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'I don't think I have plenty of cricket left in me'

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October 5, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar missed a straight ball, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day, September 1, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar: "I am looking at it series by series. As long as I feel that I can deliver, I will continue playing." © Associated Press
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Sachin Tendulkar has said that he will reassess his cricketing future in November, when he plays the home Tests against England. Tendulkar, who has previously been non-committal on questions about his retirement, also said any decision about ending a 23-year career will depend on both his form and his motivation levels.

"I need not take a call right now. When I play in November, I will re-assess things," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in Times of India.

"I am 39 and I don't think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver. When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever."

In his latest series, the home Tests against New Zealand, he was bowled in each of his three innings for low scores. Sunil Gavaskar was among those concerned by Tendulkar's poor form. "The gap between the pad and the bat is a worrying sign," Gavaskar had said. "This is never a good sign for a great batsman."

Tendulkar, however, felt that it was natural for the questions to be asked. "There are two different things - scoring runs and what I feel. For instance, if this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it. Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural."

Tendulkar has played 190 Tests and he said he is not chasing any particular mark. India play England in a four-Test series starting November followed by another four-Test series against Australia early next year.

"I am looking at it series by series. As long as I feel that I can deliver, I will continue playing. It also depends on what the team feels and whether I am motivated enough to continue being on top of the game."

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Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Sachin is overated player who mainly plays for records.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

He's just an ordinary player :D

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

i agree with shiva jaywant . india is yet to have an ideal replacement for ganguly . yuvraj , raina , pujara , all of them have failed to replace ganguly at his no 6 spot . and now with laxman`s and dravid`s retirement , u just can`t afford to let sachin go . only kohli has grabbed the opportunity with both hands . rohit sharma replacing sachin is laughable . his 27 ball 25 was the reason why india was able to post a big score against south africa .

pujra has produced just one good innings . pujara did visit south africa and all he could manage was a 57 ball 14 .

Posted by Living_CRICKET on (October 8, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

sachin...Master blaster..Please dont retire..India wont be INDIA without you..

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar!!!! The synonym of Cricket. Really I don't understand why people can think so cheaply. Is there anyone in Indian cricket who can serve better then SRT. Still undoubtedly he is the best batsman not just of India but also on earth. He is not blocking the chance or opportunity for any young stars. Him anyone deserve a place in the Indian Cricket Team he have to earn it not thinking in such a way that when Sachin will retire n will take that place. This is just rubbish thinking!!! Yes may be in the last series he hasn't score that much but does it mean that he he should retire??? oh no. There are many cricket lovers like me who still watch the game for this man and can't even imagine a day in cricket without him. So please let him decide what to do. I know actually even the people who doesn't like Sachin (Though this is doubtful) will agree that he has got that honesty that he will take the right decision. Please play few more years and let us enjoy the "REAL" cricket. <3

Posted by Ronnie08 on (October 8, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

for all you people commenting on him please do remember HE IS THE GOD OF CRICKET

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

Suchin need to play until he won to play no buddy said he sud retired only sachin bring the crowd if he play than every buddy watch cricket so my let him play until he won to play sunilgwasker Ravi sastri let them talk

Posted by cricketfannik on (October 8, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

agree with Shiva excellent point mate cheers

Posted by gpindian on (October 7, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Sachin is himself saying that in November, he will assess his performance and what the team thinks, so I really don't understand what you all are cribbing about. And I think that if there ever was a team person, that would be Sachin. If he really was selfish as some of you make him sound, wouldn't he be playing T20 as well? He gave up T20 even while he was fit enough to score an ODI double-century.

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

@Sinhaya if drs is there he would be now atleast 125 centuries really if u dont believe search youtube there r so many contraversial decisions against him but great man has never over reacted. i think u never seen him playing in 90s he was more & more aggressive then sehwag sr of 86.23 for 23 years says it all

Posted by SASANK360 on (October 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Enough is enough. Team doesn't need sitting ducks,walking wickets and slugs in the field. For god's sake(here you are not the god) please retire many youngsters like Manoj Tiwary, Rahane and Rohit are waiting. By now Rohit lost half of his career because of you. Please don't destrpy it completely. Please find the door before you are shown the door. With grief from a Sachin fan-but-well wisher of Indian Cricket

Posted by   on (October 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

u r the messiahof indian got up a boost seeine u nly....u retire or play...ull be alwz der in our heart...hats off to the master...

Posted by warneneverchuck on (October 7, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

If non performers like Afridi ponting still r playing then y can't the greatest batsman can go on

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

These days Sachin and Sehwag are walking wickets. They provide encouragement to opposing teams bowlers. Selectors need to drop these 2 non-performers ASAP. If they think they still have some cricket left in them, they can play in Ranji Trophy and IPL. We have no shortage of talented youngsters like Rahane, Mukund, Tiwari, Pandey, Mandeep Singh, etc.

Posted by sherishahmir on (October 7, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Sachin achieves almost everything in the cricket that now onward nothing should matter to him, better he quits and give the way to youngsters for the coming big series to starts with good notes.

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Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 6, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Sachin, when you retire I will also retire from Cricket. Good Luck whatever you do. and we will miss you..when that day comes it is going to be very difficult for sure for me.....

Posted by McGorium on (October 6, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

SRT was a great batsman for India, but so were Dravid, VVS, Gavaskar, Azhar, Ganguly, G. Viswanath, and many more. In current form, he's no better than anyone who's lining up to take his place: Pujara, Rohit Sharma (yes, him), Rahane,etc. Persisting with youth often pays off well: Kohli didn't have the greatest start to his international career (remember his problems with short stuff a few years ago?). VVS had a terrible start to his career, but the persistence of selectors paid off. As SRT finally admits himself, he doesn't have much cricket left in him. I'd ease him out of the ODI team, and leave him on for tests for some time, but only to mentor youngsters.

20 yrs is a long time in cricket. he's done well but like all of us professionals who have to retire at 60, his time has come. He has been a top scorer for India in the past, but he has to go. ASAP. He's getting in the way of developing young talent. Unlike VVS and Dravid, he doesn't seem to have a firm grasp of the obvious.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

shame on all u crictizers, , Sachin scored the highest runs in 1996 , 2003 and 2011 worlcup mathces for india , and all u guys enjoyed it , and now talking cheaply . consider if some one criticises u in ur office or workplacce after 20 yrs of ur job ,

Posted by khps on (October 6, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Please go on till the next World cup its very near Please Cricket won't be sport anymore without you

Posted by cric_kumar on (October 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Sachin though you retire from cricket u will always be in every Indian hearts! i have lived in Australia and presently in Singapore once you say i am an Indian they immediately reply proudly two names Amitabhji and our own Sachin! Thanks for all the entertainment you are definitely India's pride and others envy.

Posted by FourSomeFearSome on (October 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

I started watching cricket when I heard about Gavaskar, Kapil, Imran, Viv etc.. I continued following cricket in last two decades because of Sachin. Everyday I visit cricinfo page multiple times because I know sachin is playing. In the last series with new zealand, yes, he was bowled multiple times but I could see that he looked as good as he ever was, he was not bothered by the bowler and suddenly he gets bowled. Even if he made 20 or 30 odd runs, the time he lasted on the crease was the mesmerizing moments. I do not think his class is a problem, he is very intelligent that he adjusts himself and play with minimal movements. Who knows what is happening in God's mind. I hope he stays longer.I started as a cricket fan but in last two decades I have been mostly sachin fan. I am a selfish fan and I think he should never retire but we know that is only possible in our dreams and fantasies. His retirement is a huge blow, it will take my motivation away to follow cricket. Long live god!

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

save us from the trouble..just get out of the team asap. just give time for new players

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

@Sinhaya if drs were not present in 90s then let us not forget that there were 36 ocassions where sachin was given out he could have had about 115-120 centuries .

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Sachin is not selfish enough to retire in style, but will continue to strive until he keeps providing an above average batting option for India. Sachin Tendulkar even at current form is a great asset to the team. He is still performing, but simply had a bad season. In England and Australia, he was striking the ball well, but failed to play big innings. His role as a mentor and inspiration to the younger players is invaluable. I remember in 2001 before the worldcup, there were talks of him to retire. Well, 2012 he is still going good. He knows what is best to Indian Cricket and he will do whatever is necessary. I find it so funny how these amateur guys above talk about the great man. Insane isnt it!

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (October 6, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

i hope he retires after the pakistan sreies and i hope goes with a bang by england and pakistan bowlers

Posted by Sameer_Khan81 on (October 6, 2012, 12:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Virat Kohli is already the star Indian batsman and more than capable to bat at No.4 Don't see value of SRT staying any value to the Indian team. And all this crap about not following cricket any longer after the great man has retired - was that the case w Bradman, Sorbers, Sunny. Viv, Imran, Lara, Warne. ....? I personally was almost in tears when my fav sporting idol Viv left the scene. But in reality his late retirement ws really holding down the early arrrival of the next great batsman.… no other than Brian Charles Lara.

Posted by Vilander on (October 6, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

first test against England, i see him scoring a century. And all the fellows here will be praising him, but he will be gone after England series. Or perhaps before it, we wont get a similar man for an other century.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Sachin's averaged 47.27 over the past two years and yet people say he hasn't performed well... Why?!! Coz He has set the standards so high! And BTW, tell me one young player in the Indian cricket team who is good enough to replace him? Who is good enough to be out of form and yet average 47?! He was given a chance at the age of 16 because he was good enough for Test cricket then, unlike the Rainas, Tiwaris and Rohit Sharmas! Again, an average above 47 whilst being out of form is NOT bad at all.

Posted by indiabadri on (October 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Pls boss you retire now itself. Enough of your actions and acting.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Sachin Should Play 2015 World Cup. Only Player Making 7 World Cup Appearance. Impossible To Break This Record.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

He should play a bit more according to me.The best player in the world.

Posted by Ammar72 on (October 6, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

I think there are still some landmarks / milestones yet to reached... 1. a tripple century (the highest score is 248 against BD!!!!) 2. 200 tests... 3. some more endorsementssss!!!!! so carry on mr tendulkar... ppl in this region are not that sane to worru about your age, contribution to yr team etc.

