Indian cricket September 4, 2012

What ails Tendulkar?

Aamod Desai
You are likely to find special reports in newspapers and sports shows on TV on the way a certain Sachin Tendulkar has been getting dismissed
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Along with the statistics for India's win in Bangalore, you are likely to find special reports in newspapers and sports shows on TV on the way a certain Sachin Tendulkar has been getting dismissed, and quantification on his lack of three-figure scores for a year and a half now. Some will go a step ahead and suggest the man needs to hang up his boots. Valid facts and obvious consequent emotions, but where is the cricketing logic among all this, to rationalise the observations?

Ex-players like Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar have suggested that age appears to be catching up with Tendulkar and that fast bowlers are trying to get him bowled or leg-before by bowling full, and his once above-the-rest hand-eye co-ordination is now at the level of most others. There is a certain basis to why these ex-players are suggesting reasons for Tendulkar's form and manner of dismissals, but unintentionally that has got almost every Tom, Dick and Harry discussing his technique, skill and ability, including those whose knowledge of Test cricket does not go beyond the numbers on the scorecards.

The expectations from Tendulkar are so high that every dry innings becomes a disappointment, a 50 or a 70 doesn't get elicit much of a reaction, a ton missed is equated to nervous nineties and a longish period of no hundreds (like the one currently) is correlated to age, impending retirement and lack of ability; and mostly this hasn't changed for the last couple of decades.

Before I start listing reasons for his lack of form and manner of dismissals, a disclaimer: these are just observations and I have no intention of making this go beyond that. Let us try and delineate the discussion around him getting bowled/leg before too often first. The year 2010 was probably the most productive year for Sachin in recent times; he was dismissed on 20 occasions in Tests during that period, which included 8 (40%) bowled (3) or leg-before (5) dismissals. The year 2011 had Sachin dismissed as bowled (2) or leg-before (5) on 7 occasions out of 16 (43.75%). His career stats read 110 bowled (51) or leg-before (59) dismissals out of 282 times he has had to walk back (39%). These numbers are indicative that the sudden series of 'bowled' dismissals shouldn't be more than an aberration.

Harsha Bhogle and Aakash Chopra have suggested that Tendulkar's recent dismissals have got to do with him looking to hit straight balls through midwicket. It's a fair point, which would indicate that his balance is falling over to the off side. Normally Sachin's on drives have a certain direction based on the balls' delivery points. His flick from off stump towards midwicket off a left-arm seamer is rarely fallible, while on-drives off right-arm quicks go along the virtual V-line or behind square if he times it late; but his dismissals in this series have been exactly the opposite. His balance in executing certain shots is looking as good as ever, the feet appear to move in sync with the weight transfer and hence the trying-to-hit-through-midwicket inference isn't complete.

Last year you saw him getting trapped lbw a bit too often; a possible reason to see him getting bowled so often this year, could be due to an alteration in his stance to keep the pad from getting in the way of straight deliveries. When you look at his recent knocks you will realise that he is struggling with form in terms of scoring the runs rather than touch, for certain patches in his innings are trademark stuff, if not better. The system appears to work smoothly and then suddenly it encounters a glitch.

It's said that batting hours in the nets is completely different from spending time in the middle and probably that is what is happening with Tendulkar. When you are in form the confidence that goes along with it takes care of certain unintentional movements, but when you aren't, a single glitch can keep recurring.

Tendulkar is too good to not notice the shortcomings in his movements, and there are plenty of wise men to suggest the desired corrections. For a young boy who loved the challenge of defending against a one rupee coin to improve his skills, it would be unreal to suggest that Tendulkar isn't concerned about the way he is getting dismissed; his reaction in Bangalore is pretty much self-explanatory. In a way the vocal criticism about Tendulkar is good - it will provide him with a fresh challenge and a few extra hours in the nets to iron out a rare flaw; just like any other challenge that he has loved to face all through his career.

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  • Unninarayanan Kurup on September 19, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    WE ALL KNOW THAT TENDULKAR IS THE GOD OF CRICKET.BUT AS WE SAW IN THE LAST SERIES VERSUS KIWIS IN THE TEST MATCHES TENDULKAR WAS BOWLED OUT THREE TIMES AND THAT ALSO CONTINUOSLY.IF A BATSMAN LIKE TENDULKAR IS BOWLED CONTINUOUSLY THREE TIMES I THINK HE IS NOT IN FORM OR HIS RETIREMENT AGE HAS ARRIVED.WE ALL LIKE TENDULKAR PLAY WHEN HE IS IN FULL FORM.MY ADVICE TO MR.TENDULKAR IS THAT IT'S TIME FOR HIM NOW TO QUIT CRICKET AND USE HIS MONEY FOR SOME SOCIAL WORK.

  • Rajesh on September 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    SRT is the greatest of all times & there is no dispute over it.... But we are born mortals. Time & age catches up with all of us (apart from our politicians)& this is bound to happen with SRT as well. At the same time all of us have different abilities & strengths in terms of mental & physical to cope with such natural phenomena. SRT has proven over the years that he is far better than many of us in defying the age. Players much younger than him have already retired. He will know best when his time is up, the only thing I hope & pray is that when he retires he does so while his bat is still blazing away runs & he leaves the game with his head high. I also feel that it is also the duty of our national team to rise upto the occasion & take any pressure what so ever away from him so that he plays carefree cricket & enjoys the game in his last phase of carrier. I am sure he wants to & will come good again in the cricket field.

  • suresh srinivasan on September 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I shall play as long as i enjoy playing the game.......it should have been the other way around, don't you think so? I shall play as long as the spectators and fans enjoy watching me play! Well, Mr.Tendulkar, you are terribly wrong here.....You are what you are today b'coz of the people who made you a cricketing God and showered you with money and fame; the least that Tendulkar can give back is by calling it quits, atleast now!

  • Ritesh on September 7, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I am too small or an illiterate to comment on Sachin's technique. So lets not talk about it. About retirement,if only on basis of form if we are asking him to retire is wrong. He may not be the Sachin of past, but he has scored enough to stay in the team. In terms of scoring, he was behind Dravid in Eng and Kohli in Aus. No other batsmen were near enough. Yes his form has dipped against NZ. But I know he should retire for all these haters who keep on commenting on him. I cant even comment on his retirement because a legend who has played 20 years for his country delivering high standards doesn't need my advice. I am sure he has a plan and will come up with the decision very soon. May be before Aus Series in 2013

  • Mahesh on September 7, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    It is no rocket science that he is getting bowled between the bat and pad because he is playing across. And If he narrows the gap between bat and pad he will fall LBW instead of Bowleds; that will be the only difference!

    What is not explored by the author is WHY does he tend to play across? His once rich forte of strokes are disappearing fast and he is not very confident playing attacking strokes to decent deliveries and hence on full length deliveries he is looking to get the maximum by playing across and into the empty field on the onside.

    Tendulkar's attacking strokes now are a few streaky strokes like the scoop over the slips, paddle sweep etc. which doesn't require as much timing and precision as the flowing drives and majestic pulls. His falling strike rate and increasing periods of subdued accumulation are all indication of his deteriorating stroke play. In my opinion he better retire now than later, otherwise we will remember him more a nudger than a stroke player!

  • baskar on September 7, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    All greats keep saying that" sachin knows when to retire ", he has still so much of cricket lefet. Sachin himselves says he will play as long as he enjoys it.Tell me, which cricketer in the world does not enjoy playing cricket. Inspite of enjoyment, everyone left the game at the right time.Other politically reply, sachin knows when to retire. Which cricketer did not know when to retire. Indians always retire, when they are fired ( including Kapil, dravid, laxman, kumble etc ). The point is NO ONE is dared to fire Tendulkar. NOW the key point is " When tendulkar will retire".ONLY GOD AND SACHIN KNOWS. Rest can only argue and share his opinion.

  • kirk-at-lords on September 7, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    "It is a matter of time ..." for everyone & everything. It was so when Sachin began at age 16 over 2 decades ago. Enough of cliches! The man still runs & fields like someone 10, even 15 years younger. He still outclasses most Indians in the field -- not really that hard to do, but still notable as the fielding improves with young guns Kohli, Raina & co. I remember Sachin having a batting crisis in 2004, when he deliberately put away the pull shot & scored 241* in Sydney against Aussie at their peak. What powers of discipline & concentration the Little Master has! Yes, his eye-hand coord. is declining like anyone's, but I am confident he will make a good exit at the death of his career. There are still steps to take -- sliding down the order, for one thing. And I have no doubt that spinners will still take a royal pounding at times. Even if he never hits well ever again, no one can take away his stats & what he has meant to Team India and world cricket.

  • Ash on September 7, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Someone said sachin is "just an ordinary player" now... Lets get to stats shall we... lets take since 2011

    Virendar Sehwag Avg:28.90 Gautam Gambhir Avg: 28.87 MS Dhoni Avg: 31.95

    Sachin Tendulkar: 40.04

    Even Kohli averages 41.35

    Am not saying sachin deserves to play on as long as he wants or sachin is as attacking as he used to be, but just logically you replace the person with the lowest performance and that's not Sachin... not by a long shot... if you have a top order with Sehwag and Gambhir playing they way they used to a few years back, pujara and badri/rohit/raina 2-3 series experienced and have the place cemented, then coming back to Sachin and asking for his retirement would be warranted...

    Am not a Sachin Fan, Ive always felt hes been overhyped (respect his talent tho) but today if he leaves the next guy in is gonna be in a lot of pressure...

  • praveen kumar on September 6, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Whatever happened is gone already.Im damn sure he will come back stronger and make those criticizing mouths shut.Indian cricket must not lose him cheaply because he is the only most experienced player in the world and in india after the retirement of two other pillars dravid and laxman.So he must stay there and set an example for younger generation that old is gold and i bet he is.His passion towards test cricket has never faded.His next milestone is not too far.We have faith on u sachin.U will be praised again very soon.Just break those barriers and prove those critics that they are wrong.

  • Venugopalan on September 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I think there is a case for BCCI to intervene. They can prevail over other boards in this matter like in so many other instances. No one should bowl more than 60 mph to the SRT. Can consider a hi tech wheelchair later.

  • Unninarayanan Kurup on September 19, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    WE ALL KNOW THAT TENDULKAR IS THE GOD OF CRICKET.BUT AS WE SAW IN THE LAST SERIES VERSUS KIWIS IN THE TEST MATCHES TENDULKAR WAS BOWLED OUT THREE TIMES AND THAT ALSO CONTINUOSLY.IF A BATSMAN LIKE TENDULKAR IS BOWLED CONTINUOUSLY THREE TIMES I THINK HE IS NOT IN FORM OR HIS RETIREMENT AGE HAS ARRIVED.WE ALL LIKE TENDULKAR PLAY WHEN HE IS IN FULL FORM.MY ADVICE TO MR.TENDULKAR IS THAT IT'S TIME FOR HIM NOW TO QUIT CRICKET AND USE HIS MONEY FOR SOME SOCIAL WORK.

  • Rajesh on September 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    SRT is the greatest of all times & there is no dispute over it.... But we are born mortals. Time & age catches up with all of us (apart from our politicians)& this is bound to happen with SRT as well. At the same time all of us have different abilities & strengths in terms of mental & physical to cope with such natural phenomena. SRT has proven over the years that he is far better than many of us in defying the age. Players much younger than him have already retired. He will know best when his time is up, the only thing I hope & pray is that when he retires he does so while his bat is still blazing away runs & he leaves the game with his head high. I also feel that it is also the duty of our national team to rise upto the occasion & take any pressure what so ever away from him so that he plays carefree cricket & enjoys the game in his last phase of carrier. I am sure he wants to & will come good again in the cricket field.

  • suresh srinivasan on September 7, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    I shall play as long as i enjoy playing the game.......it should have been the other way around, don't you think so? I shall play as long as the spectators and fans enjoy watching me play! Well, Mr.Tendulkar, you are terribly wrong here.....You are what you are today b'coz of the people who made you a cricketing God and showered you with money and fame; the least that Tendulkar can give back is by calling it quits, atleast now!

  • Ritesh on September 7, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I am too small or an illiterate to comment on Sachin's technique. So lets not talk about it. About retirement,if only on basis of form if we are asking him to retire is wrong. He may not be the Sachin of past, but he has scored enough to stay in the team. In terms of scoring, he was behind Dravid in Eng and Kohli in Aus. No other batsmen were near enough. Yes his form has dipped against NZ. But I know he should retire for all these haters who keep on commenting on him. I cant even comment on his retirement because a legend who has played 20 years for his country delivering high standards doesn't need my advice. I am sure he has a plan and will come up with the decision very soon. May be before Aus Series in 2013

  • Mahesh on September 7, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    It is no rocket science that he is getting bowled between the bat and pad because he is playing across. And If he narrows the gap between bat and pad he will fall LBW instead of Bowleds; that will be the only difference!

    What is not explored by the author is WHY does he tend to play across? His once rich forte of strokes are disappearing fast and he is not very confident playing attacking strokes to decent deliveries and hence on full length deliveries he is looking to get the maximum by playing across and into the empty field on the onside.

    Tendulkar's attacking strokes now are a few streaky strokes like the scoop over the slips, paddle sweep etc. which doesn't require as much timing and precision as the flowing drives and majestic pulls. His falling strike rate and increasing periods of subdued accumulation are all indication of his deteriorating stroke play. In my opinion he better retire now than later, otherwise we will remember him more a nudger than a stroke player!

  • baskar on September 7, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    All greats keep saying that" sachin knows when to retire ", he has still so much of cricket lefet. Sachin himselves says he will play as long as he enjoys it.Tell me, which cricketer in the world does not enjoy playing cricket. Inspite of enjoyment, everyone left the game at the right time.Other politically reply, sachin knows when to retire. Which cricketer did not know when to retire. Indians always retire, when they are fired ( including Kapil, dravid, laxman, kumble etc ). The point is NO ONE is dared to fire Tendulkar. NOW the key point is " When tendulkar will retire".ONLY GOD AND SACHIN KNOWS. Rest can only argue and share his opinion.

  • kirk-at-lords on September 7, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    "It is a matter of time ..." for everyone & everything. It was so when Sachin began at age 16 over 2 decades ago. Enough of cliches! The man still runs & fields like someone 10, even 15 years younger. He still outclasses most Indians in the field -- not really that hard to do, but still notable as the fielding improves with young guns Kohli, Raina & co. I remember Sachin having a batting crisis in 2004, when he deliberately put away the pull shot & scored 241* in Sydney against Aussie at their peak. What powers of discipline & concentration the Little Master has! Yes, his eye-hand coord. is declining like anyone's, but I am confident he will make a good exit at the death of his career. There are still steps to take -- sliding down the order, for one thing. And I have no doubt that spinners will still take a royal pounding at times. Even if he never hits well ever again, no one can take away his stats & what he has meant to Team India and world cricket.

  • Ash on September 7, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Someone said sachin is "just an ordinary player" now... Lets get to stats shall we... lets take since 2011

    Virendar Sehwag Avg:28.90 Gautam Gambhir Avg: 28.87 MS Dhoni Avg: 31.95

    Sachin Tendulkar: 40.04

    Even Kohli averages 41.35

    Am not saying sachin deserves to play on as long as he wants or sachin is as attacking as he used to be, but just logically you replace the person with the lowest performance and that's not Sachin... not by a long shot... if you have a top order with Sehwag and Gambhir playing they way they used to a few years back, pujara and badri/rohit/raina 2-3 series experienced and have the place cemented, then coming back to Sachin and asking for his retirement would be warranted...

    Am not a Sachin Fan, Ive always felt hes been overhyped (respect his talent tho) but today if he leaves the next guy in is gonna be in a lot of pressure...

