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Tendulkar should reconsider ODI career - Ganguly

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February 22, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his fifty as team-mate Sourav Ganguly looks on, England v India, 2nd ODI, Bristol, August 24, 2007
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored more ODI runs in partnership than any other pair © AFP
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Sourav Ganguly has said Sachin Tendulkar needs to reconsider his decision to keep playing one-day cricket. Ganguly said Tendulkar should only continue his ODI career if he thought he was capable of playing one-dayers regularly because it would not help Tendulkar or the team if he only played every eight or nine months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

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

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

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

Posted by anita1_cric on (February 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

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

Posted by SKamaraj on (February 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

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

Posted by guldozer on (February 25, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

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

Posted by guldozer on (February 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

as a cricket supporter i back ganguly

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 25, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

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

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Sachin and Sehwag need to be dropped for good. After their pathetic performance in Australia....they don't deserve any more chances. We have plenty of youngsters. Selectors just need to look around and find them.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR NEEDS TO GO.... IF HE DOES NOT RETIRE, FOR THE SAKE OF THE TEAM IT'S THE DUTY OF SELECTORS TO DROP HIM.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (February 24, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Listening to ganguly makes me think that he still feels that he wasn't treated properly by BCCI or Indian cricket.Well, its time you move on man.OK,we all agree that you have been one inspirational captain and a good left handed batsman who had excellent off drives but sucked on the shorter stuff. Its you and your mentality which is exposed every time either you write a column or when your voice is heard from the commentary box.Isn't this article unworthy of Sachin??? He will call it off soon for sure, but its selectors who have selected him for the CB series and he goes into bat as per his captain's requirement.Why not let this series be over and do the retrospective post-mortem and analyze not only Sachin but others including Sehwag,Raina, Rohit,Jadeja(why the hell is he ever in the team...anyone plz telll...),Vinay, Yadav(yes your fast ball discovery sucks big time),patel need to be part of this side.Criticizing sachin alone by past players is not even worthy of this game itself.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

The play that Tendulkar plays is simply unplayable by any other players. How Gonna u sack him?

Posted by prakash_mishra on (February 24, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

I have grown up seeing little master do wonders.Every time critics and the players whose records now look miniature in front of his,have raised a finger whenever he has gone through a bad patch in his career.The difference between past and now has been the way he replied to those criticism.I remember him coming back stronger through those harder times.But for now it seems something is not exactly right.He has those shots but then time and again he will play a rash shot which is so unworthy of him.I would blame IPL for this. The asking of quicker scoring has hampered his game since forth.I feel he has lost his form after that loss to Kochi in which he scored 100 but MI still lost the match.I feel that he will either play a crucial inning in one of the two remaining league matches in CB series or he will gracefully retire from ODIs, as then I am sure he will have realized that the times when he could bring a huge difference is by now over.I will miss Sachin for sure,little master. :)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

love u sachin nothing else to say sachin is god he should know what is good for him and what is better for indian cricket

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

No matter how good his past performance has been, its time to retire gracefully. Team captain, commentators, past captains are all raising questions. Selectors are keeping him to avoid public anger. New records will be set by the coming generations, only if they have opportunity. I respect the greatest cricketer, and will hate to see his image tarnished.

Posted by Pramit.Gadhia on (February 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

SACHIN TENDULKAR...... GOD OF CRICKET..... 24TH APRIL 1973.... CRICKET IN THE WORLD WAS ACTUALLY BORN

TRUE LEGEND.....WORLDS BEST BATSMAN....WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR ALMOST ALL THE CATEGORIES OF CRICKET.......

NO ONE IN THIS PLANET IS PRESENT NEIGHTER WILL BORN WHO CAN EVER DARE TO TELL SACHIN WEATHER HE SHOULD PLAY....I WANT MY KIDS WATCH HIM BATTING............. SACHIN PLEASE FOR GOD SAKE.. FOR YOUR SAKE KEEP ON PLAYING FOR NEXT DECADES... WHO TRULY LOVE CRICKET CANNOT EVER EXPECT SACHIN TO SIT HOME AND JUST BE A SPECTATOR

Posted by anush009 on (February 24, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

I dont think there is need for sachin to retire..too much speculations about his 100th 100 resulted in this way...there are some critics who doubt his class but listen they are only critics not the players..the one who has dedicated his soul n life to indian cricket for 22years n its not an easy task n i m sure he is not blocking the future players ,if we talk about sachin we should speak about everyone who are not in good form..let him play his natural cricket,,y to over react about his 100th century afterall it is a number,, not reaching it never makes him lower,n reaching it never makes him greater as he already reached to the peak of the cricketing world

Posted by Ganeee on (February 24, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Mr.Little Master knows when to retire , so pls don't comment whatever you people feels

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Thanks for all the friends commented for our God.Also to the friends who asked SRT to retire from cricket should know that everyone else than him are childs. No blabbering can stop our Champion.

Posted by Optimist74 on (February 24, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

"Stay or go is not player's call" says Harsha. So true. Just because someone says Sachin is god of cricket does not mean he is indispensible and that he can go on and on endlessley. He should be shown the door if he is not performing consistently. I am sure selectors have seen what happened to Ponting and they will take a tough decision on Sachin after this CB series. There are so many young players who can fill in his place real quick and its not that it will be end of IND cricket if he is gone. Moreover, IND have lost the game most of the time whenever sachin has crossed 50 runs. So it is not a big deal retaining him any longer in the team.

Posted by Sr76er on (February 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Tendulkar is a cricketing hero by all standards.

In his 23 year career, only 5 times his Annual Batting average in Tests dipped below 40. His Annual ODI average dipped below 35 only 6 times. His Batting averages at home or away are almost the same. He has amassed 15470 runs in Tests and 18201 runs in ODIs. How many cricketers are going to be born that achieve this ? We should be proud that we got to watch him play. Even this day is he taking any other cricketer's place by lieu of his status - no ! Does India have a strong bench waiting for the chance ? I don't think so. Look at the averages of people whom we think will replace Tendulkar - Raina, Rohit ? They are not averaging more than 22. There were years, even I wished Sachin would just retire, but he had just come back even stronger. He had let the bat do the talking.

We can always criticise from the comforts of a couch. India may or may not produce a player like Sachin in the years to come. At least let us celebrate current one

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

There is no Indian player young or old who can stand up to the bouncy wickets Down Under at Aussie pace. It does not matter whether it is Raina or anyone else. Even if some experienced player finds the touch and gets lucky as Gambhir occassionally does no one has been able to consistently get big scores. It is fine to just talk about retiring the old guard and bring in young blood but there is no player in domestic cricket with proven record against pace and bounce with movement who can step up to the plate and deliver. There is still time for WC 2015 and BCCI has to do a lot of hard work to do to forge a team that can at least make it to the final round.

Posted by streetblader on (February 24, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Is that a joke? Sachin played brilliantly in the last series- the World Cup! India winning the cup was a large part due to his contributions- 2 hundreds, a few 50s and another couple of crucial knocks. He fails in just 4 matches and people want him to retire? If failure in just 4 matches is a big factor than at this rate the entire Indian team should retire!!

And if you are saying that he is blocking yongsters, then please go ahead and make a rule- every player who gets an age of 36 years, 9 months, 8 days and 16 hours should retire immediately. Or, explain your benchmark of defining old vs new, and the cut off ages for both to qualify. As far as I know, its about winning matches that counts. Since when did age come into it?

Posted by enthusiastic on (February 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Dear Sachin your an amazing talent and have served Indian cricket but it's time you retire gracefully!

Posted by WhiteRaven on (February 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

When Youngsters carried SRT on their shoulders, and said SRT carried nations burden for 20 years and we are carrying him. which means SRT you should realize that there is somebody coming to carry on. SRT should have followed like Don B even he got 0 at his last match, he retired and didn't look for his 100 and plus average.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Tendulkar averaged 46 in 2011 ..... and his record in past 5 years is (100 matches at avg 47.68 & 10 hundereds)......and people are talking about him in the same category as Ponting (last year avg 40... with record in past 5 years 137 Matches at avg 41.72 & 12 hundereds)...................Firstly Tendulkar's recent record is far superior to Ponting........ plus Tendulkar's record last year as well as in past 5 years is better than his overall career record which implies he is improving not declining...........One bad ODI series does not qualify him as a burden on team.............With improving record no wonder we might find Tendulkar playing in 2015 WC...and again scoring 2nd highest runs like he did in 2011 WC.

Posted by ramli on (February 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Sachin bouncing back ... will help only him or the team to win odd matches ... but ... not Indian cricket ... he is blocking the youngsters ... and thereby the road to future ODIs ... he should be told that ... nobody can doubt his class ... but that is not everything ... he had thrilled millions ... but now delaying his departure further .. will only harm Indian campaign in future ODIs ...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Tendulkar should continue playing as long as He enjoys the game. I am from Bangladesh. Even in our country lots of people watch cricket only for Sachin. To be practical, whatever happens He will retire from cricket by his own decision within a year. So, why people are forcing him to do that now? Its very poor commenting from formar Indian players. If anyone to retire, Sehwag should say good-bye to ODI as he achieved nothing in OD career except a double hundred against poor WI bowling.

Posted by sunilreddy on (February 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Sachin had a great chance of retiring in front of home crowd with a world cup win but he took a foolish decision to continue playing in the ODI's.

Posted by 99999ggg44 on (February 24, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

i dont think anyone has a right to tell srt when to retire.he is a fighter he will surely bounce back quickly and silence his critics.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Oh Mr .Gangully so called dada,You dont deserve to talk about Sachin Retirement,He is a god of cricket and no on can ask him to retire.He himself knows wen is the time to retire.So u please stop making comments on sachin. I think Sovrav gangully has forgotten that he was out of form for nearly 8 years.How mean u talk about sachin who is out of form since 10 months. Sachin always answers his criticks not by mouth unlike you. I am sure Sachin will reply with his bat to people like Gangully,Gavaskar ,Kapil Dev. Sachin rocks forever.Seriously if Sachin god of cricket is forced for retirement then 60% of Indian fans are lost from supporting our team.

Posted by Optimist74 on (February 24, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Its time for Sachin to retire gracefully from ODI before the selectors make that decision. He can continue to play test matches and see how he performs before calling it off finally. His presence in the team is not helping anybody and rather he is becoming a huge burden with his continued shabby performances. He has to make way for younger players keeping the interest of country as rightly mentioned by Kapil, Saurav and Sunny.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Do you people really think that Sachin don't have chance of reading these kind of articles and talks about his retirement? He knows everything and it is surly his decision to continue his ODI career i am sure. May be after one or two 100s he will say i am going to retire from Cricket (not only ODI). So just give him time to achieve the target that he has in mind. This is the only fair thing we can do for honoring his entire career. Thanks

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Plz dont say About Retire, it is Time To start Again Play Cricket. We all Know that Sachin will Come Back again for Indian Term. Sachin You are Great and we love you.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

WHO ARE YOU TO DECIDE WHEN SACHIN SHOULD RETIRE OR EAT OR DRINK....LET THE POLICY AND SYSTEM MAKER DECIDE!

Posted by rsurya on (February 24, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

If sachin goes, then I am sure I will retire from watching cricket, speaking about cricket, visiting cricinfo. I am sure BCCI will become poor when the champ leaves. I feel no one in the world has qualified to give suggestions to little master.

Posted by Rushikey on (February 24, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Mark my word, you will regret this by taking Sachin down by listening to bunch Indian former players like Kapil, Ganguly who themselves kept on playing ODI despite their dismal form. SRT looks in better form than any other batsman in this series except Kohli and Gambhir.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

I'm a great Sachin fan, but wen your future is bleak, you should give the rope to some youngster who can improve on his game. Why haven't Manoj Tiwari played and we are debating about the (always promising and barely delivering) Rohit Sharma or the lacklustre Raina. Why is Sehwag still fighting his might with single digit scores. Why Vinay Kumar is being tolerated & Dinda with exceptional domestic record is being kept in the sidelines? Someone needs to answer, & I hope Srikanth has some, else we would soon drown quicker than the Titanic

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

be frank,how many can say that sachin can play well in pressure situations???

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

I think dada should stop making comments about cricket and concentrate on other works and his family. Sports is all about entertainment and Tendulkar is the master of it: The biggest entertainer of the game. We dont want to see rohit-raina type of players instead of Sachin. They are better of playing IPL & T20. Tendulkar should continue playing both ODI & Tests upto the next WC. I am sure, Tendulkar is playing the CB Series this time to prepare himself for WC-2015 in Aaustrallia. Carry on Sachin. Go ahead...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

sachin.......sachin..........sachin.....

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Where was these comments while Ricky was playing? What if India didn't win the world cup? Why should Sachin retire why not someone prove they worth in the side than him? Look at all the Indian batsmen stats overseas recently? how many are better than Tendulkar or can put that pressure to the bowler with just looking at him. This is what Sachin words were when Dada, Dravid age was questioned "Its the performance not the age". We all should be shamed for not because he has done but still and will can perform to put pressure on some once in a blue moon cricketer. A cricketer is a cricketer it doesn't matter what the format is and Sachin is THE CRICKETER!!!.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Sachin's retirement does not strengthen the side.Sure, he looked a pale shadow of himself and does not look like winning the game for the team purely on his own performance. To utilise what we have got, he should be asked to play at No.4 and given specific instructions to anchor the team scoring. Sehwag has flopped in this tour and it is extremely unlikely that he will return to blasting the bowling attacks in the current tour. Suresh Raina has looked completely out of sorts and should go. The team which has the best possibility of winning a match or two in the current scenario 1.Rahane 2.Ghambir 3.Kohil 4.Tendulkar 5.Dhoni 6. Tiwari 7. Pathan / Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Vinay10.Yadav 11.zaheer... Rahane deserves a chance as he is a genuine opener...Certainly it won't be a lottery like Sehwag's innings now is. Also Tiwari needs a chance at 7 as Raina looked completely out of sorts. With Tendulkar down the order, and doing anchoring, it helps the top order to do better....

