Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day cricket.
Tendulkar, who turns 40 in April, made the announcement on Sunday after speaking to Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narainswamy Srinivasan.
“I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game,” said Tendulkar, who will continue to play Test cricket and in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians.
“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-winning 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.”
Tendulkar, the most-capped player in one-day internationals with 463 games and also the batsman with most runs (18,426) and centuries (49), made the announcement as national selectors were in the process of announcing the team for a limited-overs home series against Pakistan.
Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing.
“Sachin's announcement has come as a big surprise,” Srikkanth told the CNN-IBN news channel.
“I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan.”