  • praveen kumar on September 6, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Whatever happened is gone already.Im damn sure he will come back stronger and make those criticizing mouths shut.Indian cricket must not lose him cheaply because he is the only most experienced player in the world and in india after the retirement of two other pillars dravid and laxman.So he must stay there and set an example for younger generation that old is gold and i bet he is.His passion towards test cricket has never faded.His next milestone is not too far.We have faith on u sachin.U will be praised again very soon.Just break those barriers and prove those critics that they are wrong.

  • Venugopalan on September 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I think there is a case for BCCI to intervene. They can prevail over other boards in this matter like in so many other instances. No one should bowl more than 60 mph to the SRT. Can consider a hi tech wheelchair later.

  • Luke Curtis on September 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Q: what ails Tendulkar?

    A: he is 39 & 1/2

    simple really.

  • pramit on September 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Sachin has always been the best batsman in the batting line, he still is & will always remain.There is an end to every good thing & i think he has already played beyond his age,but this is not the way for someone like him to finish. He should declare his date of retirement before England test series & should play his last few innings with open heart .

  • sanjay on September 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    tendulkar will be all right if he opens his stance a bit more and not to flick the ball leg side or mid-wicket. he can try to hit in the v, if he still wants to hit the ball! He can push the ball on the onside of the stumps! Not to be confused with the drive! He can just push it past the bowler and get a single. He cant flick at a right angle with the angled bat. The incoming balls are slipping the bat as full face of the bat is not meeting the ball!

    he can correct it!

  • N.A on September 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    If some one thinks that he is struggliing against fast bowlers only is wrong. REMEMBER how he was batting against SAEED AJMAL in WORLD CUP and again in ASIA CUP. In ASIA CUP, SAEED AJMAL even challenged him with a slip fielder and made him out in this spot. Reflexes are difinitely deteriorating with the age and dignified retirement is a choice if some body who wants to avail it. Isn't it time for TENDULKAR to think about retirement as people have started debating it on a blog and so open. Was it possible when he was about to play the last world cup. It is a sure a clear sight and pity if he can not see it.

  • Ankitraj on September 6, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    As regards to when Sachin should retire, He's said He doesn't believe in the concept of 'retiring on a high'. He believes in retiring only after he has absolutely nothing left to contribute towards Indian cricket. As for everyone else who say He should retire when they still respect and admire him, you neither 'respect' nor 'admire' him if you say you do that only till He performs. We have a term for that in football, "GLORY HUNTERS". As for the article, I must say I'm admired by the subtle way of showing people their place with their 'expert' opinions. And YES he knows his faults better than anyone else. Australia was a collective failure and yet Michael Clarke admitted that the best batsman on the tour was Sachin; that coming from the opposition captain is SOMETHING. As for his 'old age' and 'liability in fielding', nobody bats for 50 overs, scores 200 AND comes out to field in the same match at 37 years old! You can tell me that was 2 years ago, but the point remains even today!

  • David on September 6, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Tendulkar would have an average of less than 50 if he played prior to 30 years ago. He was a great player,but not quite in the class of Pollock or Hammond.

  • anil on September 6, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Good Observations, Kamran!

  • Vendhan on September 6, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    In the first test when Pujra scored century the media "Sports Star" once again prematurely stated that the team has found a replacement for Dravid. Indian media and the fans are very superficial. A player can be gauged only after 30 or 49 tests. This kind of attitude has forced Sachin to extend his career without any direction. He should have retired after the world cup. Indian always like in history. He is really putting BCCI and his fans in fix. He has become liability. Raina is not fit for test match then second innings in Bagalore has proved.

  • Thejus Krishna on September 6, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    It is not about Sachin haters. It is about Indian cricket that you have to think first. I saw couple of comments, where somebody was question, what after Sachin retires. There are lot of talented batsmen in India (Badri for example). Even if they fail or not, they need to play because they are the future. I didn't mean that Sachin has not done anything. He has been a great ambassador for Indian cricket and he will remain the same forever.

  • Vamsi on September 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I think Sachin should try doing this.Play naturally his last year like he used to in his earliest years without bothering about technique.he would then get runs and then retire gracefully.He should tell dhoni and team mgmt that he will play very aggressive cricket maybe his last year and then hang up his boots.Then he can retire on a high like the sachin everybody knows

  • S.T.Radhakrishna on September 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    There is no doubt that he is a genius of Modern day Cricket.The dignity with which he has played for more than 2 decades & the respect he commands from fellow cricketers,past & present cannot be equalled by anyone.But a time comes when even the best among the best has to bid goodbye.Getting bowled three times in succession,that in his home country,should give him enough signals as to whether he should continue or call it a day.Since BCCI or the Selection committee does not "dare" drop him,only he should decide.

  • asok on September 6, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    As everything in this world, there is a expected life for cricket career of a player as well. The best man to judge this is the concerned person, and with pride, you can say good bye when you figure out this. Many Asians have troubles with identify the right time to say good bye and they want to live in limelight forever.Then the extended career become a torture to witness for fans, commentators and fellow cricketers. Day by day, you are diminishing everything you have earned in the carrier with a lot of hard work and dedication in a rapid rate than you have earned it. On the other hand you are blocking opportunities for young talent which is a disaster for country's cricket.

  • shakthi on September 6, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    he shoud retire after the world cup 2016

  • chris on September 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    While it is early to jump to premature conclusions on whether Sachin should retire.The fact of the matter remains the selectors are not in a position to drop him.This has a domino effect on the selection and retention policies of other players, .As there will a negotiation on which players will be selected rather than on merit and the requirements of the pitch. With no proper succession plan in place,the future prospects donot look great .We will be tigers at home but lambs for slaughter abroad.

  • DR. S. KHANNA on September 6, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    love you AAMOD for such a nice article. YOu are 200% right. Eveb at this stage he is better than many youngster. Why do we expect so much. He is Big B of cricket way ahead of many youngster. He should never retire. We should make Sachin's anti-retirement club.

  • jigar pavasiya on September 6, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    here's my advise....YOUR FOOTWORK IS ALRIGHT MR.TENDULKAR......JUST PLAY MORE MATCHES,BAT MORE POSITIVELY,MAKE BOWLERS LOOK SILLY N ATTACK THEM.....REMIND THEM OF MCGRATH,WARNEY,OLONGA,LEE,CADDICK,AKHTAR....C'MON WE DONT HAVE MUCH TIME...ADD MORE TO THAT LIST AND RETIRE LIKE THE KING OF CRICKET...

  • Murali Ayancha on September 6, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    I don't know how people can make comments on Batting Everest about his technique or style of play or his abilities? the most pity thing is that people who couldn't make a century in their entire career also giving suggestions to Sachin who made tons of runs through out the world against all cricket playing nations. Nobody can suggest him how to improve his batting, how to play or how to overcome his faiures.. He himself is the best reviewer for his batting.Sure he will comeup with good scores again..Sure to say, at the moment Sachin is the best batsman in the world.

  • Manraj on September 6, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Hahaha, after awesome late 1990s, when sachin met with a dry patch, anti-SRT started talking about his retirement. Then in 2006, anti-SRT were sure its his time and then you saw some of his best innings post 09. Now till WC, he was supreme. In Eng, well none of the batsmen except 1 could bat. Simply, bcoz Eng had awesome plans for each Indian bat.In Aus, SRT was in supreme touch but this is the only series when he partially failed in true sense. Remember his 100 > scores> 50? I am not saying he should/should not retire. Give him 2/3 series more & we & SRT himself will know. Till then, Raina, Shwg, Gmb need to be sorted out first: Gambhir is still forking to slip since ages and will never learn Shwg does'nt care about his flaws & perishes Raina has more flaws than techniq Bowlers find flaws with SRT & he rectifies it. Xpect him to soon sort out his mid wicket fling. "He has achieved EVERYTHING"??? ... Who are U to decide that? Remember, SRT doznt follow but creates benchmarks

  • Manas on September 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    I think most of the anti-Sachin people here are getting influenced and swayed by factors beyond their comprehension. It's like the ripple effect. If RD and VVS have retired then why is SRT still there. Throughout SRT's career people have taken potshots at him for being human.. Yes it is inevitable for him to retire. We all know that, heck even Sachin know's that...

    It is really funny, we forced RD to retire and then when he did we praised and even missed him. And now we have nothing better to do in our lives, so Sachin is bearing the brunt of it.

    Lastly all the experts out here, how do we decide the best time to retire? Have we experienced this in our illustrious career in some sports or the other. Any other streams where this analogy can be drawn... I dont think so..

  • Ali on September 6, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Haha, so much emotion, that too for one person, a game? wake up, trying thinking and helping your people living in absolute misery and poverty. Stop glorifying a game which does nothing more than waste time. Ask those who eat half a bellyful and wonder where the next morsel will come from. And don't worry, he is no "god" either, will die one day like all of us and go one way or the other.

  • Kamal on September 6, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    We all are public thinking about the Indian Cricket future and want young players to get place. Think what will be in the mind of the Great Legend of cricket, he will always think more about Indian cricket future than everyone who comments here. So please stop talking negative about the Legend of world cricket.

  • SELLVA on September 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    May be he shed some weight to improve his reflexes or can try yoga! Age is catching up!He is also just a Human!

  • vijay on September 6, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    I think sachin is willing to play along with his kid for Indian Cricket team, that's why he is not retiring.

  • Anonymous on September 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Newcomers will learn facing Steyn & Morkel by actually facing them in a tough match situation and not by watching Sachin facing them.

  • Jack_tka on September 6, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    If Sachin plays for another 2-3 years, somebody else will definitely retire. Badri is almost retired now, as Dhoni is hell bent to not give him any chances whatsoever. Rahane was warming benches when Sachin decided, that he wants to play Asia cup for his century. Rahane till date is warming benches. Pujara finally got a chance because of Lax & Dravid. Whether Sachin retires now or after 2 years, a big hole would be there to be filled. Soembody needs to start thinking for the future of Indian cricket.

  • Arnab on September 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    The hallmark of a great athlete is that he/she knows when his/her time is up. Which is why some of the biggest, most inspirational people in the field have gone out in a blaze of glory. Sachin has been great, but even his body will have to give in to the ravages of time and so he must go. He has passed his expiry date as far as cricket is concerned. But then why blame Sachin alone, Indians are generally known to hold on to their positions of advantage for as long as they can benefit. Employees want to hang on to their posts after retirement, politicians want to be in power till the time they go to their grave. It just the way we are.

  • Affan on September 6, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Great of all the Indians here talking sense (am a Pakistani). Tendulkar is a legend, the best of all time. But retiring at a high is always best.

    Sadly, very few from the subcontinent do so.

  • Flory Sobrinho on September 6, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    What a lot of tosh! Sachin should've have left gracefully a few years ago. He has outlived his stay. Not only his reflexes leave a lot wanting, he is bottom heavy and a liability tot he fielding side. It is high time that BCCI wisen and get bolder to drop the overstayed cricketing hero. He is no longer my cricket hero. Time to open the slot to younger players.

  • Jose on September 6, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Sachin should gracefully retire before every Tom, Dick & Harry baying for his blood. He has achieved more than any best cricketer in the world.

    Since he accepted the Rajyasabha membership (huge responsibility) and he should learn a lot to become a good MP. He should focus on how he can help the country within his limited capabilities.

  • steve w (NZ) on September 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    We'll take him, he'll look good in a black cap

  • raja on September 6, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    It was obvious Sachin lacked match practice .He played out of memory.Hopefully with more practice he should regain his form.It would be good for all his fans if there is one more great knock as a sign off.

  • Narendra on September 6, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Master knows when to retire, i think we don't have any other topic to discuss. I think we cann't tell the legend what he has to do. Moreover they is no replacement for the legend. I think Media has to focus on the issues which will help india to grow in all aspects[process improvement].

  • adi on September 6, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    I would say Imran Khan was 100% right about him ..............he is barring others and its not so good for india as whole .......he wasted so many innings for just to get to 100th hundreds does that make him better then what he was before ........he sill the same player yes every now and then they will not mention his name but that all . he is just like a another top player from any team, the only difference is he played for long time ....along with that many waited and retired in hope that they might play for india

  • PK on September 6, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    So, in other words, he's getting out the same way he always did, he's just doing it at lot earlier in his innings. Sounds like he's either getting old or his luck's running out - take your pick.

  • Johnathon Joseph on September 6, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    No man can conquer time itself, and this demi-god, Sachin Tendulkar, is no exception. After all those victories and distinguishments he has earned over the past decades, one day he will ultimately lose the war against Time and succumb to retirement. Fans need to be ready for this day. The man himself needs to be ready for this day and accept when he has lost.

  • Jini on September 6, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Test Batting Averages (India)

    Last 12 months 1) V Kohli 2) V Sehwag 3) SRT

    Last 2 years 1) R Dravid 2) SRT 3) VVS Laxman

    Last 3 years 1) SRT 2) V Sehwag 3) R Dravid

    I would love to see more Kohli's get in the team, but I don't see anyone on the horizon even half as good.

  • Ravichandran.B on September 6, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    Sachin is a overrated batsman.Numbers never tell the true story.Laxman's 281 @ Kolkata was ranked 2nd best test knock in the 21st century by Wisden.Reason:the opposition, the follow-on etc.Dravid played many memorable knocks in crisis situations like VVS when India needed him the most.Sachin never played such a match winning innings in Tests especially in the 4th innings.We Indians are sentimental & allow feelings over logic,when judging players.Today, Hashim Amla or Kevin Peterson are much better players than Sachin.Lara was much better than Sachin since he was the lone world class player in WIs but Sachin had Sehwag, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman for company.For record, Lara once steered WI to a test win against Australia in the company of Walsh(who had the dubious distinction of most ducks in Test Cricket).My question to Sachin's supporters: How many times Sachin took India to victory in the 4th innings when India was down 20 for 2 or 30 for 3 while chasing 200 or 250?

  • Tushar Suthar on September 6, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Tendulkar looks out of sort, overly confused and scarred when he goes out to bat. He complicates batting by playing paddle sweeps and on drives in a predetermined manner. I hate it when some rookie bowlers like Pattinson, Cummins, Harris and Southee stare at him after pitching a short ball or beating him in pace and swing. He has achieved every thing one can dream of in a career. It is about time that he gives the same opportunity to young players like Manoj Tiwari, Rahane and Unmukt Chand. I admire Sachin for all the great things he has done for Indian Team in the past but I call for his graceful retirement. He can not just sit out whenever he can and play whatever he wants. Give the place to players who are hungry to play for the country.

  • Dr. anand roy on September 5, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    since he had new hir style, he is getting bowled ( not by girls). he needs to change his hair style. joining parliament is bad luck to him. too much to handle. buddy, focus on cricket. it is cricket gave you money, prosperity, name & fame. ( learn from bhajji & yuvi paji) time is for evry one to go. how you do it is important. likewise, great cricket you had played already for india. please egt on side & let new youngies had their chance.

  • peter on September 5, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    The great man will retire when ever he lost the love for the game

  • Roger Mallick on September 5, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    It is all about the mind ...In Bangalore test, Sachin was batting flawlessly in 2nd innings till that ill-advised attempt at flicking to mid-wicket off a straight delivery. It just suggested a slight loss of concentration, when someone acutely aware of his responsibility decided that keeping the scoreboard moving was more important than playing each ball on its merit. The mind is a tricky thing, vaccilating between distant past (his reputation and role), current situation (need to not get bogged down), and concentrating on each ball, ball after ball after ball. Its that simple in cricket, all about the mind and playing each ball on reflex. Sachin will be back, I guarantee it, and focusing on basics in this one-ball game.

  • SB on September 5, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    There are other players in team who have not performed for long ( Gambhir, Sehwag, Raina among them) . Let's talk about them

  • Sushmit on September 5, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Here is a batsman, a legend who averages at least 30 even in his leanest patches. And he obviously contributes much more than just his batting. Nobody has experience like him and he keeps his and the team's feet grounded even during the greatest victories.

  • Ganga Din on September 5, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Leave the man alone... He will come up with a big score soon. Besides there is nobody in the India who even comes close. His presence makes the opposition afraid knowing what he is capable of.

