24 Dec 2012

Tendulkar retires from ODIs

5:37 am on 24 December 2012

The Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day cricket internationals after the 39-year-old scored a record-breaking 49 centuries in the 50-over format.

Tendulkar is the world's top run-getter in one-day cricket, with 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83.

He's quitting the 50-over game to allow the Indian selectors to build a team for the 2015 World Cup, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand.

Tendulkar made his one-day debut aged 16 on a tour of Pakistan in 1989, lasting two deliveries before being dismissed by Waqar Younis for a duck.