Home series against Australia, Pakistan likely to be his last September 5, 2007

Tendulkar looks at quitting ODIs

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Sources close to Sachin Tendulkar said he was inclined to announce his retirement on this tour but was persuaded by friends to do so at home © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar is seriously contemplating retiring from one-day cricket after India's home engagements against Pakistan and Australia later this season, it is reliably learnt.

Tendulkar, one-day cricket's most prolific and dominant batsman, will, however, continue playing Tests and will travel to Australia in December.

Sources close to Tendulkar said he was inclined to announce his retirement on this tour but was persuaded by friends to do so at home. India are scheduled to play seven ODIs against Australia and five against Pakistan before the end of the year.

Tendulkar had, along with Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, opted out of the forthcoming World Twenty20 in South Africa.

Earlier this week, he told the Times of the toll one-day cricket was taking on his body. "I enjoy every moment I have on a cricket field, but the recovery times between games these days are difficult, especially for one-day internationals, and that's my major obstacle," he said. "It does take its toll on the body. When you are 22 or 23, you recover a lot more quickly. But at 34, it's not so easy."

His innings at The Oval on Wednesday provided evidence of that; the last few minutes saw him hobbling with cramps, barely able to run the singles and, after his dismissal, taking a long time to climb the stairs to the dressing room.

Most of that innings, though, was spent in the kind of form he has displayed through this tour, one on which he showed he'd lost little of his formidability in one-day cricket. He began with two 90s against South Africa in Ireland, helping India win the series from being one down.

Restored to the top of the order after an indifferent World Cup where he batted in the middle order, Tendulkar has allowed himself the freedom to play the strokes of his majestic youth - the majestic cover drive, the pull and the lofted drive down the ground - and runs have flowed, both consistently and quickly.

In ten innings in the series so far, he has plundered 548 runs, with four 90s, at a strike rate of 84.3. The tour also reunited him with his opening partner Sourav Ganguly, and the pair, the most prolific in the history of one-day cricket, added four more century partnerships to take their tally to 25, 16 of them for the first wicket.

Tendulkar is 34 but already has 18 years of international cricket behind him; his 140 Tests and 394 ODIs have fetched him more than 25,000 runs, the most in international cricket.

He has before him the example of Shane Warne, who gave up one-day cricket in the last stage of his career to help him play more Tests.

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  • Sriramapr81 on September 6, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    This really is a sad news but only Sachin knows better about his fitness. Going by his current form which is a reflection of young Sachin the retirement would definitely sound bad. Sure, the grounds will seem to be empty without his presence on the field once he retires. I am sure, that i would cry the last time he walks off the field in ODI and i know same will be the case with other million fans. I am so proud to have seen his matches in stadium as well as TV. Lots of good memories about him to share with my future generations. Hats off to you Sachin!!! You are one of best entertainers.

  • aruns on September 6, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    It is the correct decision, despite the form he is in. While there is no doubt that Sachin still remains one of the best one-day cricketers amongst contemporary players, nobody should grudge this decision, considering that he is exiting at the top of his game. This should enable focus his energy on test cricket, and improve upon the performances befitting his status.

  • RMD25 on September 6, 2007, 12:12 GMT

    Sachin cannot be taken for granted by any stalwart in cricket. His news of quitting ODI, does not seems to convincing looking at his way of playing. Let him score 50 (41 already in pocket) ODI centuries and 100 (83 already there) ODI Half centuries and then ask him to retire or quit ODI. Looking at his fatigueness and limping while playing as seen on TV during 6th ODI between India V England, he can get refreshed within arest of two days. I hope he will have 2 to 3 years more as the Great Geoffery Byocott has retired at the age of 41 years. I wish he to continue for those years .

  • Realitycheck77 on September 6, 2007, 12:08 GMT

    Firstly I don't want the great Tendulkar to retire! But that's me being selfish because I have seen no better batsman ever. The way Tendulkar bats is just amazing, words can not describe! But I understand if the heavy One Day schedule is taking it's toll on his body, considering the fact that he's been playing for 18 years. I truly believe he has one more World Cup left in him, but yes he has to pace him self in terms of the amount of games he plays during the next four years. My opinion would be for him to continue playing but maybe not play all the Tours or even have a rotation policy with another Batsman, for example if there's 5 One Day matches maybe he plays 2 or 3 of those, so if there's 30 One Day matches in 2008 maybe he can play in 18 of those and this way it will allow for some of the youngsters to ease themselves in to the side. I don't believe Tendulkar needs regular matches to perform. Sachin Tendulkar the Greatest Batsman of ALL TIME only needs to turn up!

  • techmine on September 6, 2007, 12:06 GMT

    I think it the right time for great Sachin to quit the ODIs. This is more for himself rather than anyone else. Every good thing has to come to an end. Remember, if he quits on time, he will contribute to cricket in years to come in one way or the other. I want him to stick around with the team, cricket and Indian cricket lovers...take rest Sachin, it has been a long hard journey for you.

  • larry on September 6, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    sachin is seems tobe master of international cricket.But he lacks behind his form for the past few serious . Beeing a master batsman he should be an perfect example for team members. One good example is Ricky ponting of Australia worlds number one alrounder no matter what ever the pitch is and climatic condition he proves himself as best . SOO its better sachin can quit international cricket.

  • nripandas on September 6, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    it is a saddest moment that the legend quits.even if the decision is inevitable at some point of time,it is very hard to live without tendulkar.we grew with tendulkar and no icons in india have no match with him in sports,probabily in any fields atleast for two decades.it is a passion,which is going to be ended and we think it is better to take rest in a few series and play only in the most important ones ,to keep off the physical pressure,which attributes to this sudden decision.any way this is a painful news..

  • kedar on September 6, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    Sachin just told that one day cricket is taking a toll on his body, but he never expressed that he is looking at retirement. Unfortunately our media misunderstood the comments he made and gave such a huge shock to millions and millions of Sachin's fans. Optimistically saying, he will play the next world cup too.

  • Bharadwaj on September 6, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    I anticipated Tendulkar's retirement after the ongoing english one day series. This was evident as he made people understand that he was finding it difficult to cope with ODIs. To answer the question, I think it is best to retire when amongst the runs. People will remember one better in the future if one retire on a high. In other sports (tennis), Pete Sampras retired after winning the US Open. This kept good memories of Sampras in fans' minds. Tendulkar should retire when on top of his game. Furthermore, it is better for people to think that one retired when he was still good enough to play.

  • Abdullah on September 6, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Shachin can curtail some of the one-day series to give rest to his body, if he feel. But one-day cricket without Shachin is unthinkable!