  • Vish Madishetty on September 5, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I do not know why people say that he will retire on low when he play next or next year, it does not matter, when Sachin retires the whole World will stand up and give him Ovation even he retires at 50yrs...

    We should be glad Sachin Tendulkar born in India... if not we would said why we do not have one good player in India like 'Vivian', instead think that you are one of the lucky ones to watch Sachin's Batting & just enjoy even though is bowled...

    He showed us what is cricket... & you guys are forcing him to retire... Man you guys never change... Let him decide when to retire.

  • Jayakiran on September 5, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    By the time Tendulkar notices his short coming and train to address this, it will be time lost, opportunities lost for the team and for the other young people waiting in the wings. If he continues to score less than the average score of the top 5 batsmen, it is time he quit.

  • Anurag on September 5, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Mr Ramani : Yeah you have right to say whatever you want but that does not mean we would believe you. This same public was, in Australia, clamoring for Rohit's inclusion and after a few tests, clamoring for his removal. Pujara is new flavor of the season, if he fails in few tests, this public will bay for his blood. The list continues and there is no rhyme or reason except for lack of intelligent or consistent thought process. So the author is not wrong in pointing out TDHs.

  • Raj69 on September 5, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I think India should, at least, find a batsman that can secure the #6 spot before they even focus on the future of SRT! If there are batsman who are already better then SRT in India then why is there a void at #6? Truth be told, India is a crap team, lacking in great quality pace bowlers and rely too heavily on it's batsmen. Furthermore, most Indian people tend to be stupid...they lack complete knowledge of the game.Kohli aside, all Indian batsmen have had a wretched time after the WC and SRT is no exception - if I had to put money on which one would come out of the doldrums, I know what my pick would be.

  • Rajesh on September 5, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Sachin may or may not retire - that is upto him and how sophisticated he is...

    But the board should do its job and drop him and give the other young folks a chance,

    It is pleasure for sachin to continue playing but is life for the others waiting on the wings. And also important for the team. The Indian team is not a charity org where we can give one spot for free to retain a superstar

    He might be good but his time is up and the board should muster enough courage and self respect and do the right thing for the team and they owe it to the millions who watch, pay and provide such high life of money and fame to these cricketers.

  • Desihungama on September 5, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Nothing ails Great Tendulkar!. He is just bored. New faces around him with his friends from earlier battles gone. He's got all the runs, WC victory. I guess lack of motivation? Fan from Pak.

  • TRAM on September 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Some years back he curbed himself from scoring from outside off stump balls. Now he needs to curb playing onside shots too. Now it should be easy to set the field.. Just position fielders within the V. ...:-)

  • Sachin on September 5, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    When the teammates like Yuvraj, MSD, Kohli, Zak openly say that presence of Sachin on ground and dressing room inspires them, are all critics valid ??? Are we suggesting only on the bad phase over 2-3 series, if yes, remember all his comeback times, it has happened to him in 23 years of cricketing career..Praise the man, "who taught all of us the game of cricket" people who are younger or less experienced than him, know more philosophy than his records I guess :P

  • Harpreet Singh on September 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I agree with critics point and it will be sooner than later that Sachin will have to retire. But should one just consider stats alone here? People need to understand that there is no Dravid or Laxman now and Sachin resigning will leave our middle order vulnerable. Our new middle order need to learn to cope various test match situations. Remember No. 6 position is still up for grabs as Raina is far from comfortable. Once middle order settles down, he will gracefully retire.

  • anil on September 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I think it is ego of BCCI more than that of SRT. They are hoping to avoid the ineviatable - That is expecting SRT to last 200 Tests and taking his career into his 40 and hence hoping the ineviatable would not happen. That is Kallis and /or Ponting would not touch his years in sport/his 100s/his Grand Total

  • Muthu on September 5, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Fans & Haters & In-between's - wait till he has a decent series and he will retire on his own terms!

    Former players - stop heaping pressure on him by analysing everything-Sachin in so much detail!

    Sachin - stop choosing your series and play all of them (unless you are REALLY injured) until you decide to retire!!!

  • Jason Palocaren on September 5, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Ok wiseman, why wasnt such an article forthcoming when press and personal opinions went against Dravid, Lakshman, and Ganguly to step down and give youngsters a chance.

    Tendulkar is a legend and has contributed a lot for Indian cricket, but cannot go on and on based on past performances.

  • Abhai on September 5, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Should have retired right after he scored his 100th century..He is not only doing harm to the country but to a young cricketer who can take his place in playing eleven. He has been great and we are pround of him but this is time to hang his boots.

  • Engr. AHMAD on September 5, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Tendulkar is only going through a bad patch & can soon come back to top form like he had bad form from 2003 to 2006, then came back & remained at top from 2007 to 2011 WC.... He is facing technical issue: He is closing blade face. when you have a proven career then u shouldn't look at coaching manual to correct it, instead u should look at full videos (not mere highlights) of your fluent innings.... In Sachin's case the main difference is that whenever he has played fluent long inn 1). At short execution point he would have been upright with head slightly to leg side as opposed to off 2). He played face on 3). He played with open face even for leg stump aimed deliveries ..4).Further he should play with bat in front of pads with face open to fully eradicate lbw & bold for ever.. ..With this successful technique of his he had minor weakness of playing too often towards gully but it is fine trade off bcz few will carry to gully & even fewer will be caught as opposed to getting bold & lbw.

  • anil on September 5, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Now that you have opened the forum, I donot want to the one bashing him, particularly when it is coming to him from all directions. Point remain that even in Amature sports like Olympics, Michael Phelp expected haul of 5 Medals(including 4 golds, More than the total India as a country has ever won in the history of these games) was not a ticket for him to be a member of the USOfA Swimming Team. He was asked to try-out. Why cannot same be expected of Indian Professional players?

  • Anil Pattnaik on September 5, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    I understand he did not perform well in Tests as expected for last 2-3 series. But it has happened many times and every time he proves it wrong. Just leave him alone, I know he should give chances to next generation players. But do you guys know he still loves the game, he still enjoys playing the game, he is still very passionate about the game, he simply made for cricket nothing else.So please leave him alone, he knows when to retire and I do not think we have any rights to suggest him when to retire.Let him play till he enjoys the game.

  • Kamran on September 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I am originally from Pakistan and have always been a great fan of Sachin Tendulkar. Nowadays, it really hurts to see the man come out to bat and then play like a nightwatchman intent on survival. The reality is that Tendulkar's time is up. In fact, Tendulkar should have retired immediately after the World Cup. When great batsmen are ageing even a return to form is only temporary. Examples of this are G.R.Viswanath v Eng 1981-82 and then nose diving against Pak in 1982-83. Majid Khan v India 1979-80, then regaining form v Aus 1979-80 and then immediately sliding down. R.S.Dravid v Eng 2011 and then v Aus 2011-12. Zaheer Abbas v India 1982-83, then v India 1984-85 and then nose diving immediately after. Conclusion: S.R.Tendulkar MUST go gracefully.

  • Karthik Ashok on September 5, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I don't know who this Aamod Desai is, but first he says everybody who want Sachin to retire don't have a reading of the game beyond the scoreboard. Then he says Gavaskar and Manjarekar don't know what they are talking about, elevating himself to the expert. Then he makes this bold statement that Sachin's footwork has been immaculate and therefore Bhogle and Chopra's observations are circumstantial. Then while I was waiting for the moment of truth, he comes up with this theory of getting his pad out of the way. Maybe somewhere while Desai was absorbed in his own cockamamy theories on technique, he missed the gap between bat and pad, or him playing across the line, or edge the ball through slips swinging at wide deliveries and even the fact that Southee and Bracewell are both right armers. The one common element in all dismissals is Sachin wasn't moving his feet or missing the line. One could speculate on the reason being age or match practice, but only one man knows, thats Sachin.

  • alok on September 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Some are saying without Dravid Sachin cant play.While others are saying that Sachin should retire.People born after 1990 are arguing why long rope for Sachin? well this guy made 2 comeback from career threatening injuries one in 1999 (back pain) and then in 2003(tennis Elbow).And he is given special place because no player in cricket history could have made such comeback.He changed his game and despite all pain and injury he scored.Was highest scorer in 2 worldcups.Also that famous Kolkatta test win that everyone cherished,would have not come had sachin not taken 3 crucial wickets in second innings that of Hayden and Glichrist.He deserves long rope.Youngsters? which youngsters? Raina?Gautam? both are averaging lower then him in current series.

  • crktcrzy on September 5, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    The writer seems to be of the "Sachin is God or Prophet" school of thought. While never a fan of Tendulkar, I acknowledge that he is arguably the greatest batsman since Bradman. However, like Bradman, he has to go one day, and I know that day is approaching fast. I am sure that the writer would acknowledge that Ian Chappell is not among the "Toms Dicks and Harrys" he is referring to- and when Tendulkar was clean bowled during the 2007 WC match against SL, Ian had said that his movements had become too lethargic to continue batting at the international level. Well, Tedulkar did prove him wrong, at least for a few years, but the fact is that there did exist a flaw, most probably related to aging, that can only deteriorate. And the stats the writer presents to support his arguments are extremely misleading. Can he also show, for example, the average no. of runs Tendulkar scored before getting bowled or lbw, prior to, say, 2007 and since??

  • Tony on September 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    whether one gets bowled too often is the question, -------

    The answer lies in balls faced vs bowled-or-lbw instead of number of times got-out vs getting bowled-or-lbw. -------

    You ask the right question for statistics to give correct answer.

  • RamKumar on September 5, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    When a player is Not performing, if I were the Selector I would Drop him owing to my countries interest. But we are still talking about 1998 and way past when he was in Prime, those days are gone long back. He should have been dropped 5 or 6 years ago based on the performance not on the age, we always tend to confuse that. But one thing I want to make sure here Sachin was able to score because Shewag, VVS and Dravid were holding and taking all the pressure, but always the credit went to Sachin, now we can very well see that what Sachin is capable of in the absence of Dravid and VVS........MONEY, Selfishness Equal to SACHIN

  • N.AJAY VENKATESH on September 5, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    As a cricket lover my humble suggestion is sachin tendulkar should stop playing cricket and go as a commentator or start his own cricket coaching school.Team india did well in sri lanka in recent odis and t20 series without sachin tendulkar. Also In recent home test series against new zealand he has not done well with bat.I think as sachin ages he is not doing well with bat.

  • Sachin V on September 5, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Guys, please dont talk about Sachin's averages, number of centuries etc..its very rare that he scored runs against quality bowling. He keeps scoring big runs only when pitch is slow or bowlers are medium pacers or spinners. I never saw him winning a tight test or ODI's for india (leave one sharjah series, which people still talk as there is no other). Umpire david shepherd once said that he is good player against slow bowling, which is damn true. I'll not ask him to get retire but questioning our selectors on which basis they still want Sachin in any form of cricket team? And please dont talk about who will replace Sachin you never know you will see a far better youngester, dont forget under19 team won the world cup so there is lots of talet in India. Who is God, who never won a tight game for India, cant play quality fast bowlers :-), for me he comes after Ganguli and Dravid if not below Sahwag (300). I know Sachin's lovers wont love it but sometimes v need to think frm mind not heart

  • Rajul Pant on September 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Sachin will retire when he has to. If people are suggesting they know better than him, then I suggest they question themselves as to how much they know about cricket. Sachin deserves a place in the team as long as young talents like Raina and Rohit get their chances regularly (despite failing). Remember Simpson who cracked 175 at 45 years of age, despite playing in the late seventies.Brian Close is another example from even an earlier era. Surely modern day batsmen are fitter for obvious reasons and Sachin can and should play till he is scoring runs for India. Ignore people like the Chappell brothers who will never give unbiased comments for teams/players from the sub-continent. My suggestion is that they should concentrate on Ponting rather than Sachin. HE IS THE SHINING LIGHT OF CRICKET, HUMBLE AND DEDICATED, and shall be remembered in the same breath as Sir Don Bradman, when HE DECIDES TO RETIRE.We can only hope it is not very soon.

  • V.Ramakrishnan on September 5, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Wait a minute. There is one more land mark for Sachin,which has gone unnoticed.He has taken 154 one day wickets and 45 test wickets. He is perhaps waiting for his 200th international wicket,before hanging up his boots.The sooner the better.

  • dork29 on September 5, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    There are several aspects of this article that just do not make sense. First of all in all three innings against NZ, one of the lowest ranked teams in the world, he has not crossed 30 even once. So we are not saying the expectations from him are so high that even a 60 or 70 is not good enough. He is not even getting 30 and that too when we need it most. Second, the author says that nobody knows more than Sachin himself that it is the lenght of the time he is spending out in the middle that is causing him to misread the length. If that were the case, why does he keep "choosing" what series to play and what not? He 'Chose' the Asia cup, though it was completely inconsequential, simply because he fancied his chances of getting to his 100th 100.What he knows he is his body cannot take the load of so much cricket.Last, we should promote meritocracy - not respect reputations. In the last 11 tests what he flopped.Drop him and get someone who deserves a chance more.

  • Siva on September 5, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Ailing with age, Sachin should retire. I have never seen or heard of a selfish player like him in international cricket. If he enjoys playing cricket, just play 1st class cricket and help train the youngsters! Don't just keep screwing up in international cricket and also block another youngster of their opportunities! BCCI selectors should just drop him and ask Sachin to prove his form in Domestic cricket based on his current stats! No one is above the game!

  • Bharani Prasad on September 5, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Sachin will remain as Bheeshma Pitamah in the Indian dressing room till he decides to retire. One has to move on...he doesn't seem to have accepted that. Till denial continues...suffering is prolonged. What can WE say :(

    We need to blood youngsters and use the home series to prepare for SA. We will anyway be carrrying excess baggage to SA in the form to Gamdhir, Sehwag and Raina.

    May be Sachin can be left alone for now and selectors & team management sort out the rest...hoping Sachin will have final fling in SA.

  • Sundar on September 5, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I simply don't understand the logic of calling for the retirement of the HIGHEST RANKED INDIAN TEST BATSMAN. It shows that while he may be somewhat out of form, he is better than ANY OTHER Indian batsman EVEN TODAY!

  • Sarosh Ahmad on September 5, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    All who are criticising Sachin now, used to be fans of this little master and will continue to be for ever but there is an age factor, which nobody can deny, otherwise there wouldn't be any age limit for all the govt. employees to get retirement. And everybody knows your stamina, reflexes, eyes get weaker by the age. And most importantly this would be the highest time the little champ to hang his boots with grace and applause.

  • Sajish Thomas on September 5, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    The article is excellent one written very well and I like the techanicalities mentioned herein. However I do not agree the fact that Tendulkar has to iron out the flaws and come back stronger. Look there is a time for everything and Cricketers world over and retiring gracefully within age of 35 to 39. This is the right time for a great like Tendulkar to hang out his golden boots for the younger lot. Being bowled out for many a times does not good for his reputation and he is just not a good example infront of wonderful younger batsmen who are eagerly waiting to find his spot in the XI. Srinath,Anil Kumble,Sourav,Rahul,Laxman the contemporaries to Sachin retired gracefully. Rahul Dravid many a times during fag end of his career in Australia. He decided this is the right time. Laxman realises two potential candidates in form of Pujara/Raina are waiting for their call into the XI, this is the right time. I want Tendulkar to retire gracefully by the end of this international season.

  • Ninesh on September 5, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I am from Sri Lanka and in India at the moment. I have been listening and watching everything about SRT on TV. Its a bit of a shame how people are reacting. SRT is the greatest cricketer of our generation and I think anybody who is questioning his capability either has never played the game or never followed the game. I was listening to one of the editors on IBN asking what records does he have to break... Let me tell you something, I dont ever think SRT played to break records. He played, is playing and will play because of the love of the game. People stop commenting and be glad that we have seen someone like SRT during our life time

  • Cricket Fan in Canada on September 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    The article is good but no one among us can even come close to the genius that sits inside the head of Scahin Tendulkar. He has come to terms with every challenge that has been thrown at him. I consider myself very lucky to have watched him live (at Azad Maidan in Mumbai in the partnership with Vinod Kambli) and even on TV. If we trust him to be the genius that he is I am surprised that Indians do not trust him when it comes to his retirement. A rest in a few games is fine but let him decide when to retire as we are not qualified.

  • Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay on September 5, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I still remember Tendulkar, the first time he opened in a One day and smashed the new zealand bowling apart... I have watched Tendulkar being bowled many times after that...but with the way he has been getting bowled nowadays, its so painful... to watch the end of brilliance..almost like a warrior who is in his last battle...

  • nes on September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I feel bad for Tendulkar. He has done a great service to his country but does not realize the importance of exiting with grace. I hope he soon realizes that he is a hinderence to the growth of the Indian cricket team.

  • Naveed Shah on September 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    he is legend of the game, has acheived everything and anything in the game, i think u should retire sooner rather than later as pupil are expecting v. high each and every time, whereas he is no more able to fulfill high expectations. In my personal opinion he should have retired after winning the world cup or exactly after acheiving 100 of 100 and should give chance to other youngster (i.e pujara) who are not able to get a place in an indian healthy batting line up and secoundly because of him (tendulkar).

  • Shawkath Khan on September 5, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    He must quit gracefully, rahul dravid was in a better form, but still he quit the game to give chance to youngsters. No doubt Sachin was world's best batsman, but he is going to be 40 next year and its the timeto go with the respect intact.

  • Sriram . K on September 5, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Most importantly this man being a great technician and legend has not produced the kind of test or one-day innings as nation needed.

    Famous wins of India in his Tenure (minimal contribution): Koltata Test 281 by laxman, Adelaide 2004 Dravid 233, Rawalpindi 270 dravid. Leeds first innings centuries by Dravid,sachin & ganguly. 2002 PortofSpain vicory - laxman century. 2010 Colombo & Mohali - Laxman 110* & 70*. Perth2008 Laxman 78.

    Famous failures of Sachin : 1997 WI Barbodos failing to score atleast a 50 when target was 120. Total failure during 1999 WC super-6 VS AUS. 2000 Champions Trophy NZ VsI ND in Nairobi, should have scored a century there. 2003 WC final - disaster against Mcgrath. 2007 Disgraceful exit. 2011 WC Final - when an opportunity was there to score big and win cup for IND - disastrous performance. Repeated failures in Sharjah vs PAK. 136 VS PAK only great innings.

    Morethan technique and 100's it's the confidence and peace of mind has he given us or worries?

  • Shripad on September 5, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Many people have written in this forum that place in Indian Team is performance oriented. Then why Gambhir,Sehwag and Dhoni have kept their place in the Test Team. Gambhir and Sehwag dint get centuries from kast 2 and half yrs. Dhoni is very poor overseas with his minimum footwork. Then why not they are axed.

  • KMKUMAR on September 5, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Emulate Rahul and Laxman and make way for others. Do not hang on , you have nothing to prove.

  • Shailendra Singh Raghuwanshi on September 5, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I think people have not got lesson yet ...Every time people have raised doubt on Sachin's Ability and Technique he has come up with a Strong reply on the Cricket Field ...This time also he will do the same.All the best sachin for Next England and Aus tour.

  • nirbhay on September 5, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Nice article. we and media has to give him a break. He is knows cricket inside out. Let him figure out whats the problem and solution. Just watch him play ..you might not get chance to see him play after 2-r years. Enjoy masters game while he is playing.

  • KMKUMAR on September 5, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Every article has a date by period. Sachin to all accounts has reached that age, pl do not play for your enjoyment others should also enjoy your game. You look pale and we feel bad for you everytine you get dismissed. Announce your retirement when we still love you. Make way for youngsters like Rahul and Laxman did.

  • Faridoon on September 5, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    While the argument that 'he has earned the right to decide for himself when he should quit' is not entirely infallible, I say leave the mane alone. He has always been motivated by challenges and age, slowing reflexes and a chink in the technique are just new kinds of challenges for him.

  • Srivathan T on September 5, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Hi while are talking about his power as a batsman, just like the author even I dont see a shortcoming in his technique, I had been seeing him since 15 years almost now.. He had been challenging him and improving all the years and he is a man who could fall of and die if he hangs his cricket bat and thats one reason, he is still there fighting it out. Thinking from the team's perspective it is good to have Sachin around, as there are no enough seniors to groom this middle order and bring them into level to the class of TEST Cricket and that mentoring happens more in the middle than in the nets. Seeing Sachin all these years I'm sure he is somebody who can take care of himself, and it will do him a world of good if people stop thrusting their expectations on him.He has every right to stay as long as he wants to. Its only up to us'FANS' to decide if we are gonna add to his pain or leave him alone. He is a sportsman not a film star, and we ve no right to thrust our expectations on the hero

  • NS on September 5, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    There have been many great cricketers in the past, who have retired gracefully at the first sign of age-related bad performance. Some fixed the time of retirement and duly walked off the field for the last time, be it a win or a loss or good or bad individual performance.

    He could have salvaged much goodwill from the cricketing world by fixing a time for retirement. That does not seem to appear anywhere in the horizon. Adding to this is the hat-trick of bowled dismissals.

    By not fixing any tentative time for retirement, Sachin seems to have provided enough ammunition to his critics that he has been lingering on for too long. That too, after achieving every possible individual milestone and record in cricket - except, perhaps, the highest individual Test score - the 400 by another legend, Brian Lara.

  • George on September 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Team selection should be based on performance for all players including Sachin. I don't like to see Sachin retire in disgrace !

  • Darshan Dave on September 5, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Guys,

    If Master is not performing since last year and a half, then why is his test batting average of that period is as good as of those who are performers (likes of Gambhir, Raina, Dhoni, Sehwag, etc.)

    He is not performing below the standards, he is just performing below the high standards which he himself has set and which has raised our expectations from him (a ton each time he walks in the middle).

  • Mani on September 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Aus and End everyone stresed on his 100th 100 which was his blocking and lack of match practice was reason for Newzealand failure!! Simple.

  • Albert on September 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    We have almost sent home every senior batsman from test, why not just leave him for the time being. What we are to gain by making him to retire. Still there are millions who watch cricket because for him. Is he the only one who has to bat always. He has made us proud all through his career. Just let him atleast play as long as he wants.Give him a long rope and concentrate on others.

  • Premendra on September 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Tendulkar is basically an attacking player but nowadays he is trying to be defensive and that's not his natural way of playing. One very good observation of Mr Bhogle and Chopra is that Tendulkar is trying play straight balls to through the midwicket and failing which is producing Bowled results. In future series he would definitely bounce back if he plays his natural game. I don't think that anyone has right to speak about his retirement. He would retire whenever he want. And there is no body on the bench who can replace him then why he should retire as Laxman has already given a vacant place to youngster. Just because everybody is saying that he will lose all the respect he has gained if he continues playing. In my opinion it would be a selfish decision if he retires just to save his respect. He is fighter and he should fight not for himself but for country and he is a true patriot.

  • someswar chitlur on September 5, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Sachin has done enough. We have talanted young players waiting for the opportunities. there is nothing to prove for Tendulkar. If he continues playing like this, all positives will be forgoton and he will have to cut a sorry face. Hope Tendulkar will realise this on his own and does not wait for the selection committte to drop him. May God bless him a happy retirment and give him an opportunity to help him to mould young talent.

  • Kapil_Lara on September 5, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @Deepak.. You are dead right!!! agree with you completely

  • C M S Rawat on September 5, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Shachin is one of the great batsman in the world, no doubt, but i personally suggest to shachin please take care flicking short because i feel shachin take much pressure than he getting out, please stop playing flick short according to me, once he getting to run easily than no body stop playing flicking short

    Please keep playing cricket and you should be four year according to me, do't take much pressure just playing normal cricket that is enough.

  • Cricketfan on September 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    When he does not play well but team wins, he has to retire. When he does not play well and team loses too, he has to take responsibility. When he plays well but team loses, he has personal glory only. When he plays well and team wins, it was easy conditions to perform. # the irony of being Sachin Tendulkar! does India and Indian fans really deserve to have this individual represent their country. For starters, Isn’t it a joke that we are trying to analyse what is going wrong in his art which he is a master of. Secondly why are we forgetting it is Team India’s success that broadly matters and we have reason enough to celebrate that now with this series victory. Thirdly, how hard it is to let a human being be left alone and ease out the pressure.

  • N.Ramesh on September 5, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    A very interesting article fails to mention anything about his lack of big scores in the recent past. It is fact that age is catching up on Sachin. We all love him to score but when the time comes for him he has to leave. He has to leave on a high when fans want him to continue. I remember Gavaskar at 39 retired on a high. Kapil Dev, India's greatest ever all rounder struggled in the end to get wickets. It was a pity to see him struggle. I don't want to see Sachin struggle. Any amount of working out in the nets will not help when reflexes are slowing down. Please Sachin retire gracefully.

  • Gautam Kale on September 5, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Honestly cant figure out why people are raising eyebrows after just three such dismissals.. does one need to mention that sachin does not have to prove his ability or committment to anyone but for himself.. why are we so critical in his failure wheres we choose to neglect sehwag, gambhirs or rainas umpteenth failure to score as many runs.. why is the age factor so crucial.. we must wait for an extended period to even dare to write off a career as great as sachins.. he will silence these critics soon..

  • Deepak on September 5, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Nice article...

  • Hitesh on September 5, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    nice to read this article. Fed up of articles asking for Sachin's retirement. The stupids can't see the other non performers in the team. Our bowling is worst. But no one is talking about that. Sehwag and Gambhir are not able to provide good starts. no one talks about that. But as soon as sachin gets out, these people start writitg their opinion about him

  • K Raj on September 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Sachin this, Sachin that...enough! What about team India and its future??? What about if the same opportunity to struggle is given to 21-24 yr olds sothat they become good cricketers in the next 2-3 yrs. Invest in the future, not in the past...

  • Ashok Sridharan on September 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    @Aamod Desai: very well thought out article buddy. Your analysis is excellent. I readily concede that Tendulkar might be presently experiencing a slump in form, but it could just as well be possible that his feet aren't moving quickly enough due to slowing reflexes. Either way, the question which arises is whether its justifiable to block a slot in the middle order for a batsmen who is certainly not going to get any better from here on.

  • Sandeep Mathias on September 5, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    @ John Smith: Refusal to accept DRS should not play on one's conscience, especially on someone who believes in the fundamental principle that the DECISION of the Umpire is FINAL (whether it is right or wrong). To those saying that DRS has helped reduce howlers, a certain Jaques Kallis will probably disagree. Technology should NOT be used to review a decision during a game. It should help in making the RIGHT decision.

    That said, BOTH Dravid and VVS Laxman chose the appropriate time to bid adieu. Without those decisions, who knows, Kohli and Pujara may not have played, and we may not have won the series against the Kiwis.

  • Dave on September 5, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    As long as Sachin scores 30-60 conistently he should play. He is the greatest asset world cricket has to offer and will go down with WG Grace and Bradman as the most influential person in cricket history. He needs another 1000 test runs to ensure Kallis doesnt take over his test record. I would like to see him bat at number six, though I know he doesnt want that. Let him play the home series against England and Australia in late 2012, early 2013 and the tour SA in 2013. Then he will have played 200 tests (another milestone) and can make an educated decision. I live in Australia and have loved SRT for years.

  • Mervo on September 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Age wearies them all. Some like Greg Chappell go gracefully of their own accord when they know their reactions and temperament are no longer what is required. Sachin I am sure knows this as his form has been terrible over the last 12 months. Others are dragged out kicking and screaming or sacked with great emotion, such as when Ganguly was dropped. The longer Sachin delays - the more the dislike for him will extend. Go now Sachin, when dignity is still yours to use. There is no point staying on as a 'memorial' to those who like to see you there, when you know you are holding back a better, younger player - as you once were yourself.

  • Satyajit on September 5, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Maybe the breaks are not working for Sachin. For any player who is in 35+ group returning back to form takes more time than when they are say 28 to 30. We saw it last year when he missed the WI tour. In England he took couple of tests to settle down. So, best thing for him is to continue playing the international matches instead of pick and choose. I think there is a need for Sachin to stay in the team for at least an year as two of our batting legends have left the team in a short span. Come the tour of SA and Sachin's exp would be important. Don't forget, even being out of form, he was second highest scorer in Eng & Aus.

  • Vishwas on September 5, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Very nice article. We are seeing Virat kholi as a new Sachin Tendulkar of Indian team,but he is groomed by the great master himself,Sachin role today is to guide this youngster to handle the pressure of performance, expectations and consistency He is role model and image how good it is for this youngsters to share same dressing room with great master.So I think he will play till next foreign tour. I love watching Sachin batting

  • Aniket on September 5, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I was watching India's second innnings bowling in Bengaluru, there were cheers only for balls fielded by SRT. Whatever the so called expert and critics say abt Sachin, majority of Indians including me watch cricket for Sachin, the amount of dedication and respect he has shown for the game is truly amazing...To all ppl who want him to retire - surely after his retirement cricket will be just another sport in India.....

  • Shabbzz on September 5, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Stop evaluating Sachin Scientifically. One has to remember that he is a HUMAN after all and not a GOD. So like every other human he is getting old and once you get old your once best reflexes, hand-eye-coordination, ability to read the ball, adjusting to the shot and many other things do decline. Its very natural. We as cricket loving people have to understand this !!!

    Look at Wasim, Lara, Murli, Warne, McGrath and other greats. They were once prime in their art but with age they were not able to maintain that level. I think no one in their country discussed them like Sachin is discussed in India....

    Seriously, i think BCCI should have a chat with him to discuss his future. Selectors should act professionally keeping emotions aside. Resting him for couple of series wont be a bad idea..

    Weather one accepts or not Sachin's end is very near and all Cricket lovers specially Indian should learn this and should not act like Ostrich in the sand. Thts the nature and nothing lasts forever.

  • Apparao Papolu on September 5, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    It's nice to see somany articles about Sachi, who is world's cricket god. Yes he is god for cricket and should be god for future talented players by giving them a chance where Sachin has done all most all the records unbreakable. He should give the chances to youngsters who knowsfrom them another Sachin will comeout. Undoubtably he is a master of his own and should think about his commitment to the cricket by retire and help young palyers with his advice and coaching.We love SACHIN and his hubble which makes him the best in the cricket. Hats of you Sachin

  • S.Subramanyam Balaji on September 5, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    The performences of the young talent will be get considered only when they give similar performences in the abroad. In indian pitches even bowlers are also coming up with 100s. Even though sachin not performed as well as expected he will come up with great performences in future.

  • Sana on September 5, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I am from Pakistan, but I am a big fan of Sachin. One of the finest batsman in the history of cricket. He is one of the batsman in the current era to whom every bowler wants to get him out. So I believe there is no need to retire. He can play even more. We want to see more records in front of us. As we already missed Don Bradman. No one get chance to see such a high profile player in the ground really. I think India need to find some other batsman in the presence of Sachin, as they already got kholi and raina. Similarly the need to find some other openers in the presence of Sehwag. Thanks

  • Prasad on September 5, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Its not just about Sachin. Sure he is out of form and will bounce back. But this "its just a matter of time" attitude is keeping mere passengers in the team. Case in point: Sehwag. In Sehwag's case the argument is always "When he gets going he can devastate etc etc" But its not WHEN anymore but IF. He hasn't "got going" in years now.

    All these guys need to realize when they aren't in form and go play domestic cricket for a while. Do you r bouncing back outside international matches not in them. "Choosing" your matches and making the team look bad with miserable fielding and being a passenger based on "seniority" just hurts the team. If they cant do it, selectors should do it for them. Not talking about retirement but responsibility, something sadly lacking in our team.

