24 Dec 2012

Tendulkar retires from one-day international cricket

6:25 am on 24 December 2012

Batsman Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.

Tendulkar, 39, made his one-day debut for India in 1989 and went on to score 18,426 runs in the one-day game at an average of 44.83, including a record 49 centuries.

The 'Little Master' made his one-day debut in 1989 and collected 463 caps.

His last one-day international game was in the Asia Cup on 18 March, in which he scored 52 in a six-wicket win against Pakistan.

"I am eternally grateful to all my well-wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years," Tendulkar said on Sunday.

He played in six World Cups since 1992 and finally found success in his last appearance in the tournament when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final in Tendulkar's home city of Mumbai on April 2, 2011.

He was carried off the pitch at the end of the game on the shoulders of his team-mates.

It was unclear if Tendulkar will continue to play Test cricket, where he has scored a record 15,645 runs in 194 matches at an average of 54.32 with 51 centuries.