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Tendulkar says it would be 'selfish' to retire now

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 25, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar at a media interaction, Mumbai, March 25, 2012
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Tired of the incessant questions about his retirement, Sachin Tendulkar has insisted that the decision of when to quit cricket is his alone. He said it would be "selfish" to make an exit when he was "on top" of his game. Tendulkar also lashed out at some of the former India cricketers who had suggested he should follow Rahul Dravid in retiring, saying they had no business making decisions for him.

"When I feel I don't have that, on that day, I will think of retirement," Tendulkar said at a media conference in Mumbai, convened by his brand managers World Sports Group to celebrate his achievement of scoring 100 international hundreds. "I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish," he said, "because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring.

"When I retire is something I will decide because when I started it was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me into the team. I get my strength from my coaches and family."

Earlier, in a special hour-long meeting with editors from the Indian media, which preceded the press conference, Tendulkar had said he had already lived out all his dreams. "I don't have any other dream now. There were two big dreams: one was playing for India and the second was to lift the World Cup. That was my biggest dream."

At the same time, Tendulkar insisted his repeated statements that he had not at all thought about retirement were genuine and he was not trying to conceal anything from the media. "Maybe you guys have not understood properly. I have always said that when I decide to retire I will let you know. Where is the question of not answering?"

Tendulkar said he was not looking too far into the future and hence could not predict whether or not he would be available for the 2015 World Cup, which would be his seventh appearance in the tournament. "When this question was asked in 2007 [about the 2011 World Cup], it was tough for me to answer. It's the same situation: I don't know what to say about 2015. If people keep praying for me that means a lot. I will keep trying, the rest is in god's hands. I just want to enjoy the game. I don't want to set targets."

After a 33-innings long wait for the 100th century, Tendulkar got it in anticlimactic circumstances, with India losing to Bangladesh, after Tendulkar's 114 off 147 balls had built a total of 289, and consequently missing out on the Asia Cup final. Tendulkar said the events being held to commemorate his achievement were not just to celebrate that single century but all the work he has done in his career.

"I don't think we are celebrating just that game. Where I have reached today, it has taken me 23 years to be at that place. Results are very important for me. Yes, it was a disappointment for us to not make the final, and let me tell you there was no major celebration after I scored a hundred as we had lost the match."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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Posted by itsthewayuplay on (March 28, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

@gdalvi If Kohli had as much time at the crease he may well have contributed more and towards a winning cause. IT's a long time since SRT has played a match winning hand as Kohli has done on at least a couple times recently. Where India has scored over 250 SRT has been one of the batsman who has contributed to the total. A player should accelerate after reaching century particularly one who believes he is the best form of his 22 year career. After seeing Kohli against WI home and away, I didn't feel he was ready but he has proved me wrong. I wonder how other players are waiting for their opportunity to prove themselves but are being opportunities by the established players. Dropping players but leaving the door open to come back based on form paradoxically makes them into better players. india's policy os to give players a chance and if they don't succeed for whatever reason are never from again.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

One last point.. as England have found out in the last 4 tests.. you can bowl as well as you like, but if the batters don't score sufficient runs... you lose..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@bobmartin has hit the nail on its head - In all this talk about which youngster could take the place of Tendulkar...one obvious point seems to be missing... How the heck are you ever going to find out if you don't give a youngster the same chance Tendulkar had when he was a mere 16 years old? If you go by the supporters of Tendulkar hanging on in there, you are depriving another possible Tendulkar of making his mark...In the not too distant future, Tendulkar will be just another retired cricketer. You have to prepare the ground now for his replacement, not wait till he decides he's had enough. The old adage rings very true in this case... If you fail to prepare, the you can prepare to fail. You might also care to reflect that India at present don't appear to be doing very well with him in the team, so what have you got to lose by blooding his possible replacement.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

@ Nampally & gdalvi.. It is acknowledged that the Indian bowling attack is mediocre and, with a few exceptions, has been for years. Consequencly it's the batting that has carried the team by batting the oppostition out of games. Generally, if the batting fails the team loses, exactly as happened in England, Australia and the Asia Cup where a score of 289 @ less than 6/over proved insufficient With the much vaunted talent and experience in that side, India could have pushed the rate up to around 6 - 6.3 /6.5 an over which would have got around 315-325. Even the most medioccre bowling attack should be able to defend that against a side supposedly as weak as Bangladesh. The fact that the Indian batting didn't says one of two things; either the Bangladesh bowling was better than you give them credit for, or the Indian batsmen wrongly thought that 289 was a winning score, which it clearly wasn't.

Posted by kristee on (March 28, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Simple, both his rather slow yet 'historic' century and poor bowling by his teammates are responsible for his 200th ODI loss and the consequent exit from the AC. Which was more is immaterial. And, significantly, it seems like he's obsessed with the word 'selfish'.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (March 27, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

The plain and honest fact is India at the moment is not brimming with a lot of talent. Tendulkar would make it into the team even if we don't look at his past performance. PERIOD

Posted by gdalvi on (March 27, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

@bobmartin. you are just stating how a victory is defined in cricket. In an alternate world, it could have been who takes most wickets in 50 overs - never mind the runs. But you haven't answered the question - what is the responsibility of bowlers in ODI and when will you attribute a loss to the bowlers? Or are bowler free-riders with no responsibility? How will a team batting first ever know what is a winning score given that even Aus lost after scoring 434! @itsway... kohli had same strike rate as Sachin. If he could demolish Pak bowling, why didn't he do the same for BD? He could have score 100+ runs in the 85 balls he faced? He was the man in form, he should added those extra 20-30 runs. Or was he selfish too, looking for a century? The main problem is with Indian selector/management. If bowling is weak, they should try to bolster it by adding more specialist bowling instead of relying on part timers. It is their job to fix the problem, not to cover it by adding or blaming batsmen

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@bobmartin: I think gdalvi has given exactly my thoughts.Batsmen score runs but bowlers & catches win matches. India's bowling is the worst of all major playing nations. Even 350 runs will not be a winning total!. Why on earth Dhoni does not play 4 specialist bowlers + an all rounder to make up 5 bowlers instead of using mediocre all rounders who can't bowl & never get to bat. By focussing on batting the commenters are burying their heads in the sand. Even in BD match, playing Rahul Sharma instead of Y.Pathan was a logical choice & essential. Yusuf bowled poorly & did not get to bat. Was that not a waste of one Bowlers spot. All the guys commenting on Sachin's 114 at S/R of 78 should ask themselves why are they blaming him when this bowling could not defend 289 & may be even 350. Without Sachins 114, I shudder to think of Indian total in the same match. So be thankful, Sachin gave India the fighting chance to Win. Mr. Selectors & Dhoni: Strengthen Indian weakness (bowling) & WIN.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (March 27, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

@bobmartin I'm with you on this one. India's bowlers are amongst the weakest in interenational cricket possibly better than only Zimbabwe. This is nothing new so no point blaming the bowlers. The only way India is going to win an ODI is to score more runs that the opposition unless the bowlers are having an off-day and actually bowl well taking wickets at a good economy rate. Kohli, Raina and Dhoni all had better a SR than SRT. You could make the argument that if any one of these guys had come in earlier they would contributed more towards a match-winning total instead of SRT scoring his 49th ODI in a losing cause.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 27, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

@Nampally and gdalvi... How do you win a cricket match ? Simple.. score more runs than the opposition. BD won by scoring more runs than India. Therefore simple logic says that India didn't score enough runs to prevent BD winning... ergo.. India's score was not a winning one. It perhaps should have been a winning score, but quite plainly it wasn't. Naturally, defenders of the willow weilders will blame the bowlers and on the other side of the coin defenders of the bowlers will say exactly what I've said. The result always reads either A won by X runs i.e. A bowled out B before B had scored the runs required to win...or A won by X wickets... i.e A scored more runs than B before they were all out. Either way, it comes down to scoring more runs than the opposition. Fail to do that and you'll never win a cricket match.

Posted by nasersid on (March 27, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

I had great respect for him both as an outstanding cricketer and human being until I saw how desperate and selfish he became for the 100th 100. He is truly a legend of records but as a team player and looking out for India's well being I beg to disagree with all fans here. He is now a self centered record/money hungry egoistic person who thinks he is above the game. He must leave gracefully before he starts making himself (a fool from a legend he once was). I feel that Greg chappell was right in many ways as he put the game ahead of legendary players and their personal records. Obviously their ego was hurt hence he had to leave as a result. Also how can a nation understand when they are happy for a players milestone over a countries loss. Where is your patriotism guys. Put country's well being above players eventhough we are fans of Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

The "I am not God" found his time more worthwhile partying with Ambani & Bollywood over his "I don't play for records" painfully slow, glorious meaningless record that cost India the match, while the rest of the Indian cricket fraternity found time to celebrate the quintessential team man today in Mumbai

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@bobmartin: No, you did not forget the batting line up included Tendulkar - Otherwise even 289 runs was an impossible dream!. It was a difficult wicket when the game started and the ball was not coming to the bat. So it was not easy to score. Gambhir got out early. Another quick wkt. would have put India on the back foot. So Kohli & Sachin had to build a partnership first by staying at the wkt. Many guys are simply blinded & are forgetting if Sachin had played in a cavaliar fashion & got out, Indian batting would have failed as it did on many occasions. It was a case of playing yourselves IN first before thinking of faster rate. Until the last 5 overs India was winning hands down even with poor bowling & all. It was the following 2 overs from Pathan & Kumar that cost india the match with 32 runs leaked.You cannot win when you give 16 runs/over! BD never scored more than 260 in all their matches nor gave more than 258 runs - 289 is a winning total against BD with half decent bowling.

Posted by gdalvi on (March 27, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@ bobmartin - by your logic can you tell me when is it ever going to be bowler's fault in ODI? U are saying if team bats first and opponent chases it, it is batsman fault for not scoring higher - no matter how high the score is. If team bats second and fails to chase the total - then whose fault is it? Most people will say again its batsmen fault for not chasing it. So basically, any time a team loses in ODI, u are saying it is always a batsmen fault and bowlers are exempt from any blame whatsoever. Very "classy" logic mate, very "gentlemanly"- always making making batsmen the whipping boy. Bowlers are aristocrats who can never be blamed, only commoners like batsmen can be blamed. I guess u are blaming the Aus loss to SA after scoring 430 runs again on the bastman- they should have scored 50-60 more. They should have at least scored 500, right?