Posted by agupta429 on (February 24, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

Ganguly is right. Tendulkar needs to decide. he cannot just opt himself out of random ODI series whenever he wants to. He should atleast choose to be in the ODI team without leave for 3-4 successive series. only way he can get the groove back.

Posted by Noboundary on (February 24, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

SRT should remember that he got a chance when he was just 16... he should vacate the place he has stubbornly held so far so that some deserving new comer takes his place. He is using up all the goodwill and devotion that people have for him...it is rediculous to see fanatics call him God! Apparently he is acting like a selfish inconsiderate human....

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

Kapil said it, Gavaskar said it and now its Ganguly. I think its time for Sachin to say goodbye to ODI atleast ! It is clearly evident from the Sachin's body language that age is catching up on his game. Sachin has achieved what ever he wanted to !!! If sachin quits soon after 100th 100 that is going to be a big shame as every would obviously say that Sachin was playing for that 100th 100. I guess Kapil, Gavaskar and Ganguly are right. Time for Sachin to say bye to ODIs.

Posted by QTS_ on (February 23, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

It seems now the general consensus is that Tendulkar is no more than an outstanding player, let alone be the second Bradman. Please take note of our fickle memories please.

Posted by SachisKing on (February 23, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

I think it is time for Sachin to reconsider his game and take the next step before he destroys all his standing and creditablility. We would like to have great memories and send him with honour and degnity. Patience everybody and come on Sachin, you know your self best. Make the right decision soon.

Posted by lananad on (February 23, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Yes..Sachin will score in the subcontinent flat traks again for sure. The big question is even on flat tracks will he score when it matters in High pressure games. Answer is NO..NO... he should retire gracefully and allow youth to come in. No point of runs under personal gain. Cricket is a team game..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

No doubt, Sachin has been a great player in cricket history. Indeed, he is an outstanding player. He has never been a controversial player. He is a true legend.

But now he is not quitting cricket in a great way. He is now exploiting, due to the milestone he has obsessed to touch. I don't think that century of the century would mean to show his greatness. It makes no difference except record in written. But is there anybody who can guarantee, how long his record would last?

I think as long as Sachin play one day cricket, as much he is loosing his respect and perhaps, it is first time that he has to face a strong criticism. He should quit now on moral grounds and should give ear to the voices, "Sachin you have to go now"

Posted by ptnair on (February 23, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

@Mathew71 : you are right. If the selectors ask Sachin to retire, Sachin fans will burn their houses... such is the love that they have in their heart for him... and also the stadium will have only the team members, selectors and supporting staffs to see the match, even in India where cricket is a religion... not sure about the future of that religion after sachin retires...

Posted by Indian_Tiger on (February 23, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

Shame on Ganguly. His fans learned a lot from him, but I guess he learned nothing from us. Sachin is supposedly his dear friend. Fans stood by Ganguly, even when he hugely underperformed for almost 2 years. These are just 5 inns, in which Sachin looked good, but the results were not perfect (90 runs). And, Ganguly understands Indian media, more than any other cricketer, he should have chosen his words properly.

Posted by Rupesh2804 on (February 23, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Time to think ahead.... Sachin is a GOD and will be GOD.... But now we can say that even GOD after finishing his desired work need to finish his Avatar.... Sachin needs to concentrate on Tests only now.... He now needs think about his Family.... Probably his son who is a budding cricketer needs him....!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar should retire now. He is not bigger than Indian cricket. Its a team sport, not a one man show like Tennis or boxing. The fame has got over the head of Sachin. How can he dictate when he can play or not? In any case, after 8-0 humiliation in tests, he should definitely call it a day. Otherwise, he will only be hurting his legacy, as he will be asked to step down forcibly.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

dada should retire from ipL then he able to say these words

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

I feel bad when somebody like Ganguly and Kapil asking him to retire..Ganguly was push out of the team because of his poor form.. i need not to tell what Kapil has done to achieve his milestone. Every young star should learn from him.If you talk about form.. what dhoni is doing?? why cant dhoni rotate himself and give the captaincy to Kohli or Raina who will be playing in next world cup. You want sachin to retire to give space for irresposible player like Rohit sharma?? I think ganguly want Master come and sit along with him in commentary box.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

If Dhoni is thinking of 2015 world cup then why he is not giving the chance to Tiwary who scored ton in his last game.Tiwary is talented,who knows that he might be the one who will be playing the 2015 world cup ,so exposure is must for him also.so if Dhoni is planning about next world cup,he must plan perfectly

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

See Sachin or no Sachin, lets face it India has been playing pretty ordinary cricket for some time!!More so in Tests because MSD himself is a pretty ordinary batsman at the highest level.In ODI'S on the contrary MSD himself adds a X-Factor to themiddle order which extensibly covers up the pathetic show of Jadeja or raina. As for Sachin he himself should question whether he should be playing the 2015 WC,If yes then there is no problem in continuing in ODI's ,only thing he has to be a more regular feature.But if he has decided that he wont be playing the 2015 WC then it is high time to call it a day at least in ODI's because he is blocking a young blood from aclamatising in the hostile Aussie soil. And this fact is hurting the captain more so as the next WC will be in Australia itself.And also Dhoni should stop backing players like jadeja who has turned into a perfectly no sense cricketer.He is neither effective in bat nor bowl in these conditions..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

It seems like almost whole Indian nation and former cricketers are waiting for a big celebration after his retirement. Good luck to all Sachin criticizer. Personally, i will be very sad and cry for him when he retires.

Posted by Romenevans on (February 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Who's the ring master of this Indian Circus Team? Ummm! Sounds like from Chennai.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Raina, Dhoni and RP Singh all being managed by Ridhi Sports!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Sachin should have called it a day after the World Cup. He has achieved everything in ODI and it is also not good for the team that he is playing ODI after a gap of several months. Time for GOD to go :(((

Posted by premendrasinghal on (February 23, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Why don't you leave it to Sachin himself, when to retire? Tell me there is anybody else performing except Gambhir and Dhoni and that is too in only few innings. If you are asking for retirement because of poor form then No 1 would be SEHVAG, No 2 Ravindra Jadeja, No 3 Raina No 4 Rohit Sharma and 5 and 6..... you will need totally a new team. He is just going through a rough patch. He will bounce back strongly as he has done in past. His relaxes are fine he is looking fit, looking enjoying his cricket and when he is on the field he stays 100% there. If you look at last days of Saurav, he was lacking in fitness, he was running slowly and fielding was you know all. So let him play and dont put pressure on him.

Posted by premakumara on (February 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

He Sachin should take example out of great murali, all the fans, media, team mates and even selectors begging him not to retire, but the great man he is, called the day with the 800 wickets and a big win,

Posted by squarepeg on (February 23, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

It is funny to read the reported comments of one ex-India captain who, in his own case, kept saying age didn't matter, and while form is temporary, class is permanent. Two homilies, both facile and both wrong. It is however sad to see Sachin in such a situation. And it is age that has caught up with Sachin plus the pressure to get 100 100s. We would always be grateful that cricket got a player like Sachin, but even Bradman one day called it quits.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

every one has there own opinions. I will agree with you all.But, i have some questions: Is there any player who will replace sachin? At-least anyone can? Is there any young player who played better sachin in cb series?

If sachin play a part in winning cb series finals as he did in previous one. The same media will praise the sachin's caliber.

Posted by Mathew71 on (February 23, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Can somebody ask Sachin directly what he want to do instead of speculating and then putting more pressure on him to continue for anther worldcup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously after all this debate he will not get out to avoid the impression that he went out because of the out cry.Then he will say I want to continue till next world cup and the selectors also willnot say anything to avoid Sachins's devotees burning their houses!!@@##

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Now Punter, 20 months younger than SRT has been sacked. The rampant Ponting had a great image for everyone, and more specially to the Australians. Does that give some kind of reminder to BCCI ?

Posted by Siddiee on (February 23, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

@ Abhayaprada - You serious ? Zaheer has a problem moving around and bending, fielding a cricket ball is a next thing for him. Sachin had a perfect platform to call it a day after WC final on his homeground in mumbai but he didnt take it maybe because he cant see himself doing anything but play cricket so selectors are required to take a call in interest of Indian cricket. Good advise from Ganguly that Sachin should call it a day in ODI's but why isnt he himself does it in domestic cricket as it might help his state team :).

Posted by stFleming on (February 23, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Ganguly is right bcoz Sachin has achieved everything in ODI cricket...Sachin should concentrate on test cricket at the moment bcoz he is nearing the end of his superb international career...Sachin Tendulkar is being selfish by not retiring from ODI's as he wants to reach the landmark of 50 ODI tons....That's why Lara comes ahead of Sachin in great batsmen list bcoz Sachin Tendulkar plays for himself and his own personal milestones....

After 22 years of playing cricket, he should surely announce retirement atleast from ODI's if not test cricket...He is not performing too at the moment...

Posted by nbchavan1981 on (February 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

What the hell Who is saying this that Sachin should retire Kapil Dev, Who was bowling two bounces for taking his highest wickets in test who spoiled Jawagal Shrinat, Sunil Gawaskar 36 not out in 60 overs scored only one day hundred, and finally ganguly- he played well in the first half of his carrier but after that he was only in team because he was captain shame on you all of three, Ganguly forgot that he did not lay in NAgpur after seeing the grren pitch shame really sham, and GAwaskar is saying who should inform Sachin Mr. Shrikant - who influenced for his sun in the India A team ahead of many talented domestic players, do not think on this line also

Posted by sm601 on (February 23, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Where is sachin's old bandaged bat. why is he not playing with that. He seem to have given far lesser outside edge catches and inside edge bowled outs. The bat is heavy and therefore we may not see a hook shot from sachin. But we have seen very few hook shot after his first 5-10 years of playing career, so it is not really something to miss. Playing hook shots may not be good for a sachin's back at 39. Brng on that bat for sachin, win these matches and hope to see him back in india with some 103 centuries.

Posted by Indian_Tiger on (February 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Fact 1: Indian team wants to keep Sachin (post world cup, top 3 batting avg for India in Tests goes like: Dravid - 51.04, Sachin - 37.04, Laxman - 36.58). Surprisingly, 4th in this list is Ashwin and not some young upcoming batsmen.

Fact 2: This is Sachin's first ODI series since the World cup (i.e. after 10 months). Immediately, putting him in this rotation policy (as Gavaskar said earlier) is an insult to Sachin. This destroyed his rhythm, and resulted in batting avg (of last 5 inns) been dropped to the level of a talent young Indian batsmen (Raina). Only Gambhir, Kohli, and Dhoni have performed better so far in this series.

Ganguly fans learned a lot from him, but I guess he learned nothing from us. Sachin is supposedly his dear friend. Fans stood by Ganguly, even when he hugely underperformed for almost 2 years. These are just 5 inns, in which Sachin looked good, but the results were not perfect. And, Ganguly understands Indian media, more than any other cricketer (poor words).

Posted by Dkumarz on (February 23, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Most of the comments says Sachin has to retire and he is blocking the way of youngsters and also we are going to lose matches of his poor form. But why you all not talking about the rest 10 in the Team. Is sachin only the man in TEAM INDIA. What others or doing ? He made INDIA proud. Think it. Support Him. This is not the way to send off a good batsman.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

LOOK WHO ALL ARE SAYING WHAT... AGREED, KAPIL, GAVASKAR ETC ETC WERE GREATS & DESERVE LOT OF RESPECT. BUT JUST ANALYSE THEIR LAST 4 YEARS OF CRICKET CAREER...ALL WERE PUSHED ALONG FOR RECORDS. SACHIN IS STILL THE TOPMOST IN INDIAN LINE UP. I DARE TO SAY NONE OF THEM EVEN COMES CLOSER TO WHAT SACHIN HAS DONE TO INDIA AND INDIAN CRICKET. DHONI, GAMBHIR DONT EVEN COME IN THE VICINITY. JUST BECAUSE SACHIN DOESNT SPEAK... DOESNT MEAN THESE KIDS SCORE 2 FIFTIES AND SAY WHATEVER OM MIKE.

Posted by titanofcricket on (February 23, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

wow... Ganguly talking of retirements... this is the same guy who had to be forced out of the side and refused to go and now he talks of sachin's retirement... dada please dont be a hypocrite...

Posted by karthik_sa2 on (February 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

sachin should not retire...rohit and raina should

Posted by Narbavi on (February 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

These ppl would even ask him to hold a bat for an another 20yrs!! Come on guys, he is 39 now, he has achieved everything in odi cricket, he fulfilled his last wish through the 2011wc, so what else is left now? the point is there are some proven young guns like rahane sitting out and when yuvi returns rohit or raina have to sit out as well coz of sachin!! Why should sachin block their paths at a time when they show lot of promise just like what sachin himself showed at an age of 16?? He picks and choose tournaments and comes back for the main tournaments resulting in form players being left out!! talk about denting their confidence!! A well dignified man like sachin should have retired after the world cup, fine it isn't too late, i hope he retires after this series or atleast after the Asia cup!!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

All well said Mr Ganguly and also well accepted. The problem here is if Sachin goes for a massive score in the remaining few games then all spoken about performance , records ,age to retire will vanish in the air and some additional temples will be built for these heroes. This is iincluding u people who criticise at this juncture. Sachin is not a school drop out in his profession, he is a veteran and he should know what to do if he needs to maintain his glory and dignity.Hope u understand sachin , lets not see something here like ponting. It was a disgrace. Thrs is lot of difference while calling in a professional to the table and asking him to resign rather to termimate him when he has done enough and passing a lean patch at the fag end of his career. Why farewells happen.They should ve informed ponting thier decison and he should ve brought this out and had another game.

Posted by Precioustar84 on (February 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

ps. At current rate, it seems Sachin is going to play until his son, Arjun, is old enough to take over his spot in the national team. I hope I'm proven wrong soon.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

Its Quite Unhappy to hear hear from the Legendary Icons I see in form of Great Kapil, Gavaskar, Saurav thinking on allowing and or make inroads to think into SACHINS retirement for few lean patches.

