|India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has reportedly announced his retirement from one-day internationals, although he still plans to play Test matches.|
"I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game,'' said Tendulkar, who will also continue to play in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians.
"I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-winning Indian team. 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.''
Tendulkar, the most-capped player in one-day internationals with 463 games and also the batsman with most runs (18,426) and centuries (49), made the announcement as national selectors were in the process of announcing the team for a limited-overs home series against Pakistan.
Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing.
"I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan.''
Tendulkar had been selective in playing one-day games over the past two years but completed an unprecedented 100 international centuries earlier this year during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
The Mumbai batsman had the knack of being among the runs in big international tournaments like the World Cup and his retirement brings an end to a golden generation of cricketers in the one-day format that included former captain Sourav Ganguly, Dravid and Anil Kumble.
His absence had also been felt in the 1999 World Cup when India failed to advance from the Super Eights, losing a crucial game to Zimbabwe when Tendulkar had to go home due to his father's death. He returned to England and made a century against Kenya but India could not reach the knockouts.
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