Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar © Getty Images

On December 23, 2012, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar announced retirement from One-Day Internationals (ODIs). We run through the various contributions made by the little master on this day. His ODI debut was on his first international tour in 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala, where he went out for a duck. Tendulkar’s first half-century was scored in his ninth ODI, which created an immediate impact and he was promoted as the opening batsman in the ODI against New Zealand in 1994. He managed to score 82 in 49 balls against New Zealand at Auckland.  However, the run-machine had to wait for long to achieve his first century in ODIs, which lasted for 79 matches. Despite the wait, Tendulkar continued to make giant strides. ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar: Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra deserved to be in India’s T20I squad vs Australia

Some of his major highlights include the back-to-back centuries against Australia in the triangular series in Sharjah in 1998. He was the highest run-getter in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 in South Africa, and he became the first ever batsman to score a double -century in the ODI format, against South Africa in 2010. His was a part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, as the final was played at his home ground in Mumbai. His 114 against the Bangladesh in Asia Cup was his 100th international hundred and last of the career. Tendulkar played one more match after achieving the feat, and smashed 52 off 48 balls against Pakistan.

Tendulkar has played 200 Tests matches with total 15,921 Test runs with highest Test score of 248 not out and Test average of 53.78. In the 463 ODIs Tendulkar has played, 18,426 was his total runs with the highest ODI score of 200 not out and an average of 44.83. With regards to Twenty20 (T20) matches, he has scored total 2,797 runs with highest score of 100 not out of the 96 matches with an average of 32.90. ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli most searched sportsmen by Google in 2015

He later continued to play for Indian Premier League (IPL) Mumbai Indians franchise until 2013, where they won against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Soon after, he announced retirement from Twenty20 format as well, where he completed 2,529 runs which included a century and 14 fifties in the 86 matches that he played. ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar hires Cristiano Ronaldo

Tendulkars retirement ceremony from Test cricket in November 2013 took place at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in presence of his family and cricketers Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. He gave a farewell speech after India completed a series win over West Indies, and thanked each and every person who has contributed to his cricket career so far.