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Retire while on top, Miandad tells Tendulkar

Published Sep 17, 2012 02:28pm


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Javed Miandad’s advice to Sachin Tendulkar: retire while on top of your game.

Former Pakistan captain and legendary batsman, Miandad, knows all too well what it feels like when calls for a players’ retirement become louder and louder.

Miandad played his last game in the 1996 World Cup, the Pakistan-India quarter-final, which saw his side lose in Bangalore. He was 39 and in relatively good form but there was a growing sentiment amongst his teammates that he had long passed his prime.

Speaking largely from experience, Miandad offered a few words to Tendulkar.

“I don't want to ask him to retire. Nobody can force him or push him. But if you ask me as a cricketer, he has played enough cricket. Maybe he'll play for another four or six months. This kind of decision is entirely up to the player. It's better to leave cricket when you are wanted, but don't leave when people say thank God he is gone. Great players should leave when they are on top, when they're wanted. People are talking about him all the time; I don't know what to say. My advice to him as a cricketer is that top cricketers should leave when they are on top,” he said in an exclusive interview to ANI.

Miandad, currently in Sri Lanka as a batting consultant for Pakistan, termed the World T20 as wide open, while expressing joy at the resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan.

“I am very pleased to see India and Pakistan starting their cricket. We don't mind playing cricket in India. It is nice to see these two countries starting their cricket. We like to continue with it. Let’s try and come closer. We should not play once in a while, we should play regularly. It's good for both the countries,” he added.

“I wish both the teams play the T20 final.”


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aisha Sep 18, 2012 11:25pm
what does he mean while on top.. sachin is in the pits now and even if he retires his last 2 years of ordinary cricket are what will be remembered
Khawar Sep 18, 2012 12:14pm
Shahid Bhai is yet at the top, yet :)
fozz emad Sep 18, 2012 07:33pm
At the top of a DUCK
Ajay Sep 18, 2012 10:13am
Miandad is a legend and has experience to vouch for,i totally agree with him that one should leave the game at top..
r k chhabra Sep 18, 2012 10:40am
Jawed Sep 18, 2012 10:46am
Well its up to Tendulker whether to retire like Miandad or like Imran Khan.
lion_o Sep 18, 2012 07:34am
I think of Afridi as a bowler he is no more a batsmen but still he adds a lot to the team with his bowling and fielding Sep 17, 2012 05:32pm
did miandad rite on the top
Javed Sep 18, 2012 03:47am
Syed Sep 17, 2012 07:54pm
Look, who is talking. The comeback master I bet, he is planning another comeback.
Surendran Sep 18, 2012 06:41am
The old fox knows what playing at the highest levels is all about. We love Sachin and would like him to continue forever but as the old adage goes "all good things (must) come to an end" and this coming from the likes of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, who are held in very high esteem for their cricketing abilities, will add to the chorus and pressure on SachinTendulkar from those who would like to see him retire on a high. Ultimately, as these legends have said, the decision has to be taken by Sachin himself.
Rev. Eldrick Lal Sep 18, 2012 03:52pm
Why getting emotional? This is just a suggestion and that's up to Tendulkar to act or not.
Abdul Waheed Sep 18, 2012 06:44am
Afridi is far more younger than Tendulkar. Afridi lives in hearts of people of Pakistan and if he retires many people will abandon watching cricket matches. We hope that he will give good performance in T20 world cup.
Amad Sep 17, 2012 06:05pm
Mr. Miandad can you please respectfully convey this message to our own Shahid Afridi.
Raja Sep 17, 2012 05:55pm
Look who is talking He himself was kicked out and then made a comeback through politics & then kicked out again
Dr Ali Khan Sep 18, 2012 12:05am
Quite.Tendulkar should follow the example of say Imran Khan or Sunil Gavasker rather than say Javed Miandad or Waqar Yonus.
Akil Akhtar Sep 17, 2012 11:33pm
Good advice, Sadly our subcontinent players do not know when to go unlike the Australians who always leave when there is still a year or two left in them. Maybe because the difference between playing and afterwards is too huge in our societies.
sarkhil Sep 18, 2012 04:48am
Javed Miandad please remember the history how you retire from international cricket.Then give advice to the legend all time great batsmen regardless that i am pakistani but you cannot change the history.
Amol Choudhary Sep 18, 2012 08:37am
Mr. Javed, just peep into the pages of the history books and remember your retirement. I can still recall the way u batted in 1996 WC against India, we preyed you should not get out for a simple reasons that you were playing a test match in World Cup match.
Asim Sep 18, 2012 08:39am
haha should have advised himself in 1996.
Atif Sep 18, 2012 08:36am
Mr. Miandad made same mistake what Tendulker is making now. Its a free advice from a legend to a legend. 'Lena hai to lo warna kat lo. ;-)' Lets see if Tendulkar retires respectfully or forcefully, choice is upto him only.
pakone Sep 18, 2012 11:36am
Quite right. Virat Kohli is the new Tendulkar. Being a Pakistani, it is a joy to see Virat with the bat. What an amazing talent he has.
mehtab Sep 18, 2012 11:24am
miandad's comments inregards to sachn's retirement is all crap.sachin should play for india for another 4 years and retire after the next world cup.if he scores another 5000 runs in both form of cricket in that case no one for centuries could ever match him to break his record scores.he is one in a million greatest batsman even a better class compared to don bradman
puri- Ludhiana Sep 18, 2012 11:20am
Rev. Eldrick Lal Sep 17, 2012 03:55pm
I hope Tendulkar will act upon your sincere advice and will not misinterpret it in any wrong fashion. I also firmly believe that it is a time for Tendulkar to say good-bye to cricket and let other talented Indian boys show their talents.
Fozz Emad Sep 17, 2012 11:54pm
Mr. Miandad can you respectfully convey this messgae to our own Shahid Afridi as well.
nasir Sep 17, 2012 07:29pm
a saner advise....needs a sane person to take. is sachin having the sanity?
Ravi Sep 17, 2012 03:06pm
We all remember Miandad on "top" during the 1996 world cup! Very easy to give out free advice.
Salahuddin Sep 17, 2012 09:57pm
Ask Afridi to retire, who has become a burden on the back of Pak Cricket.