Mumbai, Dec 23 (IBNS) Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday announced to retire from the One Day International (ODI) form of cricket, after a season of debates over his performance.
"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game," said Tendulkar in a statement.
The Indian cricket board BCCI made the announcement of 39-year-old Tendulkar´s decision of retirement from ODI.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a statement said: "Mr. Sachin Tendulkar spoke to Mr. N Srinivasan, President, BCCI and conveyed his decision to retire from the one day format of the game."
Sachin in his statement 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. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years."
Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all times, in ODIs, statistics say that Sachin is by far the most successful one-day batsman in history of cricket.