Posted by bobmartin on (March 27, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

In all this talk about which youngster could take the place of Tendulkar...one obvious point seems to be missing... How the heck are you ever going to find out if you don't give a youngster the same chance Tendulkar had when he was a mere 16 years old. If you go by the supporters of Tendulkar hanging on in there, you are depriving another possible Tendulkar of making his mark...In the not too distant future, Tendulkar will be just another retired cricketer. You have to prepare the ground now for his replacement, not wait till he decides he's had enough. The old adage rings very true in this case... If you fail to prepare, the you can prepare to fail. You might also care to reflect that India at present don't appear to be doing very well with him in the team, so what have you got to lose by blooding his possible replacement.

Posted by cricisme on (March 27, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Sachin is obsessed like other celebrity like Amitabh. He is preventing others by occupying the spot. No one denies that he great. He is absolulte great but he should let others have a chance at playing international cricket. If he loves the game so much there are other ways to stay involved like becoming a coach and develop those who have potential.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Team selection should be based on Merit and merit alone. That some one has scored in the past should not be a criterion for selection. Likewise, age should not be a factor as long as fitness is fine. Young age and potential to score should not be the criteria for selection either. It is merit and merit alone. The sad truth about Indian TEST team is that there are not many youngsters who are performing out of their skins, and the stalwarts are not doing great. Tendulkar still deserves a place in TEST team based on merit. I remember how people called for Gavaskar's retirement and then Kapil's retirement before.It is true that in the twilight of the career the sportsman is the not the same as in best years, but the aspiring youngster should deserve the place too.At least 4 batsmen were given chances (Mukund,Vijay,Raina, Pujara)in tests in last few years and none of them has delivered earth shattering performances to seal their places. That Tendulkar is blocking youngster is non-sense....

Posted by gdalvi on (March 27, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

@ Samson. I really appreciate the comment. My thoughts exactly. Unless u are like Punter who was part of all winning Aus, having 90% of your centuries when your team wins is actually not a good thing. On rare occasions a player single handedly wins the game against all odds and we need to salute the player for that. But in most cases, when a team is winning, things are going in its favor. So if a batsman has most of his centuries in wins, it actually means that when chips are down and team needs him to perform to save a test, the batsman fails. As they say, when time are tough, tough gets going. Sachin performs both when team is winning (20 tests/33 ODI) and when it is not (11 tests, 14 ODI), which is what makes him great. What can he do if other batsmen or bowler don't perform? Example: WC'11 vs SA. Sachin left at 268-2 in 40 ov. Ind all out for 297 - 29 runs/ 8 wkts. How is this Sachin's fault? Haters will now say he should not have got out and exposed middle order to Steyn!

Posted by bobmartin on (March 27, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

@Nampally... "289 was a winning total Vs. BD batting. But an atrociously poor Indian bowling blew it - believe it or Not !"... Quite clearly it wasn't a winning total and to blame the loss on the bowlers is nonsense. Had the batters scored 50 - 60 more, India would have won. So the simole fact is that the batters didn't score enough to defend. But of course I forgot... the batting line up included Tendulkar, therefore it can't possibly be the batters fault... it just HAS to be the bowlers.

Posted by CricketLover1982 on (March 27, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Can someone pls explain why many people here claim Sachin was the one who won us the worldcup for us? Sachin scores a century, team India loses. We say the loss is because the rest 10 didn't play well. Sachin didn't score significantly, still we were able to lift the world cup. This time we say the victory is because of Sachin and not the team..sounds very unfair :) Then why did Yuvi win the player of the tournament and not Sachin? Agree Sachin scored a few centuries in the world cup but they were in vain unfortunately. Then on what basis can we say that he won us the cup? It is pathetic to see that so many blindly attribute the credit of the entire team to this one man whose contribution was as usual of no use in the world cup 2011 just like the other WCs. Lastly, can someone publish one more stat, I am really curious. Out of the ton of tons of him how many have come in any of the world cup knock out matches? Not even 1?? If South Africans are called chokers what should we call him?

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

@seagrip: It is unfair to target one legend against another. To me both Dravid & Tendulkar are the guys who raised Indian batting to World Class. Each has his own style & both do their best when they go out to bat. Without Sachin's century, it is more than likely India would not have reached even 225 on a pitch that was difficult to score at fast rate in the first innings. Even so, Sachin got his 114 at a S/R of nearly 78! Kohli got 60 runs @ about the same S/R.These 2 laid the foundation for a huge total of 289 - highest against BD in the Asia cup! Sachin's lifetime S/R in ODI's is 86 which is about the same as that of Kohli & Dhoni. Only Raina scores faster with a S/R of 92..Also Dravid's lifetime S/R in the ODI is 71, even slower than Sachin's 78 vs. BD, which you called "selfish & slow" . So Sir, please wake up and stop calling Sachin "Selfish" without knowing the facts. 289 was a winning total Vs. BD batting. But an atrociously poor Indian bowling blew it - believe it or Not !

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Long Live Sachin! U're the past, present and future of Indian cricket.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (March 27, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

I agree that SRT, like any other player, should decide when he retires. The issue is that SRT decides what series he's going to play because if he's fit he's an automatic choice becuase the selectors will never drop him. Based on the Eng and Aus tours, he did not merit selection for the Asia Cup squad. To all those who say that Rohit Sharma has enough chances, let's see how he does if he's given the same chances as SRT. The selectors should say to him it doesn't matter how you perform if you declare yourself fit and decide you want to play this series / tournament, you shall. There appears to be one rule in selection for SRT and another rule for all other players. Consistency in giving equal opportunities to all players can only be a good thing. Let's get rid of his concept of 'senior players' - treating all players equally should ensure that competition for places encourages players to perform at their best.

Posted by Pathiyal on (March 27, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

he still seems to be in good nick while he bats. in terms of timing, he is almost equal to virat kohli, the man in form at the moment. he took sometime against bangladesh to unload that 'monkey' off his shoulders. we felt the difference soon after that. hope he will continue in all forms of the game without break for another 2 years (at least) with enhanced strike rate and with no fear :-) we need more hurricane innings from the legend. congrats to sachin!

Posted by dork29 on (March 27, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

I think all of us are barking up the wrong tree. The situation is much more serious than we can imagine. Here it is not a question of whether Tendulkar WANTS to retire or not. At this time he is a brand. There are too many business and commercial stakeholders, who are hanging on to his name. If he retires, they will be sunk! He has signed contracts with many of them till almost 2015. Now if he is not a member of the national team anymore, his recall value will be mud. He cannot risk it, his sponsors cannot risk it. So he has to play. Even if he is hobbling on one leg and has one hand in a plaster, he still has to play. Love for the game, my foot - these are words being engineered out of him by the voices of commerce. The selectors HAVE to step in and KICK him out. That will put an end to his avarice and sheer truculence. "I will go wnehever I want' indeed!!!he is finished. He might get the odd fifty or even a hundred against Afghanistan, but he is not what he used to be.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

I don't undestand why people are after SRT to retire just because of two failures in the test series in ENG and AUS. My question to them is WHO DID PERFORM? Dhoni? Raina? Sharma? Mukund? Yadav? Youngsters are getting a chance in the IPL world t20 and some ODI games ... be realistic people TEST is not a youngsters game ... yes it requires fitness but also requires form and skill which a lot of youngsters lack and Tendulkar has ... People should not just look at tendulkars failure in the two test series vs england and australia ... they should also look at the entire teams failure. Yes it would make a little sense to criticise tendulkar's form if India were winning and everyone was performing and just tendulkar was not performing but in fact tendulkar, dravid and kohli were the leading run scorers for india in both the england and australia tours. Go check the stats first people before suggesting tendulkar should retire.

Posted by seagrip on (March 27, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

How funny that selfish tendulkar had a strike rate in the 70's for his century against bangladesh which was the main reason india lost in the end. Batting slowly so he could get achieve his personal milestone to the teams detriment which ultimately cost India a place in the final of the Asia cup. There is no room in the modern game for selfish players like Tendulkar, he would never have done somthing like Clarke's declaration on 300 and something not out when it was better for the team. Its not really a hundred hundreds in any real cricketers eyes anyway! Real cricketers dont count century's against nabimbia and kenya lol!! Dravid has shown he is a class above Tendulkar here.

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (March 27, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Sachin, Congrats on the the century of centuries!! And keep it going. It's has always been a pleasure to watch you bat. We have a nice mix of junior and senior players. I look forward to seeing you blaze away with no pressures at all. Ayushmaan Bhava!

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

@amit-007 - he should retire from ODIs. We have a very talented ODI team. We have done very well even without him. He should continue playing test cricket. I am not a SRT hater but he was indeed slefish in that match and overlooked what was good for the team which cost us the match and probably the tournament. Worst of all he has no regrets about it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

there is no cricket without sachin guys...i think the charm of cricket will die in india and abroad too once he reitre.

Posted by Kumar_dude on (March 27, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

I find it ridiculous when Sachin says that "I will decide when to retire".Nobody should question him as long as he is playing good and contributing to the team's success.He is turning out to be a liability to the team.After his continuous failures in England and Australia,I feel his time is up.Who gave the right for Sachin to pick and choose tournaments he wants to play?Nobody is above the game.Selectors dont have guts to say that "Sachin..You have underperformed for two consecutive series and hence you are dropped".Come on Sachin.. We have seen enough of you.Please retire ASAP

Posted by vxttemp on (March 27, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

I'll watch as long as he plays. I like Rohit but he is not taking his chances. About other young lads, they can't perform in ranji's/IPL. You guys are talking about replacing a great man.

Posted by SatyajitM on (March 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Agree to Nampally, what a lot of people are forgetting that even during lean period Sachin is among the better batsman in the team. For both Eng and Aus tours he was second highest run getter from the team (obviously those performances were below his own standards). In fact after the second test in Aus, Ian Chappel (not exactly a Sachin fan) told that he is India's best batsman at the moment. Retirement is personal decision for every player, selectors can choose or drop players based on their performance, and Sachin is not doing too badly in that front. On the Ban match, it was plain poor bowling which lost India the match. Pak could restrict Ban around 230 in both matches and SL put them under pressure with 230 on board. Either of these two teams would have won hands down had they scored 290 againt Ban. Fact is India's batting was the best in the tourney while their bowling pathetic.

