Batsman Sachin Tendulkar says retirement for benefit of Indian team

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New Delhi, India (4E Sports) – Veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar explained his decision to quit the Indian national team ahead of its preparation for the 2015 World Cup, saying the move was for the best interest of the team.

The senior batsman said he made the move to allow the team to find a winning combination ahead of the tournament, to be held in Australia and New Zealand.

“I felt in 2015 when we go to Australia and New Zealand we should be fully prepared to lift the trophy again,” the 39-year-old Tendulkar told New Delhi TV.

“I don’t see myself playing in the 2015 World Cup and that’s why I felt I should back off and the team should move ahead and form a balance, formidable combination for the 2015 World Cup,” he added.

In December, Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day cricket in December last year, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the One-day format during which he rewrote numerous batting records.

“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. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket, amassed 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83.

The right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred. Tendulkar also has a mammoth tally of 96 ODI 50s to his credit.

Tendulkar’s Test records are as awe-inspiring, garnering 15,645 runs at an average of 54.32 in 194 Tests. The tally includes 51 hundreds and 66 half-centuries.

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