Posted by mumerashfaq on (October 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

The way Tendulkar has performed in last 2 years, he should have said: "I dont think I have cricket left in myself." Got to be Honest.

Posted by cricketizgood on (October 6, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Sachin is and will be the best cricketer ever in the world of cricket. People started questioning his ability because he is not the top run scorer in the recent series after world cup. He still much better performer then 70% of the team. Playing one day cricket is his call but he should not leave test cricket until tour of SA in 2013. A request from a fan among millions.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

When we say he is the God of Cricket..... it is hard to imagine him retiring.

Posted by hnlns on (October 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

It is good that SRT has made up his mind at last on this matter, better he retires before this year ends. His continuing poor form would mean that selectors would have no choice other than to drop him, if he does not retire by himself. That harsh step would have to come from none other than Sandeep Patil, who I think would be very hurt and sorry to do that to another fellow Mumbai player. It is bettter that SRT saves Patil of this embarrassment. He should not reconsider this decision at any cost for anybody's sake. A legendary player like SRT must hold his head high even in retirement. Next in line, Sehwag should start thinking about retirement very soon too. His time is also up, looking at how he has been doing of late, performance-wise and fitness-wise. There are enough talented youngsters waiting eagerly to take the place of these two gentlemen.

Posted by soumyas on (October 6, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

sachin shud have played instead of rohit sharma is T20, we wud have won the title..

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@ no_second_chance_for_batsman thats y u r not sachin....he is not selfish who retire at team's high point..he even not retire after 8 straight loss..because this is part of cricket...abd nobody force him for retire...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

i am not sachin's fan but one of the hater of him but i really thought that this is not perfect time to retire for such a small we already dent our middle order but we need sachin in their untill we find somebody like pujara or kohli to play at no.4 , because nobody ever fill his place...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

The nicest cricketer...who will fill his Test shoes

Posted by J_Lo on (October 6, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

High time he retires from the game making way to a youngster who will be able to contribute to the Indian team in some way. I've never seen such a selfish sportsman in my life. In the past he has been a very good batsman (but definitely NOT the best) and a gentleman of the game. He will be remembered by the younger Indian generations to come.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 6, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

I am a Lankan and I am a big Sehwag fan. Although not a Sachin fan, he is no doubt the greatest BUT still have to say that if DRS was there during the 80s and 90s, he wont score this many runs.

Posted by anita1_cric on (October 6, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Waiting for that gr8 day for cricket. Slefish player would be out ......

Posted by S.Rameshram on (October 6, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

No doubt he is a legend, but its very unfortunate that Indians will never bother Sachin being played in the playing squad till he turns 50. but he must realize that he should/must allow next gen to take over his place. if he loves the game, let him serve the nation as a good batting coach.Aus selection pattern WAS one of the greatest administration.they never consider any exceptions for Beven, Steve Waugh or any great players or captains. most of the players age in the Indian squad would have been 1 or 2 years old when sachin started his career.. Let him give space to the next gen.sorry to be so harsh GOOD BYE SACHIN!!

Posted by kristee on (October 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Some people lament they'd stop watching cricket once a player of 40 retires! That could only mean it was not cricket but something else that was fascinating them. Cricket indeed can afford to lose such 'enthusiasts'.

Posted by rajibroy36 on (October 6, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Just score 1 more hundred in Onedayer ...then decide your's my personal opinion...

Posted by Chauvinist on (October 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

I feel time is right for tendulkar he will be needed in both the test series against england and australia as we have point to prove after 4-0 drubbing we received . Hence ideally sachin should perform well in both these series and help india win convincigly and then make a call.

Posted by RogerC on (October 6, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Cricketers come and go. Sachin Tendulkars come once in a lifetime. Those who criticize him don't really know how he lived the last 20 plus years. Demanding expectations from hundreds of million people every time he was on field. He managed these expectations with highest dignity. Nobody in any sport has done this.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Sachin, Why dont you just retire and spare us the disappointment, we being big fans can not just bear the sight of our hero pushing and prodding at harmless inoccous bowlers.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 6, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Lnadl47: I know u like sachin and u have through ur previous posts said he is a legend and a wonderful ambassador to the game..... H ehad a birlliant two years leading upto the WC and after that his form has not been great, but HEY, its not ricky ponting's either where he averages 30 .... He still averages 40 plus in the last year which is below his lofty standards but still better than most!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by WEXI on (October 6, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

In His Interview one line which he said "I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever".But there are many fans who want sachin to play forever.And iam sure there are many who will stop watching cricket after Sachin is retire.He the greatest and he will be.He inspired many by playing.This young thema and many others became cricketer just after watching Sachin play.Shewag is the 1 Example.He has given us many moments to chear.And felt proud on him.But now when he is struggling.It is the Job of all of us, to motivate him and remind him what he is and what more he can.What he can Do i don't think any one else can do it.Sachin sir for ur always the greatest and u will be.Hats off to u sir.

Posted by SamRoy on (October 6, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

It's not a question of form, it's a question of ability. If he gets clean-bowled or lbw cheaply in both innings against England the selectors must drop him permanently.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

The day God of cricket retires .... I retire from watching cricket

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (October 6, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

FINALLY....well better late than never. It's commonsense. His Body won't co-operate with the demands of ODI cricket. If he wants to play Tests, yes he can & the body will co-operate for another 1-2 years easily. If I were Sachin, I would have retired after the ODI WC win, at the peak after the dream come true. All this of course is IMO. Cheers, kumar

Posted by roversgate on (October 6, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

It is really going to suck if Tendulkar waits till the Australia series to retire which means his replacement will be playing their first match against a marauding SA team at home. I hope he can choose in the England series to either retire there and then or travel with the team to SA.

Posted by gtzshotta on (October 6, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

His career will end on 100 internationals centuries. Well done Sachin :)

Posted by smartjkm on (October 6, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

everyone talks of form, etc,etc, etc... But this man has played cricket for India for 23 years and won several matches single hand for us... Is it not fair to give his breathing space and decide what would be best just for that... I know I am like one big mad fan of Sachin... he may not be as fluent as he was... but still when Rohit Sharmas and others get so many opportunity to get back to form... then he deserves the same if not more...

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

All these years I have grown up watching him ..... i can still remember him playing the first test against pakistan way back in '89 .... Found my hero in that curly haired baby faced sixteen year old boy ....since then he has conquered all the peaks of the cricketing world along with millions of hearts (me included) heart stops everytime he goes out to bat at no.4 in white clothing .... cant imagine an Indian test team without him .... this upcoming England series will give him the chance for one final hurray ...... my good wishes for you ...

Posted by niyasindian on (October 6, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

The day Sachin - God of cricket, the lil master retires .... I retire from watching the game !!! World cricket will b a big ZERO with out him...

Posted by CricEshwar on (October 6, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Huge fan of Sachin and totally agree he is in the last leg of his career. But most of the criticizers don't seem to know what they are talking about. One person can't win a world cup. 2 places are already vacated and there is scope to see how the younger replacements fare. Selfish? Are we all not in our respective careers?

Posted by Night-Watchman on (October 6, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

The big question is should the INDIAN TEAM look for a player who is taking it series by series or for one who is going to stay on for the next ten years? These two home series against top class sides should be one where India will benefit by taking in youngsters who show the potential for future. There is no doubt that India will miss Sachin, but at this stage of his career, he should look at the bigger picture and not just at what he can contribute series by series.

Posted by Sachin10dulka on (October 6, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

i think that the legend has at least earned the right to decide when he retires. It shouldnt be up to wanna be cricket fans to decide the future of Tendulkar and influence his decisions. Let the god be in peace and continue to delight the fans.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

make ur retirement fast man younger generation looking to get a place.

Posted by landl47 on (October 5, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

It is now 24 innings since Tendulkar scored a test century. His previous longest run without a test century was 13 innings. That tells you all you need to know.

Posted by dinuhebbar on (October 5, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Funny, it took so many days for 'God of Cricket' to realise the truth.. Anyway, better late than never. But when we can hear the right words....'I say gudbye'? Hope it is heard soon.............

Posted by kc69 on (October 5, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

If Sachin is planning for retirement i would love to see it on a high note.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

It has been almost 30 years since I have first started watching cricket. In those first few years, there were many that I admired, like Sir Viv, Sir Hadley, Imran, Kapil, and many others. But, then came the era of three stars, perhaps strategically positioned by the Almighty in three different parts of the world -- WI, India and Australia -- to simply amaze the true fans cricket for a generation with their presence, talents, and grace in the cricket fields. Of the three, two have gone, and one remains, not really sure for how long. In a peculiar way, I will not be sad when this "Last of the Mohicans" retires. It will only give me the opportunity to finally savor and cherish forever everything that he has done, especially without those nonsense comments from "wanna-be-cricket-experts and fans" every and now then, just like I now savor and cherish the legendary achievements of the other two.

Posted by S.Arif on (October 5, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

the best time will be if he's able to score a century agnst england..and retires right after tht..shouldnt wait till he starts feeling he's unable to deliver..tht might get very late..bcz critics assess much quicker thn the player him self

Posted by gunnerr4life on (October 5, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

@Sriram Nadanam RIP English .... well , cricket is not just limited to tendulkar ... It is much more than that !

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 5, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Too many players limp out of Test cricket after playing for 10-12 years and think they have played a full career. No. This guy has just about! i like 22-23 years ! It looks good. He did it properly. Too much is made of getting youth into the side and then they fail the whole time. He should stay till he wants to go or when someone better comes along. He is not even the age after which Jack Hobbs made 100 100's. Rock on, Sachin!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

The day Sachin - God of cricket retires .... I retire from watching it !!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

the day sachin will retire, i will retire from watching cricket...........