Posted by FRRR on (March 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

It is time for Tendulkar to go ... Otherwise he will be insulted like Ganguly and thrown out. If you do not have any dream left then leave and let any youngester achieve his dreams.

Posted by Kapee on (March 27, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Tendular thinks that it is his birth right to be inthe team for as long as you wishes , and nobody has 1% right to question him. I think this is ridiculous. He is denying opportunities for the youngsters. Look at Dravid, he clearly stated that he doesnt not want to block the opportunity for an youngster, he retired from One day logn ago and from test now. Tendulkar seem to be living in his own world, he has played 23 years of cricket, I know Passion doesnt die for anyone, but your body and mind will definetly not the same as you age, there will be an youngster in queue who will have far better reflexes and talent, give way to them

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

I hate the phrase 'SRT's centuries resulted in India's lose'. It should be "he had even acored a century when the team is lost" i.e., HE FOUGHT ALONE when the other players got out cheaply or did not score enough runs.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

I think Tandulakar should have mercy on spectators and retire with honour.People are sick of seeing his stone look face for years and yeras and now freshe talent is ready to take his place he and and sehwag and laxman should quit for good.

Posted by SelvaMuni on (March 27, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

What a man.... Respect and Honour the great legend of this world. Upto my mind, i think no one can brake your records. All those records remains your own.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

If you are playing better than others why retire !!!

Posted by silly_pt on (March 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

@bobmartin on (March 26 2012, 17:50 PM GMT): now when you are statistically outdone, you recourse to emotional arguments. good going!!

Posted by jazee on (March 27, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

S.R.T is showing great confidence in this interview. He has end all the anticipation of his retirement. I am glad to see that he is allowing us see the rest of his best, and not affected by the recent ignorance of friends turning foe, otherwise. Keep it up Sir S. R. Tendulkar!

Posted by cricketsage on (March 27, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

SRT, it is about time you called it a day. There is no point putting selectors under pressure by stating that you are up for it. Clearly your past tour in Australia should have signaled otherwise like it did for Dravid. A century against Bangladesh on a slow pitch does not reverse the hands of time.

Hats off to Dravid for recognizing that it was time to quit. Laxman is another one who does not realize his time is up. Perhaps he is waiting to go out in a blaze of glory on a familiar pitch. That's why in my view, Dravid has grown in stature in retirement - a thorough gentlemen and a great sportsman.

As for those who inquire about replacements, well, the youngsters are not getting the opportunities. Come on, we all watch cricket literally 24/7 these days. You could all see, during the Australia tour, India suffer in fielding. Its a young mans game these days. SRT could offer to train the youngsters, if he wants to serve his country.

Posted by xylo on (March 27, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

of course retiring would be selfish. those poor companies are spending fortunes advertising on him. If the fact that meet was convened by his brand managers World Sports Group does not tell you the story, you might also be thinking that the earth is flat.

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

@gdalvi: I find your views refreshingly agreeable. Many commenters are forgetting that Tendulkar is still one of the best batsman in the World, though having lapses in concentration more frequently. He will make the XI on merit hands down. Why should age come into the equation? Let the younger guys show their capability by performing like Kohli did. Sachin got into Test XI based on his proven talent.Let the present youngsters take a page out of Sachin's life & do the same.When you see Sachin bat now, you still see his batting genius in his stroke play & placement. Even Bradman & Gooch both played up to 40 & beyond. Bradman's age 40 is equivalent to 30 in this era!. Sachin is 38 - fit & keen. So these futile calls for his retirement should end. There is nothing selfish in it. As long as he is India's best batsman, he will be in the XI. Even the Selectors cannot push him out. If they do they will soon realize the Indian batting still needs his reliablility. Bravo, Sachin - Keep going!

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

Shane Warne gave the best advise to Tendulkar - Don't let the Media bully you into retirement!.As long as a cricketer is producing runs & is physically fit + gets into the XI on performance, there is no reason for him to retire. Sachin is easily the best batsman in the Indian team right now. So the Selectors cannot drop him on Merit. Sachin is keen & loves playing - No reason for him to retire. If a young player is better than Sachin, he will displace him.Only good young player on the horizon is Virat Kohli. Others like Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwary have to prove their worth. Rohit got many chances in ODI's in Australia but fluffed them.Tiwary deserved to be tested but has been consistently benched in Australia in 8 ODI's in a row. Dhoni by inclusion of a mediocre all rounder Jadeja in XI has deprived Tiwary & Rahul Sharma a place in XI. Even with Tendulkar, Sehwag & Gambhir in XI, there are 2 unfilled Test batting spots. Rohit, Pujara & Tiwary should be tried on these spots.

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (March 26, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

SRT u have seen it all and done it all .. give some new kid a chance like someone gave u a chance back in 88 .. like u said u dont have a dream left .. think about those who have a dream

Posted by agent001 on (March 26, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

Why should Tendulkar retire? He is at the top of his earning power and his game as well. I myself in my profession 'am making more money than any time in my life and I am well past the retirement age that Sahwag talks about. People are willing to pay top bucks for you have been around and still at top of your racket/game !

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (March 26, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

Before Virat and other young players starts calling him "uncle" he should retire.

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (March 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

The longer he stays, the more respect he will loose among the fans!! I have to admit I no longer have the same amount of respect for Tendulkar than I had at the end of world cup!! Everything was perfect for him to call it a day then!! Except he wanted that 100th ton. Im sure had tendulkar had 100th ton by the end of the WC, he would have retired then!! It is high time for the younger ones to take over! SRT do you expect to play for India for the next 12 years?? NO, then why dont you let the younger ones take over!! Look at Kohli now. What if Dravid etc had not retired from ODI. Most probably he would have been a waste at the moment!! Mr. Tendulkar YOU HAVE OVERSTAYED YOUR WELCOME!! Oh I forgot, next milestone in ur diary is 50 ODI tons and then maybe to be the first father-son to play international cricket together!! If tendulkar fails in the next tour, it is high time the selectors show some guts and drop him like ponting for good!!

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (March 26, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

He is just another player. Players come and go. He is nothing special. It is selfish for him say this - he is blocking up position for up-coming talent. Dravid have grace to accept reality, maybe this SRT should do the same.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

i dnt understand why people think that only youngsters can play better cricket. if this is so then take out all senior players and i mean...veru, yuvi, bhajji, zaher, dhoni, ghambir, etc because they are not young they all are in 30s. why do you like to blame only one person (sachin) and yes i guess you must have started comparing virat with sachin. then hello though virat is playing good but he cannot be as consistent as sachin for 20+ years (if he would play that long). and by the way lions dnt get old its the mentality of the people that gets older. if he is master in a game he knows better than anyone else when to quit. and those stupid former cricketers they had been kicked off the game n now they want same for tendu. plz let him decide n try to achieve what he has achieved in your professions.

Posted by gdalvi on (March 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Shouldn't the remark made by so many that "country in greater than individual" apply to selectors and team management also? What have selectors and captain done to stem the losses? Have they selected the right players without giving preference to one particular T20 team or state? Given the severity of losses and their inability to do much about it, shouldn't they 'retire' first given that there are many others talented retired crickets who could very easily fill their shoes? ? See the number of opportunities given to M.Vijay, Raina (in tests preferred over Rohit, Tiwari and others), Mukund (preferred over Rahane) and now Jadeja (over pretty much everyone else). Shameless! They stuck with non-wicket taking bowler like Ishant for 45 tests (that is 1/3 career of Kapil!) In last few years, they could not find and nurture any new bowler - fast or spin - for the future and now India has no good bowlers at all. If anyone should retire, it should be the non performing Selectors first. Pl pub

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Come to think he'll do India a favor. So we'll lose interest and wont waste time "watching" cricket. Already Kohli's one glorious innings went to empty stands and one to ... well.. Sachin's 100th 100. Keep going Sach! Be India's last great cricketer...

Posted by bobmartin on (March 26, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

I now know why his fans won't accept criticism of Tendulkar.. It's because he is God in their eyes and any irreverence towards him is classed as sacrilege.

Posted by gdalvi on (March 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Funny that Dravid is suddenly considered selfless because he now retired. But, he retired at age of 39 which is actually quite old compared to most other legends. Had he retired 2-3 years back to give way to juniors. especially when team was doing well, his 'selflessness' would have made sense. T'kar is not yet 39. Bradman retired at age of 40, Gooch at 42 - there is no reason why T'kar can play that long as long as he is performing, is motivated and is fit. I remember Warne retired not because he was not doing well, but rather he did not feel motivated to play. T'kar is already rich beyond wildest dreams, plus his wife is a doctor - so money is never an issue, as few are commenting. The other big problem is Indian believe only their country has talented youngsters waiting to play. Actually, all countries have talent waiting to break in, just that we don't follow their domestic cricket to know about it. So every one retiring after 35 or even 30 is guilty of blocking talent.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 26, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Honestly I do not like to compare the two cricketing greats Dravid and SRT but the statistician in me said lets do it for fun. These number reflect only test cricket SRT has scored 51 test 100's (29 AWAY 22 @ HOME) , RD has 36 100's (21 AWAY 15 @ HOME). Clearly demostrates that these two have scored more centuries away contrary to the belief that they are flat track bullies. @HOME: ~50% of SRT centuries have resulted in WIN vs. Dravid's 60%, 13.6 % of SRT's centuries resulted in a loss vs. Dravids 0%, and 36% of SRT's centuries resulted in a draw vs. DRAVIDS 40% AWAY: ~31% of SRTs centuries resulted in WIN vs. Dravids ~33% ~27.6% of SRTS centuries resulted in Loss vs. Dravids ~19% and ~41% of SRTS centuries resulted in DRAW vs. Dravids ~47% Clearly Dravid has an upperhand when it comes to winning or drawing a test match.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (March 26, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Lets hope Rahul Dravid now comes out of retirement. We do have a retirement age for working adults. At the point of retirement they are well able to continue to work and it right they are asked to retire so that the young can seek emoloymnent. A nation of 1 billion people has enough talent to make a 11. Imagine us seeing the same old eleven for 20+ years? Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

This type of statement from Sachin is only breaking the hearts of his fans ( like me) by finding out that they loved such selfish person.