  • Sriramapr81 on September 6, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    This really is a sad news but only Sachin knows better about his fitness. Going by his current form which is a reflection of young Sachin the retirement would definitely sound bad. Sure, the grounds will seem to be empty without his presence on the field once he retires. I am sure, that i would cry the last time he walks off the field in ODI and i know same will be the case with other million fans. I am so proud to have seen his matches in stadium as well as TV. Lots of good memories about him to share with my future generations. Hats off to you Sachin!!! You are one of best entertainers.

  • aruns on September 6, 2007, 12:23 GMT

    It is the correct decision, despite the form he is in. While there is no doubt that Sachin still remains one of the best one-day cricketers amongst contemporary players, nobody should grudge this decision, considering that he is exiting at the top of his game. This should enable focus his energy on test cricket, and improve upon the performances befitting his status.

  • RMD25 on September 6, 2007, 12:12 GMT

    Sachin cannot be taken for granted by any stalwart in cricket. His news of quitting ODI, does not seems to convincing looking at his way of playing. Let him score 50 (41 already in pocket) ODI centuries and 100 (83 already there) ODI Half centuries and then ask him to retire or quit ODI. Looking at his fatigueness and limping while playing as seen on TV during 6th ODI between India V England, he can get refreshed within arest of two days. I hope he will have 2 to 3 years more as the Great Geoffery Byocott has retired at the age of 41 years. I wish he to continue for those years .

  • Realitycheck77 on September 6, 2007, 12:08 GMT

    Firstly I don't want the great Tendulkar to retire! But that's me being selfish because I have seen no better batsman ever. The way Tendulkar bats is just amazing, words can not describe! But I understand if the heavy One Day schedule is taking it's toll on his body, considering the fact that he's been playing for 18 years. I truly believe he has one more World Cup left in him, but yes he has to pace him self in terms of the amount of games he plays during the next four years. My opinion would be for him to continue playing but maybe not play all the Tours or even have a rotation policy with another Batsman, for example if there's 5 One Day matches maybe he plays 2 or 3 of those, so if there's 30 One Day matches in 2008 maybe he can play in 18 of those and this way it will allow for some of the youngsters to ease themselves in to the side. I don't believe Tendulkar needs regular matches to perform. Sachin Tendulkar the Greatest Batsman of ALL TIME only needs to turn up!

  • techmine on September 6, 2007, 12:06 GMT

    I think it the right time for great Sachin to quit the ODIs. This is more for himself rather than anyone else. Every good thing has to come to an end. Remember, if he quits on time, he will contribute to cricket in years to come in one way or the other. I want him to stick around with the team, cricket and Indian cricket lovers...take rest Sachin, it has been a long hard journey for you.

  • larry on September 6, 2007, 12:03 GMT

    sachin is seems tobe master of international cricket.But he lacks behind his form for the past few serious . Beeing a master batsman he should be an perfect example for team members. One good example is Ricky ponting of Australia worlds number one alrounder no matter what ever the pitch is and climatic condition he proves himself as best . SOO its better sachin can quit international cricket.

  • nripandas on September 6, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    it is a saddest moment that the legend quits.even if the decision is inevitable at some point of time,it is very hard to live without tendulkar.we grew with tendulkar and no icons in india have no match with him in sports,probabily in any fields atleast for two decades.it is a passion,which is going to be ended and we think it is better to take rest in a few series and play only in the most important ones ,to keep off the physical pressure,which attributes to this sudden decision.any way this is a painful news..

  • kedar on September 6, 2007, 11:53 GMT

    Sachin just told that one day cricket is taking a toll on his body, but he never expressed that he is looking at retirement. Unfortunately our media misunderstood the comments he made and gave such a huge shock to millions and millions of Sachin's fans. Optimistically saying, he will play the next world cup too.

  • Bharadwaj on September 6, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    I anticipated Tendulkar's retirement after the ongoing english one day series. This was evident as he made people understand that he was finding it difficult to cope with ODIs. To answer the question, I think it is best to retire when amongst the runs. People will remember one better in the future if one retire on a high. In other sports (tennis), Pete Sampras retired after winning the US Open. This kept good memories of Sampras in fans' minds. Tendulkar should retire when on top of his game. Furthermore, it is better for people to think that one retired when he was still good enough to play.

  • Abdullah on September 6, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Shachin can curtail some of the one-day series to give rest to his body, if he feel. But one-day cricket without Shachin is unthinkable!

  • jayeshpm on September 6, 2007, 11:17 GMT

    just a pain in heart...i have seen him playin since he hit abdul qadeer for those huge sixes...just can't imagine team india without sachin...n that too in ODI...sanath n sachin are 2 man who have brought all this charm to openning batting..which was in the 80's and early ninties just a role to keep wickets and allow the middleorder to do the damage...

  • vipneh on September 6, 2007, 11:09 GMT

    No, Sachin should continue playing one day till the next world cup. He can decide not playing all one day but should quit after world cup. He can win the world cup for India. Under him, new players can get experience and talent.

  • diablo on September 6, 2007, 11:05 GMT

    I understand his feelings as a perfect cricket legend.For the past 18 years he has given his soul to indian cricket,naturally he might be tiring both physically and mentally.But I think after the home series in india,he should also play the CB series in australia.Winning a one day series in Australia is an instant dream.If he could win it for india,that will be his most memorable day!!A happy cricket retirement from one dayers!

  • mjanjua on September 6, 2007, 11:02 GMT

    Tendulkar, the best batsman the history of cricket has ever produced with more then 25,000 runs and more then 40 hundereds in just one side of the game. Players like Sachin are produced once in centuries but as he is getting a bit old and his recent injuries scare me because he cannot afford to get any major injuries at this stage of his career it looks a fair and good decision if he retires from ODI as it requires greater concentration and fitness and running fast/regularly between the wickets. But we will always miss his batting and clever bowling and will never forget his master blaster innings.

  • locojah on September 6, 2007, 11:01 GMT

    Well only he knows what is best thing to do to prolong his career, but agree it is very sad and a great loss to one day cricket. Particularly after seeing his performances recently, the innings at the Oval yesterday was vintage Sachin, it makes all these people suggesting his career is over look like a joke! Being that he may well be entering phase of God-like batting, it seems a shame that India will not be able to take advantage of this in the one day arena. My suggestion would have been for Sachin to play only in the showcase one days tournaments, but doubt this will happen. Lets hope leaving one day cricket means he has many years left in test cricket.

