Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day cricket on Sunday. Photo: AP

India's Sachin Tendulkar to retire from one-day cricket

India batting great Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one-day cricket on Sunday amid speculation he was contemplating retirement from all forms of international cricket.

“I have decided to retire from the one day format of the game,” Tendulkar said in his announcement. “I feel blessed to have fulfiled 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) in the 50-over format, made the announcement as national selectors were in the process of announcing the team for an upcoming limited-overs home series against Pakistan.

Former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said he was shocked at the timing of the announcement.

“Sachin’s announcement has come as a big surprise,” Srikkanth told the CNN-IBN news channel. “I thought he would play in the one-day series against Pakistan.”