Posted by bgshankar on (October 5, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Option 1. Lets say a 20 year old replaces Tendulkar and scores a 100. Option 2. Lets say Tendulkar stays and scores a 100. Now which one would benefit Indian Cricket? Note: We wont consider these options if Tendulkar is in form or there is not much promising youngsters. But the truth is that Tendulkar is not in form and we have tons of youngsters awaiting their chances.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is a Legend. He is Unauguably the GOD OF CRICKET. The money which is there in the game is because of India . and money to the Indian cricket came because of Sachin Tendulkar. Sports management companies were formed because they saw the popularity of Sachin Tendulkar. Cricket became big in India because of this gentleman.People wanted to see the game just for his batting. Tv rights also came in when Sachin was blazing all guns. No one wanted to see anyone else otherthan the Great Sachin Tendulkar......Long Liive the Legend

Posted by bgshankar on (October 5, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

There is a difference when you are at 25 and 39. When you are 25 the expectation/scope is for the current and future. But when you are at 39, the current performance alone counts and there is NO expectation for the future. So if you are NOT doing good at 39, its time to call it a day. Let us give a chance to a promising young player; like you got a chance couple of decades back. I would love to see a 100 from the younger one than 'one more' from you Sir!

Posted by JaDeD_INDIAN on (October 5, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Sorry Sachin that after all you gave to Indian Team we are criticizing you.I don't care if Sri Lankans are doing it or anyone it's such a sad day for cricket.Grew up watching you play cricket and will always admire you thanks for being the greatest role model for us during our young(90's),teen-age(2000's) and even now. God bless you and i hope you retire with a big bang.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

I am a pakistani...and i love him...please don't say anything bad against the LEGEND....i will follow every series and see every match he plays till he retires........even though when he plays against pakistan...we hate him cz he is there at the crease owning our bowlers...but from the inside we know...THATS A CLASSY SHOT..THATS A CLASSY PLAYER ...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 5, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

No, don't retire, just keep getting humiliated by every fast bowler in this world! That will be a lesson to all other great who might think about overstaying their welcome.

Posted by kainkareswar on (October 5, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Pls Dont Talk Ill Of Him He Is A True LEGEND Let Him Play Till He Wants!!!!!!

Posted by thepowerof4 on (October 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

If the milestone of 200 tests is just around the corner than don't retire from tests, However, he can reduce his workload by retiring from ODIs.

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT) cant happen... it just cannot happen. Cricket without Sachin...It just cant..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Sachin will retire after playing 200 tests. wonder who will break his records.

Posted by ChuckyDoll on (October 5, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Let's have a going away party for Sachin (in a good way). Please mark 1st test against England as your last test. Let the crowd appreciate you as Test-man for one last time and bow out. There will be no pressure. Just pure admiration, love and sadness; all together.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

when is sachin retire from cricket..............i will retire from watching cricket

Posted by 402_Navata_Complex on (October 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Sachin is "not chasing any particular mark", with 200 tests being right around the corner. He will take it one series at a time (4 + 4 home tests in the coming months) and inch past the 200-test mark. Only then he is going to call it a day!

Posted by bvnathan on (October 5, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Players like Sachin, Rahul, Kallis, Ponting, Lara .... were a rarity in the GAME of CRICKET. Of these greats only Sachin, Kallis, Ponting are left behind ... the kind of innings and plays all these legends have provided are beyond compare and all of us had a chance to witness and enjoy the same. Definitely as the AGE catches upon these players ... they are not going to be as classy or productive as they were earlier and may fall short to the unending or wild demands of the FANS expectations. As long as they are playing and mentoring the new entrants to the team, please show them the respect for the dignity they have brought to the game of CRICKET. In short all these players are IRREPLACEABLE .... even if their scoring is not going to satisfy the appetite of FANS wishes. As some readers have pointed out that delaying the retirement has caused others opportunity is a wrong diagnosis, rather it would be correct to say that the so called REPLACEMENTS are not even close to their CLASS

Posted by coolindianfan on (October 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

shame on the people who doubt his intention(they call him so called selfish) no indian cricket team member has said that no great player has said that how do they come to a conclusion ?no one can play 23 years of cricket being selfish . loonetics question his match winning abilities little do they realize tahe he has highest man of the matches 62 twice more then ricky poiting. they say kallis will overtake his record they said the same for pointing and dravid we all know what happened .for the reconds kallis will be 37 in some days he is 3000 runs behind him it is an uphill task as of now as a cricketer he is on power with sachin as a batsmen no ways forget it .for god sake we all know what a gentleman he is and need to trust that his decisions are in the intrest of india (except missing out on the srilanka series)

Posted by pujari_rajkumar on (October 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Same words that Rahul Dravid said after the England series. Taking it series by series. I wonder if a poor England series at home might see Sachin Tendulkar retire, if at all he has one.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Please play well or leave....

Posted by givenUP on (October 5, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Reading this article is making me cry...... I wonder what will happen when he will actually announce his retirement. To be frank I never was Sachin's big fan rather I always felt that he was a bit selfish especially during later years of his career...... but now I feel that I was not able to judge the guy..... He is a Legend........ If DRAVID is THE WALL of Indian Cricket...... the Sachin definitely is THE FOUNDATION of Indian Cricket's Structure

Posted by ansarri on (October 5, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

he could retire after the pakistan series, the same side against whom he made his debut

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Yes, Sachin had two poor series against England and Australia. I am calling them poor, only because of SACHIN's standards on those countries, which are far above than he did in last outing. The so called deserved youngsters are well below par. We all know that Virat Kohli is the brightest youngster we have. Virat Himself scored @28.29 in overseas last year which is definitely less than Sachin's 35. last overseas season stats Raina -25, Abinav Mukund - 21, W saha - 19 and at last M Vijay - 12 (I can appreciate the sense of humor of all those who suggested M Vijay a place in squad). Stats about other players whom are not blamed for their place in the squad, Dhoni - 24, Gambhir - 20, Sehwag -19 Yes, I can understand that scoring @20s itself is an achievement for these people (deserved talents) while scoring @35 itself is considered as poor record (blaming him to retire) is simply because he is SACHIN. You made them blame by your own standards. Can't stop amazing what He did over indians..

Posted by xylo on (October 5, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

I believe Sachin will retire on the exact day that BCCI decides to act in a transparent manner.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

I am a Fan of Sachin Tendulkar not Cricket Fan. So the day he retires is the day I stop watching Cricket..... Tribute to a Legend

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

greatest batsman of the modern era.....

Posted by lesterloyd on (October 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

This is too much.. I think Tendulkar should retire to let younger players to come forward. It doesnt matter how many centuries he scored or other records.. he cant play for India forever coz already there are good younger players in India they will come up if sachin moves. INDIA IS NOT DEPEND ON SACHIN... please sachin GO

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

200 tests around the corner .. and what a stupid question...

Posted by PPD123 on (October 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Respect for the Legend... He has made us all very proud... he will never be replaced.....

Posted by TRAM on (October 5, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

I am a cricket fan, not cricketer fan. Whoever does not produce good cricket in a fair run has to leave and other cricketers should be tried without partiality. Period.

Posted by chris54 on (October 5, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

No way he´s going to retire until he´s sure that Ponting and Kallis can´t catch him.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Respect for the True LEGEND...!!!!

Posted by dixitpiyush on (October 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

if talent is to be a factor regardless of age i think The original little Master and Haryana Hurricane should still be in team............... So all of fans Yes I am also a fan of Sachin but now he must retire

Posted by doubtingthomas on (October 5, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

It'll definitely be a sad day for Cricket, but one which most of us have been waiting for. Legends can choose when to say goodbye, but only as long as they are legendary. Watching Sachin under perform would be rather painful for all those who grew up watching him raise the bat of batsmanship. I think the Pakistan series would be a good swansong.

Posted by TRAM on (October 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Mr.SRT, of the two different things (scoring runs and what you feel) only the first one matters for Indian cricket. And your deteriorated fielding matters too. No one questions your sincerity. Think of the good players sitting in the bench for years. If you were benched like that during your 16-23 years age, you would not have these records to possess. Think of the players who lost their career (Badri, Wasim Jaffer, Kaif, etc ...). Think of their feelings.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@M Tazim Tareque The Indian team has the 50 over REAL world cup to boast about.I think it skipped your mind.Other than than i think this statement by Sachin is a major step forward and hope to see him make way for a younger player.One last dream is to see him play those lofted straight 6s off the bowling of fast bowlers.We all hope he leaves strongly,which is only deserving for a person who has been mentally and physically so committed for the nation and the game.But yes,the time has come ..alas

Posted by yjreddy on (October 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

sachin is one of the best batsmen and he served india for more than two decades.. now iits time to quit.tallents like Rahane,Unmukth Chand waiting for a place in the team..i hope he can leave the team in a graceful manner..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

He's not gonna retire.He's not gonna retie.He's not gonna retire.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

What an idiotic interview. It's a testimony to Sachin's patience he didn't actually walk out of it.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

The most over-rated player of all time! He should have been kicked out of the Indian team after World Cup 2007 when he failed miserably against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But dropping Sachin was like breaking the Blasphemy law. No selector would dare to even think about the unofficial blasphemy law of Indian cricket. After playing for 16 years he couldn't win a single world cup. Younger players like Yuvraj, Kohli, Dhoni, Gambhir and our much maligned bowlers like Zaheer and Munaf had to win the World Cup 2011 for him.

Posted by VJGS on (October 5, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

It's really sad to see so many comments that are so critical of Tendulkar. He is the God of Indian Cricket and has earned enough respect to last a lifetime. These comments are coming from the very people who hated Dhoni during WC 2011, loved after it and started hating him again after England's series. It is so hard to find loyal fans these days.

Posted by Rahulbose on (October 5, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Home series would be a good time for him to quit. He could still play a few years of T20 in the IPL, so not all is lost for his fans.

Posted by nlambda on (October 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Sachin is still the best batsman in the team after Kohli. If you are looking to get rid of underperformers there are so many others to pick: Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni all have been disappointing.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Dear Sir Sachin, u started your career first inning here in Karachi Pakistan and i would love to see your retirement also against Pakistan so please Sir play Pakistan series in december and big SHAME on those people who r criticizing you after having 23 years of lonely and biggest warrior in their team they r still not happy with u. love and respect for u sir from ur fan from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

One of the greatest cricketer ever for me , through the years enjoyed watching his masterful skills like bowling in hero cup against SA , sharjah series , chennai test , brillance in aus in 2008 , winning knock vs england chasing 380 , partnership with azhar in cape town and overall his commitment and passion to game is right on top if not the best .