  • sunil manohar gavaskar on September 5, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    for all you tendulkar critics, who is the person that is going to replace sachin, if he retires now? there is not even a proper replacement yet for ganguly who has retired before 4 years ago and no replacements for dravid and laxman either. dont talk about pujaras, kohlis, rohits and tiwaris who play well in sub continental conditions but not in outside conditions. for me he should retire only if there is any real talent found to replace any of the four stalwarts. otherwise there is no proper planning for future indian cricket by BCCI.

  • shahid on September 5, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Tendulker is a great batsman in our era but now this is time for tendulkar to step down and and give place to youngsters in India there are lot of talented batsman waiting for good bye Sachin this is right time you are acheve all targets in odi and test as well.

  • Kool Kat on September 5, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @Patrick : Was Dravid abysmal from 2007 to 2011? His century ensured India won the series in West Indies in 2011. He helped India win the Perth test. He is paramount in our victories. If that's abysmal, we will take it.

  • WishSL on September 5, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    the more Sachin plays for India the better it is for the opposition...his desperate situation was revealed when he opted to play the NZ series..at home..easy runs?NOT

  • Asif on September 5, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    A great player and history creater in entire cricket world. All comments are ok, let him decide how long he want serve Indian cricket. The youngsters for sure learning from him in the feild and dressing rooms.

  • olly on September 5, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Sachin is well past his prime. He has undoubtedly served India well and the high standadard he has set has made it very difficult for him to accept that time is not on his side. He should realise that he made his debut at 16 and therefore consider giving youngsters an oppurtunity to be groomed. He seems reluctant to accept this and tries harder putting pressure on himself and not allowing India as a team to look forward.

  • Sandeep on September 5, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    For all those criticizing Tendulkar it would be instructive to at least look at the actual numbers before opening their mouth. Agreed he got out in similar fashion in 3 out of last 4 innings, but when you argue that he has been performing poorly over the last couple of years they are not relative to the team: just relative to his own high standards. Use cricinfo's statsguru to verify this information if you want to:

    1. Tendulkar is the second highest run grossing batsman for India over the last 2 years, next only to Rahul Dravid: the difference is 102 runs and Dravid has played 3 more innings than Tendulkar. The third highest run getter is Laxman and he is more than 300 runs behind. Of the current playing 11 the Sehwag is 400 behind, and Dhoni is 500 behind.

    2. Tendulkar has the second highest average of Indian batsmen: 48.45 against Dravid's 48.59.

    3. He is the only Indian batsman during this period to have hit a Test double hundred.

    Think before you criticize.

  • Prasad Kamath on September 5, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    In the way Sachin got out is not due to age. Check the way he got out against Wasim Akram. Its the same way he got out in both the innings at Bangalore. Its just a wrong shot selection against the straight ball full length inswing. He tried to flick that to mid-wicket region instead of straight drive. And it can happen with any tom-dick and harry. There is nothing to worry about his talent and age. His still has lot of cricket left and soon we are going to witness another brilliant knock from him.

  • sharath on September 5, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    I have seen people saying lot of youngesters missing chances because of sachin,do you think rohit sharma and rahane can replace sachin. just see the series against england and australia every india batsman failed to score big runs except kohli 100 from the last test,then also we commenting on sachin batting.why we not talk about shewag,as a opening batsman he scored less runs than raina in australia and england series,do you think it is not a worry thing. As a cricket fan i support sachin and let him decide when to retire

  • RK on September 5, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Why is Sachin still playing? Should he not retire when he is at the top, rather than delay it till a decay sets in and he has to go out of shame (no one has the guts to through him out, and neither does he deserve to be thrown out, he has served the nation well)

    The best time to do so was after the world cup win....did he miss out on that...

    Well he had 99 centuries at that time, had he scored his 100th then, maybe he would have. But why not now? He has 100. But, wait it is 100 = 51 test and 49 one day. Oh man, he is one short of his 5oth one day century... Is that why he is still playing?

    Only Tendulkar knows....

  • TellasisPatel on September 5, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Watching Sachin bat in the second test was both frustrating and painful. Did others feel the same?

  • ruben on September 5, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Sachin, be brave and retire now. It's a best for the country to give a chance to young blood. Have a wonderful retirement life.

  • moBlue on September 5, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    SRT's batting record from sep. 1 2010 to date in test matches is as follows: --------------------- unfiltered 1989-2012 190 314 32 15533 248* 55.08 28726+ 54.03* 51 65 14 2005+ 67 filtered 2010-2012 21 38 3 1696 214 48.45 3301 51.37 3 9 0 216 10 ----------------------- so... SRT averages 48, 7 less than his career average, and has scored more than 50, 12 times out of 38 innings. a not-just-good-but-great batsman scores over 30% in this statistic, as SRT evidently still does! so any of y'all who want to yap about SRT not holding his own in test cricket can't possibly back it up, k? ...and i've seen your rohit sharmas and suresh rainas bat! they can't hold a bat properly in test cricket, let alone replace SRT!!! so give it a rest and let the dude retire whenever *he* wants to! i'll pay money to watch SRT bat in test matches even when he is 50!!!

  • Naresh Patel on September 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Its not that we hate Sachin ,but just that there is so much batting talent in India and we need to be prepared for overseas outings. India needs to look at new openers. The pace attack is jaded as well.

  • Dinesh on September 5, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Hello Sreejith..

    Sunil Gavaskar and Srikant retires Sachin gets chance.If they did not retire than what? Kapildev retires Zahir Khan/Umesh Yadav gets chance, if Kapil did not retire than what? Chandrasekhar/Bishan bedi retires Anil Kumble/Ashwin gets chance if Chandrashekhar/Bedi do not retire than what? Farookh engineer retires we get Dhoni, if Farookh did not retire than what? How can you say we do not have right talent to replace sachin? In a Nation of more than 100 Crore population... Change is constant natural phenomena.. If someone is blocking change it is against the very existence of any system.. So relax.. In this world no one knows What's next? What if tomorrow a player proves 3 times better than Sachin?

  • Shawgi on September 5, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Tendulkar's best days are behind him. I am sure that he would love to be remembered as one of the greats of the game - not one who hung on too long till people ask 'Why not' retire- ( Hats off to Mr Gavaskar). What he needs to realise is that the reflexes slow with age as a natural phenomenon - when that happens balls that he would have effortlessly hooked on pulled to the fence in the past start climbing on him that fraction of a second - which will result in the false stroke/ missed ball/LBW etc. Balls that swing in/out a fraction - which in the past he would have easily adjusted his stroke , would now take the edge of bowl him. Sadly there is no one who can tell him this simple fact.

  • sanjay on September 5, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    no need for tendulkar to retire. Tendulkars experience is needed for tough series coming up! If tendulkar retired today( india would be folded 4-0,4-0,3-0 by eng,aussies and sa respecitvely). what he scores does not matter as long as he can get 50 to 100 partnership going( he did in second innings). Not playing one dayers has been trouble for him. He was back in form against bangla and pak before a long lay off again! He will get in to groove. He has to stay positive and play his strokes and not to worry about next 100 that and this!

    A 50 or 60 from him now on is worth a lot. there is kohli and pujara to ramp up the scores. Tendulkar is a glue india cant afford to miss with wobbling top order! the whole team can be folded under 100 run as there is no grafter left in the team( one of these days collapse will happen)

  • zeus on September 5, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Tendulkar. What concerns me, though, is not the way he got out in this series, but the way he played while he was in. He was overly cautious and hesitant, and as a result, affected the non-striker as well. I really hope he gets over this phase and takes a more positive, aggresive approach.

  • savio on September 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Everyone know how gr8 the man is and has produced some magical innings in his tenure. In his press conference he said "who are we to ask him to retire when we did not ask to to start playing" let me tell you he was picked to be a part of the indian team and it was not his choice and based on his ongoing performance its only fair that BCCI drops him and if he can prove himself at the first class level he can get his fairchance..

  • Kool Kat on September 4, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Sachin - whatever you have been doing till now would not be tolerated by any other cricekter - choosing games, not willing to change batting order etc. That is OK. You were a legend. Now you have a problem. Either retire or play domestic cricket and sort out problems before Anderson, Broad and Swann arrive. And Indians please don't be overconfident. Cook, Trott and Bell play spin better than the Kiwis.

  • TRAM on September 4, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Many people want SRT to be given respect. So here it is: Dear Loved and most Respected and Honorable Sir Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, sir please sir retire sir. Respectfully sir, your fan sir.

  • dinesh on September 4, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Mr. Aaamod Desai, You are also talking based on some numbers 40% 43.75%... ?? If ageing is afactor, it is a factor.. no one can neglect it. Why don't you compare Sachin's innings in last 2 years with that of other palyers in the same match facing same bowlers? Dravid in England, Virat Kohli in Australia and recently against Newzealand. Sachin just plays crammed game. Over years he has crammed some shots against known bowlers, so now most often he gets out by new bowlers.. What about he is blocking entry of young promising players? Why don't you understand that the Cricket world will not come to standstill in absence of Sachin ?

  • Nagesh on September 4, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Tendulkar is the best cricketer of all time. India is indeed lucky to have a world beater like Sachin. We should let him decide when he wants to retire. It's denying him his well-deserved glory by constantly pressuring him to retire - let the great man play as long as he wants!

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    A once great man is now not only clinging to a spot, he is holding back the appointment of another young cricketer to be selected for the spot. This is a conundrum. I respect Sachin and what he has achieved for the country in the past. I dis-respect that he is holding back the progress of Team India's younger talent.

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    A once great man is now not only clinging to a spot, he is holding back the appointment of another young cricketer to be selected for the spot. This is a conundrum. I respect Sachin and what he has achieved for the country in the past. I dis-respect that he is holding back the progress of Team India's younger talent.

  • Phani Durvasula on September 4, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    I am not against Tendulkar continuing playing if he is consistent but I think he has not at all been good... forget World class or World's best. I personally think he made a fool of himself by not retiring after World cup. Even if he waited for 100th 100, he should have immediately retired after Asia cup. Then in an interview after the 100th 100, he spoke about enjoying his game and continuing to play cos he was on the top of his sport and made a mockery of himself. So Sachin should play into his 40s and 50s NOT BECAUSE I WANT HIM TO but TO DISPROVE the theory that age takes reflexes away. So Tendulkar should continue to play only if he scoring 100s consistently.

  • Scholes on September 4, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    @kannan, your analysis is wrong. Australia persisted with Ponting even when series after series he had medicore performances. Dont tell the world how Australia would have done this and that, without looking at the facts as they are. Dravid retired because not only he was failing as a batsman, his catching was abysmal - so much so that it prompted a bowler to ask if Dravid wanted to come and bowl. Have you done an analysis of how many runs did it cost India when Dravid dropped catches and if Dravid scored enough to compensate for those extra runs that resulted from his poor catching? Dravid's time was well and truly up. Laxman with all his 4th innings wonder averaged 45 over a 100 test matches - not quite there with the greats. The argument that he batted with tail-enders is illogical. If he batted with tail-enders he should have remained not-out plenty and thereby boosting his average. Obviously thats not the case. He could have played but seems like the politics forced him to retire.

  • cric fan on September 4, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    It seems that he will retired only when company will not signed any new ad contract with him.

  • AJ100 on September 4, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    You say every Tom, Dick and Harry is making judgements on his technique?! In the same way every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows everything and start writing blogs here!!

    You don't have to be a superstar cricketer to know if someone is playing well or not. Public can judge and don't underestimate them.

  • Baskar Guha on September 4, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Sachin seems to be short on match practice. He has a long break between now and November 15th -- he would help himself by playing in the domestic matches. Some of the shots he likes to play like flicking a ball on off to midwicket are not for the meek and any slight mistiming can be disastrous. I am sure he and his coaching staff know this -- he can either not play such shots or perfect them in match situations ahead of the England-India tests.

  • Ron on September 4, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Tendulkar is not immortal. He has given all cricket lovers in India and elsewhere so much pleasure watching him the last 20 years. But its time to go now and serve the game in some other manner. Good bye and good luck Mr.Tendulkar.

  • Ashok on September 4, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    It is amazing how people react to Tendulkars few bad innings, these are the same people who wrote him off after his 35th century. Sanjay Manj. wanted him to retire 5 years back. Lara said "I do not want to chase Tendulkar, Ponting will anyway break his record anyway". Few years later, look where Tendulkar is and where Ponting is? Can these great analyzers leave him alone and not put unnecessary pressure on him.

  • Mario Joseph on September 4, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Many of us, especially from the sub-continent keep calling out for Sachin's retirement. However, while we keep crying for it, because "he's lost his mojo" and doesn't have any of that old magic left, are we perhaps being rather biased?

    The playing 11 of any national team has to be the best 11 players. And hate it you may, but Sachin is even at this age the best out of the 11. Fair, enough, he's going through a bad patch right now, but the man is the only one right now, who can stand up against the quick short-pitched stuff away from Indian pitches. Sure, Kohli has fight and he is learning quickly, however, even during the Australian drubbing, it was Sachin who looked the best in touch.

    But the criticism is heaped on him, because he is 39. What abt the others though - more than a decade younger? Who will you replace him with? Raina?? Sharma??!! What about Sehwag, Gambir, Dhoni? when was the last time they performed away from home??

    No. We can't do without him. So show some respect.

  • Moin Shah on September 4, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    It would have been better if the writer had also mentioned at what scores he got bowled or LBW in his career. If he got out at the same low scores like he is getting out now then there is nothing to worry but if not then may be the age is catching up with him...

  • sreeth on September 4, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    the person who tells to focus on bowlers and let the old man continue must be a real dum ...no wonder Greg chappel said its the weird culture that does not think for the team ......

  • ElPhenomeno on September 4, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Way to go in bashing others for giving their opinions on tendulkar's declining performance and then doing the same yourself under a "disclaimer". Kudos!!

  • Krish on September 4, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    I still wouldn't drop Tendulkar, not yet. I'd like to see how he does against England in the first test and if he fails and falls in the 20s or 30s against england in the two innings, he should seriously consider hanging up his gloves and pads for good.

  • Observer on September 4, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Its funny people are arguing that youngstars are waiting to take his spot and he is not worth his place with 20/30 runs in a match. Wonder where they are when Rohit Sharma gets a place in the team scoring 20/30 runs a year (is my numbers too high???) and other players are sitting in the bench, even after scoring 100 in a match like Manoj Tiwari.

    It is easier to get noticed for any below par performance when someone is expected to above average everytime. Also it is easier to get the limelight if you criticize them. Do you suggest to drop Messi from Argentina national team since he does not score for his country and select someone to replace him?

  • Antonio Fernandes on September 4, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Sachin is an old man in cricketing years. He is a liability to the Indian team. The cricketing fraternity and reporters alike are so afraid to say to so. He has outlived his stay. Goodbye Sachin. If you do not quit before the next test, you'd have lost my respect.

  • Bijendra on September 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    are we so miserable that we can't fulfil his just one wish..? for so long he fulfilled our wishes.. gave the joy when we were in desparity.. just give him time and there are more issues in team composition than baking on sachin's retirement.. think about getting aggressive fast bowlers who bowls consistently at 140 plus speed.. and allrounder who can bat fairly..

  • ravi on September 4, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    let us all be silent and wait for sachin's bat to do the talking in the upcoming series...he needs our support..he has made us so proud now its our turn to appreciate his work nd encourage him to keep doing the same for at least next 3-4 years...

