Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar is widely considered as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Perhaps the most complete batsman ever seen on a cricket field, Tendulkar owns almost every major batting record in ODI and Test cricket. While his Test match statistics amount to staggering numbers, his records in ODIs is seemingly on another level altogether. Here, we take a look back at the time when Sachin Tendulkar finally brought the curtains down on his illustrious ODI career.
On March 18, 2012, Sachin Tendulkar stepped onto the field in Indian ODI colours for the 463rd time in his career. It also turned out to be his last ODI appearance and, quite fittingly, the match was against arch-rivals Pakistan. The affair was match number 5 of the 2012 Asia Cup and it was played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
After winning the toss, Pakistan posted a colossal 329-6 in their 50 overs. Sachin Tendulkar walked out to bat for India’s run-chase and scored a fluent 52 from just 48 balls. He formed a 133-run second-wicket stand with Virat Kohli, who himself scored a career-best 183 in that match.
Sachin Tendulkar’s innings was studded with five boundaries and a six as he effectively counterattacked the Pakistani pacers and spinners. During the course of his knock, he also notched up his 96th ODI half-century. Tendulkar’s 52 and Rohit Sharma’s 68 played supporting roles to Virat Kohli’s epic century as India overhauled Pakistan’s total within just 48 overs.
Sachin Tendulkar eventually retired from all international formats a year later against the West Indies in front of his home crowd. Before retiring, Tendulkar claimed several batting records which are yet to be broken. Apart from being the highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs, he is also the only player to have scored 100 international centuries. His final match was his 200th Test appearance and to this date, he remains the only player in history to do so.