Just to make his records he wants to play and help the opponents win matches against India. He should have been given MOM of the match against Bangladesh as it was his century which help Bangladesh win the match.

Posted by Beertjie on (March 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Excellent comments, @AdrianVanDenStael. Everyone can see that he's still got the skill, but should he get hurt, what then? He's luck will run out on that score some time. Reflexes slow down after 40 or there would be more players of that age still playing. Good luck, Sachin - I hope you know when to call it quits.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Jayasuriya too said so in his forties so you are not alone! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by SinSpider on (March 26, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

To all those Sachin bashers, can you please name players who can replace Sachin, Dravid and Laxman? Yuvi is out of the equation. Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf & Irfan Pathans, Jadeja had got enough chances. Except Kohli none of them raised to the occassion. People are quoting abyssmal Eng and Aus tours. But tell me who performed in those tours. We failed collectively in batting and bowling. Sachin is still rock solid in his technique and brings that maturity and balance in the batting order. Until we find a replacement like Kohli, it is definitely selfish for Sachin to retire, especially if he can play.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Come on Sachin. You were one of the worlds greatest players. Please do not destroy your good standing. Your last hundred was very selfish and cost our team the match. It was so slow and untrue. Let the selectors decide if you still have a contribution to make. There are plenty of young players who should get exposure for the future of Indian cricket. Just look at some great sportsman who hung around for selfish reasons. They destroyed their good name as great sports personalities. Time to hang the boots and enjoy retirement. You will make an excellent batting coach, selector for India.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (March 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

What a great news! SRT will surely play till the 2015 WC.Great news to his fans(and Me!!!) -Lankan fan of SRT.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

I thank T'kar for his service to the game of cricket.

Is T'kar above Bharat (India)? I do NOT think so. When picking a team, the BCCI should consider recent performances amongst all and pick the best candidates. Here T'kar should be immaterial.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

I am afraid I haven't seen anyone play better cricket than Sachin consistently in order to advise him about the retirement. Even Don Bradman would like to watch him playing irrespective of his (Sachin's) age. One need mental and physical fitness to play cricket for a long period of time. I am sure Sachin has both atleast now. Team balance was not affected so far by keeping him in the squad. India needs a creative captain to lead atleast in two formats (T20 and Test). I hope they found one soon. Blaming Sachin or seniors for India's failure is absurd. Sachin set the standard for personal and professional life for every cricketers (Indians). He lives by that standard. Sachin is still playing his best cricket. He doesn't mind leaving at low. He is selfless - forgot his family, friends and other enjoyment to play cricket as always for India. Try saluting this attitude rather making news from this. Exit of anything will be decided by almighty only. Chill out please!!

Posted by FIASNAHK on (March 26, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Why is sachin treated like god? He is another player and no single person is above the game of cricket for the country. He recieves enough praise for his achievements so why shouldnt he recieve criticism for his faults? Doesnt matter what he says, he hasnt been playing well recently, he is 38 and old. Just because he has a mountain of runs over 20 years doesnt mean he deserves an automatic place in the side, the team needs to think about the future. Its a big disruption to the team giving him a rest every 2nd game. Another commentor pointed out that he hasnt missed a single IPL game yet he misses so many games for india. Dravid thought about the future players and the team, sachin isnt doing that because no matter what he will be too old to cope in cricket soon...

Posted by mrcool on (March 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Sachin tendulkar already ruined career of robin uthappa...He never got enough chances as opener.He is now 26..If sachin keeps playing odi when will robin get chance?

Posted by WarVdm on (March 26, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

A pity. Sachin hasn't done much since last year's world cup. He failed in England and failed in Australia. His 100th 100 was a golden opportunity for him to bow out as the real champion he is. He is still good, but far from his best, he is about to turn 39, and he will only struggle more. I don't believe that trying to play on mere reputation and trying to score and extra 500 or even 1.000 runs before you retire at an average of 30 is worth it. I understand that he may want to retire infront of his home crowd in a Test Series in India, but anything more than that would probably dampen his legend.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 26, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

It's funny how people argue and 'talk to' Sachin. Nothing is going to matter anyway. He will stay if he wants to and quit if he feels he is done. Selectors won't drop him because to be honest, no one else has really stepped up strongly yet. So why lose sleep? It doesn't matter if any of use thinks he is great or not great.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Sachin is in form so why should he resign anyways!!! I simply do not understand this.

Posted by SLMaster on (March 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

As an outsider (SL) I think ST on the fence. There is no definite answer to retire or not. Both will have an impact. Depending on his performance in the future will decide. Age does have a impact on sports not physically but psychologically. People think differently as they age and mostly at 40 year mark. But the way ST act and bat on the field makes me think he is closer to retire. Retiring timely giving an opportunity to a youngster also important as well as playing for the country.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

it would be selfish NOT to retire.

Posted by street_smart on (March 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

It is not a question of on top of his game or not... there are youngsters waiting in the wing.. so why not give them the chance who will ultimately shoulder India in future.....

Also he doesn't want to retire when he is in form but may consider retiring when out of form... he need to be onformed that when he is out of form, selectors will do the needful but our selectors do not have that courage....

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 26, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

No Selector is going to have the guts to drop you after this press conference. Sachin, please change your mind, RETIRE ATLEAST FROM ONE DAY CRICKET.

Posted by kristee on (March 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Labels mislead. That's why people say Kallis is bully, stuff like that. The only Oz side worth that name which India played was in 99; the rest were either depleted or declining. More, Oz find to its liking, conditions in SA much more than in India. And the same scenario was to occur in this Asia Cup: "India thrashed the best bowling attack in Asia", conveniently forgetting that barring Ajmal, who was indeed troubling the Indians, it was largely mediocre. And how much Kallis is valuable is exemplified by the ball with which he dismissed Vettori recently.

Posted by amit-007 on (March 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

"Sachin is selfish..young players should be given opportunities..sachin is ruining the matches..he is underperforming..blah..blah..." 1) if sachin retires who wil take his position.are we prepared for it. 2) if india wins it is because of dhoni..and if india loses it is beacuse of sachin n older players. 3) everyone is saying sachin underperformed..yes he did underperformed according to his standards..but wat has raina, jadeja ashwin and vinay kumar performed who are under performing indian youngster.. 4) there are various reasons y india loses but then someone has to take the blame..so the media as well as the fan starts barking at sachin coz he wont argue wid them. 5) it is a shame that our peoples are after sachin to retire..he will retire when he knows he cant contribute...he has given cricket new dimension in india..the same situation ganguly went wen our so called knowledgeable fans started arguing that ganguly should retire and till now his place is empty.. Let sachin continue.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 26, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Is Sachin sure about the 2019 world cup?. I think that is going to be in India. So, he may, as well, and finish his career then, if chooses to. Even then, if you still love the game (just like Ravi Shastri, Ian Chappel and Tony Greig do), he can keep playing. Sachin, you are a fantastic player. However, nobody like to see you getting intimidated. True, eventhough there are signs that you are diminishing, you are still among the top 5 or 6 test and ODI batsmen India has got. But, if you don't move on, other players can not come in and make a good future for India. Also, your fitness can be a burden to the team. It is not anybody's business to make you to retire. It is advisable to tell everyone where you want to end, so that the team management and selectors know how to plan for the future. That is, if you care about the future of the team.

Posted by Beazle on (March 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

It's not HIS decision- it s the selectors !

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

I don't understand what problem to these Sachin haters have they say he doesn't play for the team well he scores a century and team loses did anybody else step up and get a century ,what are bowlers there to do ???He has been there for the last 23 years for the team he was the sole inspiration of WC winning team in which he was highest run scorer too and his strike rate in ODI is nearly equal to MS DHONI,GAUTAM GAMBHIR ,VIRAT KHOLI,YUVRAJ SINGH(India best odi players ) and see Dravid strike rate in ODI is nowhere near to Sachin still you call Dravid a team player(though i too consider Dravid a team player above anything) not Sachin . Another thing who is there to replace him except Virat Kholi which youngster has consistently done well at the highest level in tough conditions??? He has done enough in the last 23 years to earn the right to decide when to retire please give him respect for what he has done for the nation

Posted by sandeepss on (March 26, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

India should play the best eleven players available each time. This means that SRT plays in the IX. He's the best opener India has right now.

If somebody else is better than him(even at current form), he would have surely replaced SRT.Don't mix up test stats and one day stats. He's doing well in ODI's

People are commenting about 100 against Bangladesh was slow. These are the last six 100's before that. 120 off 115, 111 off 101, 200 off 147, 112 off 112, 138 off 133, 163 off 133 (runs off balls) The amount of pressure of making hundred in that game(in fact from last few matches as well) was enormous, it was like, he cannot miss or its impossible for him to fail-to-make-hundred against Bangladesh. That pressure was induced upon by everybody around him(hear the interview after making 100th 100). He did the right thing by playing the way he played in that match.

I personally don't care if he makes 100 or 99 as long as he plays well and India wins.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Does he mean Sunil Gavaskar was selfish?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

No please retire! It will be selfish NOT retiring! Let young people come forward. If you are that much in love with Cricket then there are hundreds of ways to do that off field as well.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

There seems to be a sense of arrogance from the so called greatest batter of all times. Hemust not forget that the country is greater than any induvidual . He needs to set an example for the youngsters to follow rather than sticking arround until the selectors show him the door.

Posted by Baundele on (March 26, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Guys, look at the stats. Most of Sachin's centurys have come in team wins. His average is almost double when India wins. He has a tremendous scoring rate of 102% in centuries when India wins and 95% in centuries even when the team loses. Most often he has been the only man standing. I have full support to Tendulkar.

Posted by srinivasrao.aare on (March 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

"When he is on top of his game" - His footwwork is good and he is hitting the ball well but may be due to badluck or the pressure exerted by the people, he could not concentrate. He knows hes in good nick and his fans too know that.

Posted by Cricket_Raj on (March 26, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Hey people can anyone tell me the meaning of Selfishness? Please cite an example of selflessn criketer you know? Also explain why he is not considered selfless?

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 26, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Now that he has clearly stated his intentions NOT TO RETIRE, no selector is going to have the guts to pull the trigger and drop him. All the talk at the end of the Test series in Australia of building a new middle order will go down the gutter now.Why can't Sachin be talked into retirement from at least the meaningless one day tournaments? How long do we have to bear with BRAND SACHIN?