  • ravi on September 4, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    65 test centuries is wat tendulkar wud get i guess...stop talking of retirement..when sachin started cricket 10000runs was a benchmark in tests nd odi's for greatest batsmen around.look at sachin 15500+runs in tests nd 18000+runs in odi's.nd still going great. when no of runs are not the benchmark to then why age? why he should quit? bcoz he is 39?..wat rubbish/ we should be wise to think that sachin is exceptional cricketer ever born dats why he is on the mountain of runs...dont compare him with any cricketer who is retired... sachin wants to play world cup2015 in australia nd india needs his experience in australia at the top...the youths need him in the dressing room...they will learn a lot from him... also a point to make that india does'nt have the replacement player ready for number 4 where tendulkar plays so sachin should continue playing for 3-4 years more... very nice article by aamod desai.ur article seems like a cool breeze while some hot loo blowing.nd very well judjed too

  • shashi odeti on September 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Cant understand what people complain about. Its just 3 innings!! though he failed, he looked in great touch and form. In recently concluded toughest test series against Eng and Australia, when India performed poorly, Sachin was the second highest run getter with in Indian team. He is the most consistent guy in the team. Against NZ, he looked great, but got bowled thrice for low scores. But team India won which is more important. The guy serving India for more than 2 decades in many lows (match fixing), still the best batsmen India has needs some respect. Many people commenting might not even know, that more than 50% of the TV's used to get shutdown when Sachin gets out during 90's. Its not that he used to be a great player, he still is great player and best in team. He knows when to call the day.

  • vishwa on September 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    he started his intl. career at least 5 - 6 years before avg. intl. players. maybe he will sustain it for 5 -6 years beyond avg. cricketers....its just a rough patch, if it continues into the next series, drop him, if he regains the form, then good for him and india...but judging him on age is not so fair

  • Dinesh on September 4, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    It is my opinion that Sachin should get retire from limited overs cricket as he blocks other indian young talents who were just benching their desks. Everyone knew he is a legend. None could deny that fact. However everything is only for a limited period. He may enjoy his batting till 50 as he could say but sports should be considered in terms of age and not of his personal interest.In fact already he has created enormous records in all formats. Still what is there to achieve. Why could he not retire in 50 overs match and give a chance to Young talents like Rahane, Tiwary and still many in the list to come.... Already he was nearing his 40's. If he wish to enjoy playing cricket, Maybe he can play tests and atleast retire from Limited overs Cricket. I personally feel that he is been blocking several young talents who like to have a spot in playing 11. Consider Raina too though he is a good player, If Yuvaraj is back, There is a question to his spot too it seems.......

  • Vidyadhar Akkaraju on September 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Sachin's greatest hindrances are Mother Nature and Father Time. Nobody is questioning his technique or dedication or passion. The reflexes slow down with age, and this makes him vulnerable to fast bowling more so outside the sub continent. That is a battle nobody can win.

  • nadeemsharif on September 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    test cricket cannot afford three retirements in a year. I think Sachin should retire next year along with Ricky Ponting. India won the series and there is no need to criticize SRT. Sachin knows when to retire and he will on his terms one day. Let the guy alone.

  • bala on September 4, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    "he should stop flicking the straight balls to mid-wicket." what a load of crap. he has been playing that bread and butter shot of his since the time I learned to take a dump.Remember those quick 150kmph straight deliveries of Shoaib Akhtar dispatched to boundaries in 2003? You people just need to sit back and watch the legend do his thing.

  • bala on September 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Wisden report of a long forgotten match- Dhaka, October 28 (day/night). India won by 44 runs. Toss: Australia.(ICC champions trophy 1998)

    "Tendulkar excelled even himself with a stunning all-round performance. He took the Australian attack apart to score his 19th one-day international century and went on to 141 off 128 balls, with three sixes and 13 fours, a domineering innings awesome in its certainty of touch. Australia, who 48 hours earlier had been winning a Test series in Pakistan, had understandably failed to observe the evolving strategy of this event, and put too much emphasis on fast bowling: Kasprowicz's first seven overs went for 62. Mark Waugh tried to emulate Tendulkar, But most of the batsmen were daunted by a 308-run target and played too many rash shots, especially against Tendulkar (38/4), who bowled a mixture of off-breaks and leg-breaks and ended the match as he had started it: in complete control."

    nuff said. he will end it as he had started it.In complete control

  • akshay patel on September 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Sachin is planing to paly til 2015 world cup.

  • ajronald on September 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Sachin is choosing his games now a days. You cannot expect someone who takes lot of rest to suddenly come into the team to score a century. If Sachin has to perform, he has to start playing all matches or stop playing all matches.

  • Steve Patterson on September 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Tide and time waits for no man - somebody once said and Tendulkar is no exception. His days are numbered anyhow if DRS gets Universally adopted. I've watched Tendulkar bat several times and it's his unremarkable accumilation of runs that is almost uncanny. You watch and you wait for the beautiful cover drive or the delightful cut and it doesn't come. His batting partners perish (some to great deliveries) but Tendulkar hangs on - limpet like. You look up at the scoreboard and he has nurdled 30 or 40 runs and the confidence multiplies with each one. For me that is the essense of Tendulkar - that he scores runs almost un-noticed. He always seems to cover his stumps though and invariably survives LBW shouts that 'ordinary' batters succumb to. Why? Because he is Sachin Tendulkar and has an air of the WG Grace attitude of "they've paid to see me bat son - not to see you bowl". With DRS this will all change and if he's out he's out - plain and simple. Tendulkar knows this and hence no DRS!

  • hardepinder on September 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Aamod wonderful article.so nice to read such a unbiased and refreshed view.

  • Benjamin on September 4, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The issue is that he is not getting any runs.He has made just 6 fifties in the last 13 tests.Dravid made 5 hundreds and 4 fifties in his last 14 tests.Time for the so called cricketing god to leave the scene with grace and dignity.His time is up in test matches.The god must be out of his mind to think that he can play Steyn and co in SA.

  • Harshad on September 4, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    People tend to forget that all through out his career Sachin has got out in 20s and 30s more times than you would want to, those scores always jinxed him. Once past the 40s he threatened the bowlers. During the Australia tour Clarke said that we will not let him get his 100th. 100 in Australia and some how the LBW decisions fell in line to deprive him.In Australia in 2011 he was given out LBW most of the time so that he would not get his 100th. 100 in Australia!

  • Harshad on September 4, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    People tend to forget that all through out his career Sachin has got out in 20s and 30s more times than you would want to, those scores always jinxed him. Once past the 40s he threatened the bowlers. During the Australia tour Clarke said that we will not let him get his 100th. 100 in Australia and some how the LBW decisions fell in line to deprive him.In Australia in 2011 he was given out LBW most of the time so that he would not get his 100th. 100 in Australia!

  • ELANGOVAN ELAMURUGU on September 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Nice question, "what ails Tendulkar?". The simple answer is:

    HIS RETIREMENT (and that will ail INDIA as well)

  • Ameya on September 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Excellent article... Agree completely!

  • Ameya on September 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Excellent article... Agree completely!

  • Buzz on September 4, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    So that would make Aamod, Tom, Dick and Harry..

  • Rishikesh on September 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    The comments are worth the read - takes one right into minds of the cricket mad Indian who is emotional from the core. The comments would not have been very different even if Sachin's performance in the previous series was what one expects from him, because England & Australia would have been long forgotten - for the cricket mad Indian what matters is the "now". Sachin has got bowled thrice & that will lead to calls for his immediate retirement; if Sachin hits a couple of centuries in the next series, the emotional cry will be for him to continue eternally - I love the cricket mad Indian - emotionally insane or insanely emotional!

  • Harsha NVRS on September 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Talented Indian batsmen doesn't filled the void for no. 6 slot till now from past 3-4 years post Saurav ganguly's retirement. Even if Sachin retires now, the talented batsman may not come into the team because the current bench strength is not good. Suresh Raina, who is not good in facing the short pitch deliveries (how can he play in the overseas in a test match) has been chosen into the team as a replacement. The batsman should also have good backfoot play when he wants to face fast/seam bowlers. only who have reputation in the board/team are coming into the team. So that is the reason the no. 6 slot is still vacant. How can someone suggest to retire a senior batsman just like that. Retirement of all the seniors at a time is not good for the team. But no doubt, Sachin will answer to all the critics with his bat during England series.

  • Jagan on September 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    First of all we should not forget that we are talking about the greatest ever batsman the cricketing world has seen. Sachin's mere presence in the team adds that psychological advantage to the team. Sachin's recent form in the just concluded series need not be discussed at all as it is just a temporary phenomenon .The master is going to answer his critics with his willow in the upcoming series against Australia as he has done many times before. So let us please stop analyzing his form or technique and wait for the master blaster to come with many more scintillating knocks.

  • Ashwini on September 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    worth to read.i just love watching sachin at crease.thats it.i love the way he walks runs and his body language at crease.i pity evry1 who r asking him to retire

  • Smidgeon on September 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    There are two separate issues which keep getting mixed together - Sachin's retirement and his place in the team. if Sachin wants to continue playing, he can do so for ever. However, that doesnt, by default, guarantee him a place in the Playing XI (if indeed he is still so passionate about cricket, why havent we seen him playing Ranji/domestic tournaments in the last five years?).

    Its the job of the paid Indian selectors to select a team for the future.Srikanth and his bunch of selectors did an awful job - hopefully the next selection committee would have better vision for the Indian cricket team's future (in all versions), rather than having "the Indian team select itself"!

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    people criticizing Sachin is not a new thing. The same retirement thing was said about him when India crashed out of the 2007 world cup but he came back with a bang and I am sure he will do the same this time too. and as far as places in team are concerned there are many spots specially sehwag, raina and Dhoni's which require more attention then Sachin's . And all those saying sachin is too old to play these three have been pathetic in tests being younger than Sachin.

  • Varun on September 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Well, he has been doing this for ages but been getting away with his great hand-eye co-ordination. The simple technical glitch is he always plays across the line. For inferior bowlers and slow pitches, he can get by without any troubles but when you get good bowlers and swinging conditions, you;re only bound to give catching practice or get clean bowled or get out lbw. He needs to stop playing across the line, a la Alastair Cook. NOw don't ask me how did he manage to score all those hundreds abroad, that was because he had great hand-eye coordination, which unfortunately goes away with age.

  • Harbaksh on September 4, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Indeed a very good observation...and the best part is that you have not tried to project that the time has come for Sachin to hang his boots.... Well actually we love him so much that we can't accept his lack of form as we would we do for any other player. But if this comment can reach Sachin then I have just one suggestion for the Little Master...Just play the way you played when you made headlines and rocked the cricketing world....Cos it not only hurts you but it hurts millions of your fans like me to hear the commentators giving weird observations about your technique, age and the need for you to quit the game. Please play some cracking innings and retire with grace...We all love you...

  • Engee on September 4, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Sachin is an icon and I think team India benefits from keeping him in the side even when he is short of runs and going through his twilight years. But he should take a cue from Strauss and retire gracefully. Or he might regain his form and reach the #1 spot like Federer. Time will tell.

  • ajay on September 4, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Nobody in the entire cricket world deserves to comment on Sachin's technique. The God of Cricket knows about his short comings and will be overcome within short span of time. Once i have read an article where it was written "Great person are known for their failures". Sachin not hitting hundred will always come under scrunity because cricket lovers wants their GOD to execute, execute on each and ever occasions.

  • Patrick on September 4, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    All you people are overreacting.Where were you guys when dravid was abysmal between 2007 - 2011? You dont levy similar criticism on him because he has the so-called underrated image. Now,coming to the point of sachin's form,he hasn't been that bad compared to his teammates.He was the second highest scorer in England and Australia test series.It's only bad if you compare it with his standards which are obviously very high. Even based on his current form he is the second best batsman in the team after kohli.Why dont you guys talk about Sehwag's and gambhir's form? You are hell-bent for sachin's retirement because he is nearing 40 but not because of his form and this thing called making way for youngsters is ludicrous.Nobody makes way for the others,you have to earn your place.If that was the case why not just play for 5 years and "make way" for the others?

  • Sreejith on September 4, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Ok, Tendulkar retires.. Then what? What's next? Who'll replace him? And what if the replacement fails? All these people who wants him retired will ask him to come back? With other seniors retired, Tendulkar's presence is required in the team more than ever now. We do not have the right talent to replace Sachin or Gambhir or Sehwag (atleast in tests). The best thing we can do is to give them support and make them play without pressure for the country. That's what India needs now. Our teams weak point is not our batting, it's the bowling department we need to worry about. What we need badly is a good fast bowler who can really terrorize the opponents, who can take wickets, who can bowl variety, who can beat the bats of any batsman at will. Just think of the Indian team with 2 bowlers like Steyn and Philander. With the current batting line up and 2 pacers like that, no other team can dominate us. So let's concentrate on our bowling than Sachin's retirement....

  • John Smith on September 4, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    His conscience is playing up over India's rejection of DRS. He knows in his heart that its adoption will enhance the game and that he should shoulder the responsibility of convincing Srinivasan and Dhoni to accept it. Once he does the right thing by the game his batting form will return.

  • sachin fan on September 4, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    I will classify before hand that I am a Sachin fan and would love to see him around for another 20 years. I also do not think he is in that bad of a form. In fact I still turn on tv when he comes to bat. His batting is something we should all treasure while we have the chance.

    However, I feel NOW is the right time for Sachin to step out of the playing eleven. The team is in a rebuilding phase and has a set of home tests ahead. It would be useful to bring in a new player at number 4 and give him some time to settle in over the next 6-12 months, while the rebuilding phase is on.

    If Sachin delays his retirement and steps out in late 2012 or 2013 (which is inevitable), the team will again fall into the rebuilding phase with no home tests remaining. The new number 4 will suffer in particular and the whole team in general.

    That said, Sachin's experience will help a lot in the rebuilding phase. Keeping him around in the team (not in playing 11), or in the support staff mgt be a good idea.

  • Sajith on September 4, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    To all those who say, wait and see what Sachin will do in the next match ; this was the same dialogue I've been hearing for the last 13 test matches, but not even once has Sachin showed any class. It is clear as daylight that the oldies time is out and he needs to be shown the door.

  • sunny on September 4, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    we should stop worshiping individuals. sachin is there in the team just because of his name. anyday anytime, rahul dravid has been much better test batsman and a team man than sachin. india's two greatest test batsman have been sunil gavaskar and rahul dravid in that order and what a coincidence that both hung up their boot just at the right time. sachin is digging his grave. yes no one can drop him in india but he will go in shame as he doesn't want to leave himself. its up to him to go with his head held high or go the way gundappa vishwanath left (remember?).

  • Ashwin on September 4, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Your playing XI needs to be your best XI. Whatever any of you say - Tendulkar is right up there and is definitely in the best XI in the country. Your concerns should be the average bowlers, weak batsmen (cough cough Raina), and consistently failing opening batsmen. Why isn't anyone questioning why Sehwag isn't scoring? In all his Tests he gets in, scores a quick 40 and does the long walk. It's not often that an Indian becomes a legend in anything. We have the biggest one of them all - at least for that show him some respect. You're all nothing more than armchair critics. It takes a lot to play for your country; yes, he is ageing but this series was held after a huge break from top level cricket. I was at the Test and his reaction after getting out still showed that he has it in him. Southee just bowled well Raina and Sehwag on the other hand played like schoolboy cricketers and hardly showed any remorse after throwing their wickets away to a very average spinner

  • SM on September 4, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    yeah, Sachin is the best! he counts himself in and himselfout as if he owns the team - and he is taking the advantage of our Indian psyche of "hero worshipping"! His "once in a blue moon" plays are useless in terms of "long term prospects" of Indian cricket!! THis guy played with a passion for India, and now plays for himself - so selfish and lack of respect for the new and upcoming talent! If Selection team has a SPINE, this guy should be dropped and then we will see Sachin the Kid's reaction and Sachin the Selfishkar's "turning stones into milestone" philoshophy! Shame on this guy!

  • zealous on September 4, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I think, Sachin missed a trick. I am from Pakistan and I am not here to bash him, but I think Imran Khan was absolutely spot on about Sachin Tendulkar. He should have retired at the time his team won the worldcup. I mean, he will never get now such a huge platform where he would retire with such glory and all. It could be a perfect ending for a perfect career. But, I am afraid, nothing bigger than a World Cup can happen in his career now. And, he certainly doesn't look to be playing the next World cup in 2015. I am not biased, but I think only Imran Khan managed picked the right time to retire at the right time. Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad..all did not know when to retire and they did not get the ending the deserved. Players from subcontinent should learn the right time to retire. Regards!