  • anishg on September 6, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the main architct to Indian team's success from last 18years and finaly hanging his gloves will surely see the end of a crickeing era.Though he was sufeering from back problem since last few series ,it will be really tough to see the composition fo Indian team without Tendulkar.As an Indian being passionate towards the Indian heros will affect but personally I think if sachin is willing to declare his career,that means he has taken a decision and going according to his plan.Finally the retirement of Sachin will really make a void in Indian cricket which cannot be fille in by any mean.

  • arjunmenon on September 6, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Tendulkar is too good a player. Even not at his peak (which was mind you in 1998) he still scores runs consistantly at the top of the order better and faster than any other current international opener. Calling it a day from ODIs is his decision. Let the great man decide. But I sincerely hope that he does concentrate more on Test Matches as Ponting, Kallis and Dravid are closing in on him. As far as ODIs are concerned he his the Don Bradman of the Limited overs version just as I would say Bradman is the Tendulkar of Test Cricket. His records and feats are Untouchable. No one in the next 20 years atleast will break his runs or centuries record. Mark my word on that. As far as Twenty20 Cricket goes, thats a new era of Cricket and I am glad Tendulkar is not playing that as he could extend his career longer. So lets wait and see who's going to be the Tendulkar or Bradman of that game.

  • Garigipati on September 6, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    Tendulkar should not quit one day cricket. He may reduce his participation. He should be used sparingly and in crunch matches. To cite an example, in a 7-ODI series, he can play matches 1,3,5 and 7. He thus gets adequate rest between matches. He can carry on playing for a couple of years more. An India ODI team without Sachin is unthinkable!

  • cherryzapple on September 6, 2007, 10:46 GMT

    Although i agree very much with others comments that it would be very sad if we see the "little master" retire, i guess it would be best for him to leave on a high when the going is good for him. That's what he deserves. Dedicating 18 or so years to Indian cricket, it seriously brings tears to my eye to see him leave. But, as Sachin said, he is not 16 anymore and when he himself admits that, it shows what a courages player he is to admit it and i think he should retire when he is doing well.

  • vishalgawand on September 6, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    sachin has been a legend throughout.finally hes been declared a match winner but unfortunately at d end of his career.it shud b noted here dat he was the same throughout but not was our middle-order.sachin scored 93 against pak at hobart and got out wen india was sumwer 150 chasing 267.india lost the match.no1 remembers this knock.sachin scored 98 against d same attack consisting of younis,akram,akhtar and razzak.india won the match chasing 271.our middle order clikd this time wen sachin was out on the score of 150 here as well.ther hasnt been any difference in his batting but our middle order has been faulty.I hope kapil Dev is reading my comment.kudos 2 u sachin.aflatoon aahes tu

  • LukeTheDuke on September 6, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    I think time has come for Sachin to hang his shoes in atleast one format of game and considering India plays hell lot of ODIs in a year and each game takes heavy toll on his body, thats the right thing to do.It's tough for cricket lovers of this generation to even think about cricket without Sachin. He scores runs, he is in news, he does't, that's even a bigger news.Cricket has always been a big sport in a country like India, but Sachin has taken that to next level both from a sports perspective and commercial perspective. But as all good things have to end some time or other, we should all respect his decision(if the news is true) and enjoy rest of his stint in shorter version of the game.And I dont agree with people who want to see him playing till 2011, I mean an individual can't win u a world cup..u need a good team. I think expecting any thing like that would be too much for asking from a player who has already given his soul for cricket just to bring smile on 1 billion faces.

  • biju78 on September 6, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    This article is heart-breaking. The game of Cricket without "Master Blaser!... Indian cricket team without sachin? I t cant imagine that. I watched this lad playing for india since my childhood and I just cant digest an indian team without him. He's such a phenomenal player. I have been a major Tendulkar fan all my life. I switch off the TV when Sachin gets out. I might even stop watching cricket after he leaves. It might be selfish but I don't want him to retire. Thanks a lot sachin, for entertaining us for the better part of your life....

  • Raghavan on September 6, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    Sachin, the greatest servant should retire as the oldest player of the Indian cricket team. I would be very sad on that day. I would go down to any part of the world to bid farewell to the GREATEST Servant of INDIAN Cricket

  • Rens on September 6, 2007, 10:13 GMT

    Guys stop crying/worrying..Sachin denied this news.So called experts read between lines.Sachin addedd he will be selective, that is good sign , we can enjoy much more from him.Cheers.

    Thanks,

  • Zulfiqar_ali on September 6, 2007, 10:08 GMT

    Yes Tendulkar should leave ODI's because I think it is better time to leave, when he is among the runs. He is a great batsman of cricket history and We want him to end his cricketing career in style. He should play test cricket.He shold make more test records, because test cricket is real cricket. Best of luck for Tendulkar

  • wahab on September 6, 2007, 10:00 GMT

    yes its a good time for one of the greatest player of cricket to say Good bye. as he is in a good form he should retire now as people will rember him as a great player and should not wait for the time when selectors will retire him.

  • Vithun on September 6, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    The thought that Sachin is intending to retire from one-dayers is itself flabbergasting because of his enormous presence in building India's popular cricket team.Not only the runs but also his presence in the dressing room brings cheer to all of us.I hope he will re-think his plans to retire and entertain us atleast till WC 2011!!!!!

  • Sachins_Greatest_Fan on September 6, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    No, according to me he should play the next world cup which is there in the sub- continent and then retire. He's performing well in the opening slot and can only withstand India's opening batting woes and world class bowling, so he must continue if his body allows. Moreover he's in superb nick and is back to opening the batting for India. I hope Sachin continues to play till the next world cup in sub- continent which his all fans would cherish.

  • Priyank-Gupta on September 6, 2007, 9:55 GMT

    I have grown up watching spectacular cricket from sachin. Counted his every run, centuries and boundaries. It would be a very emotional and sad day when he will walk down the pitch for the last time. He has seen all kinds of ups downs criticism , prise during his entire career. But he was never affected by any of those and provided us with excellent cricket on top.He is not only a great cricketer but a great leader and individual. Come-on sachin world cu ka sapna poora kar do.

  • sachin_unlimited on September 6, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    sachin is an young and energetic player. He can play another world cup for our India. Give him rest with some teams like bangladesh, newzealand, kenya, zimbabwe,

  • hardik_dangar on September 6, 2007, 9:41 GMT

    i think its time now to retire he is always a great batsman but the way he is trying to play suggests you how tired he is now. may be he wants youth in the team...