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

@Mahesh Bhupathi: well said mate!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

If an Indian team is to be picked SACHIN is the very first man who deserves his place in. There has been an element of unquenchable fear that I am used to carry inside me for the past few years : "The day when THE MASTER calls it quits." For me cricket will lose all its charm and excitement when it is deserted by the Greatest Player the game has ever produced. It is quite incredible for me to lose my interest and passion for a game that I loved watching from the moment my memory stabilized. However it didn't take longer for me to realize that my love and adoration was not for cricket but for Him who is still the Cricketing God for millions of followers like me.


Posted by Arunjunai on (October 5, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Thank god !! He has realized that finally

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Sachin is trying for another record...200 tests...we need to wait for it

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Right so he wil score in the home series and then suddenly before the SA series he will same times up.Thus a new guy wil make debut in SA and will fail.Exactly what Laxman did

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Sachin's age should NOT determine his exit. Why have we become a generation undermining the value of the seniors ? Just like humans age and lose certain abilities, cricketers too lose reflexes etc, but their age brings them experience and a sense of calm in crunch situations, which may be of more significance. He is still one of the better batters in the Indian line up, so he should continue till there is a time where he no longer scores consistently. In the recent Aussie series, he was one of India's best. Of course he was not great, but still better than most in his side. In hindsight, Sachin should have declared about 1-2yrs ago when he was peaking, but he will still go down as one of the world's great batters. Note: ONE OF (on par with Dravid, Ponting, Lara, Sanga, and slightly below Kallis)

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

contd another measure of sachin decline can be seen when people are no longer surprised or disappointed when he gets out and instead are looking forward to kohli in the same way people anticipated tendulkar's arrival at the crease.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

given the performances of the last 2 away tours where generally the players were clueless, there are 2 home series for new players to get experience in conditions they're comfortable with before tour to sa. so if he's not planning to go to sa his place would be better utilised by an inexperienced player. same goes for the odi's. if sachin is not intending to be available for the next wc in aus in 2015 then the next generation of player / s need time to get settled in. it's a great shame that despite all that sachin has achieved and the pleasure he has given, he has been mismanaged and / or badly advised and as a result his reputation has been tarnished. once there was a time a time when indian supporters used to say when sachin is out the innings was more or less over until dravid then replaced him as the most valuable batsman.

Posted by timtom on (October 5, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

No hasty decisions please.... Just now whole world watched thumping batting performance of Indian in T20 WC.. Except Virat rest all were pathetic..I`m sure , Sachin would have been better than those any day..You have backing of millions who cannot imagine cricket without you....And the rest commenting against are just jealous ..plain fact ...They just dont know what they are going to miss.... Why should Sachin make way for youngsters when there are uncles like Viru/Gambhir/Bhajji/Sehwag playing without merit for years now.....Infact these guys are getting an extended rope just bcos focus is on your age.....Like some one said Sachin has been part of my life ever since I can remember and with good reasons.... So play play and play runs scored or not...Even in your worst days you are better that atleast 9 others in playing 11...And we have already witnessed that in last AUS/ENG tour...

Posted by SrikanthReddi on (October 5, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Sachin..You will come back like you always do. You are the best.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 5, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

finally after goodness know how long something sensible from sachin. the great shame with the whole tendulkar situation is that it is an all or nothing decision. if all players are selected on form and fitness as they should be and tendulkar had been dropped when his form wasn't there and he had gone back to domestic cricket to win place back again this would have made him a better player than he has been over the last few years and we would have been able to see more of his strokeplay over the last few years. now if he can get out bed in the morning he will be picked until the day he retires and this automatic selection throughout his career has paradoxically weakened indian cricket. we're seeing the same thing with sehwag. there are many problems in indian cricket and one simple change such as selecting players on form and fitness will improve things.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

chill y'all ... all you folks will start singing his praise as soon as he hits his next 100 in the upcoming series.. sure he's got only a bit more left in him but heck let's just enjoy him for now...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

CRICKET is my Religion and SACHIN is my GOD

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

go ahead ....make my is time

Posted by Engee on (October 5, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

'I don't think I have plenty of cricket left in me'...understatement of the year!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

do not retire....plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....................

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

I cant imagine indian cricket without him... Those who are using harsh words about him,i request them to mind their language and relook to the contributions he made only to indian cricket but also to world cricket..he have taken cricket to the next level fr sure.... Hats off SACHIN

Posted by Sautrik on (October 5, 2012, 13:34 GMT) so you want to make India a CSK team? vijay and badri? not really surprising eh MADRAS boy? You must know that, in India, there are more states than just tamil nadu, and for the good of ALL India, the players who deserve a spot are cheteshwar pujara, manoj tiwary, rahane etc.. they deserve it more than badri, and waaay more than vijay

Posted by correctcall on (October 5, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Just retire so the rest of the international cricket communtiy can restore an even playing field with full DRS used for all ICC international matches between full members. Your stance on this issue has cast an element of doubt over a great career with the overall interests of the game not always appearing to be top of your agenda.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

With Respect Sachin Tendulkar , ur way of thinking very nice at same time ur all fans from world and also i except from ur side u can play all home series like England Pakistan and may be Australia. If u now declare retirement all formant lot of problem will be arises especially test format last couple month our senior players like Rahul and Laxman had retired in international test cricket so sachin u must play as much as possible,At a time all leagendary or senior player do not take retirement because it is not good sign for Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

finally some matter what all these die hard fans say,everyone know that time has come even Sachin knows it..I respect the man but no player is bigger than the team so when you can't deliver you should go no matter who you are.

Posted by couchpundit on (October 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Really??? come on SRT you were dont 5 years back....i hope you come oout of this illusion that you are still good to play at this have been joke of indian cricket wherever you go.

Posted by manakrajasthan on (October 5, 2012, 13:15 GMT) means you..please do not make such a decision in hurry..u will break millions of hearts. we want you to play next world cup..we are to motivate you..jai hind

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Time for Sachin to retire. Enough what he achieved and make way to kids who wants to wear his shoe and break his record.

Posted by ravip175 on (October 5, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

i salute you sir fro serving our country indai for so long time and i am really in tears when i read this article plz sir keep on playing whether u r in good form or not i will still love to watch u in field....................u r yourself cricket and nobody wants that cricket never be played in future.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

i don't think its time for retirement. form is temporary but class is permanent . that is sachin. he will come back to his form in the next series. there is no young player to replace him. he is the god of cricket. if he didnt play also he will inspire and motivate the dressing room. his presence will boost up the young players. see kohli and raina they officially said he is our inspiration to proceed further. so is the one who can decide at right time. look at dhoni stats and decide who is scoring sachin or dhoni. even though he says seniors like sehwag should step out to give place to youngsters. it is very annoying that dhoni didnt even play deliver or stand in grease when team needs him. i will quite watching if sachin retires.

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 5, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

@saileshhhhh - resilient test players Badrinath & Vijay ???? realy ???they are average players who score on roads of Chennai....Rahane-Rohit-Bist-Rayudu-Chand-Menaria-Mandeep are ahead in terms of talent, technique compared to this average players.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 5, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Really! Do you think so! Getting out in 10s and 20s for the past one year was not a sign that maybe, just maybe its time to give up? Have you ever thought about youngsters like Rahane and Tiwary who spent entire series as 12th man? Don't you think they can average better than the 30 odd runs you have averaged in last one year? I guess you don't think about others, but you still wonder why people call you Selfishkar.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

That's it :( No more cricket. End of an era.

Posted by sachislife2310 on (October 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Ha ha ha!! I really feel sad for those who hate sachin. 1999 Chennai test, he did evrything right and got out only when 17 runs required and our so called players just did parade. 2003 world cup did evrything right till final but in final he failed. agree but why nobody is talking aboyt harbhajan, srinath zaheer who went for 8 RPO in final?? In hydrebad he scored 175 same chennai situation. why NO blame to others? In worldcup 2011, one century against SA and one agianst ENG, we all know what Nehra did and Munaf did at final overs!! Still people say if he hits century india loses the match.

whenever team lost why no blame for dravid?

Pathetic. Enough sachin playing infront of this non sense, mindless people is waste take retirement and spend time with your family. You have earned enough. Its your money, you played, scored you won. you ahve not taken nobody's dad's money. Long LIVE my HERO. Love you

Posted by AP_88 on (October 5, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@Anurag Misra, surely you are kidding when you say Sachin will be remembered for ending Wasim and Waqar's career. Wasim, especially, always had the upper hand against Sachin! He owned him! Nevertheless a great batsman, the greatest in my generation and World Cricket will be poorer without him!

Posted by SlightlyIntoCricket on (October 5, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

He also had 2 poor series against Australia and England. It's not just against NZ that he's faultered. Though I can understand keeping him in the dressing room for the youngsters to learn from him, similar to Australia and Ricky Ponting.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (October 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

After reading this article I am just crestfallen ... So sad ;'( Love U Sachin Sir .... U have been a remarkable cricketer and a true fighter.. Even after so many injuries u kept on scoring...You were and will be the best for me ...!! You were a person so great yet so simple... Your records were humongous yet your nature so meek and humble ... Certainly You were the best human being out there ...You showed us how to get a life..You were always ethical and righteous throughout your cricketing career ... You will always have a special place in the hearts of true cricket fans...!!In the end I would like to be a bit sanguine and hope that u carry on a bit longer..!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@zeeshan: would love to watch him play against pakistan. waiting to see how he tackles the new pakistani attack. pak bowling brigade is the best ever & its always a fascinating contest. wish to see him & viru to play atleast once (against pak) before sachin retires.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (October 5, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Please BCCI, don't permanently discard Test cricket, because they can't market it any more without Sachin.