  • Ratheesh on September 4, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Please all sachin haters stop talking about his retirement. no dravid and laxman now. oung players need to be with sachin for another 2-3 years and learn from him.

  • Ratheesh on September 4, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Please all sachin haters stop talking about his retirement. no dravid and laxman now. oung players need to be with sachin for another 2-3 years and learn from him.

  • Hotu Chainani on September 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    This must be a first for Tendulkar ~ bowled in both the innings of a Test Match. It does suggest that a flaw has crept up in his technique, and that his feet are not in sync to counter the moving ball, or perhaps he is not able to pick up the movement, quick enough.

    Is it time for Tendulkar to hang his boots. Perhaps it is. However, Tendulkar himself should be able to decide that. I for one think that the great man should not extend himself, if he is not able to reproduce some of the old magic. I remember Kapil Dev. He was struggling in his last days, but insisted on staying on till he had surpassed Hadlee's record of 'most number of wickets'.

  • Anil on September 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    The problem is, we treat different players differently. The two 4-0s claimed two greats, RSD and VVSL. But we treat SRT so highly that no one dares talking to him about his future. He will never be dropped, and may play alongside his son Arjun if he chose. SRT could become the greatest only because he enjoyed unprecedented support from BCCI; lesser failures by lesser mortals have proved fatal. And, he even enjoys the unprecedented freedom to pick and leave games. Is this a good lesson for the youngsters? And, does mere presence in the dressing room, but not performance, inspire the youngsters? He is great, he knows his game more than we do; but what he does not realize is a player has to retire someday and that his time is up. Retiring now is not selfish (refer to his famous quote); not retiring is.

  • N.AJAY VENKATESH on September 4, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    As a cricket lover,my humble suggestion is sachin tendulkar can stop playing cricket and go as a commentator and start his cricket coaching school.Team India did well recently against sri lanka without sachin tendulkar and won odi series 4-1 and also won t20.sachin tendulkar has not been in form with bat in recent test series against new zealand.I thing as sachin ages,he is not playing well.

  • Venkatesh on September 4, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    So Aamod, do you fall under the expert category or a Sachin worshiper who lights camphor before an image of SRT each morning? The reality is SRT plays like a club player while most commentators are being charitable in their view of why SRT plays a shot a particular way - opposition captains read each batsman's penchance for particular strokes and place a field accordingly - a champion batsman should know how to overcome that and guide a ball elsewhere - Bradman had 3 different strokes for any particular ball, SRT does not! It is the general public who pay for SRT's living through his sponsors and Indians may be bad at playing but are good at analyzing, so do not reduce the general public to incompetent morons. When more people ask why he is still around, he should step aside. SRT is holding Indian cricket to ransom by daring the selectors to drop him - technically Durrani and Borde can still be selected to play for India, SRT has shades of their age!

  • Shyam on September 4, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Gud statistics but when i see Sachin getting bowled out continuously, only one thing comes to my mind "Great Dravid getting bowled continuously in the Aus series and the immediate retirement". Sachin might be thinking the same. Sachin might be ending his career sooner, guess may be by end of 2012.

  • Sandeep on September 4, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Sachin has been a very good player but never great player. He has hardly won matches for india single handedly like lara, inzamam, ponting, viv richards, steve waugh, Dravid and VVS laxman. To heel with his records if he cannot play a match winning innings for india in the 4th innings of a test match. In 20 years he has won only 1 game for india in 4th innings. and has just got 1 hundred in 4th innings. he is a very good player to watch when he comes at 180 for 2 wickets. but whenever it is 20 for 2 he will fail 9 out of 10 times. i have put enough money on that happening and won almost evry single time. he just cannot finish matches be it ODI or test matches.

  • Adoni on September 4, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    If you are job holder and your performance is not good and few of your collegues suggested you to retire then what will you be your answer?.......mostly, you will try to prove yourself to fit for the job. Don't forget, there are better and much qualified persons in the market who suits for your type of job and can give good results for the company but still, you want to hold that position and want to prove yourself. Remember, if you want to show one fingure to other person than 4 of your fingures points to you. Did you told sachin to play cricket at the age of 16? and why are you asking him to retire at the age of 39? because, he played for more than 20 years now...what if he would have had selected to Indian cricket team at the age of 30 (many got selected at the age) and will your answer change if he scores century in every match he plays from now. He is not born to make centuries.....you play a one day or test match at the age of 39 and I bet, you will never get from bed for life.

  • N.AJAY VENKATESH on September 4, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    As a cricket lover,my humble suggestion is sachin tendulkar can stop playing for india and go as a commentator or start his own cricket coaching school.Team India did well in recent Odis and t20 against sri lanka in sri lanka without sachin tendulkar.Even in recent home test series against new zealand he has not been in good form with the bat.I think as sachin ages he is not playing well.

  • Jeet Singh on September 4, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    This is the bane of Indian cricket some players are given a long rope based on certain beliefs that they are better than the rest (not based on performance), look at the top teams around the world - they put their best of the best players on notice if their performance degrades. Examples are Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting and to a certain extent Kevin Peterson and Chris Gayle for different reasons though... Both the fans and stars fail to realize that it hurts the nation the most if they don't realize that age does catch up and the time will definitely come when older players have to make way for others. Indian selectors lacks the skill to communicate the facts and stars fail to accept writing on the wall. Lastly its still not too late to get out of this embarrassment for Sachin, but if he continues playing he is going to lose all the respect and India is going to lose whatever little chance they have against mighty English and Aussies

  • Chandrasekhar on September 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I think the media has going overboard - let us not forget that the youngsters have not delivered abroad and against better pace attacks. With England, Pakistan and SA ahead of us, it would be foolish to ask Sachin to retire and put a rookie against Dale Steyn and Mornie Morkel. We need someone there who can guide the youngsters on bouncy tracks and mentor them.

    Sachin - dont be selfish and retire - I know it must be easy for you to go from the field to the airconditioned commentary box and join the oldies in criticising the players but we need you to sweat it out for a year more. Please do not listen to the critics - they do this for a living and not for the benefit of the game. Not too long ago- someone in Pakistan wrote Endulkar and you responded with 10 more tons. We would welcome that reply again.

  • Chandrasekhar on September 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I think the media has going overboard - let us not forget that the youngsters have not delivered abroad and against better pace attacks. With England, Pakistan and SA ahead of us, it would be foolish to ask Sachin to retire and put a rookie against Dale Steyn and Mornie Morkel. We need someone there who can guide the youngsters on bouncy tracks and mentor them.

    Sachin - dont be selfish and retire - I know it must be easy for you to go from the field to the airconditioned commentary box and join the oldies in criticising the players but we need you to sweat it out for a year more. Please do not listen to the critics - they do this for a living and not for the benefit of the game. Not too long ago- someone in Pakistan wrote Endulkar and you responded with 10 more tons. We would welcome that reply again.

  • Johnny129 on September 4, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    SRT is aging BUT he remains one of India's top 3 batsman. It is time to release the pressure a little bit by pushing Kohli up to 4 and get SRT to bat at 5. He won't score many centuries but he will hold the batting together well, along with Dhoni in the lower order. SRT is a batting phenomenon and the youngsters can still learn a lot from him in the team. SRT remains streets ahead of the Rohits and Rainas!

  • Kumar on September 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    You can't blame Sachin.It is in the genes of South Asians,specially Indians.Like our political Leaders,most cricketers don't know how to retire gracefully.May be the money both politicians and cricketers make is the reason?Even Semi-Gods are after money?

  • Bal Thakare on September 4, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Sachin, go ahead and make my day: RETIRE now....you're no longer match winner and playing for India, you're playing for yourself for last two years...stay home and have a wonderful life with your family...PLEASE

  • TV Gopal on September 4, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    If it is only 20s and 30s he is going to get, then why we need SRT, any miss & hit (read IPL) guy can make it.

  • Kalyan on September 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @Irp... agree with you. Many people are suggesting the legend to retire. If you see, he is not playing T20 and hardly playing ODIs. Two great players are already retired. Sachin's test ranking is highest among Indian players. Have you ever heard of misfield or drop catches from Tendulkar? I think its more of Indian mindset to speak something without understanding the fact.

  • Mallik on September 4, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Simple comparison, Dravid had excellent infact exceptional English tour and failed badly in Oz series...getting bowled 6/8 times....so it can be considered as one series flop show but he promptly retired...whereas Sachin failed 10 test matches continuously and now with a bonus of getting bowled through the gate!!! yet you give justification for his continuity....doesn't jell well Mr. Aamod Desai

  • sarma on September 4, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    It doew not matter whether Sachin is talented or not. But India can produce very good players had they given oppurtunity based on talent. we could see positions are reseved since years. They have served the country very well. Sachin or Dravid or Laxman started their carrers with 0 on board and accumulated 1000s of runs which made India proud many a times. But 'Oppurtunity' to be given for youngsters to prove and sustain country's pride. Failures, centuries or whatsoever is not real measure.... People might jeer at our country that we are still dependent on the record run getters.... Theyre should be a change..and Sachin should be retired to give oppurutinity for India to continue generate youngsters like him. Might his fans feel offensive but he is blocking one position under the cover of his records but not by performance.

  • Sam Roy on September 4, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    There are different kind of Sachin haters in India. Firstly, there people who hate him out of sheer jealousy. Then there are people who have a soft corner for some other Indian Cricketer and since Sachin gets more publicity they hold a grudge towards him. There are some others like us who are critical of Sachin because of his inherent selfishness which has cost India several games. Was he the best batsman in the team since 1994? Yes. Often, he used to bat brilliantly till scoring about 85 or 90 and then slow down often leading to the team losing momentum and subsequently losing the match. Sachin, is an all-time great but a selfish player nevertheless. Sehwag ahead of Sachin any day for me even with Sehwag's limitations.....

  • Murali on September 4, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin.It is time for sachin to call it a day.I have watched how Kapil struggled towards the end of his career and how everyone want him to retire.It is high time for Sachin to retire gracefully.

  • UB on September 4, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Sachin, greatest batsman ever played the game. But, it is time to pack it in, give Rahane a chance to fill his spot.

  • Vineet on September 4, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    If you have watched cricket for last 22 years non-stop, witnessed 100 centuries or even spent that many days in the world of cricket in front of your television plain and simple just watching cricket without a break religiously then please go ahead and suggest anything to SACHIN TENDULKAR...or else a simple advise ... please continue to be the worshipers and enjoy the GOD on the field till the time you are fortunate.....

  • Avinash on September 4, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I have seen people saying there are plenty of talented youngsters in India whose catches are denied because of Sachin. Which youngsters are you talking about Rohit Sharma? You want youngsters to replace Sachin..... Ganguly retired a long back and we are still finding a number 6 replacement for him. First lets find that replacement and then we will try to find a replacement for Sachin. Aamod was right when he said 'Tom, Dick and Harry discussing his technique, skill and ability, including those whose knowledge of Test cricket does not go beyond the numbers on the scorecards.' Just saw Saba Karim on a news channel talking about the flaws in Sachin's technique. Oh common .... we know how good Saba was with the bat..........

  • Vikram on September 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I personally am not vouching for his retirement. But his form does not merit a place in the team. He most certainly needs to be dropped. If he can prove his mettle through domestic cricket, he can claim his place in the XI. If he decides to play the straight ball through the V or the S or let it through to his gates is absolutely immaterial here. Everything that the author talks about here can be said for Dravid and Laxman as well. But they knew that their current form should not merit selection, and given their age, did not want to (for whatever reason) go through the process and decided to hang their boots. Retirement is a personal choice; selection needs to be a professional one.

  • P Subramani on September 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    In 2003-2004 on the Australian tour, Sachin was getting out playing shots on the off side. Usually it would be catches and many analysts started giving reasons. Then before the Sydney game he decided that he would not play any shot on the off side. And so it was at the SCG till he reached 150 I think. Having his confidence restored he batted as well as we have known. His present problem is something like that. he has to sort it out and I have no doubt that on 15th Nov 2012, he would have solved his current problem. People like Harsha Bhogle and Akash Chopra may have a point in their observations. But a genius has to come up with his own solutions as I expect he will. The prospect of facing England and Australia is enough motivation for the legend. So let us not give him any advice.

  • Ganesh on September 4, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Sachin is always a delight when he plays like Sachin. There is a rush at the turnstiles when he is due to bat. Now that he has decided not to be Sachin like and grind his way to help India post a total, the selectors must look at him as just another player and look to make the right choice based on available talent and allow his fans to watch another Sachin in the making.

  • jonas barboza on September 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Very nice articlet and well said with all the valid points highlighted. the problem is that we are obsessed with tendulkar, whether he scores a century still we will blame him for being selfish. i think you have made a valid point and it is just for a few innings that 100's will be coming back. somebody who has played 23 years of international cricket needs respect and also not our views and suggestion whether he has to retire or not. sachin is the best thing that has happened to India for the last 20 odd years and it is his pride and his centuries that make me happy and proud.

  • lrp on September 4, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    He should retire when he wants to. I've always had great respect for those who continue on for as long as possible and are willing to accept a decline from greatness, because they love playing the game. Meanwhile the Indian selectors need to be willing to drop him if his decline no longer makes him one of he best 6 batsmen in the country.

  • soumyajeet on September 4, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    All d people who think dat sachin should retire and give his place 2 new comers i want 2 tell u. He has made such a place in our mind dat each tym he goes out there we expect a 100.. but we forget dat after all he is a human being..

  • pappu on September 4, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Every body wants 100 from sachin evrytime he pads up, which is not right , but i think few idiots who think sachin should retire, should just wait for england series he will show everybody , what he , and why he is called God oF Cricket No Dravid , NO laxman, india realy need experience of sachine to face england and australia , so guyz stop talking about sachin , u will soon gonna a see 100 no. 52

  • parthiv desai on September 4, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    it is just the matter of time for sachin. we Indian every time comes to bat we would like to see him scoring 100 all time. which is not possible. it is batter if if give him some time and see how is performs in England home series. i am sure he will make his tons there.

  • Suvam on September 4, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    All those fuss and we all will get answered when HE hits a double hundred.

  • Dashgar on September 4, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    The big problem I see for Tendulkar is that he has almost missed his chance to retire gracefully. I would not have been surprised at all to see him hang up his boots after India's successful world cup but probably due to the lack of his 100th international ton he played on. Now he's been part of two huge overseas losses and he appears to be leaving a team that is as much in need of his best form as ever. Now there are no huge moments left for him to go out covered in glory, it's inevitable that his departure will be a solemn affair not befitting of his career.

  • Raj on September 4, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Excellent article!!!

    I agree with Sanjay. Sachin ought to spend time in the middle before he decides to play across the line. Let him get out of the nervous twenties and thirties. He was underestimating the rookie NZ pacers too early in his innings. But I expect him to give more respect to English and Aussie seamers early in his innings.

    One thing to be duly noted. Sachin was batting under conditions ideal for seamers in both innings of bangalore test. Unfortunately he played across the line to real fine incoming deliveries.

  • Mohan on September 4, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I fail to understand the sentiments of GOD's followers. The non believers are not running down the GOD. They are only suggesting that GOD will remain a GOD if retirement is graceful. There is a vaild point in that.

    It's time we realise that this GOD cannot be omnipotent and omnipresent!

  • Anonymous on September 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I am a fan of Sachin he has played test cricket in each of the last 23 years (23 consecutive years) this has never been done before and never will be done again. however I have a very sad predication to make I think it is almost certain that he will never again score a test hundred. It makes me sad to say this but I think we are going to see the humiliation of one of the greatest ever batsmen over the next 6 months. when you get to 39 and things start to go wrong with your technique you try and correct one problem and in doing so you create 2 more. and at his age when the eye goes it can go very quickly dravid fantastic v england 2011 gone completely v australia 6 months later. I hope I am wrong but I see him averaging only in the 20s against both England and Australia and retiring after 198 tests neext april with 51 hundreds and a much reduced average

  • Marjuk Ahamed on September 4, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Don't bother about the runs Master Blaster failed score, cuz he has scored enough runs which many other failed to score...