As an staunch admirer of our EX Players I hoped they would always back the lord of the cricket by encouraging at times he fails allow him to perform and mentor the whole team with lots of youngsters.

I would not even have any benefit of doubt that BCCI is doing great role unlike other nations giving due respect to the payers of Astute Statture.......Go Sachin and you still have the guts and talence to serve your country for 2015 with star studded younsters grooming under your metorship.....three cheers!!!!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

I always thought (back during the World Cup) that Tendulkar would retire from ODI's after the World Cup OR after the Tri Series in Australia. My reasoning? World Cup is a big event and the tri series is against Lanka and Australia, two of Tendulkar's favorite teams playing against. He also did not play regularly in any ODI's after he made that 200* until the World Cup, clearly expressing he did not want to participate in ODI's, only Tests. My feeling? This guy needs to retire from ODI's right now. He still should play in Tests, but in ODI's I feel that his heart is not there anymore. He only is in the team now chasing that elusive 100th century. But he's still better than whoever replaces him, I feel he just needs to give a youngster some practice

Posted by venbas on (February 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Its sad the GOD of Indian cricket is now being read backwards and portrayed as one scrapping for a bone. Sachin has acheived everything in life...World Cup Win, Top record in all formats, Test No. 1 status, Champions Trophy, Double ton in ODI etc. His records may never be broken in totality. Instead of being hounded out by rabid media and fans, he should gracefully retire and call it day from all forms.

Posted by Precioustar84 on (February 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Does Sachin not remember how old he was when he started playing for India? Can't he understand that there are young players that have similar dreams? Total respect to you Sachin but please take a bow before you are kicked out (not that this would ever happen in India). Sachin should play Tests only. There are enough players for ODIs, even though they are not on same level as Sachin or even taking their responsibility currently. Sachin should help groom Indian players in Tests because without Sachin, VVS and Dravid, I cannot think of any of the new generation players that could take up tests seriously. Sachin should follow in the footsteps of Dravid and Laxman, and just stick to Tests now.

Posted by CanTHeeRava on (February 23, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

While I agree with Ganguly's sentiments, we have to understand why Ganguly does not like Dhoni's special affinity to certain young players. Suresh Raina is a good 20-20 batsman and a world class fielder in any format of the game. Raina may make it to the final 14 of an Indian ODI squad but he will have to fight to play in the final 11. Raina was hand-picked and nurtured by Greg Chappell and we all know the love between Chappell and Ganguly. No big secret. Tendulkar can play as long as he wants and whenver he wants. The reason is simple. He may not be as good as he was in 1998 but he is still 100 times better than the Rainas, the Rohits and the Kohlis. The difference is there to see. Any one with a fraction of cricketing knowledge can see that.

Posted by prakash_ajp on (February 23, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

I see people often mixing things up and ending up making an emotional comment. I doubt even Sachin will get so much agitated reading what Sourav said. Agreed, no one can question what he has achieved. But that's not the only way to look at it. How much more has he got in him? A year or so of decent cricket can't be justified for keeping the youngsters out. I think we are really making a mess of the transition. I say this not only for Sachin, but also for the likes of Laksman, Dravid and Zaheer. And Sehwag can be dropped purely on performance alone.

I don't blame Sachin for wanting to play more, for he has the right to do so. But it's up to the selectors to take the tough call. And it's a joke that the team composition has to be changed every series for an individual, isn't it?

Posted by blaster.pk on (February 23, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Finally we have someone in INDIA to tell in media that sachin has to retire.NOT ONE HAS THE GUTS , WHY ARE THEY SCARED . Untill Media puts pressure on sachin this is not going to happen.

If he receives support now he will never retire on his OWN. Does sachin realize that he is actually blocking youngsters from making their mark like thiwary, rahane etc. There is plenty of young blood. Iam sure he does , but he still will not give up his place, what kind of selfishness is that.

I just wonder why its taken this long for Ganguly to tell this and even for Kapil. Some are saying sachin should go on this own, YOU GUYS dont get it , Sachin is the kind of person if u leave him he wants to play till his son plays for india.

Sachin is so fortunate to be born in INDIA becuase indian public gives took much importance to STAR CULTURE. Sachin is 39 in 2 months, till when does he want to play, he has already played 600 international matches. WHAT DOES HE WANT TO DO MORE ??

Posted by sm601 on (February 23, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

I don't agree with gavaskar or saurav that sachin should consider quiting. below are the reasons. (a) he is moving better than younger players, like off his pad or for a cover drive even at great speeds above 140 (b) he has got out in freaky ways which are one off (c) he has changed his bat from 2H of 2011 so his edges have increased and upper cuts are no longer a six (d) he is fit in running between wickets. His attitude to spin has turned soft, paddle sweeps are replaced with defence. His bat is lighter today that he tries to hook in recent times which misses with his aging back. There is no-one among youngsters like a cook or a trot who can give him good company. Kohli is a mess in running between wickets. Kohli is weak in shots to the square region. Look at Azhar of pakistan who is more promising. Gautam, raina or youvraj have weak exposures to county cricket so don't play upright too well. Gautam and middle order needs fixing in ODI. Dhoni needs good rotaters of strike.

Posted by saurabh28970 on (February 23, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

This comment is not just about greatness of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, but about the generation of fans which grew up watching him pile runs in all formats of the game. The generation whose birth was meticulously planned a decade later by the Almighty with a purpose. He gave the generation, my generation, a role model, a man to be followed, worshipped, admired, envied and most of all loved. It was so well planned by the Creator that when we grew up into a little boys who learnt to take guard in the evil world by watching Sachin take his guard to bowling devils like Waqar Yunis and Wasim Akram. When we moved to our teens, he upgraded from little master to master balster. Each year of our teens was made memorable by his majestic innings, superb stokes and match winning performances. When we reached our twenties, the Master Blaster had become Lord of the game- undisputed champion, still playing the way he did a decade back, still charming the nation and mesmerising the crowds.

Posted by Lovetesh on (February 23, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Thank Saurav for talking openly about the uselessness of Suresh Raina outside India. I think it is pretty obvious that Raina and Jadeja don't have technique to play outside India then why they are persisted with? National team is not the place to learn cricket.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

sachin is a flat track bully....indians waste their times..sachin should retire... it will hurt current teams growth....same thing happen with sanath who is far more greater than sachin who takes over 350 wickets with 13000 runs

Posted by thinktank1 on (February 23, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

When India won the world cup I thought Sachin would announce his retirement from ODI. But it is a shock to see this behavior from Sachin. What would have happened if Sachin was not allowed to play in Indian team at the age of 16 ?? Back then seniors in the team encouraged his talent.. gave him chances.. made a way for that little boy.. hoping some day he would become a great player. It's very sad to see a player like Rohit Sharma struggling to find some form in Aus. He is better than what he has been doing lately. He was not used to these conditions much like Kohli who played all tests in Aus. SENIORS DON'T BLOCK YOUNGSTERS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DON'T BLOCK ANOTHER SACHIN..

Posted by pprash_2002 on (February 23, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Sachin is a great sevent of indian cricket.But he need to think about every aspect now.He is averaging 18.00 in last five games.every cricketer must think his useflness to his side.afterall noone is big than cricket.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

I have been watching Indian cricket since 1965. i have seen lot of accusations on legend cricketers from time to time. now it is Sachin's turn. No one has the authority to tell him to retire. Everyone talks about young ones. see their \ averages in the current series. Raina:22, Rohit:16,Sheawq;10. Why only Sachin? he is trying to perform his best , may be his age and long exposure has made him little bit uncertain in selection of shots. He will take a decision soon. Not to worry. Already you have done the damage by rotating his place in this series. I will be watching him through out the night in Canada do his best before he leaves Australia. Good luck my genius. I still can remember the day he was not allowed to make his double ton in Pakistan

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

It shows that nobody is bigger than the game. The game is a great leveler.

Posted by jazee on (February 23, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

I want to see tendu play for 500 odi with 100 fifties and 50 hundreds at least. We never know how far he is capable of playing unless it is his own decision to quit. So DO NOT try to force him out.

Posted by srinideva on (February 23, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Ganguly should concentrate on his own job. He Should not make such a comment on selection of team from from the outside. Dhoni knew what he needs to do what don`t. Ganguly can`t make selction of team from the home. Afterall , Who is better captain india have in the history, Dhoni should be there at the top of the table. he absolutley deservrd it......

Posted by superappu on (February 23, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

OK,it is true that SRT should retire , but why every one is praising MSD , he reached the WC final only because of SRT , Yuvi , Zaheer Khan etc , we all know what was his batting record before the final. Also SRT has also faced times like this before in 2006-07 i think, but he came back brilliantly---all in all ,all the players were damn bad including Sehwag ,wat abt him. I think Dhoni is always trying to be hero who saved india, i'm sure it won't be for long, Virat should be the captain.

Posted by lananad on (February 23, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

I remember for Kapil Dev to retire and to overtake Hadlee,he could not buy a wicket. An indian umire had to raised his finger to give Hashan Thilakaratne out caught but it was clearly off his pad. BCCI please do something for Scahin to score a century before he retires..lol

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Ganguly is right on the money about the Indian Cricket. His notions on Sachin, youngsters and the world cup are absolutely right. Suresh Raina is given enough number of chances and he is not ready to grab those chances and rohit is also in the same queue. Just because jadeja, raina and rohit were fielding brilliantly, they cannot be persistedly kept in the team. They have to find younger players who are capable of scoring runs in overseas and automatically they will be good in Indian conditions.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

I agree with Ganguly because he does have a right to speak as a former successful India Captain nore than some of us. But this rubbish about Gangula has no credibility to suggest Sachin's retirement is rubbish. Saurav has enough credibility. Tendulkar is a great player and does not need any more laurels. He has already achieved the unthinkable. What Saurav is saying is that play him as a regular. Do not put him in and out. Coming back to Dhoni, I think he is probably thinking in the right direction but not doing what should be right. There are too many matches on offer. He could have taken in Rahane and Manoj instead of two other players. Parthiv Patel is surely no substitute. Raina and Rohit might be super-talented but they have been given enough chances, Tiwary, rahane are no less talented. Why make them sit out all matches until an injury. Raina and Rohit are all heroes in India but still need to go back to the Academy for sharpening their skills against the short ball

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Sachin should play until he is 65 years old...normal retirement age

Posted by Uttsbaby on (February 23, 2012, 2:29 GMT)

Ganguly is correct here I feel, he has built the unit that went on to dominate the world in tests, and he was one of the greats in ODI's so he has earnt the right to his view. Tendulkar played at 16, probably like 6 years earlier than the average youngster in teams, so why cant he play 6 years on. He was better and performed better than the person he replaced in the team in 1989, when a youngster steps up to the plate, he will step aside.

Posted by GSP17 on (February 23, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

Wise people will take right decisions at right time... Its now upto sachin to prove it before he wil be forced to do so

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (February 23, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Its a culture in Pakistan & Indian Cricket Old players dont leave teams until they kick out. Its bad infect Sachin should make a decision before they disgracefully Drop him like ponting. He should realize that he played for almost two decade and now he should make a place for some youngster. I think sachin is doing unfair here with young players. Becase of him many good players came in out they find no permanent place in squad. When Inzmam, Yousuf & Younas was there Misbah ul haq never get his place in there. In late age he got a chance and very well performed for Pakistan. Alarming time for sachin. Infect people tired of watching same betters for last 2 decades come on bring in some new faces...

Posted by Zoro_1 on (February 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Sachin or India.

We have to make a decision. I hope it is the right one. Otherwise Sachin will suffer a reduction in his average and India will lose matches and opportunities for youngsters.

Posted by Sryni on (February 23, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

I think we all should just stop talking abt Sachin's retirement and allow him to enjoy his game. Sachin is the best person in the world to decide when he retires. He has been a true gentlemen both on and off the field. He has been such a legend admired by the whole cricket world; he truly deserves all respect and freedom to choose his retirement. Please dont forget that in the last one tournament he played i.e World cup he was the second highest run getter(Only short by 18 runs for the first spot) not even an year ago....I wish he plays the next world cup in Australia.....GOOD LUCK SACHIN.....

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

Dada's right.. if Sachin doesn't intend to play every match and wants to only appear in important series once in 6 months.. it doesn't seem right for him to hold on to the opening slot.. he should either move down to #4 or #5 and let Viru,Gauti and Kohli continue doing their bit at the top.. and then fill in Yuvi's spot until he returns to the side may be.. middle is hurt with Yuvi's absence and a solid run maker is needed at that spot.. It is a tough call but it would be the right one as the team needs certain changes with the transition period on.. Gauti, Viru, Kohli, Sachin, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Umesh and Zak/Vinay would be my team going forward

Posted by knan on (February 23, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Sachin seems to decide when he wants to play and when he doesn't. Ganguly is right, when he says that this not only affects the team but also the player who has to make way for Sachin. In fact, if Sachin had decided not to play this would've made the positions of Viru and Gauti more secure and this whole rotation policy controversy could've been avoided. Gavaskar is correct - Srikant should talk to Sachin and ask him to retire from ODI. While all other teams are moving towards building for 2015 WC, India seems to be meandering along . Playing youngsters is a good move but it should not be at the cost of the team. If a youngster fails consistently, he should make way for others in the wing. In the next match, Tiwary should replace Jadeja, Rahul should play instead of Umesh and Praveen/Zaheer instead of Vinay. Viru should be dropped in favour of Rohit and Irfan should play up the order instead of coming so low down

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

Sachin must be allowed to make the call on his own terms,Ganguly has no credibility to tell the great man so..

