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NEW DELHI: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott feels a poor series against Australia could force Sachin Tendulkar to retire from all forms of cricket as the world doesn’t want to see the Indian “embarrass” himself with repeated failures.

“He [Tendulkar] desperately needs some runs against Australia in the Test matches in March, because I don’t think any of us want to see him embarrass himself with more failures after failure,” Boycott said.

“If he doesn’t get runs against Australia, I’m reasonably confident that he’ll see the light and call his own retirement. But you cross your fingers and hope he can get some,” he said.

One of the game’s all-time greats, Tendulkar had, on Sunday, announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format in which he rewrote numerous batting records.

Boycott called Tendulkar’s decision a reasonable and sensible one.

“It’s very sad, it’s a fact of life, that more of us, as we get older, we have to accept we just can’t do what we used to do. There’s no fun in accepting that, there’s no fun in believing it. There’s no fun in having to say it gets easier, because it doesn’t get easier. It can’t. So for him, it’s tough, is one-day (cricket). As wonderful as he’s been, we can’t live on the memories. He’s 39, and so I think giving up is very responsible and sensible.

“I think he has to do what’s best for him because if he plays better, whatever format of cricket, it’s going to help the team he plays for, which is India. That’s the most important thing.”—Agencies

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January 1, 2013 12:01 am
I personally feel that Sachin Taedulker should retire from all form of international cricket. I have been a very staunch fan of Sachin for long time. I don't like to see the humiliation that he was dropped unceremoniously by the selectors in near future. His best bet would be to concentrate to teach the new,young, promising cricketer for the future and impart his very valuable experiences to these aspiring youngsters. I don't want him humiliated by selectors. Sachin had a very big innings in his cricketing life but unfortunately this big man can't beat the encroaching age. He should retire with honour and dignity like Ponting and Hussey.
December 30, 2012 1:11 pm
I just hope he calls time on his career.No one wants to see the great man struggle the way he has been doing in the last two series. Hussey has retired literally on top . Ponting did not quit do that but SRT appears to be getting worse than Ponting in terms of batting failures.It has nothing to do with form, it is age .
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