Posted by SVCan on (October 5, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Quit with the thinking and reassessing and just retire already. Indian cricket selectors don't have the cahones to drop him, let alone talk with him about retirement. Performance should dictate the team and even when it's not, I would rather have some young talented player fail a few times and learn the ropes and earn some money than see this old multi-millionaire make a joke of himself and the team in a bid to earn more money.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (October 5, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

The GREATEST batsman of the modern era, WITHOUT DOUBT! I am a big cricket fan BUT I think Test cricket will no longer hold any interest for me when SRT retires. I have been disappointed recently with Indian fans who have been critical of SRT - they talk about youngsters pushing hard on the doors....PLZ, WHO? Also, Dravid fans promoting him by calling SRT selfish! SRT has achieved more for Indian cricket than any other cricketer, PERIOD!!!

Posted by Haleos on (October 5, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@saileshhhhh - agree with Badri. he has been unfortunate to not get a chance when is was very young. Now he does not look like he is cut out for International level. Does not have that attitude. Vijay?????? Only a die hard TN fan can say that.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 5, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Finally, the man himself realized the writing on the wall. His contribution to the team's success in recent years has declined alarmingly. His aura vanished once he decided to accumulate rather than dominate bowling several years ago. Hope he will make the call himself soon rather than leave to selectors, because that would be a shame for this gentleman cricketer.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Allow him to play until his last breath. He has to make all the records in cricket and also increase his ads revenue like no other in the world.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

So heart-wrenching to see such greats nearing retirement; cricket will really not be the same for me.

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (October 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

N. Sundararajan AT last ! The gracious retirements of Rahul and VVS has at last hit Sachin to rethink his selfishness and be somewhat sensible., He has been great---undoubtedly--but is certainly past his expiry date ! He should have retired after his miserable failures in England in 2011 Test series, and a repeat of poor performance against Australia --no point in talking about " he played well but did not make good scores! )---time he retired and gave up ! His records are phenomenal, and if anyone will break any of them, such person deserves to ! Give it up today Sachin! When people still respect you--and not wait any longer !

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

The whole of India will stop at his last test match. The true King.

Posted by Sachin_God_Cricket on (October 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Sachin a man of his word. We have always enjoyed watching you. The Milestones that you have achieved will always back you. But we still dont want to loose you.

Posted by madras_boy on (October 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Sachin is a great cricketer. But he should also help groom some youngsters to replace him when he leave. Badri is a talented test player and he has been waiting for so many years to prove his mettle. Unfortunately, our middle order was so strong with the likes of sachin, dravid and vvs that he never got a chance. But he should get for atleast 3 years now. Even Gambhir has not been performing up to the mark of a senior batsman after the world cup. Murali Vijay is sure to replace Gambhir / Sehwag in the coming series as the opening batsman as Vijay is flooding runs this season. Murali Vijay is not Nohit Sharma (Rohit Sharma) to occupy a place in the playing XI for granted.

Posted by always_SA on (October 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Sachin is becoming a kind of walking wicket. His sight is motivating to bowlers. When they see him they realize that they won't go wicketless. If he continues for another six months, Kallis will pass him for the record of test runs and test centuries. Either way, his test record is short lived and will surely belong to Kallis for a very long time. He might hold on to the one day record until some other selfish batsman plays a zillion one dayers like Sachin and snatches that record away. Sachin was so amazing when he came on to the international scene with those 4 sixes of Qadir and centuries in seaming conditions of England and Australia. World cricket will miss him for sure. Bit sad to see him struggle. Either way, I always liked him when he was aggressive. His current conservative game will not win him new fans. Kallis/Dravie were conservative for a long time and you can see how their fame/fan base is so limited. Atleast, Sachin should try to score quickly innext series.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

I knew it was not far but when I read it from the horse's mouth himself I suddenly had a lump in my mouth. That day is not far we all know but still most of us can't confront it. Eng tour and then Pak tour at most. I would love to see Sachin touring SA once again and winning a series for us but will he stay till then? Sachin why can't you play for ever? Can someone find some elixir that will make him younger and fitter? Is there some magic potion? Is there God? Dear God, can you please give Sachin a small portion of your powers please please please? O Sachin, ppl have debuted and retired earlier too, but your debut is remembered by all of us and none of us want to hear the news of your retirement. I may sound a bit melodramatic here but I am sure a lot of us will see it as a quasi heart attack the day you hang up. Sachin please don't go. Sachin please don't talk about retirement. Sachin you are taking a huge chunk of our optimism streak out of us by retiring. Sachin WE ALL LOVE YOU.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 5, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Good News.So called GOD need to retire now.Just Non-performer and old man for now.......

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Unbelievable!! He still thinks he has some cricket left in him! This after being a complete flop in 3 series! I guess some people can live in denial forever. Kohli is already better than 10dulkar, and Pujara is proving to be a good replacement for Dravid. There are many more Kohli and Pujara's out there. BCCI should drop him to make way for a youngster. Think about youngsters like Rahane, Tiwary, etc who are dying to play for India, but can't get a chance because we are too emotional to let go of non-performers like Sehwag and 10dulkar.

Posted by Baundele on (October 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

As long as he is fit and scoring runs, he should play.

Posted by arvin_d on (October 5, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

@Sameer_Khan81 - First of all, have some decency in posting in public forums. Remove ur CAPS!

Second, however hard you try to degrade him, it is not going to work as he has billions of people behind him, and they know what he is about.

When he says, "When I feel, I would not be able to DELIVER, I will retire" it says a lot about him and how hard he is trying for the country.

Third, even if he is playing for personal glory it is fine as if he is performing he is scoring and in majority of the cases it means his contribution of runs will be there.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

SRT would have been quit long time back at least after the WC triumph. If you use his influence and walk in to the team whenever he wants its looks like that unfair to others. The team more than anyone else, if he wants to play selectively means it will affect the team combination. May be SRT supporters won't accept that. Team has to be settle as a long period it won't need to be change series wise. SRT can offer lot to the Indian cricket by passing his experience to the growing youngsters.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

There was a catchphrase a wrestler used. It fits perfectly for the god of Cricket. THE BEST THERE WAS, THE BEST THERE IS AND THE BEST THERE WILL BE. Thank you for having us watch you play.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Its indirect pressure created by the 'managed' media on Sachin to decide on retirement. My question is "Why at all a sports person should declare his/her retirement?'. He is free to play / involve in the sport as long as he wants...Sachin is playing with his ability and sportmanship. Decission to select him to play for the country is on the 'Selection Committee'. As long as he is still one of the best to be selected for the playing 11, why should he 'retire' ? People, lobbying and advocating for other so called 'young tallents' as the replacement for Sachin, know that acctually there are no replacement / substitution..If there have been, Sachin might have known it earlier. ...Murali Vijay ? Abhinav Mukund ? Rohit Sharma ? Suresh Raina ? many time the lobbyists want to see the 'tallent' of this unfit bunch for test cricket?..First bring a player who can replace Sachin with his own game !..Sachin will sign-off himself ! Why retirement ?

Posted by bh.abhishek on (October 5, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Be careful when he is saying "not plenty".His career age is now around 23.....His "not plenty of cricket" can last around 2 to three years.

Any way enjoy watching him bat when you can.I am not sure any one else will give me such pleasure of watching cricket.My second choice was always ponting.

Posted by Satyajitdutt on (October 5, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Just like Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United in football, it is just impossible for me to consider what Indian cricket would be like without SRT. But all great players know when its time to go and I think he's thinking that the time is near to go. And I agree that it is sad that others are asking for him to go for like Shane Warne, we may only realise how much we miss Sachin only once he's retired. I really hope he ends his career against Australia, the team he excelled against in their pomp and arguably the team against which he really established himself as a great. Sure he murdered almost everyone else home and away but it would be fitting if he ended his career at home against Australia.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (October 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Come on little man , yo have not yet reached a 20 thousand run mark .. Play till u can stand up on your limbs ... We all love to see u play play and play ... After all GOD does not retire, they are immortal ..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

I think Sachin would benefit from a change in the batting order.We should accept he is no longer the main man for India - Virat Kohli is now - and accordingly I would play VK at no 4, drop Sachin down to no.5. In the form Kohli is in, he is more likely to absorb the pressure if India lose early wickets and gives him more opportunity to stamp his authority on the game.This would benefit both Sachin & India

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (October 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

if you think you are not good enough then you stop playing cricket...perfect reason to retire... not like other selfish players who retire when on top and could still have gone on for a few years... thats why tendulkar, lara and gilchrist are the greatest ever... just cant imagine what watching cricket will be without him in the team...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

I am laughing seeing the comments from ever jealous Sri Lankan fans. These fans have very less to boost and keep comparing their legends with the legend of the legends. Carry on guys, the fact is Sri Lanka can never dream of producing a Tendulkar ever.

Posted by mustafa..aleem on (October 5, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

i believe Sachin given his best, no need to further put himself (sachin) under pressure by re-evaluating himself through a series or two. I salute what he did for India and for Cricket. am from pakistan still love his cover drive, cut and leg glance its speciality of his cricket and style. whatever you decide Sachin but you must do something for India and give India best cricket brains.. thank you you did your job in best way.. Thanx

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Chhotu's fitness is still better than most of Indian players. It seems he is waiting for 200 Test. He is still capable to fill up stadiums. I don't think BCCI want him out. Sandip Patil cannot question him; he will retire whenever he pleases.

Posted by Gizza on (October 5, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Surely ESPNCricinfo will explode on the day Tendulkar retires? Haha maybe the comments on the retirement article will reach the 1000 mark if not more.

Posted by SNG79 on (October 5, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Indian team is badly in need of you......this is not a perfect time for retirement.....we have already lost Ganguly, Dravid & Laxman in middle order...... the fan of indian cricket could not able to take this pain.......... In absence of SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR (THE GOD) - CRICKET IS IMPOSSIBLE......