Posted by redstorm789 on (February 22, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

its not the first time ex cricketers are commenting on Sachin.I remember Ian chappell , moin khan , rashid latif ,etc.. made similar kind of comments some 5 years ago but ultimately Sachin proved them wrong by scoring runs/hundreds. Ganguly very well know that Sachin always proves critics wrong , so he deliberately made these retirement comments on him , so that Sachin will again start scoring runs.after all Ganguly is the best Captain for India and SACHIN is the best batsman ever on earth.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Asking Sachin to retire for his dismal performance in one series, is just preposterous. For a matter of fact, Sachin looked very good for the 20-odd runs he made against Sri Lanka the other day.He was just unfortunate to miss out on that day, on a good batting track. The sad thing about Indian Cricket is, once the team fails, never is the team as a whole been criticized. Be it the X-players or the media, they always single out one or two, and blame them for that. Sachin's avg in this tour is 18. Barring Gambhir and Dhoni, the rest of the entire Indian batting line up averages something around 20, not to forget our very own Sehwag, who stands at 10. So, it is clear and evident that every Indian batsmen, more or less, is going through a rough patch and the batting unit as a whole is just not able to perform. Now, with two must win matches coming up, i think Dhoni shld not be thinking too much into the future and shld make sure he finds the right balance in the team.

Posted by pmgurram on (February 22, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

All the comments are correct, only if all other team members are playing well. Unfortunately, except for Dhoni, NO OTHER PLAYER has performed well (at least consistently) in this disasterous tour. So, it is not appropriate to ask 'the cricket god' to step down. I am positive that the little master will prove what he is capable of in this series it self.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

People are more sentiment and fond about Sachin. This is just a Sport. Sachin has made his debut in 1989 when he was fresh and young. The same way Sachin should respect those young cricketers who are waiting to start their career in India Cricket team. Look at our bench, Rahne, Manoj Tiwary and few more promising youngsters are waiting for their chance. One simple question to Sachin is, What is left for Sachin to prove in Cricket. One century to fulfill his record tally of 100th ton? At least he can achieve his personal mark in tests. It's time up for Sachin. The more time he takes to accomplish his 100th ton, he will be criticized more. That is for sure.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 22, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Perceptive thoughts Sourav as only a few could have. Either Sachin should play all ODIs and be regular member of ODI team or just retire from the format. Picking and choosing series was fine till the world cup, not anymore.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

I think Ganguly is right. For a person who built this team has every right to speak his mind. SRT is given the freedom to decide which series to play and which series to skip. SRT is just another cricketer and is never above the team. Moreover he isn't performing well. He definitely can continue to play tests.

Posted by Vivekn on (February 22, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Guys who are saying thins about Rohit stats, please check it again...he is the only player who has never got a permanent position while batting....when he bats on number 5 position he bats well...every now and then his batting position has been changed....in one series he plays at 3 number then on the next series he finds himself in number 4 and then in next game he is opening the inning..come on guys when you know all his life he has played in number 5 position he should be given that position permanently....or groom him or the number 4 position...

Posted by mickey100 on (February 22, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Sachin is with Indian team since 1989 and he has contributed significantly through his Bat over these years and became Hero for many of us. His 100th Ton was given so much of importance and now after playing so many innings both in Tests and ODI's he couldn't score oneā€¦ to be the first one to reach the milestone. The time has come now that he should retire himself from all forms of the game that will youngster's the chance to learn playing in overseas conditions. No Doubt Sachin is Great but remember Australian great Sir Don Bradman left playing when he was averaging 99.99. The same figure can be of Sachin centuries as well - 99

Posted by donda on (February 22, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Sachin it's time for you to retire from ODI. Please.

Posted by mak0786 on (February 22, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Its high time India should move on,and say thankyou goodbye to Sachin at least in odis.Indian players hardly retire when they are at peak exept Srinath and Gavasker.Also we should get rid of Parthiv Patel also.He is a pathetic wicketkeeper and batsman with very limited potential,and given unnecesarily too many chances.Dinsh karthik is far better.Also mr Raina and rohit sharma should start performing in overseis conditions or perish.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

I think people who are asking Tendulkar to retire should look back at their own careers and see where they stand and what were their weakness and then assess did Tendulkar have those weakness - the problem with the x-cricketers is they can say whatever they can but never seen any x-cricketer supporting the team in the bad phase or supporting a player - they forget that out of so many players they have selected 15 players and they are the best of the lot and if they cannot support them - I think they should retire from commenting and start gardening in their houses and stop worrying about the cricket - Sachin is just one more player who is going in bad form and had Dhoni did not rotate the openers - our openers could perform consistently - have made a complete mess - and now blame is on Sachin - I am asking Y?? what are the other 10 players for - just for a run around or clapping hands - Ganguly cannot hit bouncers and he is talking about technique - forced to go out of the team finally

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

No Sachin should play until the next world cup in Australia. In fact sachin played his first world cup in Australia way back in 1992. He has plenty of cricket left in him to serve India. He is a champion batsman and he should continue playing the ODI's plus the Test matches. If he retires from IPL this is well and good but for international cricket we want to see him playing and playing. Sachin is a real class act and a very complete batsman with a good technique. Wish you all the best Sachin and we look forward that you are playing until the world cup in 2015. East of West Sachin is the best.

Posted by TwitterJitter on (February 22, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

The solution to all the ills facing any cricket team is getting some wins under the belt. Losing for a prolonged period is bound to create rifts where players start feeling that other players are not pulling enough weight. Start winning a few games, drop Sehwag, Zaheer and Sachin from the team after this one-day series. Win or lose we have to go youngsters or else you are bound to lose the next generation because these players have to go in 2 years max anyway. If Rohit and Raina are failing then give chances to other youngsters. Keep giving youngsters enough chances to fail before going with the next youngster. Remember the cycle of life. Old always have to make ways for new or else you disrupt the whole cycle.

Posted by Leg-Breaker on (February 22, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Based on performances in the tour relative to others, Sachin deserves a place. He is fluent but unable to convert starts. Best XI from touring side: Gmbhr, Schn, Kohli, Tiwary, raina/sharma (either one, both suck) jdja, Dhni, Pthn, Ash, Khan, Kumar

Sachin's place shld be decided by slctors aftr the tour (this shdn't be in the middle of tour thru media) unless he himself wants to retire. No player shld play based on past. U can give benefit of doubt for some time not forever.

Sehwag shld be sacked immediately for his irresposible batting. He has clearly given up & his defeatist attitude at the top is the primary reason for losses.

On a separate note, people praise Sachin's longevity. Selectors are unusually patient with him during lean times (pressure from his brand spnsrs??) He's brilliant, but clearly there is a confluence of conducive conditions that make him charismatic (cricket's popularity in India, advertising influences, Gavaskar's nauseous praise, Bradman's word)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

It is very difficult to understand that after one bad series people start asking Sachin to step down. Sachin is not an ordinary player and we should respect champions.

Posted by Karthic2228 on (February 22, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

@rahul bose .. i guess ganguly and kapil can give lectures abt retiring ..cos kapil is world cup winning captain and ganguly is most successful indian captain and 2003 world cup runner team captain both made this outside india and they knw better cricket.. so being sarcastic wont wrk hre... Inzamam running btweenm wickets grow up man :)

Posted by usernames on (February 22, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

It's not really whether Sachin has in it him to play for India for the next year or two. Even at 45, he may (and in all likelihood, will) be the best batsman for India. That, however, doesn't mean he keeps playing for that long. Ultimately, it's about the team. At the moment, neither is he contributing to the team, nor is he allowing a youngster to gain experience (Rahane, for example, is missing out) in Australian conditions.

I'm a huge fan of SRT. He has done a lot for Indian cricket. We need not tell him to go however, one has to sit down with him and discuss what his plans are and whether they are aligned with the team's future. He loves Indian cricket more than anyone else, so I don't really see where the commitment issue crops up from. He isn't running after 100th century; that, I'm sure, isn't playing on his mind. He has hit a bad patch and it's not a big deal. Yet, the team needs to decide where Sachin fits in in the current scheme of things.

Posted by lananad on (February 22, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

I think Tendulkar show give way to youth without been selfish. He is trying to get a 100 for his personal gain. We all know if he scores India lose,specially high pressure games.He should be thankful to Dhoni for winning the world cup. 23 years of him is more than enough. please retire without been selfish.There are so many youth waiting to represent India.

Posted by pritpalpabla on (February 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

I remember how great Kapil dave stretch his retirement for 434 wickets record , so he don't have any right to talk about someone else's retirement...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Ganguly and Kapil dev giving lectures on when to retire. Nice! Can we also have Inzamam give talks about running between wickets?...thats it...its very easy to talk especially if you are not playing.....sachin knows when to retire....

Posted by Gkr_Sabka_Yaar on (February 22, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Agree totally with Dada...plan for long term and take one series at a time...High time Raina should be dropped and someone please tell MSD to promote himself to No.5 if not No. 4

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (February 22, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

It seems every former cricketer forgets his playing days and Ganguly his no different.

He is seen nowadays advising on good fielding, ability to play pace and seam and keeping team unity.

When he himself was guilty of all these things...poor fielder/ poor against swing and short balling......creating rift in the team after greg suggested him to step down as captain.

He used his political connections to get back into the team and only retired when vengsarkar dropped him for irani trophy in disgust.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

DADA...plz dont argue abt Tendulkar's retirement....he is going to fire soon....den u need to take your words back....

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (February 22, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

In this series, only Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni scored two 50s each. Raina is far better than Sachin and Sevag combined, just see the Crickinfo stats before commenting. And drop these two guys, I am sure India will be in finals.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (February 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Sachin should retire respectfully as he was such a great player.They should allow him to retire when he wants instead of pressurizing him and making him mentally weak. but as far as the bowlers are concered in the Indian team i think Umesh Yadav should be dropped as he is just huff and puff.. he always goes for over 6-7 runs per over and he doesnt get a wicket unless the batsman hands him one. he should focus on spot bowling more

Posted by TheMeanMachine on (February 22, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Thinking of 2015 world cup when 2012 has just started is a pretty flawed thinking on Dhoni's part. It is by winning tournaments with your best team that you will finally get a settled lineup 6 months before the next WC in Australia. the focus should be on the current series and trying to win it. winning games make a winning team and will provide the stability that Dhoni is harping about. Rotating players unsettles the line-up and causes confusion. With regards to Sachin, he has achieved everything there is in ODI cricket. Even though its his own decision (Ganguly is right in saying that no selector can stand up to Sachin and say that he has to go), Tendulkar should really call it quits and focus on getting India back on number spot in Test Cricket. A dhoni can win matches for you in ODI's but we need Tendulkar to fire to win Tests.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

this is ridiculous...master come one, give these guys the perfect "bat does the talking"

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Trust Dada to come out and call a spade a spade. Bear in mind here that it was 4 years ago that Dhoni ended Gangulys ODI career in the 2008 CB series by dropping him because Dhoni felt Dada wouldnt last till the 2011 WC. 4 years ago the replacements (Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa ) fired. Now, the replacements for the seniors (Rohit Sharma still a junior player, Suresh Raina) are struggling.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Sachin as a cricketer achieved all goals in the game. After world cup if he would had announced retirement, he will be forever high in the game of cricket. I think Ganguly is right in my view and after all Sachin will have to take decision NOT others.

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (February 22, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Dhoni himself said that he'll think about his future in ODI cricket at end of 2013. When he is not so sure why is he playing. Groom a yound wicketkeeper. So if sachin has to retire than should also retire.

Posted by common_cricket_fan on (February 22, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

I hope the Indian team wins some matches soon

Posted by Ganchu on (February 22, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

No body sees the record of Uthappa !Given the chance he has scored runs even outside India and won matches for India .They have spoiled his carrier by not allowing to play at one single slot.I think he is better than Raina even he can keep the wickets better thah Parthiv

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

the captain and the coach may advice srt to bat at no. 4 or 5.another advice, dhoni must place him as a close in fielder so that he gains some confidence. sachin is in the midst of the final lean patch of his career and he will not embarrass us for long cause he knows better than anybody else when to quit the game.

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Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Dada! Can you clone your self (right handed please) and start all over again?

Posted by bombay4u on (February 22, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I dont think any one need to tell Tendulker to Retire, he will retire himself after this ODI, my reasoning is that he signed up for one days in Au to help the team, which did not perform well inclduign him in the TEST so that India might win the ODI , he did it so he can help team india win, its another story that it has not worked out in his favour. I think Tendulker made this one time desicion so i think he will self retire at the end of this series, i think he can continue with the TEST for another year to two.

Posted by Rahulbose on (February 22, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Ganguly and Kapil dev giving lectures on when to retire. Nice! Can we also have Inzamam give talks about running between wickets?

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (February 22, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

All those cribing about raina. Have a check at statsguru. Raina is far far better than Rohit Sharma. Rohit sharma has been out under a score of 30 , 51 times out of 73innings and he never reached double figures in 28 innings out of 73. So basically they guy gets out in a single digit score 40% of the times and below 30 70% of times. On the contrary Raina is a lot better in every department. Even in this series he has made small contibutions of 38,32 and 24.

Posted by praveenchopra on (February 22, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

why should srt need to retire?sachin is my hero from when i was a kid,we all need to see he will score 100 th international 100 ,can anyone replace sachin?its a joke,who can match his elegent stroke play?i want him to continue for another 5 years ,he is still very fit,all the best to you sachin

Posted by satishsasikumar on (February 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

I feel it is high time, India nurtures a separate Test, ODI and 20-20 squad with largely different sets of players and captains...playing many of them in all formats will not work for the Team as a whole..