Posted by Austinp on (March 26, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

The fact that he said that no one should tell him or any one to retire is almost true,no one has the right to tell an individual what to do or not he can take his own decision.He said that will play as long as he has passion in him that is fine but to select him in the team is selectors decision he is not begging or asking to select him,kindly ignore him if he is not performing do not select him he only said that he is ready to play till he feels he has the passion in him he is not asking or making a statement that you need to select me as I am not going to retire.

Posted by Haleos on (March 26, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

The 100th hundred was a shambolic event as far as the team was concerned. We lost the match and a place in the finals. Agreed bowlers should have defended the target but using 147 balls to score 114 in this day and age is ridiculous. U have been a great player all your life but the way u chased this milestone was sad. Dear SRT if that is not selfish what is. Compare your score with Kohli in the next match. he played one more ball and scored 69 more runs. To top it up Kohli did it against one of the best bowling attacks in the world.

Posted by kv_aneesh on (March 26, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@icfa "No one has the right to tell me when I should retire" which does not means that he is above the sport itself. If he is not performing, the selectors can drop him. The selectors can only drop him, can't ask him to retire. We all know Vinod Kambli retired from international cricket recently. The selectors never ever thinking about Kambli but it is his right to announce his retirement.

Posted by moBlue on (March 26, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

tests: 59, 55, 37; and ODI's: 50, 39, 35... these are sachin's averages over the last 3, 2 and 1 years, respectively. based on these numbers, the utmost i am going to concede to all you naysayers who want to treat sachin tendulkar as if he is just another cricketer is that maybe - just maybe - he should retire from ODIs, because the younger players can handle his exit. but test cricket? look at those numbers again? you want sachin tendulkar out of the test team based on those averages? are you insane?!? first of all, i saw the dude fighting all by his lonesome before some of you rohit sharma worshippers were even out of your shorts facing the likes of merv hughes on his way to a glorious 100 at perth when sachin himself had barely gotten out of his shorts! so the man has earned the right to continue to play for at least one more season despite the one paltry year! secondly, who are you going to replace tendulkar in tests with? raina? rohit? they can't hold a bat properly in tests yet!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Keep playing Sachin!!!! Just because india doesn't have better bowler, he should give chance to other batsman?? why??? he is still fit and on for game. I just wanted to see each and every stroke he plays. Donno when he will retire and won't be able to see him again... Well said sachin!!! these people never brought you to the team, so they should not be responsible for your exit... DO NOT LISTEN ANYBODY... Just Play!!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Sachin calls him at the top of the game despite his poor showing in England and Austarlia. That goes on to explain debacle India suffered in England and Australia. By extending his retirement, he is going to only spoil his reputation as Master Batsman. Dravid, like on many occasion, has outscored sachin by nnouncing his retirement. Remember Dravid cited the reason that let a new talent be given chance which will further the cause of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

I cannot understand the logic of all these Sachin haters! Firstly you accuse him of only scoring when it does not count. Surely if he has scored runs and India loses, it is because other players have not performed well.

Secondly, why is age becoming an issue? Over the past 2 years Tendulkar and Dravid were our 2 most consistent batsmen in Test cricket. Why should he retire? I wish Dravid had stayed as well!!!!

Posted by Mdrifai on (March 26, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Bob Martin....check how many centuries Kallis has against Australia, the greatest team of the last decade at home & as well as in Australia....also kallis odi strike rate of 73 to sachins 87...also why doest kallis open in the one dayers & face the new ball...????????????? How many games has Kallis finished in ODI's as well as tests????? Kallis played for a very competitive side throughout his entire career...wheras sachin played in a team which has alway been inconsistent....No doubt that he is a genuine world class all rounder..but when it comes to handling pressure & the burden of a crore of peoples expectation, longevity sachin is miles ahead of the others...the only other cricketer who has been in sachins position is Prince Brian Charles lara...these 2 are the best cricketers of the modern era..others are good...not good enough to be compared with these two...

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

How many IPL games has Sachin skipped in the last 4 years. How many ODI and Tests he has skipped during the same time. The reason for missing can be anything - rest or injuries. Someone publish this stat and see where Sachin's priorities are? Sachin is definitely greatest cricketer India has ever produced but I don't think he is above fair criticism by anyone - fans or former crickteters. Looks like Sachin can easily handles accolades - they don't go into his head - great quality but looks like he can't handle criticisms - looks like they hurt his heart.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 26, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Hahaa, what statement coming from the most selfish player ever. Why dont you just stay on unitl 2020 for even more personal records. He was great but now he is not nearly the same player he used to be, bow out now with pride like Dravid. Let young Indian players like Kohli come through and have their time in the limelight.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 26, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Posted by TellingRF on (March 25 2012, 22:07 PM GMT) "bobmartin, One is a Bully who bashes Weak Bowling while he has a good TEAM around him. The other is a Legend who has had to do most of the work himself without much support, for the better part of 23 years. Easy decision !" I'm not quite sure what logic you've used to arrive at this conclusion. The only thing I can draw from it is that to an avid Tendulkar fan such as you obviously are, opinions matter far more than facts. I guess in your biased opinion Tendulkar only bats against the best attacks whilst Kallis does so against the weaker ones. And Kallis's bowling has also been against the worst batsmen who dolly all those catches to him.The simple fact that the two men have accumulated their respected stats through playing all the other test teams home and away.. clearly doesn't enter the equation in your mind. Any fact that proves there is a cricketer alive who is statistically better than Tendulkar is conveniently ignored.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

He will ensure that some other guys(first class cricketer) will loose the interest of playing cricket by the time he losses his. His peak was until 2000-2001 after that he has not been the same Sachin a few burst of performance here and there doesn't make him the same player as he was before

Posted by sandeepknk on (March 26, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Indian team is not sachin's family asset.he still believe that he is on top.yes he is on top in the case of Individual records.sachin you not only love the cricket madly but all Indians also love this game madly, that's why cricket is more popular in India and you got enough fans.So please don't be selfish sachin,please give chance to youngsters as opener.why you are not ready to bat in the middle order.this clearly shows you are selfish.Sachin you are a legend no doubt about that but nowadays you act as a DON becoz you himself deciding which tournament to play.

Posted by GreenGoat on (March 26, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

lay off sachin.. i mean, he feels he's still world class and can chose to continue to be available to be picked. its up to the selection committee to drop him, if they feel he's not up to it. its not like sachin decided that he is playing so he is playing; selectors decided he's playing! hope he doesnt score against SL, and continues to massacre everyone else :)))))))

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

2015 World Cup...really! this hair straightening thing does make you younger :-) the slow batting for the hundred; the almost run-outs with faster partners; the just below par fielding efforts; and now this changed tone with media and towards fans ...i hope his 'passion' does not create a conflict of interest with the country...god knows how we have loved him all these years!

Posted by Rajeshj on (March 26, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

I mean this guy is just too arrogant by saying that he will leave when he wants to leave... so that means the selectors and other pundits on the game are a bunch of jokers... well he gave this speech in the presence of his BRAND managers WSG (not his die hard fans.. mind you..) explains everything about his mind set... he wants to play to serve the country.. hmmm.... golden words... also, history has always shown us that one who proclaims himself as not selfish would inevitably be one such kind... I think my respect for this guy is vanishing quickly...

Posted by muski on (March 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

One look at Sachin now and he looks meaner and fitter than he ever was. Maybe his doctor wife is giving him tips as to how to prolong his career. All the people who are calling for his retirement as probably bored of seeing him for so long- nothing else can probably explain this ridiculous call to hang up his boots. Even after 23 years I dont see anybody threatning his place in the ODI or test team. If he had not decided to hang up on 20-20, he would have been an automatic choices there to. Dont tell me that he is going to compete with Raina and Pathan for spots. Though there is a touch of arroagance in the guy saying that he alone will decide on when he should retire, the point is that he is sensible enough not to be a Kapil or a Walsh who prolonged their careers to acheive a record when people around were saying enough is enough. As many guys have said, is isnt spoiling the chances of any youngster- which youngster?. If any other youngster was good enough, he will push is way through

Posted by anasarb on (March 26, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

When there are examples of his big score with team loss HOW CAN WE SAY HE IS A TEAM MAN?! He is a legend as far as his batting records concerned. But he cannot be considered as a MATCH WINNER AND TEAM MAN. SEE last many matches! We can see this repeatedly. When he plays well it will be to his account only ; not to the team accounts!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Selectors should decide when Sachin is done playing for India. Sachin (irrespective of his stature and past achievements) does not have the privilege on deciding how long he can play. He can retire early but not decide how long he will play. I am not sure why Sachin is upset about what former players are saying about this. Just take that as their personal opion that Sachin can agree or disagree. I think selectors should decide that Sachin should play only in one format (preferably tests) in the near future as his performance abroad has gone down a lot.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

@Shiv karthik , I don't think Sachin played slow to complete century in India - Bangla match.And I don't understand how target of 290 against B'desh is said to be "Low" If our bowlers can't defend target of 290 in front of team like B'desh means that's there fault. There is no point taking bowlers weakness as Sachin's fault. If B'desh can restrict Pak to 236 , then why we can't defend 290? And I can't understand why u guys treating 290 as 190 ??

Posted by SehajpalCheema on (March 26, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

We Love you Sachin. We want to see you play forever. We will not get a Sachin Tendulkar again for 100 years. First things first, We are looking forward to host England and Aus and show them what we can do. Cleansweep those Green Pitch Bullies. We all know they will struggle. Dont give them an inch. Bat them out of every game and create sqaure turning pitches everywhere. Humiliate them. You are Virat are my favourite and you too alone create problems for any bowling attack. Keep playing Sachin. You are batting as good as you have in your career. GO INDIA !!!!

Posted by Crikt.Afg on (March 26, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

LOVE YOU SACHIN!!! "if I retire at the top of my game, it means I am being selfish when I could still serve my country." Wow this is what sachin said for the reason of not retiring...and this is his love for his country...Those who don't like sachin they are obviously the supporters of the other teams and Sachin must have kept their dreams untrue by winning against their teams and they are jealous now . . .they know that their favorite players playing for their country could not make any record so they are jealous of the great Little Master ... Keep on playing international cricket Sachin . . .Billions and billions of people love you and are waiting to watch you play for India . . .