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

PLEASE DONT RETIRE. PLAY ONCE IN A WHILE. Knowing that you will come back makes billions feel like cricket is worth following.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

For me 2012 spelt end of cricket....first Kumble and Ganguly in 2008, then Dravid and Laxman in 2012 and now Tendulkar....I was born in 80s and never knew cricket without these fab 5....I may continue watching T20s but once last of the league left Tendulkar's end for me as well. For others who are shamelessly bashing Tendulkar here will eat their words once Team India fumbles badly in future....nothing left for me to say....I salute you will never be pure once you go....Hats off to you for providing so many memories and innings....I can never forget 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008-2011, can I....respect!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

finally Great sense of realisation...Welcome Tendulkar...Good on you

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Whatever people may say , it is easy to comment on other but it is also tru not to be a popular ever . Being a public figure you have to pay for your popularity. Still people are Sachin lover and not cricket lovers or National cricket lovers ,Movement you score century and everything will change . facing the fact it has happened to most of the cricketers in the world and so to you too. Better to remain popular and away when you are on top ? Good luck God bless you Sachin ,

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

End of an ERA....

A true role model for any sports person in the world. We salute you "The Master"

Posted by saileshhhhh on (October 5, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Sachin has analyzed the situation very sensibly . He will play one or two series and if he fails to serve , its time up for him , there are talented resilient test playes like badrinath and vijay warming up the benches and may impress just like pujara did. But one thing for sure , its one thing to impress in the early days of your career but its totallly something else to keep performing consistently like sachin and dravid did #respect

Posted by rsurya on (October 5, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

I will retire from watching cricket once you retire from playing cricket. Mayans said its the End of World this year which I don't believe, but I fear its the End of Cricket this year. No more I can type ......

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

@VJGS: U r absolutely right yar...:)

Posted by SJCfan_cricket on (October 5, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Recently, Dravid and VVS has retired from test cricket, which created a huge blank space in the middle order. Sachin's experience and presence in the batting order itself boosts the youngsters and also they should get the opportunity to play with the Maestro in the test matches

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

Dear Sachin , a lot of pakistani fans like me would like to you to play the home series against Pakistan in Dec-January. This should be a good one, as we dont know when we see you play next.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

Its sad that everybody wants Sachin to quit....The great man will know when it will be the time to hang up his shoes...i still feel India is far from getting a replacement for him..just the sheer presence of Sachin in the dressing room is good enough to motivate an Indian side ...In tests everybody putting their fingers on sachin..wht abt Sehwag,gambhir,dhoni,raina ....?r they getting anymore run than the master???Except for Sachin's achievements what else do the inidan cricket team has to boost for with the exception of World T20 in 2007?

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

The greatest ever. Mostly will be remembered for knocking Pakistan out of the world cup 3 TIMES( 96, 03. 11) And ending thier bolwers careers at different times( Wasim and waqar in 2003) and saqlain in 2004. Apart from that the gazillion records. on of the best 100s/Inn ratios, greatest number of matchwinning knocks, greatest number of runs / tons and most prolific world cup run scorer.....Little Master, an ICON for life time. Probably the one and only person subnamed GOD. Plzzzzzz mate don't left us at least till 2015.

Posted by jasonpete on (October 5, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Posted by rajithwijepura on (October 05 2012, 08:01 AM) you should be ashamed to write a post like this.Well you are just bringing up the debate about your country cricketers like mahela and others who scores mostly in srilanka.Now enjoy the reply you get for mahela.good luck

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

@dork29 - he does not play any one day series these days so in reality he is finished with ODI and T20. The way I see it he is weaning himself out of the game. The only issue is test cricket. From what I see he will call it quits after England or decide then. By the statement today - I see that the new selectors may have confronted him. Him and Viru are now in line to quit. There are no shortages of batsman to replace them. The youngsters are now pushing hard on doors.

Posted by Sethuramalingam on (October 5, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Its the name SACHIN, which attracted me towards cricket. Hope this is the case for many cricket lovers across globe. Many talented players have emerged later who are contemporary and got compared with him. But he has his own era and hope it will get end in grand manner. He is one of very few, who make me proud as an INDIAN.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Finally, some common sense seems to be prevailing! For all his greatness, Sachin seems to have mistimed his exit. Hoping that he does not continue to tarnish his legacy.

Posted by prasanna on (October 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Sachin shouldn't retire from ODI till 2015 WC (but play sparingly like what he does now), we need his experience on fast and bouncy pitches in Australia at the top of the order, it will be so sad on the day the little master retires but let's stop criticizing the great man till then as he will always take the right call.

Posted by Sameer_Khan81 on (October 5, 2012, 10:01 GMT)



Posted by amit_kol on (October 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

so all sachin haters, please tell me the name of one youngster whose place is blocked by sachin..........only those who has not achieved anything in life can blame sachin......if miss u sachin(whenever u decide)........

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@ RjithWijepura -- Please do not exhibit you ignorance on online forums. Sachin is not like Mahela who has a pathetic record in Australia and England, nor is he like Jayasurya for whom the bowlers used to celebrate even before he came out to bat in bouncy pitches like south Africa. He has scored runs in every country in the world and performed in almost all world cups. I am not his fan nor do I think he is the greatest ever but to call him a flat track bully only parades your pathetic understanding of the game and its records. Check out his record against your team and you will start crying. Get well soon..

Posted by trueindian on (October 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Move out before you are moved out(Read: Kicked out), Sachin. Please have mercy on all of us Indians....

Posted by S.Jagernath on (October 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

England will be a good test for Sachin Tendulkar to see where he is at.He needs to have a series that matches his standards,which means averaging atleast 50.If he fails to,then one of the greatest careers in sporting history might come to an end.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Sachin is the best cricketer to have played the game in my opinion. But the truth is his current spot across the format is not his for the asking despite not performing well. I think the time has come for Sachin to make the retirement decision. Certainly, I do not want to hear or see Sachin getting blasted by his critics and haters alike AND also in the interest of Indian cricket he has to make that call.

Posted by Slater1 on (October 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Please announce your retirement decision soon. If need be, Indian Government would declare a holiday on that day. Enuf of your mediocre batting. Retire gracefully.

Posted by Raviss on (October 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

funny how people of india forget that this is the same man who carried the team on his young shoulders for a long period of his shoulders.. and for that he is not only revered in India but also over here in Pakistan and all over the world. Shame on u ppl who want him to retire..its his decision and I believe he will take it as soon as he realises his time is up....

@VINEET.GALAXY .. my interest and passion for cricket will end also with Tendulkar's retirement. He is my sole reason for being in love with cricket.. btw..this article does suggest that the retirement is near.. :(

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

stop being selfish and retire!

Posted by ALA1 on (October 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

#puroniks : better check tendulkar's record against Pakistan before boasting anything that he has never done. His avg against Pakistan is lower than his overall averages in each format and yes among all nations he has not done particularly good against Pakistan.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 5, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

i have a feeling coming that when sachin will take retirement dhoni will include rohit sharma in the test team also just like he include raina in test team after laxman's retirement . this will be big problem . SO SACHIN PLEASE DON'T RETIRE NOW . WHEN DHONI STEP DOWN FROM CAPTAINCY THEN YOU SHOULD TAKE RETIREMENT .

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:31 GMT)'ve earned enough money & fame out of cricket & TV Commercials giving an impression that you are god of cricket...i felt you should have retired after the england & australia test series itself...i would put my preference to Dravid anyday to stay on for another year..simple reason being he's performing & saving the team from the ashes every time he steps on the crease..he's even setting an example for the young batsmen of today who can learn from his batting technique in tests in alien conditions... I was rather shocked when Rahul along with VVS Retired in tests..No Surprises here...Exit door's waiting for you...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

no decision.pls play upto 2015 world cup for the people loving u

Posted by SJCfan_cricket on (October 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Donot forget the immense contribution of Sachin for the Indian cricket. In 1990s he was the one on whom the team used to depend so much. 23 years of cricket carrier little more appreciation and respect.

Posted by VJGS on (October 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Sachin, I am one of your biggest fans and I will dearly miss you but if you want to retire, do it. But please don't do it because others are telling you to. No one knows about you better than yourself.

Posted by indianpunter on (October 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

sandip patil has already had a chat to him !

Posted by Meety on (October 5, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Sad but inevitable. I am thinking he will do fairly well v England. I think Finn & Bresnan are the 2 bowlers most likely to trouble him. Different story when Oz comes. I believe Oz pacers are faster & this will cause him problems. Like he said - he is 39 & can' keep slaughtering attacks for ever!

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (October 5, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@Puroniks, He knocked out Pak in 96?? He would have knocked out India for his 31 in 59 balls, Thanks to Jadeja s knock which took us to a matchwinning total.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

YOu seems to Karunanithi of Cricket. Never think of retirement ! One they will throw you out , If you not retire now !

Posted by naren1983 on (October 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Lets wait for the Home series against England and Australia. He likes to score well and retire on good note at the end. He is going to reach 40 by next April. Good time to consider himself for the retire in next year from all the international crickets. Lets wait for sachin to take a call and not to do pressure on him. He served greatly for the Indian Cricket and he knows when to take a call and importantly to leave him with most satisfactionate.

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (October 5, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

SACHIN..please don't retire from Test cricket...if you want to retire then first choose ODIs and later test....Indian Test team is nothing without you ..your sheer presence in the team makes other players comfortable in dressing room and on the has been years Ganguly retired and still we are in search of youngsters filling his shoes..and with the WALL and LAX gone now your are the only one who could guide and groom the youngsters in the team...Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Tiway are the future of indian cricket, groom and guide them....those all who say you are a burden on the team are the one who don't follow Cricket....I believe you have 2 more years of cricket left in you....request from a die hard fan of you....

Posted by grizzle on (October 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

I still think that the otherwise callow Indian Test lineup will benefit from having Sachin in the middle order. He should be encouraged to stick around until the end of the Australian series in India or even the South African tour at the end of next year. However, I don't see this happening unless he finds some batting form in the England series. But picking him for ODIs/T20s from now on would be complete folly.

Posted by gravapine on (October 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

He would have made a lot of people happy if the statement is "I think i have little cricket left in me". But he should retire from ODI's immediately. No question about it. If he is in the 15/16 squad then not picking him in 11 is putting the captain under a lot of pressure. Also the team is becoming littke imbalance if he is in 11. Tests he should play till end of 2013.