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 22, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

I think another important point that everybody is missing here is, whatever small time Sachin is spending at the crease, he looks in amazing touch, just like the last match and also the finals against SL. He looks positive, good feet movement, plays all the shots, you feel that BIG score is just round the corner but its just not coming :(

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 22, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

My 2 cents here. If this was not Sachin Tendulakar and somebody else we/media would never have been talking about this issue. But the Little Champ has set such high standards and such huge expectations that just a few bad innings and all sorts of questions start to raise. PLEASE LEAVE IT TO HIM, he is a better judge and its not like we have a younger version of Sachin waiting in the wings to grap his spot and score tons of runs for India. We have already invested a lot in Rohit, Jadeja, Raina etc but not very promising results.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (February 22, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@Steve_Stifler Your comments couldn't have been more precise.. I even had something similar to yours,but it wasnt published

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

In world cup sachin score's a 600 runs in WC. Gambir or Dhoni who play only on final match they got credit for that match. Now a days sachin is not coming with good score every one giving reason for sachin. In a Team wht abt another player they are many player are there no one is feet for top 11 Player even gambir also he also loosing his form. This all are happen by rotation policy. If they wnt to put rotation policy why we shoud give too much chance to Rohit or Raina or SEHWAG its TOO much chances they have took.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Mind you, Ponting has NOT announced retirement from ODIs yet. He only said he does not expect to play ODIs for Australia anymore in the press conference.

Posted by enthusiastic on (February 22, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

It's time sachin retires gracefully! The innings he played against Australia when India were chasing 289 was simply shameful. For an experienced campaigner it was sad to see his shot selection. No matter how great, he should retire as its time. We are more interested in India wining matches ad not in Individual glory!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Sachin cannot be removed just like that..still 90% of indian cricket fans watching cricket just to see sachin batting.If no sachin might be no more cricket in many home.he is just facing hard time just like couple of time before.....he ll be ok..

Posted by mark2011 on (February 22, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Ohh noo.. Sachin does not have one day future.. I cant believe, as a SL fan i think he should play.. like any batsman he is having some bad patch.. may be pressure to achieve 100th century in his mind pulling him back...pls dont tel him to go home Ganguly. i think u r jealousy about him he is having 18000 one day runs .. wow what a record... let me rach 20,000.. let him make some wonderes in the recod book... All indian can be happy...i really tooo... because it is very rare player can make such a record. MAY GOD BLESS SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR!!

Posted by WishIndiaImprove on (February 22, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

SRT is the real sportsman. He will understand. I respect SG a lot as he is the one made our team as a world class team. According to me Srikkanth or Amarnath has to sit with SRT and allow him play two oneday series at home. He will get two hundreds and 51 test and 50 ODI 100s. After this send him with FULL RESPECT. SRT is the MASTER and he should spend rest of his life to build more masters like him. SRT, RD & SG should mentor the young team if we want India to dominate world cricket. BCCI please use the experience in a proper way.

Posted by Sano27 on (February 22, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Well said Ganguly.....its time for Sachin to retire from odi format.....it neither helps him nor the team....also Dhoni's soft corner to some players never gonna help team India...I don't think Rohit utilized his chances.....remember he got many chances during 2008-2010 period & he failed continously....Raina still had some problem with short pitch deliveries....I think Jadeja is a much hyped player....he is an excellent fielder,any ok bowler,an average batsman-not even a big hitter of the ball....he can deliver only in Indian pitches....after this much match in CB series Dhoni dint even had a mentality to pick Tiwary....sill he say about his rotation policy...!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 22, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

As usual Dada doesn't mince his words. What a man!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I agree with Ganguly why keeping Raina in the team when he is not scoring he has been given extended run up. Why other youngsters Dinesh Karthick, Rahane, Manoj Tiwari even after scoring a hundred in the last match he is sitting the bench. I am a Chennai Super kings fan I am against the policy of keeping Raina.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (February 22, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

@Sandy Bangalore...Do you mean Stephen Fleming?Fleming had no real high point in an average career.Its really funny adding Fleming's name to a list comrising Tendulkar & Waugh.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

I thing sewag is complitly out form every teem knows off side risig ball and canot resist and gone days gone, rina rohit solder high ball on fast wicket dificult for them, about tandulker should retair without being selfish. Raman Pancholi

Posted by ThatzMyView on (February 22, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

I dunno why people take a dig at Uthappa for bad technique.. He has fairly decent technique but for a person with phenomenal strike rates like 320(20 ball 64) or 255(36 ball 92) when he gets going, example - Syed Mustaq Ali tropohy 2011..Must be in any T20 side in the world..

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (February 22, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Finally someone has come out to state the obvious. No matter how gr8 one is if they cannot contribute to teams success, it's time to say good bye. In fac SRT should hv retired from both ODI's and Test cricket right after the WC. Gr8 athletes know when to bow out and what best way to say good bye when you and your country are at the top. His record since WC will be a black spot on his glorious career. Look SRT there will be no one like you to play cricket for India, but you have lost the otuch. Please retire with grace if you truly want to see India succeed. Same with Rahul Dravid as well Guys pl retire.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is no doubt a legend... But, wanting to still play ODIs even after 23 long years and blocking a youngster's place is not right... Nobody wants a non-performer... His past records are really unmatched, be it runs or hundreds of fifties or anything for that matter, but, his present form is pathetic... In this Commonwealth bank series, Ponting and Tendulkar are the 2 biggest failures... Ponting has been chucked out already... If this shouldn't happen to Tendulkar, he himself shud decently announce his retirement from ODIs... Maybe he wants to play the 2015 world cup with Arjun Tendulkar at the other end :-) Thatz why he'z still not quitting !!!

Posted by nimma09231218 on (February 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Sachin should concentrate on his hundred hundred and get out of the team and for sehwag he should send him back to ranji or make him sit for couple of matches and carry the drinks to boys and make him reliaze why it is done to him he is putting lots of pressure down the order by getting out so cheaply so many times

Posted by kingcobra85 on (February 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Is Manoj Tiwary from Bengal and KKR ?

Posted by S.Jagernath on (February 22, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

The world cup was truly the climax of Sachin Tendulkar's legendary career & it should have ended right there.The channel 9 commentators are trying to insinuate that Tendulkar did not like bounce & hurt his image.Ganguly is absolutely correct about Suresh Raina,Rohit Sharma as well,they gets so many oppurtunities while Cheteshwar Pujara,Ajinkya Rahane,Abhinav Mukund & Manoj Tiwary are getting older & completely lack experience.Pujara & Rahane are 2 very vital batsmen if India are going to have success.Ravindra Jadeja offers a little with bat & ball but whether he is better than Suryakumar Yadav is very questionable.Ishant Sharma & Vinay Kumar the others that seem to get all the oppurtunities available while Dhawal Kulkarni & Pankaj Singh do not even get a sniff of an oppurtunity.India needs a batting coach(an Englishman) desperately!

Posted by ThatzMyView on (February 22, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Why people bash Uthappa stating he has bad technique and cant perform against quality bowling? Err what about Sehwag, Raina, Parthiv, rohit? they aren't technically as perfect, they have been given many chances again and again, they rarely fire but remain in the team. Uthappa is one of the best in short from of the game.. he has been consistent in T20's and Domestic ODI's, from past 3 years he has been highest run getter in Challengers , Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy(Domestic ODI's, T20's).. He can hit the ball long, clean.. Last time in CB series he did fairly well(but was permanently axed) , during that, the short ball pull for a six(straight back over the bowlers head) he hit of Brett lee was one of the best you example of fast bowler being taken apart. On the other hand you have Parthiv hitting beautifully straight up, up and up but not far from the pitch.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Today dhoni is captain means that is given by sachin only, these tom and dick can't suggest him.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (February 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

It is in our blood, we don't have guts. If we could not put up a fight against Australians in the test series and lost a day earlier every time, then we also do not have guts to ask sachin to step down, or at least acknowledge that he is out of form right now and some other player deserve his place.

Trouble is that, no reputed player wants to retire while non performing, may be they are looking for one last hoorah, but which is not coming anymore. Its time to say goodbye to -- Laxman, Dravid, Sachin and may be Sehwag. Thanks a lot for serving Indian cricket- bringing us to no. 1 in tests and winning one day w.c

Posted by duvijan on (February 22, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Dhoni has conviniently diverted all attention from his failure as a captain and as a wicket keeper , the backing of Jadeja and Vinay kumar for example. On what basis is Padma Sri Bharat Ratna "Ravindra jadeja" in the team ?

Posted by SasiGladi on (February 22, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

What change over for Sachin in the last CB series he scored century and a 90 in first two of three finals and we won it...he really played to his potential in the entire last Aussy tour..I bet no one in BCCI will dare to say "Sachin you have to retire." I believe he will bounce back soon as this series yet to finish..About Dhoni come on guys he balanced the team between seniors - juniors right from first match as captian he proved his leadership very well. But these days I feel he lost the edge in handling the media they are sucessfull in pulling words from him by prompting...I ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TEAM THEY GAVE THE JOY FOR ALL THESE RECENT YEARS Y SHOULD I HATE THEM IMMEDIATELY IF THEY SLIDE NOW _ THEY WILL BOUNCE BACK SOON AFTER TRANSFORMATION....

Posted by duvijan on (February 22, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

March 30,2007 Ian Chappell writes "" If he asked that same mirror right now; "Mirror, mirror on the wall should I retire?" The answer would be; "Yes." http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/287961.html

5 years on ..Sachin is still there with wonderful innings , Worldcup truimph, best test innings in 2011 against Steyn etc...

If he gets a a hundred in one of the next 2 games, all the sachin critics would eat crow.

He is still the technically best batsman in the Australian conditions

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

If selectors want to reduce sporadic play, they should get rid of Sehwag before even talking about Sachin.. Sachin has been in slumps before and each time everyone chimed in and said he should consider retiring.. Sachin responds to such criticism by playing better. Sehwag on the other hand is not nearly as good as Sachin and he is even more sporadic than Sachin. Why is noone talking about Sehwag reconsidering ODI's? Getting rid of Sehwag will fix the issue of rotating openers and it will not "cost the team 20 runs in the field" either.

Posted by Ukayholic on (February 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Enough with the GOD of Cricket crap, for crying out loud he is averaging 18 in this series. Sachin Tendulkar is no more considered as a dangerous batsman anymore. I don't suggest he must quit ODI's at once, a cricketing genius like him deserves a graceful exit but if he continues to perform in this fashion he might as well be thrown out of the team. I personally feel he is damaging his own reputation that he has created over the years by disturbing the team balance. In my honest opinion i have lost my faith in him. Now its pretty irritating to see this repetitive comments from people who have nothing to say other than sachin is god of cricket... PLEASE NOW THAT'S ENOUGH !

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

I am Fully Agree with Sourav comments towards...Sachin is no doubt best palyer of the world ...But not now...One Player should Jugdet by his Form not by previous records and if someone is aged around 38 or 39 then surely Selectors need to think about him for coming World cup ...everytime there have to be some thinking towards future of the Indian Cricket ..If you see Ricky Oz make the right call as they are not finding him in Coming World cup...Same for Ryna ..he is Strong Player...But a very odd type of problem for Sort piched ball...and now he is not performing the way he should to have...So a lot of things need to consider...

Posted by WestIndies1987 on (February 22, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Sachin is a LEGEND without a doubt but he is also proving to be SELFISH! He should have retired after India's win in the WC last year instead of chasing personal glory. Bradman could have easily played another test to get his average above 100, Lara could have easily played another test to reach 12000 runs, but both of them did NOT because they knew it it would be selfish of them to do so, it's a shame Tendulkar could not have the same dignity.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

I think the best time for Sachin to retire from ODI cricket was the WC. He could concentrate on playing test matches. Indian selectors have to make place for youngster like Manoj Tiwari who has talent but not getting any oppertunity.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

The photograph in this article reminds me what an amazing opening pair Sachin and Ganguly were in ODIs, especially in late 90s and early 2000s. There was a pattern in how they batted together. In the first couple of overs, Ganguly used to hit a couple of boundaries on the off-side (through a packed off-side field). Then in the 3rd of 4th over, Sachin used to take charge and Ganguly used to take a back seat. If they carried on until 12-13 th over, Ganguly used to come down the track and hit spinners out of the park. More often than not, one of them used to go on and make a big score. We miss such an opening pair right now.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Why everyone is after Sachin only, when he still has better average than many others? What about Sehwag.. the reckless way he gets out every time, and averaging 10 in the series...still no Ganguly or Kapil Dev finds anything wrong with that!!!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

I am a fan of sachin tendulkar, having said that, Dhoni's comment is correct from the perspective of a captain. Dhoni's choice of raina and rohit is still a debatable point, people like Manoj tiwari is still sitting in bench, and we see poor performance from most of the players. Schewag scored 30 runs from 3 odi, His heave to the deep third man in the last match is the most senseless short.

In the post match persentation, shewag jibe on the "seniors are slow fielders " is useless when he has not contributed anything from his willow in this tour. Let the selection committee reassure that no one should take the place for granted and let performance take precedence over this quota raj which is currently in place.

I am more eager to see India winning than mere individual performances like sachins hundredth hundred or a spectacular catch by schweg. Team members should understand that they should gel as one team.

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 22, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

I really enjoy all the rant from the emotionally-charged indians here !! When Mcgrath and Warne retired they were at their peaks !! Yet they did what is best for them and for our cricket !! Even though Punter is one of our legends, we didnt hesitate to do things. And the same happened to Waguh Sr, AB , Mark Taylor and a gamut of our legends . !! And thats why we are where we are !!

Posted by cricket_pak419 on (February 22, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Sachin is gone know he lost his touch. If he is keeping aproblem with the team and not retireing and being a selfish old brat then he can be remembered in that way. Bye Bye Sachin andhell to many more new crickters. Let him score that century of century and afterwaards he must be dropped. Although i am Paki i think sachin was a great batsmen

Posted by khanq on (February 22, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Now, well said Ganguly on Raina....he surely does not deserve to be in team, by the way, why isnt' Ajinkya Rahane in the team, he did good in england.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Sachin holds the record - for playing highest number of losing ODI. He should retire now. I think his record is safe. No need to extend that record.