  • Arindam on September 6, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    This is the best decision Sachin has taken in a long long time. He has nothing to prove in this form of the game and very little to gain by playing ODIs. However, this will help him prolong his Test career where he has lots of scores to settle and lots of records to set straight. Only memorable performancs in Tests will make him immortal and erase the doubts few ex-cricketers have about his abilites (not to mention the innumerable so-called self proclaimed "experts").

  • Jayanth on September 6, 2007, 9:25 GMT

    Hi, I feel that Sachin has to retire when he is at his peak and not at the time when he searches for answers on the pitch. The man truly deserves every bouquet and he knows what he is doing, as he says quite often. Let the other young people come and emulate him, so that in future we have 11 Sachins in our team. All the best Sachin, and thank you for entertaining us for 18 long years.... I know you are tired now. Salutations to you - Little fella....

    Jayanth

  • bluebillion on September 6, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    Apart from the emotions of all the players, fans, Sachin's family and Sachin's himself attached with this decision when it comes, I feel that it is not fair of him to resign now. For a couple of years now (maybe even more) he has been out of sorts, out of form and plagued with injuries. However, there is not a single of instance of him not playing when available for selection. This is only a tribute to him from the board, selectors, team management and his fans. Now that he in his prime form for the first time in a lot of time, does he have the right to deprive all his supporters? As I said earlier - not fair at all.

  • Dhirajuchil on September 6, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    I have watched Tendulkar playing cricket for many yeras now and he's not the same Tendulkar which i seen few years back.His reflexes are slow and not sharp as before. He has had a wondeful career that nay cricketer can think of. I feel he should take cue from other crickets who decided to call it quit to one day internationals to prolong their Test career.End of this year should be the ideal time for him to quit.But finally it all depends upon the person himself when he feels he should call it a day.As a Tendulkar fan i would surely likely to see him play many more years.He has been a great inspiration to all young cricketers around the world and i would like to see him leave on a very high note.

  • Sunny-Bhai on September 6, 2007, 9:20 GMT

    i just came across this article & thought I key down my thoughts,I haven't seen the day when the little master first stepped in the green to overshadow the masters before but I have sure seen him brighten up many days. Watching his lovely strokes, his inspiring innings in ODI's & test, seeing the straight drives which is one of my favourite shots he plays, lofted over head drives, & at times taking on bowling grand masters always kept us in the game. Sachin telling you the best would be an understatement here, if words are there to describe you the best than I would say there is lots more left to do. Watching you play maybe your last one day would delightful yet saddening that we may not see that passion again. A day comes when even the kings steps down from his crown to pave the way for another master or king to come & prove himself. No matter what the critis have to say about we all would say Sachin you are the best of best. Please play more for us & for India. Good luck.

  • Ankit_Kothari on September 6, 2007, 9:10 GMT

    What :o??? It's a bolt from the blue for every tom, dick and harry of India let alone his die-hard buffs. It's true that the hectic ODI schedule is gradually taking toll on his body and therefore, he MUST consider the option of playing important series. But he's to stay in the ODIs for the sake of the team, budding players and above all, his fans. He's once again relishing the acme in his batting form (was just bowled over to see him play those master strokes against England) and therefore, no question of ageing 'effects'! I'm sure that when few of his buddies could persuade him to stay till the yr end, millions of fans can do so to watch his game for 2-3 years more.Amen! Still...it'd be difficult even later to think of Cricket sans SACHIN...a gem!

  • shalabhagarwal on September 6, 2007, 9:01 GMT

    It does'nt surprise me at all if sachin quits ODIs after 2 upcoming home series.It would be better if he quits after england tour because he is in top form.Sachin tendulkar has reached Himalaya parvat and there is nothing above it.We have given the status of "GOD" to sachin and rightly so he is,he has been serving indian cricket non-stop for the last 18 years.He has played every game under lot of pressure carrying the hopes of billion people on his shoulders and even Lara & Ponting could'nt match to him that is why legendry leg spinner Shane Warne has put him at the top.I think we should be thankful to him for what he has given to us, you can't ask anything more from him and if u do so then we would be selfish.Sachin tendulkar does'nt have to prove anymore to the world what he is capable of.Just like Mcgrath and Warne have retired from international cricket on a high. Sachin Tendulkar should also retire from ODIs on a high.It would be sad and emotional moment for him and for all of us.

  • boss on September 6, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    Well ..it is ineviatable..though he can delay it..just as he does in his batting ..sending signals to opposition bowlers of his mindset and temperment he is now giving signals to the entire world of the inevitable.In the interest of the fans an world cricket he can delay it!!

  • shring on September 6, 2007, 8:44 GMT

    "He should quit now"...how often have we heard those words or for that matter uttered it ourselves, whenever Sachin has failed in recent times? But when the great man has hinted at the same, its a rude shock to all of us.It was almost as if we knew that he is going to make up for his failure in the next game. But we never really "meant" it.Now, when he has hardly given us any chance to utter those words for a long time now, he perhaps wants to hit back at us.It really will be very hard on us, when the day eventually comes. Especially so, for people like me in the age group of 32-40. We have literally grown up with him.We remember how, when he had started International Cricket career with a bang, a lot of us were still nursing dreams of making it big in sporting arena. And now when he is talking of quitting, it is a mesage for all the peers that we are past our prime well. So dear Sachin, We would like this feeling to sink in slowly. STAY BACK a little longer!!!

  • M.K.A. on September 6, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    Come on Sachin.. You can't break the hearts of your 1 billion diehard, fanatic and religious fans in India and the innumerable no.of fans outside India..According to me, you are still as fit as you ever were.. You should not retire.. You can and will break all batting records.. good luck..

  • Lijin_Mathew on September 6, 2007, 8:31 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the player that cricket would never want to miss. He is one player that anyone of us would want to see him play. He has played and mastered cricket so superbly and perfectly. He lives every game. I don't think such a player should stop cricket any time now. The victories & records that he has given to India is unforgettable. His record of 394 matches, 42 centuries, 83 fifties, 55 man-of-the-match awards, are really amazing, which i don't think anyone, in another 3 decades can beat these records. His record in World Cup is fascinating. You just can't beat this man. I really feel he should play till World Cup 2011, and lead India to victory in the World Cup. Tendulkar has so much experience, Indian team now has a lot of young and inexperinced players, they need someone highly experienced as Sachin in the team. Ganguly and Dravid are set to leave in anohter 2 years. Sachin should be there for another 4 years atleast, so that the current, young team can learn a lot.

  • Atul on September 6, 2007, 8:30 GMT

    It was kind of inevitable isn't it? He has been playing for so long - even though it is quite an emotional time for his fans, if he feels it would help him to extend his test career, then so be it.

