The talk is finally over. There will be no more arguments and discussion s if Sachin Tendulkar should remain in the team or not. The great batting legend has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODIs). The decision to call it a day came on Sunday morning - and has already been confirmed by the BCCI (Board of Cricket for Control in India).
The curtains have finally come to an end on an ODI career of 23 long years. Sachin Tendulkar is a man of records and simply playing 463 ODIs, scoring 18,426 runs and scoring 49 centuries are someof the prominent records in his name. There are scores of other records that make Sachin Tendulkar, the Sachin Tendulkar, including the one to be the first man to score a double century in ODIs.
Call it a co-incidence, but Sachin played his first match against Pakistan and his last ODI has come against the same opponents as well. It was the match in the Asia cup played at Dhaka, where Tendulkar scored a half-century to guide India to victory.
There are also some strange things registered against his name like being given out LBW when the ball had actually hit him on the shoulder, being out the most number of times in the 90s. And yes, who would forget the use of the third umpire, where it was the Mater Blaster himself who became the first to be given out - run out- with the help of the new technology.
Tendulkar had already announced his retirement from the smallest format of the game - the T20. Though he plays for the Mumbai Indians, he does not represent India in these matches. He has however, played only one international T20 match.
When Tendulkar began his career, it was his first ever tour to a foreign country - Pakistan. It was the year 1989 then, when Sachin was only 16 years old. It would be weird to hear that, Tendulkar who has numerous records in his name when it comes to batting had got out for a duck in that match. Tendulkar took 79 matches to reach the three-figure mark for the first time in his career.
But once he reached their once, he made a habit of it. The following centuries came thick and fast. It was in the year 1994 that he was promoted as an opener and since then we know the Tendulkar that we see today. There has been hardly any change in his batting approach or in his style.
But for the man himself, being blessed by the World Cup last year was the biggest moment of his cricketing life. We wish him all the best for his future and also for the Tests that we may get to see him play.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2012