We respect Tendulkar's decision to retire from ODIs: BCCI

Mumbai, Dec. 23 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday said it respected Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from the one-day format in international cricket.

Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer, said: "I won't say it is a shocker as such, because he has also been thinking in those terms, waiting for the right time to call it a day, and today, he has expressed his desire to retire from the one-day format, and the BCCI really respects his wishes."

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from the ODI format today, minutes before the selectors announced the team for the ODI series against Pakistan starting from December 25.

Popularly known as the 'Little Master', Tendulkar has almost every record in the 50-over format of the game to his credit.

He played 463 ODIs, amassing 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries, each of them a world record.

In a statement, Tendulkar thanked his teammates over the years for their support and pointed out the 2011 World Cup win as his biggest achievement.

After making his ODI debut in 1989 against Pakistan, in which he was dismissed for a naught, Tendulkar scored his first half-century in his ninth ODI.

He was then asked to open the batting for India in 1994 and made an immediate impact in an ODI against New Zealand, where he smashed 82 in 49 balls.

It took him 79 ODIs to score his first century and then he continued to score them with remarkable consistency.

During the 1999 World Cup, in England he had to go back to India in the middle of the tournament due to the passing away of his father. Tendulkar returned after a couple of days to score an unbeaten 140.

The other major batting highlights of his ODI career include consecutive centuries against Australia in 1998 in Sharjah, finishing as the highest run-getter in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, and becoming the first batsman to score a double-century in the ODI format, against South Africa in February 2010. (ANI)

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