    Even though history might judge him to be a better one day batsman than a test one, he is more invaluable for India in tests at the moment when none of the new talent seems to be capable of playing the long hard grinding innings that Dravid, Sachin and Laxman are capable of.

    There would come a day when he would have to bid adieu to tests as well but if quitting one dayers would help to delay that day, I would welcome it.

  • Mrinal on September 6, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    It will be a day of great loos to Indian cricket, when Sachin retires. But looking at the way he has been playing, it is the best time for him to announce his retirement as well. It is a pity that someone of his calibre was not in a World cup winning team, this is something he would have loved to have. May be he should have played twenty 20 and got that world cup and then retired. But anyways, he is and will always be the best batsman of his era, and no one should have any doubt in it.

  • beachbum2007 on September 6, 2007, 8:24 GMT

    It's really inspiring to see this man firing the ball with his hammer bat; undoubtedly cricket's best ever. It was really heart breaking, when we saw real form's legend, Lara quitting the game but it's all gonna be disappointing when this man ending his career, without redeeming that dream, the world cup. From my point, he must stay and get that honour for us. Please don't go, my little hero.

  • alchbom1 on September 6, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    its sad to know that the legend would be not seen in the playing arena any more. Wish that some day we all live to the repuation of being and Indian and be proud to saythatevery indian person be as powerful in life as he has been at play. We wish the VERY BEST to the the king

  • Sandip.Bhoir on September 6, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    It will be very sad when he walk off from the field for last time. But it has to happen anyway, the question is when? I feel the time has not to come, Indian team still need his elegance, experience. At least not now, Please Sachin, It's not now.

  • Dreamweaver on September 6, 2007, 8:17 GMT

    He is the best judge.Honestly, for the sake of posterity and the future of Indian Cricket, he must make way now, at the height of his brilliance.I have watched him proudly from when he was 17.Been proud to be from the land which produced this Titan.

    Defended him when all said he was finished.

    Let the God of Cricket follow his own beat.We will never see the likes of him again.

    Nobody better, sachin,nobody better.

    You made us believe in dreams.

    Whenever you go,I will have a tear in my eyes

  • arjuncold on September 6, 2007, 8:12 GMT

    Its amazing when a player of such high calibre and class says that he is going to announce his retirement,people become immensely sad and upset. I would like to say that it is probably the right decision taken by Sachin to quit ODI's and concentrate on tests.It has started taking a huge toll on his body. And when a player himself feels it is the time to quit I think its better to go with that gut feel. He can concentrate on test cricket and play better in the longer version of the game. We must understand that Sachin is human as well and there is hardly anything left for him to accomplish in ODI cricket.

  • rathorerks on September 6, 2007, 7:52 GMT

    This is a very sad to me other ture fans. Sachin has enthralled his legions of fans with many a great innings in the ten years that he has played cricket. We take a look back of some of these superlative innings that have earned him the fan following of millions.

  • manishsood on September 6, 2007, 7:51 GMT

    I feel really sad for cricket and more so indian cricket that a guy like him and that too at the peak of his form has decided to quit one day cricket because of fitness reasons.Watching him play in the oval i could feel the same sachin playing 18 years back.It is again a pity that he missed out on so many hundreds on the tour.Although it will take nothing away from the genius,but 47 centuries would have lokked better than 43 and with another two series and 12 one days he would play may be he could have had a half century of centuries.

  • Ozstriker on September 6, 2007, 7:50 GMT

    As a Pakistan fan it will be a sigh of relief not to have to worry about seeing him come out, but as a cricket fan, this is a loss for the whole of the cricketing world, a legend in his own right, who knows when we may see another one like him again, best of luck to the little master.

  • Knopflerwaters on September 6, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    I think he would do justice to his body by doing so. 18 Years of cricket!...Man! that means something!

    Plus, does he have anything to achieve so far as ODIs are concerned? In test Cricket I feel he still has a few miles to go.

    Bravo Sachin....We love you!

  • malay11 on September 6, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    aahh Ganapathy ! Spoken like a true armchair Indian cricket fan ! Play for the records not for your team then eh? Sachin's decision to retire from ODIs is the right one. Lets face it, India is never going to win the 2011 WC, with or without Sachin (he'll be 38 then). It will be best if he is well rested for the test matches rather than playing in some meaningless best-of-7 or best-of-11 match ODI series' !! What would you rather like to see? Sachin helping India win a Test series in Australia OR Sachin helping India win a 7 match ODI series in India against the West Indies??

  • d.naik on September 6, 2007, 7:15 GMT

    I think he has still lot of play remaining. He should rest in between few ODIs like against the minnows.

    He should wait for the next world cup and then declare his retirement.

  • Harpreet on September 6, 2007, 5:44 GMT

    It would be sad when finally a day will come when he walks out to bat for the last time. Sachin has given 17 years of his life to cricket and deserves to walk out when he is on top of his game. But personally I feel he shouldn't be doing it simply because his dream is not yet over. A person can only go on in his life if he has something to prove to others which I feel he has. He still needs to prove that he can win India World Cup. If he wants to be a legend of century & not just legend of his era, he has to make sure that he wins World cup for India. That will be an absolute tribute to this man. A perfect climax to his career.

  • Sasha on September 6, 2007, 5:26 GMT

    I've been living in Australia for the past 12 years. Originally came from an European country and haven't heard of cricket before I came here. The reason I became so interested in this wonderful sport is Sachin Tendulkar. Watching him over the years reminded me how one individual can influence and inspire. Sheer star quality. I haven't missed a single game when I knew Tendulkar was playing - live in Sydney, TV or Cricinfo. I was fortunate enough to see him live on his last two tours of Australia. In my mind he is by far the best batsman as well as the most charismatic sportsman - in any sport. We all know that he has to stop playing one day, but I am sincerely hoping that day is not going to be any time soon. I can not imagine following cricket anywhere near as closely without him around. Pure genius, wonderful person and inspiration.

  • neod1 on September 6, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    Sad News for every True Indian fan...I just hope this is a rumour...Cricket is gonna be so boring w'out the Little Master. In a way this might be similar to Sunny Gavaskar quitting when he was in his prime form instead of facing the fate like Kapil Dev.I even reiterate that he must play a select few important ODI's instead of stretching himself. But another school of thought says, he knows himself the best. I wont like Sacchu to be in a similar situation as the past couple of years. Instead I would prefer to see him retire. He has always considered Sunny as his role model and I am sure he is gonna emulate him again for the one last time. Well, we all will support Tendulkar in his decision, but miss him as much.

    Long Live the King!!!

