Sachin Tendulkar should retire, say Indian cricket greats

Dec 11, 2012

Former captain Sourav Ganguly leads growing calls for the Little Master to call it quits

COULD the 'unthinkable' be about to happen to Indian cricket? In the aftermath of England's triumph in the third Test there have been calls for the biggest icon in the game, India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, to call it a day.

The selectors have already announced their squad for the fourth and final Test against England this week and, although Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have been culled, 39-year-old Tendulkar kept his spot.

But after a miserable 2012 the calls for the Little Master to call it quits are starting to gather force. So far this year in 14 Test innings the batsman has just two half centuries to his name and a top score of 80. His last Test hundred came two years ago in January 2011.

Now his former captain and team mate of 12 years, Sourav Ganguly has, according to The Daily Telegraph, "uttered the unthinkable" and called for Tendulkar to quit.

Talking to the Times of India, which also omitted Tendulkar from its Indian side for the final Test, he said: "Sachin desperately needs to get runs. He has achieved a lot. He is getting a long rope because of what he has achieved... As somebody watching it from outside Tendulkar [is] not performing, I think if I was Tendulkar I would go. But it's up to him at the present moment."

There have been similar sentiments from other influential figures in Indian cricket. Former selector and Test player Mohinder Amarnath also told the Times of India it was time for Tendulkar to bow out.

"Sachin is a great cricketer. He has been playing for many years. Now he cannot play the way he was playing earlier. The time comes for everybody," he said.

Another former selector and Test great, Dilip Vengsarkar, echoed Amarnath's thoughts on Tendulkar. "Sachin is a fantastic cricketer. He has contributed a lot for Indian cricket. However, he is now 39 years old. He will continue scoring runs, but not with the same speed. He will not dominate as he used to in the past," he told the paper.

At the weekend Telegraph columnist and former England skipper Michael Vaughan was frank in his assessment of the Indian batsman.

"It is time for Tendulkar, great player that he is, to walk away now for the sake of the Indian team," he said.

Another Telegraph cricket columnist, Simon Hughes, concurred.

"Sachin Tendulkar has been one of the greatest cricketers who ever lived and a wonderful ambassador both for the game and his beloved nation," he wrote. "He dissected the best bowling attacks every country could muster for more than two decades... But it is time for him to go now, and, when you put his countrymen on the spot, that is what they say too."

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Saurav Ganguly and Michael Vaughan do not even have the stature to comment on the great Sachin Tendulkar. Before one writes something about Sachin Tendulkar, they need to look in the mirror and see what they have achieved in international cricket in comparison to Sachin Tendulkar.

Whoever asked Sachin to retire does't do anything good in cricket. They are not even have any idea about a legend and they want Sachin to accompany him. They want to be proud to tell now i am with sachin. (ie retired)

100% Correct. They can tell one should bat like this and that. If they go to field they are dump.

What Ganguly and Vaughan both achieved - and Tendulkar clearly has not - was the foresight to retire when they were no longer fit to play at the highest level.

Yes they had the foresight because less talented people have to retire early. There was, is and will only be one Sachin Tendulkar. However, there will be lots of players like Ganguly's and Vaughan's in the near future. That is the difference here.

no one in this world have rt to ask SACHIN to retire.What all those players did to cricket who ask sachin to retire.This is really bad to talk about Sachin's retirement.He knows when to retire.He dont want anyones advice.What did Vaughan do for engish cricket.He not even have rt to say Sachin's name.Also those ask Sachin's retirement first try to respect a great player...............


Why do they not have the right to say Sachin's name? Do you have the right to say Sachin's name? Do I have the right to say Sachin's name? What about cricket commentators... do they have the right to say Sachin's name? It will be hard to do their job if they don't.

For the sake of Indian cricket sachin has to retire. He has clearly overstayed his welcome and is playing on past reputation. His "passion" for the game cannot be allowed at the cost of a youngster trying to gain entry in the Indian team.

Yes you are right and the great Sachin Tendulkar will play for another 6 years without making any runs. Whatever happens to the teams,No problem Tendulkar will play.... M S Dhoni will also be the captain till he retires as he is the best Captain ever born in India. As he has two world cup t20 and 2011 odi world cup.Like the Corrupt politician. Actually People of India are very selfish.