Ending days of speculation, batting great Sachin Tendulkar Sunday announced his retirement from ODI cricket but will continue playing in Test matches.
Tendulkar's decision came just hours before the selectors were scheduled to announce the team for the limited overs series against Pakistan starting Dec 25.
Tendulkar spoke to BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket in India) president N. Srinivasan and and conveyed his decision to retire from the ODI format.
"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team," said Tendulkar in a statement.
Tendulkar said it was high time for the team to prepare to defend its title in the 2015 World Cup.
"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," he said.