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Tributes flood in to Tendulkar

23rd December 2012, 11:50am

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Tributes have flowed in for Sachin Tendulkar after India's 'Little Master' confirmed his retirement from one-day international cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed the 39-year-old, regarded as the world's greatest living batsman, had decided to bring an end to his 50-over career after 463 one-day international caps.

Tendulkar retires from ODIs having scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010.

Here, we take a look some of the reaction to the news.

"There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not. But I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right" - former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

"I am surprised by his move but he is leaving ODI cricket on a high. I am sure he will want to leave on a high in Test cricket also. He will be looking forward to a good Test series against Australia" - former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

"Masters.463 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to Sachin," India team-mate Harbhajan Singh, via Twitter (@harbhajan-singh).

"Actually I am surprised. If he is continuing with international cricket (in Tests) then he should have continued with ODI also" - former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar.

"Statistics NEVER lie! They tell a very true story.. Well done Sachin! What an incredible ODI career.. £thebest" - England batsman Kevin Pietersen, via Twitter (@kevinpp24).

"In my heart and fellow indians! The pride of our country I salute to u for ur contribution to indian cricket @sachin-rt" - India team-mate Yuvraj Singh, via Twitter (@YUVSTRONG12).

"Well done to @sachin-rt on his amazing ODI career. Inspiration to millions if not billions. We will never see another Sachin in our lifetime" - England international Ravi Bopara, via Twitter (@ravibopara).

"End of an era as @sachin-rt retires from one-dayers. Hats off to 23 years of cricketing genius!" - Indian Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, via Twitter (@narainracing).

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