One of the game's all-time greats, SachinTendulkar, on 23 December 2012 announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records. Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals.
The Mumbaikar, who made himself unavailable for Twenty20 after playing just one game in 2006, will now remain active in only the Test arena.
The brightest moment of his ODI career came last year when he finally became part of a World Cup winning Indian team after five previous appearances.
Tendulkar’s ODI record:
Matches 463, Innings 452, Not out 41, Runs 18,426, Average 44.83, Highest 200 not out, 49x100 (20 in India and 29 overseas), 96x50s, 20x0s, Balls faced 21,392, strike rate 86.14, 192x6s, 2013x4s, 154 wickets, 2 x 5 wkts, catches 140, seven times 1000+ runs in a calendar year.
Tendulkar’s 18,426 is followed by Ricky Ponting 13,704 in 375 matches, S. Jayasuriya 13,430 in 445, Inzamam-ul-Haq 11,739 in 378, Jacques Kallis 11,498 in 321, Sourav Ganguly 11,363 in 311, Kumar Sangakkara 10,915 in 337, Rahul Dravid 10,889 in 344, Mahela Jayawardene 10,844 in 386 and Brian Lara 10,405 in 299 matches.