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Is it time for Tendulkar to walk?

Published Nov 28, 2012 01:57pm

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There is a sense of confusion surrounding the Indian camp, especially after having lost on a spinner’s paradise. -Photo by AP

MUMBAI: Has Sachin Tendulkar made up his mind? Is it time for him to go?

Sections of the press, experts, former and current players have all recently thrown their weight behind the legendary Indian batsman but it seems the home side’s loss to England in the second Test in Mumbai has suddenly shifted the focus back on Tendulkar’s future.

The composition of MS Dhoni’s team, its over-reliance on spin and the subject of pitches and ‘home advantage’ have all taken a back seat.

Tendulkar’s reported meeting with Indian selectors, where he was asked about his future plans and his retirement from the game, has only added fuel to the fire. The selectors were apparently told by the record-setting batsman that it was their call to decide on his future.

According to a Times of India report, the BCCI, however, denied such a meeting. “I am not aware of it,” said BCCI secretary and senior selection panel convener Sanjay Jagdale when asked to react to the reports.

There is a sense of confusion surrounding the Indian camp after its defeat on a spinner’s paradise.

The Guardian’s Vic Marks puts it aptly: “There is flak for MS Dhoni, for his form and for his leadership. There is exasperation that England's spinners – by the admission of Dhoni himself – were so much more effective than those of the home side. India's captain was candid afterwards: Monty Panesar had been different and more difficult to play than the rest. Even so Dhoni insists that he wants turning tracks for the rest of the series despite England suddenly being blessed with Laker and Lock incarnate,” Marks writes

“Sourav Ganguly, one of a coterie of ex-captains on Indian television, disagrees with that policy. Bishan Bedi, never short of a word, wonders whether Dhoni should still be captain.”

On the Tendulkar issue he says: “Then there is the unmentionable matter of Sachin Tendulkar. Both Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have spoken – but in code. "It may be time for him to speak with the selectors," they say, which at least suggests the possibility of an exit strategy.”

Comments (12) Closed

Nov 28, 2012 10:49pm
I suggest, no insist that he plays on till he is on crutches, hoping India gets thrashed by the same margin, every time.
hamid Shafiq
Nov 29, 2012 12:07pm
every living legend time to go home with respect and honour.
Nov 29, 2012 05:06am
Yes. It is time. As his fan, it is a torture to see a great batsman getting clean bowled or LBW repeatedly. He had a great career and the memories will be cherished, but the writing is on the wall for every one to see.
Nasser Ali Khan
Nov 28, 2012 06:00pm
So what if Tendulkar is averaging 15 in his last 10 test innings?
Altimo (USA)
Nov 28, 2012 08:26pm
Time to gracefully retire ....that's nature's course.
Cherian (Melbourne)
Nov 29, 2012 10:25am
Dearest Sachin, Time and tide waits for none, be it Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble or Ponting and so it is with you too. Please hang up you boots now so that I can cherish your glorious past. It is just painful to see you struggle against B grade spinners like Monty and Swan that too on turning tracks in India. This is a heart felt plea from a fan who still idolise you madly. Hope you will consider it in all earnest.
Anwar Rajput,
Nov 28, 2012 06:13pm
Well ! when all these things are said and done, one must remember that human beings or say man is basically self-serving. When he decides something, his final decision is based on self interest, which you may also call selfishness. 'S T', is already, apparently, unbeatable world record maker legendary figure, but I feel he would like to continue his march for still higher, loftier goal in the cricketing world. So please do not press him for his un-willing 'exit' from the gentleman's game. Let him continue to enjoy in the field as long as he feel fit for the job. After all, it is a good saying that all is well that ends well.
Nov 28, 2012 05:39pm
Sachin is living legend of Cricket
Nov 28, 2012 04:04pm
Whoever performs should stay irrespective of their age.
Nov 28, 2012 04:08pm
SSachin 's two reason for not retiring .. ( 1) Wants to renew all big contracts in 2013 as playing cricketer for sake of millions of $ (2) perhaps holding place for his son's entry .. as per our culture of hereditary ( e.g. property , politics and now cricket etc)
Nov 28, 2012 04:16pm
So now Tendulkar cannot have a bad patch? Which cricketer did not have a lean patch during playing times?You are lucky to witness greatness. But then fools want all good things to come to end. From Pak Supporter.
Nov 28, 2012 03:01pm
Sachin is a great player and I think such players should leave when they are at the top of their game. I fee sorry when critics talk about his lazy footwork...He must leave before the selectors show him the way out of International cricket.

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