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

SRT carried the burden of the team for more than two decades. Does that mean its time for the team to repay him and carry his burden ?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Its not Sachin, but the so called avid fans who with the psuedo cricketing brains who will always will make gods of mortal based on few previous innings and also crucify them for the same. See this is human nature, people like to strip the hero to ashes to hide there own worthlessness. Even the gods can fall so we can mentality. In my opinion there are two people here one who is theartened by this man stature and and other who feel proud. I just have one question for all of them , I do get that this man enjoy love and fame like none other , but how many of us can score just 100 runs in the summer in this summer heat ?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

With due respect to what Sachin has done to Indian cricket & his phenomenal reords, I am at pains to agree with him. By prolonging his innings, he is blocking the way of a deserving youngster. Secondly he must retire when people are asking 'why' & not ' why not'. It will be a sad day if the selectors axe him from the team. Remember in cricketthe entry is always by a choice but the exit is always by a kick. Dear Sachin we will not be able stand a situation if you are kicked out. amen.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (March 26, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

I am not sure what he is trying to say. There was a period when India was Sachin and Sachin was India. Sachin gets out, it is crisis. But now we cannot say the same thing. Not only we have others who are either performing well or have the potential to do well, Sachin is no longer what he was in his hey days even though he may be making odd good scores here and there. His failure in England and Australia is definitely an indication that he is no longer what he was. So if he really thinks he is not selfish, he needs to be objective about his own achievement in the recent past and give way to an youngster. A Pete Sampras retires because he cannot tolerate the fact that he cannot be #1 any more. The same thing should apply to Sachin. He is no longer number 1 and the more he stays the past will fade away and only what we see now will remain fresh in our minds.

Posted by stFleming on (March 26, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Well Tendulkar himself is a selfish player...He plays for records only...He wants to complete 20000 ODI runs and atleast 50 ODI centuries...

Posted by crick_sucks on (March 26, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Few questions to SRT, 1) You are in love with the sport, fantastic. So how are you giving something back to the sport that has given you everything you have? Are you planning to start a talent hunt/groom for the not so fortunate cricket loving children who can't spend lakhs to get in to a good cricket coaching facility? 2) Are you confused between love for the sport and rewards it brings to you as in IPL? Just can't understand if you love test cricket so much then how come you play so much of IPL that definitely will reduce your test cricketing abilities. For no reason have the test cricketers from ENG/AUS completely stayed away from IPL/Bigbash etc. In my opinion Dravid's loss of test cricket form can be largely attributed to IPL. 3) "No one has the right to tell me when I should retire"-SRT. So now you feel you are above the sport itself....had something more to say but have to cut short because of the length of the post.

YOU PLAY FOR RECORDS..JUST ACCEPT IT.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Sachin batted like a lion against Pakistan, right after the match against Bangladesh!! Bangladeshi bowlers bowled very well in middle & that is why both Sachin & kohli couldn't score freely (both had similar strike rate)!! People who are asking for his retirement is either crazy or extremely jealous of this lil guys achievement!!! They are not cricket lovers for certain!!! I went to see Ind-Pak match in Asia Cup only to see Sachin bat..Dear master blaster you have earned the right to pick ur time for retirement, I know when the time is right you will do that without any people askig...Now just concentrate on your crickets, we want many more centuries from you!!! From a Bangladeshi fan...

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Dravid retires bcoz he doesnt do it well and he may lost hope abt future. But sachin performs much better in each form of cricket and still better than any other player in india. He is orange cap holder even in IPL. Do anybody have any complaints with his batting rather than his age?

Posted by brittop on (March 26, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

(I'll try this post again!) @anasarb: You say there are many instances of Tendulkar's "selfishness" causing India to lose, so please provide examples. Also define what you mean by a player winning a match exclusively by his own efforts - he has to get the runs and the wickets?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

@ all :: let tendulkar plays till the time he wants..... most of sachin fans want sachin to play and if retiring would be a selfish act then i believe sachin will never retire ... his reflexes have slower down considerably and his shot making isn't that impeccable which used to be at his prime time... tendulkar makes a statement in the month of october when he is stuck at 99th century that HE DOESNT HAVE ANY PRESSURE of 100th ton....and soon after making 100th ton against BANGLADESH he says that He Feels like as if he has lost 50Kg weight from his shoulders.....what does this signify.... He is the GREATEST BATSMAN of ALLTIME but truly not the GREATEST CRICKETER .... and all those who are uselessly including Rahul Dravid in this debate should know that he has done everything what india could have asked for and that too very humbly ....he opened in test in the presence of WORLD'S Best ODI Opener SRT.... he did keeping...he called up his retirement when he was the highest run maker lst yr

Posted by rsurya on (March 26, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

All those senior cricketers have been in consistent form throughout their career never took more than 3 matches to score a century, scored more than 150 centuries, retired only to pave way for youngsters. If anyone of the above is true for a senior player their suggestion on sachin's retirement have a probability of being right. Being older doesn't mean you are experienced and you could say anything. Don't curse the god blessed son of India.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Sachin if he is really at the top of his game, he would be toying with bowlers all over the world, but what we saw he looks vulnerable against most bowlers. He is a great player but every player has an expiry date and I sincerely see he is past his expiry date. Indian selectors dont have the guts do drop him so it will be his call only. Why is he playing the game maybe he loves the game but I see it as retiring will be leaving a lot of money on the table. On a personal note everyone decided his own retirement age unless in federal job. I hope if he plays does not make India loose any more

Posted by Lakpj on (March 26, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

That means, players like Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly, Murali are all selfish. Let him stay there and score another million runs. True that Sachin is a great player, but every good thing has an end. Trying to stay there will only tarnish reputation and I don't think any Indian selector would have the guts to remove him even if he under performs.

Posted by dork29 on (March 26, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

There are several reasons why Tendulkar should retire. 1) Over the past year there have been enough indications that he is well past his best - it took a sub-continental pitch and a Bangladesh for him to get his 100th 2) The rotational policy clearly shows that he is ageing as a fielder. If his skipper felt that having him in the team is slowing down the fielding, he needs to respect that. Make way for a younger player. 3) He is preventing a younger player like the immensely talented Rohit Sharma (he is much more talented than Virat), from entering the team. It is criminal 4) The selectors brought him in - they have teh right to DROP him 5) We do respect his contributions to the country - which is why we want him to retire when he has no more dreams to pursue. 'Love the game' is balderdash - he can watch it if he wants. Even nDravid loved it 6) If he is not sure of playing 2015 WC, he should make way for someone else, who can stake his claims to play

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

There is no point in talking about retirement, when he is so passionate about playing and has returned to form by making a century and half century in last two games. I think he will be available for 2015 world cup, which makes perfect sense. India would love to have someone like him in Australian soil playing for us than most of youngsters who are currently in team . Major point is, since Media is focusing all their attention on Sachin, some of the chronic non performers in the team are out of hook . What media needs to focus in Indian cricket is our lack of quality blowers, failure of all rounders and sad state of some of our batting new comers who are not going any good. Also important is state of Captaincy. Is it not time to have different captains in different format. At least we should try Virat Kohli Captain for 20/20 World cup. Those are things we should be worried about than how to end career of a legend who is in form.

Posted by Vilander on (March 26, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

i have no respect for Sachin bashers, especially those who praise people like Dravid and Kumble over the top. Just because Sachin is not as good a communicator does not mean he is not a good cricketer or a good man. Sachin is a good batsman and he should go when there are 7 better batters in india.

Posted by cricpra on (March 26, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

I hope Kapil Dev is listening... "I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish," he said, "because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring............. "When I retire is something I will decide because when I started it was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me into the team. I get my strength from my coaches and family."

Posted by SAperspective on (March 26, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Tendulkar has never failed himself or india up to now. commentators impose the same stanard as they have for other players who have aged and did not perform. Tendulkar ever the great athlete still performed up to today. Even if he fails the first or second time he should make the decision to retire. There is a definite possibility he could play effectively up to 40. and save India's blushes when the rest fail to perform.

Posted by Sudhakar86 on (March 26, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

There is no need to retire GOD; You are a great!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Sachin is selfish he was always and will be selfish

Posted by diwarinku on (March 26, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

nobady say for you to retirement but you don"t give that type of excuse.

Posted by SPotnis on (March 26, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Yeah, I won't be surprised to see Sachin's son scores his 100th ton and the non striker is Sachin, himself. Sachin, do you need crutches. Well done Tendulkar. You should be awarded a record and a medal for the most patriotic cricketer world has ever seen.

Posted by bhrangi on (March 26, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

@IND FANS: We have sperated( in cricket ) regionaly that comes to mind when u talk about his retirement ( am south indian ). when SACHIN (and ofcourse RAHUL- the wall ) is not in form IND lose for 8-0, that is the fact no new comers shined, it tells that still we are dependent on them. sachin was in great pressure of media hyped100 th ton, i think he is fine now and will see good cricket. IF not , we dont need to tell he will retire because he is gentle man. His hundred may be a reason for loss, but on other hand we hav big worry of our bowling, they didn't defend 290 against Bangladesh ( Shakib and tamim), apart from them no one is good that day our bowlers let rahim to hit consecutive 6s.,Please give him a break and let him play. @ other fans : MIND UR WORK

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

Let master decide his line of action rather than others advising him to tell master what is good or bad for him. It will be biggest event if he plays 2015 world cup. It is btter for others to keep quite till he makes his decilsion to reitre. If he is fit and play better than younger crilcketers why should he retilre.

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

Does he want to play till the age of 100 also?

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

What does tendulkar mean about not retiring while he is on top. He hasn't been on top of his game for years. If he retires now it will be while he is failing.

Posted by Romenevans on (March 26, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Only god knows how long we have to handle this records obsession torture. I think we aren't far away from that day, when we'll see Sachin and His Son Arjun opening for India and in that match Sachin will be playing for his 101 international century and his son for his 1st century...and the team will end up on the losing side against Bangladesh again! But, HEY! Bigger thing achieved! New record made, """Father and Son opened for a country in a cricket match for the first time in the History""", who cares if the team got kicked out of the Asia cup huh?

