New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from ODIs on Sunday. The 39-year-old was expected to make a return for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.
Tendulkar, who played 463 ODIs and made a record 18,426 runs with 49 hundreds, said in a statement released by the BCCI: "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."
The world's greatest ODI batsman, with 18,426 runs, 49 centuries and 96 50s from 463 matches has hung up his ODI boots.
Sachin, who made his ODI debut against Pakistan on December 18, 1989, played a key role in India's 2011 World Cup triumph in the sub-continent. He was also the first batsman to score 200 runs in an ODI innings: it came against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010.
"Winning the World Cup [in 2011] is the proudest moment of my life. ... I couldn't control my tears of joy," Tendulkar said after attaining a long-time dream at his home ground Wankhede Stadium on April 2 last year.
Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing of the announcement.
"Sachin's announcement has come as a big surprise," Srikkanth told CNN-IBN. "I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan."
Contrary to most reports, CNN-IBN had reported on December 21 that the batsman might get the snub for the Pakistan ODIs.