Posted by truthhh on (February 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

what a shame,indian selectors can not find new better blowers&batsman in india.entirely depends on old people,it;s true,there should be experinced player in squad,but never over depends on them.as a srilankan i know very well our seleting procedure in SL.first from school,in srilanka education is free,anyone can go t school,no need to pay,so what happen is entire youngers are there.in srilanka,there are very big competion in school cricket,so that would lead t recurit better players in national&international level.as i know n india educatiuon is not free,there are no all young talent&india is 60 times bigger than SL.what a shame means,indians can not find good blowers in their selectin procedure.i mean they hv t start in bottom level,not from rich peoples;s sons!!now in srilanka there are Plenty of youngers are waiting for natinal side,who may be better than Kumar Sangakkara,mahela ect& other thing is best selecting procedure is conducted by AUS..there procedure much better than any 1!

Posted by Imfunky on (February 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Ganguly is never a man to talk about Sachin's retirement. He should understand that Sachin is just not another player, but a genius. He still is the best batsmen in indian one-day side. I could only see Ganguly becoming another sidhu when it comes to expressing his opinion.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Sachin is a rubbish batsman these days. Even bowlers like Ashwin and Pathan can bat better than him. Please DROP SRT NOW.

Posted by braveknight on (February 22, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

The thing about cricket is everyone complains when things are not going their way - If Sachin has score a couple of fifties no arguments would surface..there's a psychological aspect when Sachin plays so why not have him play and come out of the bad form he is in..

Posted by JustOUT on (February 22, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

To some extent we hv to agree with Sourav, eventhough we all know he is taking dig of everyone from Commentary box. Well, Sachin has got the privilege to decide which series to play and which series not to play.. by doing like this, he is not allowing permanent position for other younsters who is waiting in the bench. One guy might hv done well against WI or NZ where Sachin did not play, but against Aus, he lost his position by inclusion of Sachin. I think its time for Sachin to play only TEST matches till end of this year and make it a call.

Posted by bhrangi on (February 22, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@crick50: I agree mate., For punter Aussie find many replacement every one is playing well so it is justified to remove him from the team., What about Indian team ., as u prefer if we remove sachin who else u add in the team ?? did u suggest any one??

Posted by late_reverse_swing on (February 22, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

"I think Srikkanth can do it. He was Tendulkar's first captain," - Are we talking about starting a war for crying out loud, are people scared to talk to Sachin? I am not surprised at this coming From Gavaskar, tells how the man thinks. So, who does he think Sachin is? Someone above the team interest?

India will never match the emotionless decision making with the likes of the Aussies. Ponting has done more to Australian cricket thnn Sachin has done to India's (Yeah yeah yeah ... the stats would argue otherwise), the number of games Ponting and Lara won for their teams, Sachin is not close and now Ponting was duly shown the door.

Summary, India will win games but will never be champions (The recemt WC triumph not withstanding), our psyche and modus of operandi just does not allow it.

Posted by shrastogi on (February 22, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

90 runs in 5 innings and 5 different ways of getting out. The last innings he got out as he couldnt decide whether to play or leave. Even his ardent supporters havent seen him batting poorly like this. He has put more pressure on himself and as a result on Indian team for last two must winning games. For the whole of last year the much hyped 100th hundred has taken its toll and is a lesson for playing for record Indians. No 38-39 years old however good he may be in past shouldnt be playing one day cricket. I dont think we should drop him like Ponting but he should be told enough is enough.The best thing for India would be that somehow he scores a hundred in this series and retires something he should have done after world cup. And I dont want to call it god's curse.

Posted by Praxis on (February 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

One thing you have to admire about Ganguly is that his opinions always create mixed responses. That means this guy says something that he believes to be logical. Can't/shouldn't make everyone happy all the time. Fanatics will always find a way to make up excuses to see their favorite one keeps playing, "...ooh, that drive he played today, shame he only scored 22." or "...that innings he played in 1999!" Doesn't matter what you think, finally its all about the performance in a certain period of time, something like eight overseas tests is more than enough for that.

Posted by Raghu003 on (February 22, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

This argument will continue till SRT scores a century... Then they will say he should continue... the same happened when Sachin toured Australia last time as well... He has come across these statements already in his career... I have no doubt that he is better than many other, so called younger players in this team... he fields better and runs faster as well... If you want to replace him... whom will u choose... you cannot replace him with just another player... no way...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

sachin shd retire now !! his selfishness is stopping another youngster to make a mark in the team !! manoj tiwary shd be brought in to the team and rahane too .when sachin retires we can get rahane or tiwary an decent run and mr.rohit useless sharma shd be dropped too and we had heard enough of his mysterious talents which were never displayed he willl always be in a hurry to gift his wicket before he enters the grease !! he's just gud for ipl .we shd replace him with yusuf pathan or manoj tiwary?rahane and when yuvi returns rohit will be kicked out.thnk god sehwag kicked out rohit .now he shd be benched till the end of the series and we can give manoj tiwary a decent run becoz he is a veryy agile fielder thn rohit and can play maturely thn rohit who is soo lazy .by luking at rohit's face always same crying face .he can never lift the team's spirit like raina or he can never even finish the innings like raina or he cant bowl as economically or he cant play as maturely as raina !!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

wc 2011 final was the right time for retirement of Sachin...

Posted by Rawlonski on (February 22, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

The way the average of the Indian team is going, maybe Ganguly is looking for Tendulkar to step aside in the hope of a recall......

I am happy to see Tendulkar still making himself available for the team, makes it a lot easier for the Aussies to win.....

And besides, get out a legend (even one past their use by date) is always a great motivator for the the bowling attack

Posted by ThatzMyView on (February 22, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Many are waiting mate, "Most talented youngsters waiting" - (1. ABHINAV MUKUND, 2. MANISH PANDEY, 3. AJINKYA REHANE, 4. MANOJ TIWARY ), "Best Test replacements waiting" - (5. SUBRAMANIAM BADRINATH, 6. CHETESHWAR PUJARA), "Best 20-20 replacements waiting", (7. YUSUF PATHAN, 8. ROBIN UTHAPPA - I can not forget seeing his monstrous hitting for RCB, he had and can hit 120m ), these youngsters are also knocking for their place from atleast 3/4 years, hope they get their due . I can not believe if a talent like Manish Pandey hasn't played even once for India after many good performances.

Posted by SivaSG on (February 22, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

@Bubul "Strongly agree with you".

Posted by SivaSG on (February 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Utter Nonsense from Ganguly. 'Arrogant' Ganguly should consider to go in Silence. The age shouldn't decide anyone's fate. It is about the individuals fitness. SRT is a kind of gentle man, matured than anyone. When he feels that he doesn't enjoy his cricket, he will certainly decide himself. He is not a 'selfish' cricketer, who complains about anyone. SRT should be respected not only for his Cricketing skills but also for his characteristics. You will see how SRT will answer these nonsense.

Posted by Gizza on (February 22, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@Abhayaprada, what really McGrath and Warne bad fieldiers? The only truly bad fielder out of the ones you mentioned was Shaun Tait and the only other truly bad fielder for Australia in recent times has been Stuart MacGill. Otherwise they absolutely dominate every other team except for South Africa, New Zealand and England at times but generally still the best or close to it. Zaheer Khan has never caught something half as difficult as this in his career http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBMz_ViJYVI And the thing is, if Australia field so bad according to you why can't other teams convert singles into two's and two's into three and why aren't there many drops? (compared to Chandimal and Dilshan collectively dropping Kohli and Raina 3 times)

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

A lot of people here are misinterpreting what DADA has said...he's not gunning for Tendulkar's retirement from odis but jus asking him to reconsider the way he's approaching the odis...i.e if he wants to play odis he shud play them consistently or not play at all...playing odis after a gap of 11 months not jus disrupts his game but also does not help the team combination or the batting order...our opening combination goes for a toss when tendulkar is suddenly back...gambhir is the one who is affected the most...even i'm a die-hard fan of "SIR SACHIN TENDULKAR" nd i knw he knws when to call it quits...but i don't trust the selection committee...so before they show disrespect towards the "MASTER" by asking him to quit like they did to DADA,i wud love to see SACHIN retire on his own terms...

Posted by rish5107 on (February 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

I can see there is something about Sachin which is different, he generally never fails in an odi more than twice consecutively. Age seems to be catchin up, I wish he prooves me wrong, and hit that big score to shut everyone's mouth.

Posted by Bubul on (February 22, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Tendulkar is god of cricket. We love him. He will retire when he thinks the time is right. Rest of the world can Zip it.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

I think Sachin should stop playing 20 20 cricket. He should only focus on oneday and test match. However, to cement his place he must score consistently. Everybody ask him retirement because of his bad form. If he would have score 2 centuries and few fifty in last odi in CB series, then everybody would have raise voice to stay till 2015 world cup. I am sure about that. If he get 2 century in the remaining oneday, i am sure everybody will change the tone. I wish you the best from deep of my heart. Show your value to everyone

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 22, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Thanks Noball_Specialist. That was a wonderful comment from one of our brothers from across the border. As a SRT fan the recent events have been disturbing and just shows that public memory is very very short. My message to other SRT fans would be to just switch off from cricket for a while after the great man calls it a day. It would be like losing a near and dear one so just take it with dignity with head held high. No need to respond to people who find it easy to show disrespect to fellow readers and players on an online board. Don't misuse the anonymity the internet offers you mates.

Posted by here2rock on (February 22, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Ganguly's comments "I bet if Raina doesn't improve his technique then he is going to struggle in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. People are going to bounce him out" are surprising considering he was worst than Raina in facing short ball but he lasted very long at the international level. I agree though that Raina has to go, he has given too many chances.

Posted by 57Unicorn on (February 22, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Ganguly is right. Dhoni is thinking of too far ahead. Then he talks about saving 20 runs in the field if top 3 senior players are not playing. What about his own wicket-keeping and the poor form of his beloved Raina and Jadeja (All-Rounder)? As Ganguly said "If a guy who can field averages 15 on the tour, what sense does it make? We have to find a way to balance players and make a team." Dhoni should think twice before opening his mouth. Its just a matter of one innings and every one's mouth would be shut. I'm sure that day is not too far away. WATCH OUT WORLD.....

Posted by mhb1 on (February 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

LOL their every legend is asking another legend to retire now who is will listen to hmmm.. probably himself because their management selectors every being at BCCI scares of tendulkar !

Posted by world.cricketer on (February 22, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

There is NO DOUBT Cricket will Loose lot of FANS after SACHIN retirement... Most of us are watching cricket because of Sachin. many people may disagree in cricinfo but this is true beacuse I see since last 2-3 years where he played less No. of ODI's ever before, Most were not watching cricket played in WI, SA odi's and after WC i Hardly remember Matches played.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR is the indian cricket god. now there is a devil its senior players who got retired. y only questioning sachin y not sehwag who always give wicket freely. y not raina raina who s not able to come out of bouncers and y not kohli who dont know how to be matured. SACHIN IS MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN THESE PLAYERS. any body having doubt on his ability watch 2nd half and finals of CB series 2008. and remaing people keep quiet you just players r human beings. but GOD knows when what how to do. and just shut ur mouth please.

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 22, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Saurav Ganguly, average player, good captain, very opinionated. Not exactly the right person to say when tendulkar should retire. Period.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

It is rubbish to talk of Dhoni.what supportdid he get t from his senior collegues say sewag and sachin forget about juniors ? Any day Dhoni is a better captain .His successor could be Virat kohli. Dhoni should be given free hand while selecting the team XI. As regards Sachin , he is no more master blaster. He should gracefully quit immedietely.I doubt with Jadeja too . how can we call him as an all rounder ? Had he given support to Irfan we could have won the match

Posted by Abhayaprada on (February 22, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

meety - you say zaheer is terrible fielder. you have no idea about cricket at all. look at mcgrath, warne, hauritz, bollinger, tait very bad fielding. watson like a hippopotamus in the outfield with mouth wide open huffing puffing. harris looked fool fielding at point. they all make zaheer look like andrew symonds by comparison. look your own team before putting down other countrys.

Posted by aalkool on (February 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

I saw Sachin bat against Malinga and three strokes that he played made me think that he is still should be part of our best XI. Indian cricket desperately needs a plan, which is not a surprise or a new thing. But I wonder why he thinks that Dhoni should be replaced as ODI skipper. After all, limited overs is the format he is most comfortable in.

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (February 22, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Just one knock will knock the heads of all the bad mouthers

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (February 22, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

LOL...laughing at those guys who see Uthappa as a solution to Indias top order problems. His technique is worse than that of raina, and he would be a sitting duck in these conditions. If you want to play him, play him only in tours of Bangladesh and zimbabwe.

Posted by Romenevans on (February 22, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

While i agree with him on sachin. But Ganguly should also reconsider playing domestic cricket, because it also doesn't help his domestic team. ROFLMAO! LOL Hahahahahaha!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

so, either you die as a hero or you live long enough to see yourself as villain.....TDK

Posted by vishal53 on (February 22, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar, a great cricketer, remembered by many is what everyone would say if he retired today or mainly after the World Cup in 2011. If he retired after the Asia Cup with several losses behind him, well, we all know what people would think of the little master then. He should plan his retirement now and he should reveal it so that he's aware of it and the selectors are aware of it. He should give time for a new comer to become a main player in the squad. The World Cup 2015 Squad should go like this:

1.) Virender Sehwag 2.) Gautam Gambhir 3.) Virat Kohli 4.) Yuvraj Singh 5.) MS Dhoni 6.) Manoj Tiwary 7.) Yusuf Pathan 8.) Irfan Pathan 9.) Zaheer Khan 10.) Praveen Kumar 11.) Umesh Yadav

On the bench: Vinay Kumar, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Sreesanth

Posted by kishkapil on (February 22, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

MS Dhoni our captain, praised as an icon, regarded even better than SR Tendulkar nowadays, has had a tendency, after becoming the captain, that he challanges all the seniors in the team for their place in the side.well, it shouldnt be so.its wrong.people want tendulkar to retire.well, someday he will.also his fans wont want him to retire in a low.it wont be a fitting farewell for our hero.sehwag, well he is neither here nor their nowadays.seems very casual about everything on the field.he has to change his approach.gambhir, he is in a good nick, but somedays have to take care outside his off stump. dhoni, in india comes at num 4.take charge of the innings, plunder runs.outside ind he bats at num 6 or 7.why??? to finish the game??? no.its just that he cant play proper cricket.still da country goes gaga over him.dhoni, a finisher, no.without yuvraj, he is nothing.he is a gambler.and replacements for seniors.where are they???? bring them.then the seniors will retire on their own.