  • Bindu Kumar on September 4, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Even Dravid had some issues with incoming deliveries due to a change in his approach during his last few months. There was no doubt that he could have overcome those issues but he quit because he thought there is not enough time to all that exercise as he was already 39. How is Tendulkar different here.. he too has technical issue of late which is evident from his lack of runs and of course isn't he 39 now?

  • V.Ramakrishnan on September 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    It is true that Tendulkar has done enough for Indian cricket .It does not mean that he can carry on playing for India,knowing well that the selectors do not have the courage to drop him.Even Dravid and Laxman have done enough service but they exited the game gracefully when many of the fans wanted them to continue.In the best interest of Indian cricket and in order to maintain his own self respect,it is time that Tendulkar retires from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.

  • Rajesh on September 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    I think Deepak is spot on - DROP anyone who does not score cos no place in the team should be permanent as it hinders the progress of another. If sachin can get into the team at the age of 17 why not anyone else who is as talented - we will never know if we do not provide that person with the chance. Dont we all want to get another tendulkar in the team? - and one more thing if you enjoy the fame and the money then it is our right to criticize them if they do not perform - it is a part of the package.

  • kannan on September 4, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Sadly,in India, the individual is above the team. In Australia, he would have been dropped after the miserable tour of England. With an average of 32 or so in tests over the past 12 months, the writing is on the wall for the "holy cow" of Indian cricket. Unfortunately, no one has the exclusive right to call time on their career, not even Tandulkar. Thats the selectors job. " i will play on as long as i enjoy my cricket" doesnt wash anymore. WE dont enjoy it anymore. My prediction is that his career will be ended by m/s Anderson and Co in 2 months.

  • Prabhakar on September 4, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    A good article but wish all that was true. The bitter truth is that Sachin's time is up in cricket. It is a shame that for such a talented batsman, the stigma of not having been a genuine 'match winner' ( in test matches) will always haunt him. May be that is the reason he still wants to carry on and prove that he is one. Another major blot in his record is his highest test score which is a lowly 248 and that too against a team like Bangladesh. May be he wants to correct this too. But swing bowling has been his undoing. He struggled in England last year and this time the Kiwis swung him out in India!!! Time he read the writing on the 'wall' and follow the wall!!! Moreover, he would gradually feel more pressure as he won't have the cushion of having Dravid and Laxman. Along with Sachin, Viru and Gambhir are also on the decline and could be out of the team sooner rather than later.

  • AnnamalaiThiagarajan on September 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Nobody has conquered the age, neither Tendulkar can do it. That is why great plyers of all game retire from the game which they endeared for long periods. The player himself should determine when to hang his boots, not others. The decision to retire should be left to him.

    Annamalai

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  • jay on September 4, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Sachin's retirement is around the corner. Enjoy his master's strokes while it lasts. The general comments are similar to those prior to the retirement of Saurav, Rahul and Laxman.

  • RAGHU on September 4, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Well we should learn from the palyers of South africa,Australia wherein most of the players retire at times they are at good form/

    Sorry to mention this you have done enough to the world of cricket now probably its time to relax with family members you geniuss.

  • Chester on September 4, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    It isn't the sudden series of bowled or leg before dismissals that is worrying, it is when they are happening, where they are happening and against whom. Notwithstanding the fact that he may have been bowled out (or leg before) 40% of the time in his most prosperous year, he probably had made more than 30 odd runs each time before doing so. Here, Sachin is playing short innings, on home (relatively placid) tracks, against hitherto inferior opposition, and he is getting bowled out. It seems that you yourself have relied on misleading statistics when accusing others of doing the same. The eyes however do not lie, which is why the majority of criticism is emanating from people who actually saw the way Sachin was bowled out. Sometimes I wonder what is to be gained from propping up Sachin like this. He will have to retire eventually, he isn't God. Why make him stay on like a squatter and deprive him of the dignity in retirement that he truly deserves?

  • Bhanu Rasala on September 4, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Excellent Article!!! Aamod Desai, I really liked the way you made the points that are currently making rounds and also supporting them.

    I just can't understand how people talk about the "GOD OF CRICKET" form, technicality, age etc. Has everyone forgot the recently concluded Australia series, where he was in an imperious touch and timing the ball beautifully. Also the recently concluded World Cup 2011.

    Yes, I do agree whenever Sachin goes out to bat, a 100 is a minimum that we expect but, after all he is just a human. In the past there have been 'N' number of occasions where he answered all the critics with his bat. So, this will add on to one more challenge where he is not to proove any one but make all the mouths shut.

    What are you all critics over there looking at? You don't want any senior members in the team? I can't even imagine India doing well without Sachin with the England and Australia series coming up.

    Just WAIT and WATCH, your questions will be answered! How DARE!!!

  • Nikhil on September 4, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Finally! Someone speaks sense! These are really good observations. This isn't the first rough patch of Tendulkar's career. But every time he has made it back with a BANG. In this age of T20, maybe he is not flashy enough for some people's tastes. Still, I hope everyone stops teaching cricket to the person who taught them what cricket is. Because I honestly believe that he will be back at doing what he does best, "Play Cricket".

  • kundan on September 4, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Thank You for a sane point of you...well,internet is a forum where a guy unable to even hold a bat gives 'expert advice' to a guy like 'Sachin'.That's 'modern' and 'democratic' LIFE for you.

  • praveen on September 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Sachin play is no where useful for India now. He has done his part and now he can gracefully get down now. With out Dravid as shield this guy will fail even in up coming sure. Mark my words.

  • sanjay on September 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    he should stop flicking the straight balls to mid-wicket. That will take care of his getting bowled. Last year, viru had similar problem with sammy. But this year, he is just blocking it and others are unable to get him bowled like sammy!

    In the second innings, tendulkar had no gap between bat and pad. it was just that bat was going to midwicket and the ball slid by the bat as there was no surface area to block it!

    If tendulkar just plays straight till he is set, he will be all-right! He can try to straight drive the ball past mid-wicket rather then trying to flick to mid-wicket for some reason!

    Him not playing one dayer is not helping either( if he has 3 one dayers before getting in to tests, he will be all-right and he will be in the groove!). the scheduling of bcci sucks. Now there is t-20 and tendulkar has no way of getting in to the groove again!

    It will be a while before we see tendulkar in form the way it is going now. May be it will start from 3rd test with the english!

  • N. Sundararajan from Chennai, India on September 4, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    You are being kind and considerate to Sachin Tendulkar. Understandable and even appreciated. I have also been his admirer for long--but not any more--not since the last two years, when India has needed his contribution most and he has failed ! But then, has any other player been given such long rope despite failure in so many consecutive Tests? England, Australia and then even home against New Zealand? Why only this man should be given the choice of deciding his own selection? and Retirement? Is he playing for his "enjoyment" or for the future of Indian cricket? Should he not leave when he still commands respect and admiration and not after he has frustrated the world by hanging on? He has nothing more to achieve except his financial endorsements and personal priorities ! PLEASE SACHIN ! RETIRE WHEN WE STILL RESPECT YOU !

  • praveen on September 4, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Aamod Desai, you have mentioned some interesting points. But there is other side why many Indians even his fans started hating and want him away because he has started feeling that his place is granted and playing games with and choose policy. It is hurting him and team too. Some people come with a defence of Sachin saying has right to pick and play whichever game he likes. And they paint it has a great deed Sachin is doing for youngsters. As if he is doing a great deed to youngsters. I have seen many great players around the world , but no body played like Sachin taking place as granted. He may be great, but not above team.

  • Biophysicist on September 4, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Notwithstanding how he is getting out, the fact that his performances in test cricket have decreased quite dramatically over the last 18 months. You might say this is due to a bad patch (or poor form), which is temporary. If he is in his 20s (say 29), you could say that he can overcome this over time and give him a longer (than the 13 tests he has got now, where his average is ~35 runs/innings, about 20 runs lower than his overall average). But for someone who is 39 and going 40, you should tell him it is time up, unless he himself realizes it and retires. Greater players like Gavaskar (who faced better and faster fast bowlers with great success without the aid of helmet) retired when they realized their reflexes slowed down. It seems Sachin can't do that owing to corporate pressure. It is rather unfortunate, but the selectors should do their job sincerely and drop him so that India can build a new team.

  • Michael Arrington on September 4, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Tendulkar is 39 now.. He has been playing from around 20 years. Agreed that he is a legend but there is a limit for everything. Even if he is still able to play now he is just another average player. There are many players who want his spot and they are much more capable than him currently. Opponents should not look at him as a walking wicket , so if he retires now he willstill have some fame but if he waits till next year(2013) his fame will dissapear and he will retire on a low. Therefore it is good for Tendulkar and for the Indian Cricket Team if he retires now.

  • samir from Toronto on September 4, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Bravo Aamod, What a article and what a slap to all those Ex. Cricketers and Media persons who wants to cash out on every single opportunity on God of Cricket makes. Numbers you have provided are eye opening, it is not sudden change or age or anything, It is around career average, Please please read this article, apply your mind and then think before you say anything negative for this Great Man.

  • Swapnil on September 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Excellent article. Loved the line - "Tendulkar is too good to not notice the shortcomings in his movements".

  • Ram on September 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    The author seems to have soft-corner to Sachin is natual, who don't like Sachin. The criticism is also justified from the audience point of view. You don't need to be a painter to suggest that a painting is good or bad. Sachin is regarded as Legend of the game of Cricket and he is expected to deliver his best every time he goes to bat. Look at other Legends of the game like Don or Lara or Warne, they did't linger too long due to the fact that they wanted to hang the boots when on HIGH.

  • Pramod Yadav on September 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    i bat for Sachin.... I'm sure He will come up with big hundreds against England.... and continue to play for another 3-4 years...

  • Raj on September 4, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    The guy is over the hill and just doesn't know how to quit. It's time for the Indian selectors to relieve him of his misery.

  • Ramani Tendular on September 4, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Mr. Aamod Desai - Tom, Dick and Harry will definitely discuss and question about his technique because he is not performing. When sycophants like you can write blogs, there will others who would voice there opinion too. It is time for Sachin to retire on his own or I am sure he will be dropped. There are plenty of talented youngsters in India whose catches are denied because of Sachin.

    After retirement let him enough net practice and improve all his techniques and weaknesses and may be play for Mumbai Indians or Mumbai team. Does he intend to play till 2020 or 2025? Cmon...He has achieved enough for himself and India and let him have a graceful exit.

  • Pinak on September 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    The simplest thing for sachin is to play as much cricket as possible. This on-off, on-off break in cricket is not suiting him. Match fitness and physical fitness are two different things. Skipping a series against Zim/Ban is ok, but if he plays a lot of cricket, he will regain his form sooner rather than later.

  • Ping Pong on September 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    You are extrapolating from past stats which assume players do not develop problems as they age. A 40% bowled/lbw rate 2 years ago does NOT indicate that the latest series is an aberration. All players lose ability as they age and their stats change. If this were not true, you could argue the case for Bradman's selection in the 1970s. There are some facts ( not opinions) that need to be confronted : - Tendulkar is almost 40 - He has already played beyond the span of most cricket careers. - Every player eventually sees a decline in his prowess as he ages. In light of these, the questioning of his place in the side is entirely valid since it is better for a youngster who is going to improve to struggle and learn rather than a great player clinging on to make struggling 20s and 30s. Tendulkar is only worth a place if he is scoring big 100s. Sad but elite sport is a performance business.

  • Anil on September 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Sachin is heading on only direction that decline. If he continues to play then he will loose all his respect and prople will forget what he has achived all these years and he will get insulted. If he doesnt want to get insult then he should immedialtely stop playing cricket and start going to parliament.

  • Varsha on September 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Pity is , we Indians don't know how to retire gracefully in sports . With the occasional 50 or a 70 or a 100 , he can be in the team as long as he wants . Even till he needs a walking stick to walk up to the pitch . And the stats will be so enormous we can argue whichever way we want . Some years ago he would get out to the same stroke . And get caught repeatedly on the leg side , near abouts the mid on position . Only change now is that he misses it totally and gets bowled .

  • Ashish on September 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Thanks for the very nice Article, M actually fed up with tendulakr haters who are continuously giving their suggestions to him

  • Deepak on September 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Sachin does not need to retire if he is not producing runs needed from him...reasons are immaterial but management NEED to DROP hem even if for a cpl of matches if he is not scoring enough..like he has been since SA 2011.

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  • Deepak on September 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Sachin does not need to retire if he is not producing runs needed from him...reasons are immaterial but management NEED to DROP hem even if for a cpl of matches if he is not scoring enough..like he has been since SA 2011.

  • Ashish on September 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Thanks for the very nice Article, M actually fed up with tendulakr haters who are continuously giving their suggestions to him

  • Varsha on September 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Pity is , we Indians don't know how to retire gracefully in sports . With the occasional 50 or a 70 or a 100 , he can be in the team as long as he wants . Even till he needs a walking stick to walk up to the pitch . And the stats will be so enormous we can argue whichever way we want . Some years ago he would get out to the same stroke . And get caught repeatedly on the leg side , near abouts the mid on position . Only change now is that he misses it totally and gets bowled .

  • Anil on September 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Sachin is heading on only direction that decline. If he continues to play then he will loose all his respect and prople will forget what he has achived all these years and he will get insulted. If he doesnt want to get insult then he should immedialtely stop playing cricket and start going to parliament.

  • Ping Pong on September 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    You are extrapolating from past stats which assume players do not develop problems as they age. A 40% bowled/lbw rate 2 years ago does NOT indicate that the latest series is an aberration. All players lose ability as they age and their stats change. If this were not true, you could argue the case for Bradman's selection in the 1970s. There are some facts ( not opinions) that need to be confronted : - Tendulkar is almost 40 - He has already played beyond the span of most cricket careers. - Every player eventually sees a decline in his prowess as he ages. In light of these, the questioning of his place in the side is entirely valid since it is better for a youngster who is going to improve to struggle and learn rather than a great player clinging on to make struggling 20s and 30s. Tendulkar is only worth a place if he is scoring big 100s. Sad but elite sport is a performance business.

  • Pinak on September 4, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    The simplest thing for sachin is to play as much cricket as possible. This on-off, on-off break in cricket is not suiting him. Match fitness and physical fitness are two different things. Skipping a series against Zim/Ban is ok, but if he plays a lot of cricket, he will regain his form sooner rather than later.

  • Ramani Tendular on September 4, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Mr. Aamod Desai - Tom, Dick and Harry will definitely discuss and question about his technique because he is not performing. When sycophants like you can write blogs, there will others who would voice there opinion too. It is time for Sachin to retire on his own or I am sure he will be dropped. There are plenty of talented youngsters in India whose catches are denied because of Sachin.

    After retirement let him enough net practice and improve all his techniques and weaknesses and may be play for Mumbai Indians or Mumbai team. Does he intend to play till 2020 or 2025? Cmon...He has achieved enough for himself and India and let him have a graceful exit.

  • Raj on September 4, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    The guy is over the hill and just doesn't know how to quit. It's time for the Indian selectors to relieve him of his misery.

  • Pramod Yadav on September 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    i bat for Sachin.... I'm sure He will come up with big hundreds against England.... and continue to play for another 3-4 years...

  • Ram on September 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    The author seems to have soft-corner to Sachin is natual, who don't like Sachin. The criticism is also justified from the audience point of view. You don't need to be a painter to suggest that a painting is good or bad. Sachin is regarded as Legend of the game of Cricket and he is expected to deliver his best every time he goes to bat. Look at other Legends of the game like Don or Lara or Warne, they did't linger too long due to the fact that they wanted to hang the boots when on HIGH.