Tendulkar declares ODI innings

Mumbai: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday closed a major chapter of his illustrious career by announcing his retirement from one-day cricket. He will continue to play in Tests.

Tendulkar’s decision following days of speculation came moments before the selectors announced Team India for the limited overs series against Pakistan starting December 25.

Battling with form, Tendulkar’s move was on expected lines. Since the 2011 World Cup, the 39-year-old has scored only 315 runs from 10 games.

Yet his record in ODIs will be hard to beat.

He has played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries — each figure a world record. He is also the first cricketer to hit a double-century in ODIs — 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010.