Posted by Cricket_Raj on (March 26, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

How many here are 39 and still doing a job? If you are still doing a job than please retire and give a chance to youngster coz there are still lot of youngsters waiting for the job. If you had done this then come back and comment on this LEGEND OF LEGENDS SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR. I know people who have posted are not even 1% of this person and still have words. I remember a story.......Soar Grapes. People who are talking about his 100th 100 was the reason we lost.....you people need to understand that 1st innings batting is setting up the total. So he was the reason we setup that score as the batting surface was holding the ball and scoring was hard. The pitch started to get better as the day went on. For the matter of fact ours was the 3rd heighest score while batting 1st in the tournament which is not bad at all.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 26, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Sachin is the greatest cricketer the game has seen. I think people really still don't know how lucky they are to see him live on TV sets and on the ground.

The next generation and every after that would feel terribly un-lucky not to see him play.......like i do of not getting to watch Sobers or Bradman.

There will never be a better cricketer........so humble......despite achievements which will never be surpassed.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (March 26, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

I used to be Tendulkar's fans for almost 2 decades but no more now as he is too selfish for his personal milestones ... does the selectors even have the guts to exclude sachin from ODI team or Sachin is greater than the game for team India.. funny and ridiculous .. 38 is bit more to occupy youngers' spot ... he should atleast retire from ODI as he would not be playing WC and give some younger fair bit of chance ... Great sports ppl always retire when they are in good nick ..example Mr Sunny Gavaskar , Dravid, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor etc ..

Posted by cricket_wins on (March 26, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Priority is essential for a cricketer. The nation and the victory of the nation must be priority. The game must be priority over the individual. Sachin, in previous statements, has placed the game above him and said so in as many words. But something seems to have come over him recently. He now talks only about the "hunger for runs" or the "drive to keep playing and loving the game". Sachin's batting genius and credentials are unquestionable. But his motivation should be to contribute as much as possible to the team's victory. If he had said "I will play for as long as I believe I can contrbute to India's victory" that would have been respected. In the end, the player decides when to retire. The selectors decide when to drop you. *waves out to Cheeka*

Posted by gdalvi on (March 26, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

@ Hassan_BD, I salute you for such a honest comment. I can't believe many folks here are still blaming BD loss to Sachin. The team was crippled to begin with bad selection of playing XI courtesy Dhoni and team management. What was point of selecting Jadeja at #7, when we have Irfan who can but just as well (Irfan's test avg is better than that of chief selectorSrikanth, who was in the team for batting). Was Dhoni really expecting Indian top order to fail that we needed a 1/2 bowler, 1/2 batsment in the team? Shouldnt that position be better filled by a specialized bowler who could have made actual difference? BD won with 5 full wickets in hand. With the way India was bowler, additional 20-30 runs that everyone is complaining about would not have made any difference. If you don't believe that you don't know what the D/L system been used for weather affected matches is all about. Cricinfo, please publish.

Posted by samiyabath on (March 26, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

@bobmartin - nobody had claimed Sachin to be the greatest all rounder - he is merely being seen as one of the greatest batsman ever to have graced this game. You have every right to feel miffed about Kallis not getting a mention when people talk about contemporary batting greats, but do not take it out on Sachin :)

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 26, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Selfish? That is a bit strange. Is there a transition plan in Indian cricket? If Tendulkar was in his early 20s today, he would not be picked until the older guys hang up the boots. Who knows? He might not have played until he was 25 or 26 or even later. Tendulkar is undoing all his good work by getting in the way of the younger guys development and he things stepping aside would be "selfish"? He is selfish by staying when there are perfectly capable youngsters in Indian cricket. Great - he got 100 hundreds. This suggests that he has hung around too long. If he plays until 2010, he may even get to 105. Big deal.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

He is on top of his game. wow.. and he sacrificed his team for another personal record on a placid pitch in Bangladesh. We lost the last 2 away series listlessly. He did not score that many runs. Suddenly he got the ton in the utmost boring fashion. And started thinking of playing on and on. And when he boast of selflessness it looks funny. Carry on. You got millions of lovers.

Posted by Deadly_Dude on (March 26, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

To all those ppl who are forever, forever so keen to bring out this lame argument that Sachin's hundreds do not lead to India 100s ... they only need to look at the performance of India's bowlers, and that of other batsmen in those matches ... Brian Lara once scored 788 runs in 3 Test matches in Sri Lanka against a bowling attack that included Murali, including a double ton and a ton in the same test match, yet WI lost that series 3-0 owing to WI's thin bowling attack, and lack of contributions from other batsmen ... against Aus in an ODI at Hyderabad, Sachin scored 175 chasing a target iof 351 runs coz none of the other stalwarts crossed even 60, next best score being Raina's 59 .... ppl who say that Sachin scored a slow 100 on a flatbed in that match against Bangladesh need to look at Virat Kohli's strike rate in the same match 66 off 80 balls ...

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

keep playing sachin sir.........:)

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 26, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

I am tired of people calling a mortal human as God and someone with an unknown IQ as Genius. Here is some hard cold facts about the most over rated batsman of world Tendulkar: In tests against Australia; Sachin averages a modest 36.77 against Australia when McGrath played. In test against SA; Sachin averages a pathetic 32 against South Africa whenever Allan Donald has played.Tendulkar was a failure against Wasim and Waqar and hardly played against them. He anyway averaged 32 runs against them. Interestingly he still averages around 40 against Pakistan. Against the 3 greatest fast bowlers of his era, whom he faced in more than one Test series, McGrath, Donald and Akram, Sachin has scored 1719 Test runs at a modest average of 34.3 (compared to his career average of 56). This is the very definition of being over-rated. You can not become best by scoring against Shane Warne. You need to score against the best to become the best. Just like Sir Viv Richards! Tendulya has won nothing!

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (March 26, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

This is an arrogant, most over rated cricket player who has never won anything of note for his country. Numbers tell the story. How Tendulya saved himself from playing against two of best batsmen of his era( Wasim And Waqar) is well known. He averages a miserable 35 in the fourth innings of a test match and a well known flat track bulley. He is now claiming to be on top of his game when before Asia cup, he averages 18 in ODI's. He is a selfish, greedy player who is runing many promising careers!

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (March 26, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

"After a 33-innings long wait for the 100th century, Tendulkar got it in anticlimactic circumstances, with India losing to Bangladesh, after Tendulkar's 114 off 147 balls had built a total of 289, and consequently missing out on the Asia Cup final."

enough said !time to go sachin. let someone young come and carry the team forward. your selfishness is by NOT reitring. selectors can't leave you out because of public back lash. so pay some respect for that love and go while you are still on top.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Cmon Let Sachin play, if he wanted to play then nobody should stop him he's a living legend! and quickly search some FAST bowlers INDIA! until India's bowling department standard not increase nothing will change even with Sachin or Without Sachin!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

We all respect Tendulkar's achievement as a cricketer and as a batsman. He had achived almost everything a batsman could achieve. It is good that he has got love for the game. But, doesn't he realize the fact that he is ruining and blocking the youngsters' chances who are waiting? Sachin wouldn't have realized his dream of playing for India to come true, had his predecssors chose to continue. The statement of 'Nobody should tell me', does this apply to those who run cricket in India? India is a nation of 120 crore people and it is not fair by any means for some one to hang on to his position as a player for more than 20+ years in the team where only 11 get a chance to play. It is ironical that we do not have the courage to tell Sachin to retire, whereas in Austrlia, Ricky Ponting was told to retire quite professionally who is in the same class when it comes to batting.

Posted by Venki_indian on (March 26, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

Successful people are always selfish in the history...He is successful in scoring runs, but not successful in winning the games for the team...So he is not selfish :)

Posted by Dr_Who on (March 26, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Mr.Tendulkar, move on gracefully. Times up. He is at his delusional best, at the moment. For all the talk about his so called "services" to Indian cricket, he is the most protected species in the team, and has enjoyed immunity from selectors(Just let any other player try this and lets see if we find him playing again), by carefully picking and choosing the series he plays(this fact alone ejects him from greatness). How often have we seen him mask his lack of form by staying away from the game under the shelter of injury. Heck even in Test matches, the guy disappears long periods of time from the field.

Posted by Mariaj-irdahseS on (March 26, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

No:10 is setting an alarming precedent by clinging on to playing. Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman will all say "no one can force us to retire"as Sehwag has already done. As someone who was vested with such amazing prowess, he should realize that along with it comes responsibility for the game of Cricket in India. By not retiring he is doing untold harm for the game in his country that he so professes to love.

Posted by g.narsimha on (March 26, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

FRANK MUSA & all sachin bashers , every body love thier own heroes, in the opinion of some pakistanis , UMAR AKMAL is far supperios than sachin & kohli , that is thier prerogative no body can stop them the world kwows the truth, similarly we INDIAN have the right to admire our heroes , so that should not be a probleme to others SR BORE THE BURDEN OF indian BATTING WHEN sawags, dravids, laxams were not there , he scored runs all over the world, scoring more centuries in out side IDIA, some one was saying that KALLIS, MIANDAD ARE better players , that is your opinion, be happy , but MIANDAD SCORED HEAVILY AGAINST weak bopwling attack, in sub continental flat tracks same goes with KALLIS he too scored heavily in ind, sa against us , in all ind bashers opinion ind attack is worse, than those who scores heavily against us shgould not be taken any notice, where SR as scored his runs againt , IMRAANS, , AKRAM, MACGRATH, DONALD, HEDLEE, BOTHOMS SO NO COMPARISION WITH ANY present or past

Posted by adillove on (March 26, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

What's about good game Sachin? What did you do this year? In two tournaments only a couple of fifties and a century if that is AT TOP OF THE GAME then why not they give me a chance? Maybe I score three fifties and a century. If you want to serve country then why not try to be the batting coach?

Posted by salilm on (March 26, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Serve your country.. oh how sweet Tendie Boy. No over in i billions people can do it. right

Posted by HarshaH on (March 26, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

It is good to know that world's best batsman thinks he is "on top" form because he could score a century (100 runs in 139 balls) in the knock out stage of Asia Cup. The others who have scored century in the knock-out stage are: Md Hafeez (100 runs reached with 103 balls); Nasir Jamshed (100 runs in 98 balls); Virat Kohli (100 runs in 97 balls). Should these players be called as world super best batsmen in "on top of top" form ?