  • crickarama on September 6, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    The great Vijay Merchant once said- "Retire when people ask you why and not,why not ". Sachin should bow out at his peak and on his terms. Sure, we are all going to miss him but many wannabe Tendulkars may miss the boat if he hangs around too long. Let us learn from the Aussies, guys! There will never be another Sachin. Enjoy him when you can.

  • Gautam_Sonthalia on September 6, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    Sachin quitting ODI's??? This is absurd. He is in sublime form and back to opening the innings with his suited comrade, Ganguly, who is also in excellent touch. His current shot making indicates that he has not lost even an ounce of his ability. I can understand the concept of exiting while you are at the top, but his 'top' is yet to come. There have been players like Graham Gooch etc. who have scored numerous centuries after 40! Sachin is only 34, and do not forget, he is not just any player, he is Sachin Tendulkar I feel everyone is playing up his 34 years of age, a bit too much and unconsciously casting doubts in his mind. His peak will be witnessed by the world and hailed as one never to be seen again.

    Come on Sachin!!! Give us the 2011 world cup, to say the least. Do not deprive us of a few more years of pure music on the cricket field.

  • cricketfanatic on September 6, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Tendulkar is indeed in spectacular form ... but if he feels that he should retire from ODIs, then he is the best person to make the call. However, if he has already confirmed the decision to retire in the near future, then it would be ideal if he could help India win the Commonwealth Bank series ODI tournament in Australia before he retires. A ODI tournament win is Australia would truly be a memorable and fitting end to his sparkling ODI career.

  • dip5 on September 6, 2007, 3:19 GMT

    Ironic that around the time he has found his old ways and his best form in the ODIs, he wants to quit. Shouldnt he rather quit tests? He seems to struggling there (may be, he is intentionally playing unhurried to prove his point). Personally I would feel happy if he says he is quitting (from both forms of cricket) exactly after one year after he helps win the last game at the Lord's !

  • Elvis on September 6, 2007, 3:05 GMT

    Sad, very sad to hear that. Cricket lovers will be missing him. He is a ODI guy. I agree with him that ODIs have taken toll on him. He can still consider playing them only in India entertaining home crowds and also limit them to 10-15 per year. And in mean time can employ ancient Indian and chinese ways to improve body. Sanath is 37 and almost as many ODIs as Sachin yet he is performing well, ofcourse Sachin too.

  • ZICO on September 6, 2007, 3:01 GMT

    I think he needs to keep playing. Although, young blood does need to be brought in, a legend like him cannot be shown the door out. Take the example of Sanath Jayasuriya. He's 37, yet he opens the batting, does do some bowling as well, and his fielding isn't that bad. And to reply "Buchi", if Ganguly, Dravid, and Tendulkar do retire, the Indian team will fall apart. All in all, when they retire, more than 65000 runs in their experience will go to waste. We will pretty much be the same as the team of Bangladesh. In a team, experience from players like Yuvraj, Agarkar, Dhoni and Zaheer is not enough take India home.

  • K.B.Kale on September 6, 2007, 2:48 GMT

    Sachin has always said that he is still enjoying his cricket and there is no bigger pleasure for millions of us when he is in full cry like yesterday. He should not quit till World Cup 2011. I can't imagine the game of Cricket without "Bonzer" Sachin! He could play alternate games to give him recovery time, take his breathers, space his appearances, but retire? No way! Not till he brings us the World Cup in 2011!

  • Observer on September 6, 2007, 2:46 GMT

    I suppose Sehwag (if he can overcome this rather long slump) and Uthappa would be the future openers. I've been fortunate enough to have followed the Little Master's career over the last 17+ years. It is his prerogative to decide when to draw curtains on his illustrious career.

  • ManuMahdi on September 6, 2007, 2:27 GMT

    Sachin is at his prime form in One dayers now and is contributing to Team India's wins. Moreover, I do not see anyone yet to replace his position for Team India. If the recovery time is the issue for him, the selectors should let Sachin continue by taking rest in one off matches, till the time the right replacement is settled. Similar to the role of a senior manager handing over his job before he leaves. This leaves Team India to have freedom to choose youngsters and try them before Sachin finally calls in quits.

  • philipbkk on September 6, 2007, 2:15 GMT

    Looking ahead at the future we need to give more and more opportunities to young guns in the team.But i feel Sachin is an irreplacable asset .He should be rested against weaker opposition,and preferably should only play the crunch ODI games. He still has a good 2-3 years left in him,but as indian cricket fans we have to understand that the decision must be left entirely to sachin......

  • Anandh on September 6, 2007, 2:06 GMT

    Indian cricket team without sachin? I just cant imagine that. I watched this lad playing for india since my childhood and I just cant digest an indian team without him. He's such a phenomenal player. However, every player needs a retirement. If he decides to retire from ODIs I dont think there is a better time after this. Thanks a lot sachin, for entertaining us for the better part of your life....

  • sidd on September 6, 2007, 2:05 GMT

    reading this article is heart-breaking. I have been a major tendulkar fan all my life. I switch off the TV screen when i see sachin is out. I might even stop watching cricket after he leaves. Well selfishly saying I dont think he should retire. But it is his decision...But for me he'll always remain my NO. 1 CRICKETER...cheers to sachin on his man of the match.

  • emperor on September 6, 2007, 1:59 GMT

    Its a wise decison from Tendulkar. He has scored enough runs in one days. he should definitely retire and concentrate on Tests only so we can watch the marvelous player play some great innings fo some more years.

  • Tony_Vinayak on September 6, 2007, 1:52 GMT

    It is a sad price that the players have to pay given the heightened rigors of cricketing schedules these days. I wish, though, that Sachin would phase himself out rather than calling quits on ODI. In the coming months, maybe Sachin and Saurav could take turns opening the innings with the likes of Uthappa and Gambhir to provide some on-the-job mentoring.

  • Vikram on September 6, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    This must be the best news from the Indian dressing room in a while. Tendulkar has to go at some point and in this current form, he will leave as we remembered him during his best years. He has a virtually unsurpassable ODI record and therefore can quit from that form of the game to continue strengthening the Indian test middle order. In the meantime Uthappa and Gambhir can gain experience in the ODI teams. Even Sehwag can make a comeback.

  • Harry on September 6, 2007, 1:39 GMT

    I think Tendulkar has to be used sparingly in the future for the one-dayers. Maybe he can play against tougher opponents like Australia. Hes just 34 - using him sparingly will prolong his career till he's 38 - which in a way is good for young cricketers - they will get more guidance from him. Its difficult to see retire from ODI. Cant believe it. Please dont quit yet Tendi - we all pray for your fitness. Dont quit!!!

