of turning into India's Mark Ramprakash. There is no doubting his talent but so far he has failed to make the most of it on the international stage. This is his chance to seize his spot in the side and make it his own. If he doesn't deliver, it will be time to look elsewhere.

Ambati Rayudu (middle order)

Rayudu has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket and for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Has the ability to pace his innings and play the finisher at the death. After the 2011 IPL, his teammate Harbhajan Singh called him a "a special talent" and said he could see Rayudu playing for India. Can also keep wickets so could be a useful back-up for Dhoni down under.

Ravindra Jadeja (allrounder)

Initially identified for the 2011 World Cup, Jadeja was dropped after a string of poor performances but is now back in the frame thanks to twin triple-centuries in Ranji Trophythis year. His ability as an allrounder and his brilliance in the field are advantages that would stand India in good stead in Australia, but he still needs to prove he can make important runs lower down the order outside the subcontinent.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (allrounder)

The 22-year old from Uttar Pradesh was a surprise selection of the series against Pakistan but it was due reward for his performances in domestic cricket and List A tours. He has a healthy average of 26.02 and a strike rate of 56.5, and has eight five-wicket hauls from just 46 matches. Also averages 30.29 with the bat. If he performs well against Pakistan, could well get an extended run in the side.

Ashok Dinda (fast bowler)

Injuries to Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, plus Zaheer's lack of form, has catapulted Dinda into the XI. Has a decent strike-rate of 57.3 in first-class cricket and 33.7 in List A cricket. Assuming Yadav is fit and Ishant Sharma can find his form, Dinda would be a useful third seamer, especially in helpful conditions in Australia.

Shami Ahmed (fast bowler)

Another 22-year old. Ahmed has played only 15 matches for Bengal but has already impressed over that span. On mostly unhelpful wickets, his strike-rate of 49 is exceptional and he already has two ten-wicket hauls. In List A games, his strike-rate drops to just 24.9, or one wicket every four overs. Has two five-wicket hauls from 13 matches.

Parvinder Awana (fast bowler)

Awana had a rough introduction to international cricket, giving up 71 runs from six overs in two T20 games against England and failing to pick up a wicket. But he has the ability to bowl over 140 kph and should be able to extract bounce in Australia that could make life uncomfortable for opposing batsmen.

If you want to go younger still, there are currently three under-19 cricketers worth a look. Unmukt Chand has impressed all with his calm, composed batting; left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh has the backing of former Australia captain Ian Chappell, who said Harmeet is ready to play for India; and allrounder Baba Aparajith, who has been tu

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Will Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from ODI cricket diminish his brand value?

ET Bureau | Dec 24, 2012, 04.06 PM IST
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Sachin Tendulkar is the face for about 17 brands and earns between Rs 5 crore and Rs 8 crore per brand annually. Many of his endorsement contracts are set to expire between now and 2014. (PTI Photo)
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from one-day cricket will set the stage for a new phase in the life cycle of one of India's most iconic celebrity brands. As his form has dipped in the past few months, many big brands and consumer goods companies have dropped Sachin or significantly reduced the number of his television advertisement spots from their media plans.

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Coca-Cola, for instance, does not use the legendary cricketer - who in his prime humbled bowlers of the calibre of Wasim Akram, Glen McGrathShane Warne and Brett Lee - as its youth icon, but only as a happiness ambassador. Other big brands such as ITCBSE, Adidas and Aviva also took his ads off air, even as Canon and Jyothi Labs did not renew their contracts, clearly echoing the views of cricket commentators who have said it was perhaps time for Sachin to hang up his gloves.

This paper has argued - and Sachin has rubbished - that many of his advertising and brand endorsement deals are tied to his form, and for the number of years he stays at the crease. Tendulkar, who made his debut for India in 1989, has been the country's highest-paid sportsman for the past two decades. At present, Tendulkar is the face for about 17 brands and earns between Rs 5 crore and Rs 8 crore per brand annually. Many of his endorsement contracts are set to expire between now and 2014.

Marketing experts and celebrity agents say Tendulkar's retirement from the shorter form of the game is likely to dilute his image as a youth icon and discourage companies to employ him as their brand ambassador. But he might continue to be an attractive proposition for more mature categories such as banking and financial services.

When contacted, World Sport Group - the company that manages Sachin - refused comment. "Sachin will need to reposition himself in the brands space. He can't be the cool youth icon which may be the requirement for a lot of brands he's involved with. Going forward, more mature categories such as banking or insurance would want to be associated with him," said Shailendra Singh, joint MD of talent management and marketing firm Percept.

Banking major RBS confirmed to ET that its brand deal with Sachin at the moment is unlikely to undergo any change. According to Future Brands CEO Santosh Desai, the nature of Tendulkar's appeal will change. "As Sachin moves from being a hero now to more like a mentor once he retires, he will certainly attract more corporate brands rather than trendy and hip ones. He will stand for perseverance and experience," said Desai.

To a certain extent, that process has already begun with companies such as Coca-Cola. "Sachin is involved in campaigns that spread happiness or bring about social change, and continues to feature in promotions and activities around the campaign," said a spokesperson for the soft drinks company.

Camera maker Canon, which had inked an endorsement deal with Tendulkar in 2007, has decided not to renew the contract when it ends this month, citing a "change of strategy and youth focus". Consumer goods maker Jyothy Laboratories, too, did not renew its contract with Tendulkar a couple of months ago. A spokesperson for insurance firm Aviva said while its contract is not up for renewal, it will evaluate the contract details "closer to renewal". While Tendulkar will continue to play Test cricket, if his poor run continues, it is possible that he may hang up his boots altogether after the series against Australia next year.

For a cricketing genius who has hogged headlines for over two decades and at times has been considered a legend on a par with Don Bradman, walking off the field will not mean the end of the brand endorsement road. Ironically, some companies feel his brand value may get a boost after retirement. "Sachin's brand value might actually go up as people start missing him on field. But it all depends on what he does outside his cricketing career in terms of business or supporting social causes," said an ITCBSE Foods official. Tendulkar signed up with ITC Foods in 2006 and the contract will expire next year.

Several leading Indian cricketers who have retired in the past few years have seen their endorsements shrink dramatically as companies switched to younger and more promising players such as Virat Kohli. But experts say Tendulkar could be an exception. "Unlike many of his predecessors, who weren't signed by brands for ads after retirement, Sachin is in a different league and brands would still want to be associated with him. Besides, his endorsements have been chosen very well. Many are mature, global brands which would like to continue with him," said Sangeet Shirodkar, director, Off-Spin Sports and Entertainment.

A similar point was made by cricket legend Kapil Dev, who compared him with Amitabh Bachchan. "People don't relate Sachin to any particular brand. He is brand India for consumers and will earn dividend or pension throughout his life for being that. Like Amitabh, his brand value will not diminish. The only person who can kill his brand is Sachin himself," said the man who led India to its first World Cup win.

And for now, many of Tendulkar's sponsors are standing behind him. "Our relationship with Tendulkar continues... he continues to engage with the bank at various events in London, Gurgaon and Mumbai," said Kavita Sonawala, country head of marketing, RBS India.

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