LEGENDARY Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s fall from grace in the ongoing cricket series against England has not only dismayed millions of his fans across the world but has also compelled critics to ask him to hang up his boots. Rated as perhaps the greatest post-war batsman, Tendulkar has been a picture of misery in the four-match series, struggling to put together a decent score against an opposition which by no means can be dubbed as menacing for a player of his class and stature. His rare but continued failure with the bat in 2012, both at home and abroad, has drawn boos and jeers from the crowds, even in places like Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur where he has been revered as a demigod since making his international debut 24 years ago. His former colleagues Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and a few others have openly criticised him for not looking the part anymore, mainly due to his slow reflexes and poor shot selection.

But Tendulkar is certainly not the first Asian batsman to face this unpleasant situation. A number of great players before him, including compatriots Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, our own Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Zaheer Abbas, and several others have been forced out of cricket after repeated failures or have simply faded into history after refusing to quit the game at the right moment. It was only recently that one of Australia’s most successful captains and batsmen, Ricky Ponting, retired after realising that he could no longer cope with the rigours of international cricket. Tendulkar, unfortunately, has not been able to choose his departing moment and must now be ruing the blunder of not having called it a day in March 2011 when India won the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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Cynical
December 17, 2012 4:24 pm
A cricketer (or for that matter any sportsman) is not a govt. employee who gets paid from public exchequer. But being a public figure, he can be subjected to criticism and people are entitled to have their opinion. But the decision to continue or to retire should be his and his alone. This craze about celebrities, as if we own them, is an infantile obsession.
Husain Bulman
December 17, 2012 10:45 am
Tendulkar should have retired long ago...........Now he is a shadow of his former self and is bringing him,self under disrepute...........
r.s.soni
December 17, 2012 9:26 am
sir, i feel all good cricketers are highly commercial and selfish. now sachin is albatross to Indian team.. but he will not quit till we loose number of matches due to him. this is the way of glorious game called cricket.
S. Mahadevan (Rajan)
December 17, 2012 6:41 pm
Actually Gavaskar signed off on a "high." That unforgettable 96 at Bangalore was his last test innings. Rajan
Arun
December 17, 2012 5:03 pm
I personally believe thatMr. Sachin Tendulkar should hang his bat, but he may be waiting for his 50th test century to come. Mr. Sunil Gavaskar retired after scoring a century and media asked him why he was retiring. Mr. Gavaskar replied that he was not interested to hear' when' instead of' why'. Yes many other great players were forced to retire but not Mr. Gavaskar.
akhter husain
December 17, 2012 7:30 pm
If Tendulkar wants to continue he should perform specially at difficult times. He is no more able to deliver and come to expectations of his fans,it is better for him to retire now.
Da'Greek
December 17, 2012 5:54 pm
Money I would guess is the primary reason. Trust me its not walking money they are making these days...the amounts are astronomical. Second and a distant second reason might be misguided self belief for a last hurrah. As his keenest supporter I do hope he can go out on a high...but I doubt it. Secondly what all our Indian players forget is they are entertainers and entertainers alone. Across the border Pakistan still respects a lot of its heroes. But with the amount of money floating in India every players is expected to perform. Else we are the first people to pull him down from the pedestal. Long gone are the days when respect ruled the hearts and much was forgiven. In today's India there is no room for mediocrity.....atleast in the private sector....If you are mediocre, yet want to succeed there is only place in India where you can do that....politics
sanjeev chopra
December 23, 2012 5:20 pm
Sachin , the greatest cricketer the world has produced. It is shame that GOD of cricket is treated like ordinary cricketer by media and fellow cricketers. people who criticize him must realize what they are doing, this is disgusting. he should have been beyond selection pressures because believe me,you will never see another sachin tendulkar in time to come . it is a very sad day. I am in total shock.
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