Posted by skishlay on (October 5, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

It's a fair assessment by someone who understands the game better than most. From now on I will watch the test matches as well, as I watch this game just for this genius. There is ecstasy in each of Sachin tendulkar's good knocks, pain in each of his failures. That probably is life. Implying Sachin Tendulkar is the life of Cricket for me. The reason I watch this game.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

I feel that fitness and motivation is the key , as long as Sachin feels that he is fit enough and the motivational power within him continues, it's upto him to continue !! And for we public , we have always enjoyed , still enjoy and will keep enjoying watching him play !!

Posted by AdityaMookerjee on (October 5, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Tendulkar isn't a cricketer to be judged as right or wrong. He perhaps doesn't think when he is batting. What is important, is that Tendulkar was coruscating, when Piyush Chawla got him bowled in an India selection match, for no significant score. One knew what Piyush Chawla did, and one somehow reminded oneself, that Tendulkar is precious.

Posted by sachislife2310 on (October 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Very Unfortunate!! Even playing for country from 23 yrs, people still say he plays for records, personal milestones, cant win matches!!!! agree many times he did not deliver at right time but boss cricket is a 11-player game.. I started to watch cricket only because him and i closely followed his all matches from 1996. I am gonna miss u sachin!! thats why they say SACH IS LIFE :)

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

well just want to say one thing guyzzzz it may look simple but when sachin finally decides to retire it well be a great void in cricket but even his critics would miss the man whom they criticized the most:))))

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

arrey atleast complete that ODI century you have kept pending for soooo long now!!! come on man, round it off to 50 now!!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

We are sure you have 3 years of cricket left in you plz dont retire now cricket will not be the same without you.... in past there have been players playing good cricket till the age of 51 so think about it and play for atleast 2015 world cup

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

No atleast he should play next world cup, i dont want to see his retirement before that infact i cant see him retiring from international cricket :(

Posted by dork29 on (October 5, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

So when will he take a call on his One day future? If there is not plenty of cricket left in him, he should at least retire from One day cricket, so that someone else can step in preparatory to the next World Cup. he says there are two things - scoring runs and what he feels. What he feels will never change and nobody really cares. There is only thing that counts when it comes to sport - performance. As a batsman, scoring runs is the yardstick for performance. If he is not scoring runs, what he feels is immaterial - the team needs someone who can score runs irrespective of what he feels.Unfortunately since it is India, one man has become bigger than the game.

Posted by helfi on (October 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Dear "sachin" , please do not retire you achieve :- 1) 200 tests 2) 100 ODI Centuries 3) 500 In Tests 3) Champions trophy 2013 4) FIFA world cup 2014 5) ICC world cup 2015 6) Olympics 2016 9) World cup 2019 ...etc.... we will patiently watch until you score the 100 ODI centuries . Like you scored 100th International 100 - BCCI should invite Uganda for a 7 match odi and 5 test series for you to get to the record in 2039. Please do not let us down. Your biggest fan.

Posted by Akash_23 on (October 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Sachin should retire from ODI cricket soon and give some more time to his test career. He is the only experienced player left in the middle order and should mentor the youngsters for a few games before leaving.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 5, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

The greatest ever. Mostly will be remembered for knocking Pakistan out of the world cup 3 TIMES( 96, 03. 11) And ending thier bolwers careers at different times( Wasim and waqar in 2003) and saqlain in 2004. Apart from that the gazillion records. on of the best 100s/Inn ratios, greatest number of matchwinning knocks, greatest number of runs / tons and most prolific world cup run scorer.. PLEASE PUBLISH.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 5, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Yes sir you are 39 and not getting younger. At 39 we dont expect the eyesight and reflexes to improve, they will only go downwards. But in anycase 23 years is a lot of cricket. Sir, please take the call while the time is still not too bad. No fan wants to see a great icon and a legend suffering at the age of 39. We all love you. The whole world loves you for all the exciting cricket that you have provided for all these wonderful years. We will remember you for a long long time to come.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Hard to think that Sachin will ever retire from world cricket. Even mere imagination of cricket without master is so much painful and heart broking...:( Proudly I can say to my grand children: I was fortunate to born in Sachin's era.!

Posted by Sanoop_r on (October 5, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Its really sad to see fellow Indians waiting for Him to retire.. People, show some respect... The respect that India gets in the cricketing fraternity is mainly attributed to Him and Him alone... Even now, He is always part of the opposition's gameplan... Thats the respect He has earned.. so please please honour Him... I dont think He is blocking anyone from coming in to the team... Tell me of one instance where an in form player is dropped to make room for a newbie and for Sachin to be in the side... Instead, he grooms young players into the team... So think twice before you post your negative comments..

Posted by VINEET.GALAXY1 on (October 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Sachin, With you I too, will retire from cricket. So will millions of Indians. :(

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

I think the picture that runs alongside this article is a clear indicator of where ST's career is going. After all he has achieved it would be a real shame for people (outside of India), to remember him for the wrong reasons. All good things come to an end eventually.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 5, 2012, 8:28 GMT)


Posted by Rajeshj on (October 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

@KVAM - I don't think we Indians should be as stupid as declaring a bandh or national holiday for Sachin's retirement... hope good sense prevails and he calls it a day soon.. What worries is that Sachin is earning a lot of disrespect across the world for his reluctance to retire even at this age.. Let his glorious career be remembered for its feats rather than this retirement saga..

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Sachin should retire after making batsmen like Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Rohit, Manoj ready to face big boys of international cricket

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT)


Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 5, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Pakistan cricket will be most relived. There will be no Sachin to knock them out of world cups with MOM performances( A la 2033 and 2011) there will be no sachin to destroy so called great bowers(a la wasim and waqar) and there will be no sachin to constantly cause heartache for pak Cricketers. The greatest Batsman of all time. True genius.

Posted by ESCON on (October 5, 2012, 8:24 GMT)


Posted by Sameer-hbk on (October 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

The best way to judge a player is by seeing what the opposition might prefer. Ask England team/bowlers and they will say they would gladly take rohit/raina/yuvraj or anyone else coming into that No.4 spot over Sachin in the lineup come the tests. And that for me means he plays. One thing the man has shown after playing for 2 decades is that he always has the last word... With the bat. We expect nothing else once more.

Posted by Abhiworld on (October 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

Sachin Should play as long as he could....we always praise a player when he plays very well but if he plays one bad innings we doubt his place in the side....what is this guys...its a game sometime we win and sometime we one is perfect in this world..... the players know more about the game than us or "MEDIA" leave it to them and respect them & stop teaching the players how to play.....let them play and let us enjoy and support our players even in there bad phase!!!!

Posted by Deva on (October 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

First of all, Congrats to the media which was looking like a vulture to catch a fish in the pond. it has achieved its objective. Indian cricket without sachin cannot be imagined unless another guy occupies the place in all terms....meaning to include even his composure. I think no body at present qualifies for his place.. P ldo not mention about Virat... I agree he has been scoring consisitently... but his on field behaviour will always be a black mark... If any one who is waiting for Sachin's blood ( for his retirement) pl answer the following: 1. Which cricketer at 39, will tap the ball in the crease and go for a quick single.....who is available,, tell me who.... 2. Who at the age of 39, will run from cover to the boundary to save 4 runs.... who...... again .. i congratulate the media , who were just frowning for this news.......

Posted by alikhan224 on (October 5, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

I cant really believe and digest the words" PLENTY OF CRICKET" used by a 39yr old master who should hv and could hv easily retired after the WC victory in 2011..he would hv been the 3rd sportsman to have gone on a high and with respect after imran khan(captain of 1992 WC winning team retired after that at 39) and younis khan(captain of t20 WC team and retired after that)...but he didnt and wht he gets in the last one yr..ONLY EMBARRASSMENT...just a single century made him and billions of ppl wait for one longggggggggg irritating and frustrating will be a huge disappointed if he leaves cricket after failing against England on home will be if he score some runs and wise enough to retire immediately after the english series...but this "plenty" word is unbelievable to be used by sachin even at 39.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@rajithwijepura yeah much like your sangakkara and jayawardena

Posted by bobagorof on (October 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Geez, Raj Kumar, you don't want much, do you? Making 6 demands and asking him to please play on for another 3 years when he's already winding down and has said he doesn't have plenty of cricket left? Sounds like his 'fans' are being a bit selfish. He's a legend of the game, and we love seeing him play, but if he's starting to lose motivation and not performing up to his own standard then let him decide to retire if he wants!

Posted by D-Ascendant on (October 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Unfortunately, spineless selectors, the agents who've gotten fat making money off you and a particularly rabid section of fans *do* expect you to go on playing forever.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (October 5, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

@rajithwijepura : Do you mean like Jayasurya, Murali or Arvinda ? I think two of them literally dragged out and they came to IPL for money.

Posted by AmeyPitre on (October 5, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Tendulkar is now only a good batsman and no more the Great batsman... In India there are many good batsmen.... Its good to select 20 year old good batsman than 39 year old good batsman.... As 20 year old will become better or best as the age progresses and 39 year old will move towards worst....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Its time up for ST. He earned everything through cricket. Forget about the lack of form, its time up or he will loose the respect from fans.

Posted by abhyudayj on (October 5, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

@TJAPUKAI- Sachin is legend and considered as a god in cricket, he know when to retire and has the ability to play another 1 or 2 years

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

After the brouhaha about his 100th "international" hundred, media and fans have ignored equally important milestones to follow: (1) 50th ODI hundred (2) 100th ODI fifty (3) 200 sixes in ODIs (4) 150 catches in ODIs (5) 500th ODI (6) 200th Test.

He must play the South Africa series in 2013 and the the 2015 world cup.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT)


Posted by KVAM on (October 5, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

If at all that day comes..that day should be declared National Holiday for mouring..or least an all india bandh for Sachin fans to demonstrate their grief...even Legendary Bradman would not have got such a send off...the Name Sachin should be made immortal.. I know I sound tooo emotional but I cant help it...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

So now a sign of rational talking is seen from Sachin. He is a great, but any one has to have his last Innings.I am an ardent Fan of Sachin right form Harris School days, but he should consider the growing demands of to day & gracefully retire, before it is too late!!! Age is an ultimate factor, one can not keep away for ever!!!

