Bengaluru, Sep 22: Sachin Tendulkar was forced to retire from One Day Internationals in 2012, if the former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil is to be believed.
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On December 23, 2012, Tendulkar announced his decision to retire from ODIs. But he however continued to play the game in Tests and bid adieu to international cricket in November 2013, ending his illustrious 24-year journey. (Watch Sachin's farewell speech)
When Tendulkar quit from the shorter format, his Mumbai city mate Sandeep was the head of the selection committee. (Sandeep's another version on Sachin retirement)
Now with his tenure having ended, Sandeep decided to reveal what happened in December 2012. According to the former India batsman, the selection panel had decided to drop Tendulkar from the ODI squad and he was told about it.
"On December 12, 2012, we met Sachin (Tendulkar) and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin... and had informed the board too about it.
"Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because at the time of the next meeting, Sachin called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him," Sandeep told "ABP Majha" marathi TV channel, on Wednesday (September 21).
At the time Tendulkar was 39 and had said, "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 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 played in a record 463 ODIs with 49 centuries and 96 fifties. He is the leading run scorer in 50-over international cricket with 18,426 runs. The Mumbai batsman made his debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala. His final ODI was against Pakistan in Dhaka in the Asia Cup on March 18, 2012. Tendulkar scored a duck on debut and ended his final ODI innings with 52.