India news February 22, 2012

Tendulkar should reconsider ODI career - Ganguly

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly has said Sachin Tendulkar needs to reconsider his decision to keep playing one-day cricket. Ganguly said Tendulkar should only continue his ODI career if he thought he was capable of playing one-dayers regularly because it would not help Tendulkar or the team if he only played every eight or nine months.

"Sachin has to ask himself whether he is good enough to play one-day cricket day in and day out; whether it's helping him missing tournaments and playing a one-day series after eight-nine months," Ganguly told news channel Headlines Today, "whether it's helping him as a one-day player or if it's helping the Indian one-day team. If Sachin can't get an answer to these questions, he has to go."

Tendulkar is playing the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia after not having played an ODI since the World Cup final in April 2011. "It affects everyone's form if Tendulkar keeps coming in and going out of one-day tournaments," Ganguly said. "I said after the World Cup that Sachin needs to look at his one-day career because he has achieved everything in one-day cricket."

Ganguly's comments come after another former India captain, Kapil Dev, said Tendulkar should have quit one-day cricket after the World Cup. Another former captain, Sunil Gavaskar, said the selectors should tell Tendulkar if they felt he did not have a future as a one-day cricketer. "Maybe if the selection committee feels that Sachin Tendulkar doesn't have a future in the Indian one-day team, they should take him aside and speak with him," Gavaskar said on NDTV. "They should allow him to call it a day."

Ganguly, however, said it was unrealistic to expect the Indian selectors to tell someone of Tendulkar's stature that he needed to retire. "I don't see any of the selectors stepping in," Ganguly said. "They are not going to stand in front of Sachin Tendulkar and say 'Listen little champ, you need to go'. That is never going to happen."

Gavaskar said Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, was the right man to have a word with Tendulkar since he captained Tendulkar. "I think Srikkanth can do it. He was Tendulkar's first captain," Gavaskar said. "Tendulkar made his debut under him and today Srikkanth is the chairman of selectors. If his selection committee feels Sachin has no one-day future, then Srikkanth is just the right man to tell Sachin that."

Tendulkar has averaged 18.00 in five games in the CB series so far. In the same tournament, Ricky Ponting averaged 3.60 in as many games, and was dropped from the Australia side, causing him to announce retirement from ODIs.

India's form in the CB series has dipped after they won two of their first three games, and they are now bottom of the table. Ganguly said India needed a separate captain for ODIs. "The time has come for the selectors to decide three captains for three formats," he said. "At the moment there is too much cricket, too many formats."

Ganguly also did not agree with MS Dhoni's reasoning that Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir could not play in the same XI because they were too slow in the field. The three openers have been rotated during the CB series. "Dhoni can't just jump and say these guys can't field so they are being rotated," Ganguly said. "If a guy who can field averages 15 on the tour, what sense does it make? We have to find a way to balance players and make a team."

Dhoni has backed the young India players and given them the opportunity to play as many games as possible in the CB series, keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand. Ganguly, however, said Dhoni needed to stop being fixated on certain players.

"Every captain will feel that this player is more talented than the other. The point is he is too stuck on someone for too long because of his mindset. [Suresh] Raina has to go but the problem with Dhoni is that he is thinking too far ahead: the 2015 World Cup.

"I bet if Raina doesn't improve his technique then he is going to struggle in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. People are going to bounce him out. Nobody is going to pitch the ball up to him. The selectors will have to look at young players who can perform."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    All know how India performed in the 2007 world cup in West Indies and in the recent series during 07 under the coach of Greg Chappel all people criticised the senior members of the team Ganguly,Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar and everyone did criticise them to get retire from the int cricket but Sachin in 2011 world cup was a part of the winning team and the same is happening for Sachin Tendulkar at the moment but we'll know what kind of person Sachin Tendulkar is !!!

    He doesn't reply with words or promise but he'll reply in super man style by his bat

    Wait and watch Tendulkar will definitely will shut all the critics that are made by you people

  • anita on February 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Come on ganguly ...Do u think SRT will quit ..never..becoz he has plans to buy another house next to ambani loong as he got dum fans for him he will become richer and richer ...he does not care abt Indian team as he was never a match winner

  • Shanmugam on February 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    It is easy for Ganguly to make comments such as these as he is on the outside now and I wish he will stop playing to the gallery. Sachin has gone through a slump twice before in his career and has been back with a bang both times. Please do not wite hime off. Ganguly (defintely a great captain - no doubt about it) tried to prolong his batting career even though he was well past it and is thus not in a position to tell Tendulkar when to retire. Sachin a dignified and honest person and will definitely retire when it is the right time for him to go. Those clamouring for him to go do not realise the size of the huge void that will be created by his departure. All we need is a couple of his mesmerising knocks and all this noise will die down.

  • khizar on February 25, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    tendulkar shud retire as he is not in a very good shape a he was one year ago best thing to do for tendulkar right now is to retire

  • khizar on February 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    as a cricket supporter i back ganguly

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    sachin will make his 100t century on sunday it my hope?????????

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    These critics are only going to motivate him to comeback stronger... Thanks to critics to get best out of Sachin....

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Michael Jordan was a champion and even after his 6 rings. He came back and played. It's just for the love of the game. This series does not matter at all. It's just for experience in Australia for the youngsters. Sachin does not need experience. Is just having a rough time right now. What's the big deal? He's not the only one. Rohit Sharma and Raina haven't done anything either.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Ganguly is simply jealous as he was kicked out of the team....

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    What those youngsters average so far? Rohit, Raina and Jaddu!!! that they are talking about to make a permanent place in the team? Raina 22, Jaddu 18 and Rohit 15... This is the future of Indian Cricket???? So not talk about Tendulkar. this rubbish needs to stop and only affecting his capability to freely score runs. He is still the best batsman comparing the way others are playing in the team at this moment. Keep mouth shut and concentrate your game. Dhoni stop your CSK favoritism and think about country...

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