Posted by santhosh11 on (October 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Hey pepole.....Why this pepole thinking (commited) verry Badly i don't now.. Realy This is not good time for retirment. He is master in criket. Plz leave him..100% i hope he will come good against England, Its really disappointing to hear , But The time will change everything .. I wish he will rockkkkkkkkk

Posted by Nutcutlet on (October 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

SachinTendulkar is the greatest batsman ever to play for India - that's an opinion which must be as close to fact as makes no difference. There's much less argument about it than another opinion: God exists. It has been the cricketing world's privilege & pleasure to witness the rolling out of a great career; it has been a magnificent & rich & very long tapestry. As SRT got to an age when cricketers in the modern era slipped away (but in India things are always different; the great batsman could never slip away) I for one was left wondering why he couldn't bring himself to take his bat home for the last time. England was full of high expectation; Australia awaited eagerly at home, v WI & NZ (fairly weak teams) - in all these series he failed to live up to his legend, but he was still marketable whilst there were memories.The advertisers at least still believed but market research had to be done. Sales were dropping; the penny dropped with the sponsors. Time for a quiet word.Time to go.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (October 5, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Flat track bully will score 1-2 centuries during the ENG tournament and stay for another 5 years

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Tendulkar had played more than sufficient. It is better to sign off now. It seems the selectors are reluctant to drop him. And he is also , it seems, not prepared for retimrement in near future.Perhaps, he and his son may both play for India.

Posted by parthaacs on (October 5, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Sachin has earned the right to retire when he wants it. He was the only shining light in the team in the 90s until Dravid and Ganguly came to share his burden. Many indians would have lost interest in cricket if not for Sachin.

So show some respect to him. I am sure he will know when to go.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

I can Sachin on a mission ..He will score the many and many runs in the coming matches..Master on mission beware ....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

"If this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it. Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural." this is the correct ans for the critics over here now a days few guys are out form does it mean them to retire. SAchin is giving enough chances for the youngsters without sachin india is bit down morally.he is inspirational to sa many youngsters who are playing now so let present gen. also see his shots n dream to play with him which may yield excellent players for future gen.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I just want you to play Test Cricket for a couple more years. So that you could groom Kohli and Pujara and even Rahane. With Rahul and VVS out. It's your responsibility Sachin that, by the time you Quit, Kohlis and Rahanes should become Dependable Test batsmen for India. And please Quit ODIs.

Posted by RathishCochin on (October 5, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Please don't retire from cricket now... We need you to play as long as you can.. Please don't look, what media saying and what the new cricket lovers saying (IDIOTS)...

You are one who make cricket so popular in India. Without you cricket is a Temple without GOD!.

So please don't go away from Cricket.

If you are tired then retire from T20 cricket, not from Test and One Day Cricket.

You are our Star Icon, because of you we can proudly say that we are from Tendulkar's Country.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

I can't imagine cricket without sachin in the team. Yes there will be people who always criticize him for not retiring and that have been the ordeal since he was 35 but he has proved everyone wrong. Till date we haven't found any suitable replacements for ganguly then how can we expect someone to carry the team burden from the young brigade who are most happy playing IPL or T20 cricket. I find only kohli and pujara to be the ones who are suitable for test cricket. Instead he needs to play for a couple of years (iff he thinks so) and groom the likes of pujara and kohli who can shoulder the burden of the team after the era of RAHUL, DADA and sachin. Anyways, dhoni already being a burden on the team will not play for more than 2 years, so think longterm before taking any decision. You have been our GOD and will always be.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Millions of fan will stop watching cricket if Sachin plz dont retire...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

He should have retired after the WC 2011...FROM Pakistan Fan

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

2015 world cup aint so far. Please be there at least for one more time.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Ohhhhhh!!!! Don't say that you are retiring from Cricket.Still we did not found Ganguly's place It still a vacant position in our test team.Still We don't have a perfect openers with only couple of games at home we can't say Pujara replaced Dravid or Laxman. No problem whether you score or not just be there in the team give a booster to Team INDIA.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Plz media,stop hypocracy............he didnt say that he will retire...........Love u Sachin....carry on

Posted by Narbavi on (October 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Wow, finally.....still nothing has happened yet, he has just started to think about it!!

Posted by sichu_emerald on (October 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Good for you Mr. Tendulkar, well as a man i admire the way you approach the situations and as a player albeit i understand that you were not behind any records, but unfortunately that is what it portrays Master. End on a high note, and let English series be your last one and we all wish good for your personal life... Last but not least...GROOM your son properly (attitude) which Mr. Gavaskar & Mr. Srikkant failed to do, coz due to Tendulkar fever in India, Arjun will surely get into Indian Team easily, let him not fade after getting in...a sincere wish among the billions...if at all you see this comment.

Posted by Hardy1 on (October 5, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Hasn't scored a Test century for almost two years so it's correct to finally re-evaluate. Having said that he's looked in good nick for a lot of those innings where he hasn't quite made the runs needed. Rahane to open with Sehwag moving down the order to replace Sachin for me when he does call it quits.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

IMO, Sachin should retire from T20 immediately.. He can play the ODI's till the Australians tour and then retire from ODI's as well.. But I think he should still continue as a test player for another 15-18 test matches.. India has 3 important series coming up against Australians and England at home and later they tour South Africa.. Here India needs an experienced player like him in the middle order.. Sewhag & Gambhir are lost enigmas in cricket and it is important for Tendulkar to stick around till the young guns get a grip of themselves in the international arena..

Posted by jainaniket24 on (October 5, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Sachin is undoubtedly the best batsman cricket has ever seen! He isn't called GOD for no reason. All cricket fans would love to see this man playing for as long as possible. Its not abt any particular series agains Eng, Aus or Sa. There will be many such series even after he retires. The thing is that he is the force that is holding indian team together aftr retirement of dravid, laxman and ganguly. He is the reason for may to watch cricket! He may not be scoring runs...but his mere presence makes indian team motivated and united. For all those who want him to retire...they have no idea what they're gonna miss after him...the cricket would never be the same again...there can't be another sachin...there can't be anyone better than him!

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (October 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

This is the very correct said by India's Batting Maestro and very well intended too...So lets end all speculation about his retirement and lets pray he can deliver his contribution as big as he can so that India can settle scores with England and Australia by 4-0 each.....

Posted by RVManju on (October 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Sachin. With all Due Respect to what you have done to India. I have few Comments. I am a Big Fan of You Just like Every Other Billion Fans Of You. Sachin U dont even know what 12th Man is. How Much Pain does it cause for Some one to go for 3-4 Tours to Just Serve as 12th Man. You can ask what it means,even Sehwag Knows it. When U Made ur Debut, There was absolutely no need for Azhar to give u a Chance in Playing XI, there were enough Senior Players Waiting in the Wings, When you could Enjoy such Benefits, Even the Lights of Rahane and Chand Should get that Benefit. And You Should Give a Fair Chance for Kohlis and Rahanes to Break your Record. Which is Why you should step down. Otherwise everyone can Understand You Can Bat forever and Score Runs Here and There. Which is perfectly alright for justifying the comments you make.Oldest Debut in Cricket J Southerton For Eng at age of 49y 119d can have bowling figures of 37-17-61-3 (2.47). So IND needs young BAT and BWL now. So Pls Step down.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Now somebody watch cricket even sachin play or not play but are thinking sachin still alive in cricket. But after his retirement really most of people not watch cricket

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

"There are two different things - scoring runs and what I feel. For instance, if this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it. Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural." - Sachin you have sadly mistaken the cause and the symptom. You must admit that this happen because you are 39. Rarely will this happen at 25. Same symptoms were seen with Dravid during his final days. Every good thing has an end and here it is for you...

Posted by Rajavel-cricket on (October 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

I hope he will come good against England, Its really disappointing to hear , But The time will change everything .. I wish he will retire in a big note

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

ple sachin yourfans target landmark (1) 200 test (2)50 odi 100 (3) test 401 (4) champions trophy (5)500 odi (6) 2015 worldcup

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (October 5, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Wow! At least now there is a light at end of the tunnel :).With due respect to our GOD,I would say it is because of his high standards which he set for himself has forced selection committee to not even go closer to him to speak about his retirement.He has served this cricket for more than 2 decades.Now it is time to pass on the torch to a potential youngster and be a mentor .In the last few years Ricky Ponting and in the last year SRT has just became a big elephant in the room.I think both of them should hang the boots soon .Their great days are long gone...

Posted by PPL11 on (October 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

True Champion !!! hats off to you little master

Posted by alikhan224 on (October 5, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Atlast sense prevailssssssssssssss.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

God please don't be so harsh on us.... I can never even imagine of what you are talking about..

Posted by Seether1 on (October 5, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Sachin please preserve your legacy and retire after the English series. Slaughter the likes of Anderson, Broad and Finn and then retire on top.

Posted by mr_king on (October 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Sachin, it is a good time for you to leave. You are the greatest batsman (cricketer) ever and has acheived a lot. There will be people always to critize whether you succeed or not. But, as you say, now you are 39 and it is high time that you should retire. Personally, I do not want to you lose your wicket in a worst way - rather you can bravely quit at this point.

I would recommned you to groom the yongsters and make Indian cricket "mighty".

Posted by gvgv on (October 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Sachin!!!!! We want sachin atleast for England and Aussie Tours in Indian soil.. Atleast For Tests, We need him.. Already We still searching For Ganguly place... Yes, Sachin's form is poor in recent times... But in tests, mainly against england and aussies, his experience is required....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

So finally sachin say something about retirement.But he should play the series against SF in SF scheduled December 2013 and then decide either quit his long 24 year career or go to play 2015 world cup till the date he is bowled or LBW that's not matter.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Well I can't Imagine Cricket after you so Please thinking twice or may be thrice before deciding anything and it is not only me ... I guess Billion of people loves you in that way

Posted by kunalx on (October 5, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

This is a good news for Indians. Enough of tendulkar. Please retire, we want you as a mentor or match analyst :)

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Well I can't Imagine Cricket after you so Please thinking twice or may be thrice before deciding anything and it is not only me ... I guess Billion of people loves you in that way

Posted by KunzMan on (October 5, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Ok so the GOd has FINALLYY decided to think like an ageing mortal!

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