Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI–Good Bye God

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When I retire is something I will decide because when I started it was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me into the team. I get my strength from my coaches and family.

Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to retire from ODIs was taken over the “last 72 hours,” though he formally informed the BCCI only last night.

According to sources close to the cricketer, BCCI president N Srinivasan was informed only last night.

“Once he was back in Mumbai after the Nagpur Test, he switched off his phone and became incommunicado for at least three days. The only possible way to contact him was through Anjali’s (wife) number as he wanted some time to himself,” a very close friend of Tendulkar said.

“By Friday night, he had intimated his family and close friends that he wants to quit ODIs. Accordingly, he informed BCCI president N Srinivasan last night about his decision, making it clear that he doesn’t want to play against Pakistan,” the source added.

There are strong indications that Tendulkar would start his preparations for the four-match Test series against Australia by playing in Mumbai’s final Ranji Trophy league game against Gujarat, in Mumbai from December 29-January 1.

Asked about retirement from Tests, the source added, “Any decision on that will only be taken after his performance against Australia. The four-Test series will make it 198 Tests for Sachin and if he does well, he might just think of going to South Africa to complete 200 Tests.”

Earlier, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said, “It was not sudden. He informed us before the selection about his decision. He spoke to me and the president about his decision.”

BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty added, “What he has expressed is his concern that India has to prepare for the next World Cup. From that point of view, he felt that it was time that he retired.”

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