  • Vimal on September 6, 2007, 0:39 GMT

    Yes, He would get the best possible send off while he is amongst the runs. I think his body is not holding up to the rigours of international cricket. But to be fair he has already spent around 18 years playing/travelling all over the world.

    Retiring from oneday cricket will help him prolong his stay for another 1 year or so in the test arena..

    This man has changed the indian cricket and best example for any youngster who would want to become a professional and deserves best possible sendoff. I have never seen Tendulkar miss so many hundred's at once while he is playing well. I think the retirement thoughts are running in his head for some time now. If we win the series in England. Last ODI at Lords..perfect setting and that would be something to remember.

  • littlecricket07 on September 6, 2007, 0:20 GMT

    Sachin's the best in the world. His decision is absolutely correct. He has proven to the world enough about his cricket and has never failed to fire for india. He's a genius and any decision of his is 200% correct.

  • ani.sood on September 6, 2007, 0:13 GMT

    Its a good decision by Sachin. Hes been in great form of late but finishing with One dayers will help lengthen his career. He has nothing left to prove. Its time to fill the team up with young talent I think.

  • raj70 on September 5, 2007, 22:37 GMT

    He is the backbone of our cricket team. I wish he can play another 2-3 years with intermittent breaks. Every indian cricket fan might have got upset by the above news and we like to see his 50th century as well as 20,000 ODI runs.

    Take rest and be back!

  • MannySingh on September 5, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    Tendulkar has done lots for his countery and for the cricket itself.Milestone he reached is bit tough to break but they are made to be broken.I wish him good luck for his future & thank him for the contribution in ODI'S.

  • pradeepmadhava on September 5, 2007, 22:28 GMT

    I definitely feel that tendulkar has atleast 2 years of cricket left in him.I accept that he needs to pave way for the yougsters but he needs to be in the team until the young guns like uthappa , gambhir and karthik gets settled.From now on he should concentrate on grooming the youngsters to perform under his shadow , because his presence in the team is definitely a boost for the team as he would take the pressure of the youngsters...

  • TywinLannister on September 5, 2007, 21:15 GMT

    I'm not sure if it's just me, but my eyes have started to tear as I read this article and I'm not an overly sensitive person. I know that all good things have to come to an end, but to comprehend that I wont be able to see Sachin in ODI's after this year is <blank> (no words to describe it..) Thank God for Sachin!!!

  • monymony on September 5, 2007, 21:08 GMT

    Better to go when people say 'why now', rather than when people say 'finally!'. Tendulkar has done wonderfully after the World Cup, batting for the team all the time, be it in tests or ODIs. Still, everyone knows he is not the force he was, and he has earned the right to go out on his own terms. He will be missed.

  • Warrior78 on September 5, 2007, 21:01 GMT

    It will be a great loss to Indian cricket if this is true. It has been an absolute privilege to be born in the same era as Sachin and watch him play for India. He has given so many moments to remember. Having said that I feel he is taking the right decision. It's not easy to perform day-in day-out in one day cricket specially with the expectations from a nation like India.

    We need more test wins from him. I would love to see him win test matches for us and answer his critics(me included) that he doesn't win as much as test matches for India as he should or can with the talent that he has.

  • cricinus on September 5, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    I don't agree that youngsters are not getting chance to play. ODI Cricket is not that can be played with full of young players. It should be well balanced with experience and youth. Even Robin Uttapah had opened the innings in the world cup and the previos series. It is matter of consistency not young or experience. It is a list of players showed consistency even after 34 in ODIs like Alec stewart, Steve Waugh, Inzaman-Ul-Haq, Harl Cooper, Sanath Jayasuriya, Stephen Fleming. But it's up to player to make a call. I feel that it is not right time for Tendulkar. He had been not fit in the past in several times and indeed he came back with bang. All not only him, our team should have enough rest between any series. BCCI should look into this issue seriously(not only money), if this is going to continue then all the players will be forced to quit the game becuase of fitness. BCCI should follow Australian cricket board, the way they schedule matches in sufficient intervals.

  • Ramchi on September 5, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    I am so happy that finally one of the "Big Three" is contemplating this. Without the "Big Three" gone, there is no room for young talent to prove themselves at the top of the order. The Big Three have done wonderful service to Indian cricket and are still doing it..but its time to say "Thank You" and guide the young ones. There is not much left for Tendulkar to prove. Ganguly and Dravid have played over 300 one day internationals.Let us toast to their service and bid them goodbye without regrets instead of hoping when they would leave.

  • eistha on September 5, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    I think it is the right decision and he knows his body the best. It is amazing the way he has played in the series so far and if he continues this way for the rest of the year, I think it will be the best farewell his fans can hope for. I hope he gets a big hundred in front of his home crowd before he bids adieu as a befitting reply to the boos he got there.

    Whenever he goes, it will leave Indian cricket poorer!!!

  • BombayBomber20 on September 5, 2007, 20:37 GMT

    A big moment in the history of Cricket.We all will miss him a lot.Every Indian Cricket Fan will weep that day but at the same time shall be proud about the legend our country has produced in the form of Mr.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and all his achievements so far in the World of Cricket.I was a 10 year old at the time Tendulkar thrashed Ian Botham in the 1992 World Cup.His last over in the Hero Cup Semi-Final to Brian Mcmillan was also a moment to cherish.It was just a start of the legendary things to come.1996 World Cup was a treat to watch only because of our Sachin's Batting.The two innings of 134 and 143 in Sharjah against Australia are worth preserving for fans all around the world.His five wickets against Australia for 32 runs at Kochi was another moment in all our hearts.Shoaib Akhtar was butchered in the 2003 World cup followed by the India tour of Pakistan in 2004.His expression at India's exit from the World Cup 2007 in Trinidad tells us that he's a true patriot.Right Decision!

  • Asokkumar on September 5, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    It's right time to retire for Tendulkar from ODI not only him even Ganguly and Dravid need to take decision soon since they wont be play until next world cup. Retire when you're in form rather then drop from team or forced to retire. Sehwag & Irfan Pathan should back to One-day team soon, India struggling for fifth bowler & fast bowler right now and need to think about all-rounders in future rather bowler or spinner for ODI..My team will be 1- V.sehwag, 2- G.Gambhir, 3-Y.Singh, 4-D.Karthik, 5- R.Uthappa, 6- Dhoni, 7-I.Pathan, 8-Y.Pathan, 9- P.Chawla, 10- Z.Khan, 11- R.P.Singh or A.Agarkar.

