Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement From One Day Cricket!
Just on the eve of the selection of Team
India for the ODI and T20 cricket Series against
beginning 25th December today morning, the Indian cricket maestro
Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from One Day International
cricket. One or two days back the little master was reported to have declared
his availability to the BCCI for the ODI series against Pakistan. What
transpired between him and the Indian cricket Board is not clear. Last night England defeated India in the second and last T20
match played in Mumbai on a last ball six by Captain Morgan thus drawing the T20
Series 1-1. The national selectors of the BCCI then announced its decision to
declare a new team for the Pakistan Series.
Sachin Tendulkar, considered next only to the legendary Don Bradman, in his glorious one-day career of 23 years has amassed 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred -- the first in this form of the game. 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. His much awaited hundred of hundreds has been
accomplished in March, 2012 in a one-day international match against . Tendulkar’s recent slump
particularly in Tests had been a matter of great concern and speculation was
rife about his possible retirement or being dropped from Team Bangladesh . India
One of greatest cricketers of all time, the 39 year old Sachin Tendulkar said in Mumbai this morning, "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." 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.
The mood all around in
overwhelming sense of loss as the greatest Indian cricketer will not be seen in
action again in the one-day format of the game. At the same time there has also
been a sense of relief too as most of his fans and cricket experts were agonized
watching him struggling for runs and failing again and again. Therefore, the
reactions on the whole have been mixed and on expected lines. India
Meanwhile, the Indian squads for both the ODI and the T20 Series against
have been announced. Yuvraj
Singh is finally back in the one-day team and Virender Sehwag has also been
retained. Ajinkya Rahane who played in the T20 Series against Pakistan
replaces Sehwag again for the opening slot in the T20 team. Rank newcomer Shami
Ahmed gets selected for the ODI team as an all rounder along with bowler Bhuvneshwar
Kumar getting picked for both the teams. For the ODI team there have been six
changes compared to the team that played in England in July-August,
2012. Zaheer Khan does not find himself
in any of the teams, and most importantly MS Dhoni remains Captain for both
teams. Sri Lanka
ODI squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra.
T20 squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.
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