Posted by moBlue on (February 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

i agree with a lot of ganguly's points. specifically that dhoni is being short-sighted in singling out fielding as some killer attribute to have by a batter who can't score over 20! i'll take reasonable fielding plus terrific batting over the opposite any day! i don't know what dhoni is thinking when he brings fielding into the mix while evaluating someone of the batting ability of an SRT! also, dhoni is fixated with youth without regard to their talent! pujara and kohli? yes. but that is all we got, people! raina and rohit? if there were such a qualification on the basis of talent, well, then they are not qualified to shine the shoes of a laxman in test cricket or an SRT in ODI's! enough said. yet dhoni keeps going back to them which is inane!!! he should at least be trying new young players if he is fixated on the 2015 WC defense. but i don't agree with ganguly that SRT is done! SRT is one player that could have an impact in 2015! he is SRT, after all, people! did u forget that?!?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

sure ganguly has a point!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Sachin is not indispensable, the actual game and the country is bigger than any individual.Dont misunderstand me, I am great fan of Sachin. Ganguly has got apoint here, Sachin should not be able to pick and choose when he wants to play for India. either he is available or not!....anything else is bound to change the equation of the team and its performance sooner or later.

Posted by common_cricket_fan on (February 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Well not everyone is a crazy fan of a single player and hopes that the team as a unit wins and makes the fans proud. I too am a big fan of Sachin and have enjoyed seeing him play everytime he dons india team colors. However since Sachin has not been performing in ODI and selectively choosing what series to play unsettles the entire composition of the team and its fair for people to comment on his retirement. Yet again he thinks its OK to keep playing IPL and put more pressure on his fitness baffles me. No wonder every indian fan is eagerly waiting to see what happens and how the team gets back its winning ways.

Posted by bingorighton on (February 22, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

i am amazed reading so many comments on seniors vs newcomers debate in indian team. many of u gave stats, but stats just tell a little part of the whole story. he never looked in discomfort in the whole tour. just that he is not able to settle in and make bigger scores. as for sachin not performing , yes this is by far his worst ever australia tour. and if someone says he didnt perform in ENGLAND , then he needs to dig up the stats again and look at them. if sachin averages 40+ how he is a failure ?, sachin failed in australia tests. kohli was the only bright spot ? and in reality kohli scored only 1 run more than sachin in the series aggregate!!! this shows that anything less than 100 runs is a failure innings for sachin . first dhoni needs to give away his captaincy if he is thinking of team for 2015 wc, coz in his own words he is not sure if he will play wc2015. so make way for kohli or gambhir as odi captain. if sachin plays 2015wc, he will again be top scorer in wc.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 22, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@timtom and others. Ganguly was India's best batsmen after he came back till he retired (late 2006 to 2008 except the Sri Lanka series). So unfortunately your comments have no value. The period he (Sourav) really struggled was between 2000-2002 (till England) in test matches. But then he was too young and too talented (also a genuine lack of class players on the domestic scene) to be dropped. Though neither Sachin nor Ganguly are anywhere near my favourite players, Sourav's comments are quite justifiable. Sachin can't pick and choose one out of ten ODI series to play. It disturbs the balance of the team. Either he plays every ODI series or he retires from ODIs.

Posted by bhrangi on (February 22, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@All Bashers of Sachin : U guys find any replacement for him ? If Yes please tell any one., U guys hyped Rohit and he is the biggest flop in CB series. as long we find promising opener in ODI, we should continue with sachin.

Posted by AK_81 on (February 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

SRT selection is just for his 100th Ton,which he ws uable to get it in west indies series and even downunder in test,he is very much a selfish player which is costing india very dearly,talkin about rotation even if sehwag and sachin would have played all the matches still thier avg would have been same they to over confident, Dhoni is rite in saying seniors being slow fielders u cango n watch the T20 which india won against AUS in Melbourne it ws coz of fielding,taking fulk catch it doesnt mean u r feilding extra odrinary it was fulk Catch Mr Sehwag,i agree with Ganguly manoj tiwary shud b given chance in place of jadeja not rohit rohit is better player than much hyped jadeja...rohit is out of form coz he ws just near spectator in test match with very less match practice...remember in warm match he was the one who scored runs but he ws not in playin XI....talkin abt Sachin its tyme to retire....

Posted by Udhay on (February 22, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

guess Great Sachin will retire after scoring 100th ton in the final and lifting this series...

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

sachin please u need to ponder now. ur time is up in both tests and ODI's. Keep playing IPL which satisfies u the most.

Posted by royaljebinking on (February 22, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Sachin was the best player yesterday and the best player today and will be the best player tomorrow.so he should not retire.he should score more than 150 centuries in international cricket.

Posted by crick50 on (February 22, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Well Ponting has Said he will consider boucing back to Test that means his one day career is gone.. If Pointing has to go why not sachin don't just look only at his record. Ponting in his entire one days this the the only time he averaged less than 10..in a series while sachin had many bad patches.. don't forget the same fan called him one dul kar when he is been out many times in single digit.. How long you keep record if so ponting is legend of australia cricket.. If he can't play then he has to go well its not only sachin likes of Raina,Jadeja also unfit to play in ooz conidtion.. why not give change to tiwari.. toni need 3 games to pick Pathan .. he has perfored consistantly both with Ball & bat but Jadeja..... consider existing team sachin better compared to shewag.. So he can play.. but don't jumb who has the righ to say he has to leave oneday.. If he don't go himself then some one has to show the exit ..

Posted by No1cricketfan on (February 22, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Amazing no selector as the guts to tell Sachins, that is time is up, no player is bigger then a team, no matter who he is,or what he has done. FULL STOP

Posted by arl127 on (February 22, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Hello Guys,

Ganguly, Kapil or Gavaskar did not say anything bad about SRT. Yes SRT is the heart beat of billion in India. Even today if SRT gets out I dont stick my eyes on the TV, but some comments such as "Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, being the greatest batsman of all time, greatest sportsman produced ever by India- should be allowed to choose when he wants to leave.He has served the nation since last two decades" is not correct.

Performing in Cricket is the job of the Indian players and if some is not getting what is need of him then it is time for making the decision.

All I wanted to see SRT retires on a high note and dont wanted to read a news like what happened to Ponting.

Posted by Steve_Stifler on (February 22, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Interesting comment from a man who was dying to play in the last year's edition of IPL even after being ignored by all the franchisees and one who is still playing for his state side in the Ranji/duleep trophies!

Given IPL is the benchmark for India's ODI team selection and Ranji trophy for the test team, is Dada really helping the nation's long term cause? I think he should answer this first before taking pot shots at others.

Having said that, Sachin is in poor form at the moment and if this form continues it will be hard to accomodate him in the playing 11.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

@Sandeep Kumar Kanugula Sachin: failed in tests, and odi's, get over the 100th 100. You're going to be in a mess when the big 3 retire. Let me know when India is number 1 at anything for longer than a year or two.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (February 22, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Ganguly has been waking up sobbing in bed for years after spending his career in the cricketing hero's shadow. I think Ganguly needs to work on his commentating game rather than make a comment on when Sachin should call it quits on his ODI career. Australia in my opinion have disrespected Ponting by not allowing the dude a farewell game at the very least. This would be unforgivable for Tendulkar - its not about games won but about revenue generated through his fanship. Tendulkar just has a case of wobbly legs because he's concious of his milestone. Ganguly - keep your shirt on and your mouth shut mate. This comes from a Pakistani as well.

Posted by max234 on (February 22, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

sachin now really needs a rest.since he is the premium batsman he had the option of getting into the team whenever he want.but now it just backfired.players like manoj , rahane they dont even get one match.rohit came in hope of test debut after performing very well in ranji and now he became rusty but its not his fault,its selectors and captains.its very embaressing to see the new players doesn't get chances even when team is not performing.

Posted by Gizza on (February 22, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

@ Sandeep Kumar Kanugula, Sachin DIDN'T just hit a century and so people won't be zippin' their mouths. He can't even make a half-century in the current series. His numbers by the end will be similar to Ponting's. Tendulkar is too old to play more than one form of the game. By staying in ODI's despite winning the World Cup, he has shown his selfishness and strong ego. But that's not such a bad thing. The worse thing is Indian fans who say respect the elder players. No wonder India's win% in Tests is 7th in the world only ahead of New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Any success by the team is temporary because of the Rock Star and Bhagawan status the cricketers "achieve" too easily.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

sachin had done plenty of things for india.. this is his first failure .. so give him time.. and dhoni s stupid person who talk nonsense after match and dividing team.. i hvnt seen this before in any team where captain talk bad abt team members....dhoni must go for rifting in team.....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

I am saddened by what is happening here. All this ruckus and blame game could have been saved for when the team came home!! As for Sachin, the guy is mature enough to call it a day himself. Already there is so much pressure on him!

Posted by cosair on (February 22, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Tendulkar should assess himself and determine whether he should retire or continue to play. It is always hard for one of his stature to call it a day having been regarded as the next thing to God. However he is a normal human being and has to succumb to the fact that he is almost forty and his body cannot be pushed as he was at twenty. His reflexes have slowed and his mental frame of mind is not quite kept to the the challenges of today's cricket. His performances tells it all and he should retire and still be able to contribute to Indian cricket by developing and coaching India's future stars.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (February 22, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Well I guess this puts an end to all the usual "who is Person X to say that Legend X should retire?" rubbish.

Posted by timtom on (February 22, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Look who talking...SOme one who clung to indian team despite not performing for last 4 years of his career gives his mouthful to ex-mate...Shud have some conscience If Sachin , then all except Virat needs to be replaced based on performance... In current Sachin looks good for 2015 WC compared to others....

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

SACHIN JUST HIT A CENTURY AND YOU CAN SEE EVERYONE ZIPPIN THEIR MOUTHS

Posted by raghav_rocks on (February 22, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, being the greatest batsman of all time, greatest sportsman produced ever by India- should be allowed to choose when he wants to leave.He has served the nation since last two decades and have given immense pleasure and joy to Indians. I still remember the days when people used to switch off their TVs if he used to get out cheaply...the days when people used to make a queue in front of tea stalls to have a glimpse of him... yes, he will have to go sooner or later but life will not be same after him..it would not be just him who would bid goodbye to cricket but a lot of fans like us would bid goodbye to cricket with him after all he is not just a 'cricketer' but a phenomena..!

Posted by bigben_bigben on (February 22, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Gambhir, Sehwag and Tendulkar together cost 20 runs in the field as per Dhoni. That means by dropping ANY ONE of them, you only save 7 runs at most! Looking at it another way, you save 20 runs if you drop ALL THREE of them! Who will you play if you drop all 3? Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari and who??

I bet the 3 of them will not score 20 runs between them. So what is the point? Dada is right on this one. I really like Dhoni but he is talking out of his hat on this issue.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

sachin just hit a century, you can see everyone zippin their mouths

Posted by bigben_bigben on (February 22, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Robin Uthappa is a hack. Fit for nothing more than T20. It is a joke to even think of him in ODIs let alone Tests.

Posted by natasrik on (February 22, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

All the so called experts now taking a U turn on Sachins ODI career. Infact it does not require rocket science theory to say sachin in and out of the ODI team makes life difficult for the captain and also for the team as such. Infact the opinion were so divided on the last IND-SL match that wasim and Sanjay calling for Gambhir to open the innings with either sachin or Viru whereas the team management went ahead with Sachin and Viru. Shastri said if IND loose the encounter then the rotation policy goes for a SIX. Ganguly for some reason is after Raina, even though he himself was bounced out on foreign soil . Infact with ODI rules changing every now and then, playing ODI now is much difficult compared to Ganguly period. Ganguly advise for 3 captain for 3 format will not work out for team India and as of now India cannot think beyond Dhoni for the job but having said that if Gambhir remains fit like Dhoni, then probably Gambhir can take charge of the TEST TEAM.Raina, Kohli long way to g

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Ponting never announced his ODI retirement, misleading article.

Posted by Rajesh. on (February 22, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

This is the problem in India ! Such questions are asked only when the team isn't performing well and the panic button is pressed. Did anyone bother last April ? Or did anyone ask Sachin , Rahul, Laxman or Sehwag about their future plans 3 years back ? They should have......... Ideally when a players turns 35 they should have a meeting and discuss their future. Then it should be let known to the public too that so & so player wishes to carry on till he is 38, 39 or even 40 (subject to form & fitness). It also would avoid repeated questions being asked in the media to the concerned player after every other series and thereby putting more pressure on these players when they ought to be enjoying the game in the twilight of their careers. Personally I feel Sachin shouldnt go now..... He should set a date for himself, for example the end of 2013, and the youngsters should be groomed in that time to allow for a smooth transition.... He is still good enough but need to be asked if he wants to

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Our "stars" don't have a sense of balance but this is hardly news to us. This is a typical Indian trait. So a Lata Mangeshkar keeps singing till the "market" has had enough, a Kapil Dev keeps playing till tail enders like Anderson Cummins and Ambrose hit him all over the park and now Sachin Tendulkar is hell-bent to make Kulasekara and Starc look like the greatest bowlers to have graced the game. Sachin should really have quit after the WC. As for the rest of the team, I think Parthiv is included mainly to make Dhoni look good. His keeping cost us a rare series victory against Aus in 03-04 and nearly denied us the historic series win in Pak. And he can't clear the in-field while batting. Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa are much better keeper/batsmen but I think Dhoni feels threatened by their presence.