  • padscorp on September 5, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    Sachin knows his proirities and we fans need to respect his decision. He deserves to quit on his own terms. And if he does play his last ODI in Indian soil, I do wish the Indian public gives him the applause he so thoroughly deserves, and not jeer him like they did in Mumbai.

  • Mozaffar on September 5, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    I am from West Bengal. A great fan of Sachiun and Sourav. Some people have started telling that S & S nothing to give to Indian Cricket. But they have proved in wrong. Thanks to Sachin You have taken a right descission in right time. You have closed the mouth of all your critics. Once again thanks. You are the alltime best and you know when you should quite. Sourav and Dravid also should think to quite. Lot of tallents are waiting and knocking the door of Indian Cricket Board. We need new blood to continue the reputation of Indian Cricket. Mozaffar Mollick from Kolkata. Now in Dubai.

  • Buchi on September 5, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    I welcome this decision from Tendulkar. No doubt this a big jolt to Indian Team but it is always better to fill the oneday team with youth. Given an Opportunity we have seen today what Robin Uttapah can do. This decision would give more chances to some one like Robin Uttapah to play. It is high time both Ganguly and Dravid to follow Tendulkar's footsteps.

  • callrecall911 on September 5, 2007, 18:00 GMT

    Tendiya's in the form of his life...however it is up to him to take his decision.he knows his body and its limitations best.

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  • callrecall911 on September 5, 2007, 18:00 GMT

    Tendiya's in the form of his life...however it is up to him to take his decision.he knows his body and its limitations best.

  • Buchi on September 5, 2007, 18:01 GMT

    I welcome this decision from Tendulkar. No doubt this a big jolt to Indian Team but it is always better to fill the oneday team with youth. Given an Opportunity we have seen today what Robin Uttapah can do. This decision would give more chances to some one like Robin Uttapah to play. It is high time both Ganguly and Dravid to follow Tendulkar's footsteps.

  • Mozaffar on September 5, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    I am from West Bengal. A great fan of Sachiun and Sourav. Some people have started telling that S & S nothing to give to Indian Cricket. But they have proved in wrong. Thanks to Sachin You have taken a right descission in right time. You have closed the mouth of all your critics. Once again thanks. You are the alltime best and you know when you should quite. Sourav and Dravid also should think to quite. Lot of tallents are waiting and knocking the door of Indian Cricket Board. We need new blood to continue the reputation of Indian Cricket. Mozaffar Mollick from Kolkata. Now in Dubai.

  • padscorp on September 5, 2007, 19:40 GMT

    Sachin knows his proirities and we fans need to respect his decision. He deserves to quit on his own terms. And if he does play his last ODI in Indian soil, I do wish the Indian public gives him the applause he so thoroughly deserves, and not jeer him like they did in Mumbai.

  • Asokkumar on September 5, 2007, 19:59 GMT

    It's right time to retire for Tendulkar from ODI not only him even Ganguly and Dravid need to take decision soon since they wont be play until next world cup. Retire when you're in form rather then drop from team or forced to retire. Sehwag & Irfan Pathan should back to One-day team soon, India struggling for fifth bowler & fast bowler right now and need to think about all-rounders in future rather bowler or spinner for ODI..My team will be 1- V.sehwag, 2- G.Gambhir, 3-Y.Singh, 4-D.Karthik, 5- R.Uthappa, 6- Dhoni, 7-I.Pathan, 8-Y.Pathan, 9- P.Chawla, 10- Z.Khan, 11- R.P.Singh or A.Agarkar.

  • BombayBomber20 on September 5, 2007, 20:37 GMT

    A big moment in the history of Cricket.We all will miss him a lot.Every Indian Cricket Fan will weep that day but at the same time shall be proud about the legend our country has produced in the form of Mr.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and all his achievements so far in the World of Cricket.I was a 10 year old at the time Tendulkar thrashed Ian Botham in the 1992 World Cup.His last over in the Hero Cup Semi-Final to Brian Mcmillan was also a moment to cherish.It was just a start of the legendary things to come.1996 World Cup was a treat to watch only because of our Sachin's Batting.The two innings of 134 and 143 in Sharjah against Australia are worth preserving for fans all around the world.His five wickets against Australia for 32 runs at Kochi was another moment in all our hearts.Shoaib Akhtar was butchered in the 2003 World cup followed by the India tour of Pakistan in 2004.His expression at India's exit from the World Cup 2007 in Trinidad tells us that he's a true patriot.Right Decision!

  • eistha on September 5, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    I think it is the right decision and he knows his body the best. It is amazing the way he has played in the series so far and if he continues this way for the rest of the year, I think it will be the best farewell his fans can hope for. I hope he gets a big hundred in front of his home crowd before he bids adieu as a befitting reply to the boos he got there.

    Whenever he goes, it will leave Indian cricket poorer!!!

  • Ramchi on September 5, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    I am so happy that finally one of the "Big Three" is contemplating this. Without the "Big Three" gone, there is no room for young talent to prove themselves at the top of the order. The Big Three have done wonderful service to Indian cricket and are still doing it..but its time to say "Thank You" and guide the young ones. There is not much left for Tendulkar to prove. Ganguly and Dravid have played over 300 one day internationals.Let us toast to their service and bid them goodbye without regrets instead of hoping when they would leave.

  • cricinus on September 5, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    I don't agree that youngsters are not getting chance to play. ODI Cricket is not that can be played with full of young players. It should be well balanced with experience and youth. Even Robin Uttapah had opened the innings in the world cup and the previos series. It is matter of consistency not young or experience. It is a list of players showed consistency even after 34 in ODIs like Alec stewart, Steve Waugh, Inzaman-Ul-Haq, Harl Cooper, Sanath Jayasuriya, Stephen Fleming. But it's up to player to make a call. I feel that it is not right time for Tendulkar. He had been not fit in the past in several times and indeed he came back with bang. All not only him, our team should have enough rest between any series. BCCI should look into this issue seriously(not only money), if this is going to continue then all the players will be forced to quit the game becuase of fitness. BCCI should follow Australian cricket board, the way they schedule matches in sufficient intervals.

  • Warrior78 on September 5, 2007, 21:01 GMT

    It will be a great loss to Indian cricket if this is true. It has been an absolute privilege to be born in the same era as Sachin and watch him play for India. He has given so many moments to remember. Having said that I feel he is taking the right decision. It's not easy to perform day-in day-out in one day cricket specially with the expectations from a nation like India.

    We need more test wins from him. I would love to see him win test matches for us and answer his critics(me included) that he doesn't win as much as test matches for India as he should or can with the talent that he has.