Posted by Yasassri on (February 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Tendulkar needs to perform, but no need to rush for an retirement in ODI, if not new players have to perform consistently

Posted by SATHISHKUMAR_R1 on (February 22, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

The one whom we all consider as GOD OF THIS GAME .when he is not even in out-of-form in this series should retire ??? . That's absurd.This fellow top scored for India in world cup.After that he is playing only in this series .No one is there to criticize that fellow. let him play . He knows his last series he will tell us. lets hope he finishes his jinx soon..

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 22, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

First Kapil Dev then Sunil Gavasker (Sunny) and now Saurav Ganguly and this is talking about the Indian greats only. Apart from Indian ex-cricketers such sentiments are shared by other foreign ex-players as well. I am sure of alteast Imran Khan Who said that at the wrong side of 35+ it would be prudent to walk away on a high SRT had this chance on the eve of the WC2011 victory. That was the message of Imran Khan, I cannot remember the exact words though. I personally feel that SRT may have missed the bus. Now he will be longing for a good series so that he can sieze the opprotunity and make an announcement. But if that opportunity does not come soon he may have to go the PUNTER's way.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Sachin & Shashank: Folks, how long u want him (Tendulkar) to play, huh? What's wrong with u guyz, he is a mere mortal and he's not getting any younger, in such situation he should opt to play only one format of the game, that I think should be Test. I believe he still has one year or two left for Test but ODI...., not this he can't play ODI, he can even play T20s, no doubt, but the time has come.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 22, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

why tendulkar is still playing ODI cricket is one of the strangest things

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 22, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@ Vasanth Ambrose on (Feb 22 2012, 07:48 AM GMT) : - Spot-On. Fully Agreed. I think just like the Australian authorities have shown a lot of charecter in dropping Punter, their best cricketer till date in terms of numbers, Even Indian authorites should learn from them. After all SRT is about 20 months older than Punter and not doing very well.

Posted by KENNETH2007 on (February 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Golden words !!! Lot of things still hurt the game of circket.. the selectors , captain, committee, chairman e.t.c Every one on earth knows that he doesn't play the bouncer but still he is the playing 11, I wonder who recommend Rohit,he is a promising player but needs more local performance before adding to the main 11, proved performer(at least in the local competition) Tiwary why isn't he in the playing 11,Sehwag struggling for his form is evident to all but still in the 11,Jadeja is still in the team too... and at last the little master too has to go.

Posted by KENNETH2007 on (February 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Golden words !!! Lot of things still hurt the game of circket.. the selectors , captain, committee, chairman e.t.c Every one on earth knows that he doesn't play the bouncer but still he is the playing 11, I wonder who recommend Rohit,he is a promising player but needs more local performance before adding to the main 11, proved performer(at least in the local competition) Tiwary why isn't he in the playing 11,Sehwag struggling for his form is evident to all but still in the 11,Jadeja is still in the team too... and at last the little master too has to go.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Gangully is being very diplomatic. I think what he means is that SRT to should retire with immediate effect otherwise he may go Ponting way. If this is what he means then I AGREE WITH TOTALLY.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

The truth is really sad but Sourav is right.

Posted by kasyapm on (February 22, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

All sorts of comments and confusion flying around. Hoping that we can win the CB series and put a stop (even if temporary) to all of this.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (February 22, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

ganguly said it , i think its time sachin announce his retirement from one day cricket.. nobody is doubting his class , and it is more than probable he will perform with a big innings given some more chances , but in the larger interest of indian cricket he should quit ODI. i wish our coach and selectors had the clarity of vision of dada. if someone of ponting's calibre is dropped by australien selectors why cant the same be done by indian selectors ?

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Dhony said that they need to make extra 20 runs due to misfield by seniors. Why that extra runs will be shared by same XI? Why dhoni did not tell that things for his wicket keeping? He is a poor wicketkeeper as well as batsman with poor strike rate.........He just want to stick to the crease.. whether india won or not.....If he would not be the captain...he can not be in team India as batsman..that is sure.

Posted by PallabBanerjee on (February 22, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

I fully agree with Sourav. You can not pick and choose your oponents when serving for the nation, also it disturbs the combination of the team when he choses to play.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

I agreed with ganguly.............

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

A classic case of kettle calling the pot black...everyone knows about how Ganguly's favoritism was not aiding Indian cricket...He is against Raina bcoz he was supported by Chappell..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

When fresh legs r waiting for a chance a player with the caliber and experience of Tendulkar should understand the situation and leave the stage. Everything has to end one day or the other. Ponting- Australia's most successful one day campaigner called it a day last week, If he would have made this decision a day before the selectors dropped him from the team, he would have got such a farewell. The same shouldn't happen to Tendulkar. The Selectors may not ask Sachin to leave, but days r not far when some one keeps a placard in the stadium, asking Tendulkar to quit. Players like Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary should be groomed for the next WC.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (February 22, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Players like Tendulkar should learn from the likes of Ganguly, Waugh, Fleming,Kumble etc on how to time ones retirment! In case of Ganguly, he made a comeback into the team and had a very profitable 2 years, and then signed off with a 200 in his last series vs Aussies, which was also a series victory. Now THAT'S how you say good bye! Not by scratching around at the crease, picking tours on your whims and fancies, and considered an excess baggage. Kapil Dev went out that way and soemone has to tell Tendulkar 'ENOUGH is ENOUGH mate!!'

Posted by JustIPL on (February 22, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

India should call either Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to India so that Little Old master gets that 100th hundred.

Posted by abhi026 on (February 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Right if sachin thinks he can play regularly odi only then he should continue,otherwise no point unbalancing team after every entry in the team.He must consider the fact that he will be 40 by the next world cup.If he feels he can play till then heshould continue otherwise try to concentrate more on longer form of the cricket.If he feel that he need odi to match fit he can choose to play in ranji games when india dont play test.He can do better then rather deviating his mind to much on different forms of cricket.whenever sachin is picked, team has to adjust so he can open.I think sachin is thinking about 2015.If so he will have to retire from test that's the bottomline.I also think he can do better in aus because he has experience in there.Finally, he will have to pick one form of the game .Either 2015 world cup or test.That's it.Let him think about it and decide.

Posted by thinktank1 on (February 22, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

The FACT is.. Sachin once said that if he is not enjoying his game he would retire. Let me tell you onething.. He always enjoys his game.. when he is at peaks he enjoys the game. When he is not performing he still enjoys the game bcoz he finds it challenging to find some form and he enjoys challenges. So in every case he enjoys the game. It is an habit for him. No one can change his habit.. i.e his passion towards game. Even at 50 yrs age he will think that he can go out and get 50 runs.. he ll feel it as a challenge to perform at that age. He has to live in reality. It's not about "Sachin enjoying the game. It's about all Indians enjoying the game". He should have said "When I start getting old and performing poor, I will move out of the team" :)

Posted by Bravvooo on (February 22, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Dhoni has a liking 2 some players of the team like Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin etc. and hence sometimes overuses them whereas he personally doesn't favour the inclusion of some others,say Irfan or Uthappa.This favouritism tactic of Dhoni is causing rifts b/w him & other senior players in the team.This will only pull team India further back.Dhoni wants players who back his tyranny in the field.

Posted by SST19 on (February 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Sachin already detached him from ODI, only choosing imp tournaments like world cup, cb series in aus, vs eng in eng (he got injured). He didn't play relatively easy series like vs WI in ind & WI, vs Eng in Ind. This is only his 2nd series in 2 year after his double century (got injured in eng & SA).

Posted by mrcool on (February 22, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Sachin ruined career of uthappa as opener..uthappa didn't get enough chance as opener despite good showing in last cb series..he performed well as opener before world cup 2007 also.

Posted by mrcool on (February 22, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Dhoni should have backed uthappa as opener...he would have cemented his place.Instead he is backing raina who is not good player outside india..

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Ganguly is rigtly said that SRT has to reconsider playing in ODIs and indirectly hinting that SRT should retire from the ODIs.He is no longer a motivating factor for the youngester when we see the way he is playing and gettting out cheaply now a days.He has become a burden to the team now.The Indian selectors shoukd show some guts to tell SRT that time up for him.

Posted by Pathiyal on (February 22, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

sachin has to make way for youngsters. we need to find youngsters who can play in other conditions, bouncy tracks etc. we found one in virat kohli but he remains an exception till today, we do not know about many youngsters in india playing domestic matches. india need to have bouncy tracks, as dead tracks make us feel that indian cricket is something different from world cricket. and as a result positive cricketers like raina are suffering. now a days, none seems to be interested in county cricket where players said they used to gain a lot of experience in foreign conditions. IF IPL IS THE MAIN REASON FOR THIS, IT HAS TO BE ABOLISHED!!!!

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Brilliant yorkers from Dada!!

Posted by GanJack on (February 22, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Finally someone who has some gut stands up to utter disgrace that Sachin has turned into. Picking and choosing when to play when there are loads of youngsters waiting in the ranks wreaks of selfishness.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (February 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Meanwhile, Ganguly continues to impress with his erudite, clinical, straight-talking analysis without taking cheap shots at legends. Someone has also FINALLY nailed Raina. Raina has FAILED in 10 straight ODIs over 2 tours in SA and barely getting significant scores in OZ despite getting into the middle much earlier as a lower-middle order bat. His record outside Asia is ordinary to say the least. In a previous era, superb ODI player Sandeep Patil was barely given so many chances (and even Badani more recently). Cannot the think- tank see the more organized and authoritative game of the classy Manoj Tiwary (suspect temperament issues but will do wonders with confidence imparted), languishing on the benches? A poster was right about Dhoni making Raina bowl the full quota of over's instead of Jadeja against OZ so as to prove that even Raina has 2 strings to his bow and thereby keep his place as a batting "allrounder". Almost beginning to believe the CSK chatter.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Fully agree with Saurav's article. Why is their a fear or any inhibition to ask a player to step down ? when for all the years past the same player was the receipient of the worlds best acolades ? I truly believe a gentlemen sportsman that Sachin is will accept it gracefully ! Afterall are we not seeing to the team India's performance. It is not a one man show. Even the greatest cricketer ever , namely Garfield St Aubern Sobers did step down, even when he could have played on a few matches. The same with the worlds most charasmatic Batsman Viv Richards. They went when they were told to go and they never did play for records. I firmly believe the BCCI and the selectors must wake up ! and wake up soon ! for the long term benefit of Indian cricket. Thanks

Posted by Emancipator007 on (February 22, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Folks have been needlessly dissing SRT about playing the CB series to get his 100th 100. He could have easily played the numerous ODIs after the World Cup and got 50 ODI 100s as well. SRT has just loved playing against OZ and in OZ and would not have missed the chance to play this series. More than Srikanth, it is only Mohinder (in selection panel) who can bell the SRT cat in ODIs as Jimmy is more fearless and straight talking and might just check SRT's performances in remaining matches. People forget one thing, SRT is extremely proud of his game and technique against EXPRESS and EXTREME pace. If he starts looking UNGAINLY and UNCOMFORTABLE consistently against these bowlers in ODIs or Tests, he would immediately RETIRE. Fact is he looked ASSURED against Pattinson and Harris, the fastest of the OZ bowlers. My gut feel is that SRT will be back for the 2014 ODI and Test series in OZ and then might even PLAY the World Cup there a few months after that.

Posted by joseyesu on (February 22, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Ganguly Rocks, 1) Sure Tendulkar has to perform or somebody who has the respect of tendulkar needs to tell him.2) Dhoni is very biased with Raina - need to find a right replacement atleast for short term. In every other team, cricket is played as TEAM game. Apart from Gambir, nobody right now is taking the responsibility and kohli to some extent. Instead of team India, we can say it is Gambir, Kohli and Dhoni. If any of them failed to have a descent score, then the match is lost. Whereas in SL and Aus somebody is always stepping up. If you look at the highest score of each players will be 60 to 70.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

noting against sachin tendulkar...but the greatness of sachin is such that he cannot be benched if he is in the squad... and the whole team composition is disturbed when he comes in...

Posted by kevivnajar on (February 22, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Well said dada.. The same applies to the test team as well.. But what to do.. Indian cricket viewers are more behind the "stars" than the "game" itself. We need to fill the team with youngsters and allrounders.. we might lose first few matches, but its ok.. we are losing anyways.. and we are going to play only home tests for next 2 years , so this is right time to shuffle and refresh the team..F5 !!

Posted by Meety on (February 22, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

I agreed with Ganguly (a rarity), right up until "..."If a guy who can field averages 15 on the tour, what sense does it make..." The fact is, if that "guy" is a very good fielder & averages 15, that is better than having unfit old legs averaging 18! At least there is pressure in the field. Dhoni is right that having older players cost his side 20 runs in the field. The trouble is, he singled out Gambhir, ahead of Zaheer & Ashwin. I think Zaheer needs to retire from ODIs, as he is slower than a sanil in the field!

Posted by WiseThought on (February 22, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Sachin please go and make way for youngsters, no doubt you are a legend but its high time you call it a day. You are becoming bigger than cricket in a cricket crazy country and this is not a good sign. There is so much of young talent and they need to get a chance to prove themselves, if you keep coming in and going out, when will they get a chance?

Posted by Raginggbull on (February 22, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

I'm not a big sachin fan. But I still feel sachin has more potential to play ODI's comparative with current team. If present team is able to win matches or showing some break-through performances then the argument is valid. Middle-order is sloppy now. Dhoni always holding the fort. May be DaDa can give some words to our Middle-order.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

i think sachin should continue to play oneday and test cricket raina and rohit should retire from international cricket they are not learning from their mistakes

Posted by   on (February 22, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar knows the game of Cricket better than any other man on the planet. Perhaps he also know his abilities and commitment towards game and life. If he is not making runs fast from some innings, we cannot say him as Time to Go. As he is currently going through rough phase and hike of 100th century, we should allow some time to see his bat speak. We have seen, he does better shuts mouths of critics who questions on his abilities by his wide BAT.

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