Posted by silly_pt on (March 26, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

@bobmartin: Kallis averages below 30 in england and early 40s in australia wheras sachin averages well in fifties in engalnd and australia (in spite of 2 pathetic tours). Kallis average is healthy only in india and pakistan. Also i have never seen kallis taking any bowler apart. I think this should complete your comparison. @Liliianthomson:Federer never crossed 10000 in ATP points so he is clearly not greater than Djokovic, is it? Confound you!! Learn the ranking system and then comment.Cricinfo publish.

Posted by salilm on (March 26, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

he is a top of his game. thats funny. he needs to be pushed out of the side by someone. You want me to do it. I will . I will also give others people. My son is a good player and so many others who also love their country ( not only you, Tendulkar ), who give a chance will help the team to move forward. Tendular has done that. Thank you bud. time to give something to others in other ways.. Good bye.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (March 26, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

At the top of the game? This guy averaged 34 in England and 28 in Australia, but consider himself at the top of his game. When will BCCI grow a backbone and drop this non-performer?

Posted by RasCric on (March 26, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

If there is any example to take from how Australian selectors handled Ricky Ponting, the decision to retire him is with selctors and not himself.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

I wonder why people are after him like mad dogs. Do not count what he has done to the game of cricket or Team India. Just see the way he still plays the game. Unlike Kohli or any other player playing presently in the team, Tendulkar quickly adjusts to the crease, and has flow which most of them do not have. His style is immaculate, and has has higher batting average than most of his team mates in the last year. Let him alone, watch the man play, please!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

i think you should say " not retiring is selfish". i think i am at the top of my game!!! i didnt see that in india, england or australia. what do you mean by that.

Posted by Biophysicist on (March 26, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

The performance of Tendulkar in tests in the last 12 months is: 11 tests, 778 runs, HS 94, average 37.04. In ODIs it is: 12 matches, 418 runs, HS 114 (the only century), average 34.83. If you ignore the 114 in the match with Bangladesh, the average plummets to 27.64. If he thinks that he is at the top of his game with this performance and the Selection committee agrees and continues playing him, God (I mean the almighty) alone can save Indian cricket. Tendulkar is certainly not a 20+ youngster whom you want to give a long rope as a potential for future. At his age, one or two bad series and you should decide to retire, otherwise the selectors should show the door. He had already three bad series (with averages of 34.12 (Eng), 43.6 (WI) and 35.87 (Aus)); This is not being at the top. It is sliding towards the bottom. He may want to continue playing and anyone can feel so. But it is the selectors job to tell him it is time to go and if he doesn't heed, to drop him.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

Sachin is SACHA INDIAN cricketer and he is passionate to score for the country. He should be allowed to play as long he is physically fit , We should not talk about his retirement. It was God,s will that India should loose the game that very day. One should feel happy and also sad and that is LIFE.!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

LISTEN THIS MAN HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE GAME OF CRICKET.HIM AND LARA WILL GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST OF THIS ERA BUT ITS TIME FOR HIM TO HANG IT UP.I SEE NO REASON WHY HE IS STILL PLAYING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.DRAVID DID A SELFLESS THING WHEN HE RETIRED FROM ALL OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.SO WHEN HE SAY IT WOULD BE SELFISH FOR HIM TO RETIRED MADE ME LAUGH BECAUSE IT IS SELFISH TO CONTINUE PLAYING.THIS IS A NEW ERA SACHIN AND YOU ARE IN YOUR LATE 30'S SO JUST LET IT GO.TIME TO MOVE ON

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

sachin is selfish. he must have retired after the england tour where he could not help India's cause. though he is said to have batted well in australia, there again he could not help India's cause. sachin is selfish. let him not block the prospects of any aspiring youngster anymore - with due thanks to sachin's 'unselfish' career.

Posted by timohyj on (March 26, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

people i know keep saying that he and Dravid should have retires when they were playing really well so they would have gone out on a high, but tendulkar is right that that is very selfish. If you are playing well you should keep playing because you still have more to give for your country. You should retire when you can't play anymore and not retire when you a re playing well just so that people will have a good remebrance of the end of your career. While it may not look as god if you wait till you are done playing to retire it is the less selfish thing to do

Posted by kristee on (March 26, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

Perhaps you get what you want, need or deserve. These 3 verbs at least seem interchangeable in the Indian contexts. Sehwag in place of him, India would have most probably lifted the Asia Cup. Especially as Pakistan is rendered rather weak for obvious reasons. Okay, any other player in place of him in the CB series might have not made much difference. But that would have at least been part of a process to look for the future.

Posted by maddinson on (March 26, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

Selfish to retire? look who is talking here

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 26, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

@bobmartin, I agree with you. But, let me tell you that Tendulkar is not even the better test player in our team. It's Dravid all the way. So, why compare Tendulkar with the Mighty Kallis? But I agree with Tendulkar that it is his and his family's decision to decide when to retire. Let me add that the selectors can only decide to drop or select him. The only reason I prefer him to be dropped is because an honest youngster can play some honest cricket unlike Sachin who denied us a chance of a finals by reaching his century selfishly at a strike-rate of 72. Two meety drives post that selfish century took his strike-rate to 77. But that was too little too late. He gobbled up 147 deliveries by that time.

Posted by BobCo on (March 26, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

@crictwitt -- the Don scored a 100 every series he played in, including all series he played in during the period you allude to (which is to say 2 series). There is no dry patch in his career, in the sense that he has a couple of barren series in a row without a hundred -- it never happened. And anyway, thats beside the point really. SRT currently deserves his spot, even with his "dry patch" which isn't so bad really (its not like he hasn't been scoring runs, just not the volume we all expect of him), but by the sounds of it, he might go on way past his prime, like Steve Waugh did, for instance. That would be a sad end to one of the greats of the modern era. And it is totally his call; I cannot possibly see any Indian selection panel dropping him, unless they like lynch mobs!!! :-)

Posted by fr600 on (March 26, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

He should allow youngsters play. Imaging India's batting going down the drain when all seniors such as sachin, sewag, gambir retire at the same time perhaps after the next world cup when they get eliminated before reaching the semi-final. Wouldn't that be fun to watch?

Posted by JustOUT on (March 26, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

He is a great batsman, but really a COWARD player. Does not have guts to face media in Australia and now telling all stories. If he still wants to enjoy the game, let him play Ranji trophy till he decides of retirement.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Do people play for self or for team in this game anymore? I have observed the development of a cadre of youngsters who deserve the opportunity to play for India, and this kind of attitude keeps them out of the team. Indians will always support cricket, no matter what the recent turnouts at games at Indian grounds may suggest; in fact, I think they will turn out in droves to see a world-beating team (which the Indian team currently is not), rather than hoping to see Sachin churn out more hundreds, which is analogous to how we in the West Indies feel right now, exemplified by the sold out crowds at the Beausejour Stadium for today's game versus Australia.

Posted by AjayB on (March 26, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

All those who ask Sachin to retire, is like me asking Bill Gates to stop now. Hasn't Bill Gates done enough? So what, I can also program? Professional sport is unforgiving. Ask Brian Lara - who was not touched in the IPL auctions. The day Sachin stops adding value to the team, he will be out. Sachin is still spry, fit and am sure works as hard as anyone else, if not more. Most importantly he performs and delivers. In all 22 years of his sporting life he has earned respect from one and all. Not just that, when working in NZ 15 years ago, I would get respect since I hail from the same country as Sachin Tendulkar. If one of those asking for his retirement can beat that - then they can open their mouths. The day Sachin feels he is incapable of playing, I am sure he will hang up his boots. Why persist with meaningless speculations. If he can play 2015 world cup, then so be it. Why not? He can set another record for the longest professional sporting career perhaps. Go for it....

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (March 26, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Loving the game does not mean 'Hanging on forever'. Become a coach, a mentor or administrator. Sachin, please retire before you are reduced to a caricature. There will be no takers for one more press conference like this. There is a new generation out there that wants to be heard and seen. Go before the mood changes.

Posted by JBIndia on (March 26, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Let's call Kapil Dev, Lala Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar etc...to the team as they are all selfish that they retired when they could have played to serve India. Feeling sad for Dravid and Ganguly as they retired so EARLY in there career. Come on Sachin you can do it 2015 WC ehhhhhhhhh...We want you to play till may be 2051 WC!

Posted by Harry_Kool on (March 26, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

@TellingRF While supporting one player or another is very subjective, I would argue that having Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Ganguly, Ghambir et al in your team, would hardly fall under "supporting the team". And I would add that SRT has batted on far more roads than Kallis ever has. That said, at their peak, I would have SRT iny team first as he was much more aggressive and would score quickly enough to allow bowlers to take wickets. Kallis, have no doubt, is up there as well.

Posted by agupta429 on (March 26, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

@brittop

EXACTLY!!!!

Posted by gpm86 on (March 26, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

what a selfish cricketer.

arrogant- saying its his choice when he will retire. Shame on him. He knows the BCCI will never drop him and will do whatever he wants, even if it isnt in the best interests of indian cricket.

So much more respect for Dravid- who at least knew it was time to go.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (March 26, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

I give up. I bow to the inevitable. Sachin will play WC 2015 and then convene a press conference in 2016 and tell that he just may play WC 2019 as well. And there will be a million who will say why not. He just needs 250 or whatever to achieve another record.

Posted by criclover112 on (March 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

Top of his game? No disrespect, but is he hallucinating, he should take a look at his performance in the English and Australian series. I have no right to say when he should retire, but he is clearly not doing very well in testing conditions currently.

Posted by cricketIsGreat on (March 25, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Simple theory to win against India.... LET SACHIN SCORE A CENTURY.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

this is a sweet news...no more retirement talks please...if the critics doesn't like him playing, let them switch of the TV or not go to ground. there are million others who would like to watch him bat...we all love you Sachin

Posted by crictwitt on (March 25, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

Sachin was never a great communicator or speaker (that was always left for people like Dravid and Kumble in the past). I tend to agree with him on one point, if he feels he still loves the game and he has it in him to keep performing at top level, he should continue. Most ppl asking for his retirement are only doing so for 2 reasons: his age or the time he has taken to score his last century. What we tend to forget are the 70's, 80's and 90's he scored in between the 99th and 100th 100. Every modern day player has these dry patches in their career, even the great Don had one in between 1933 to 35 (>2 years without a century). Also noticed most ppl commenting here are supporters of opposition teams, he must have dampened your spirits a few times for you to come on here and call for his retirement.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 25, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

I don't understand this statement he is making about the love of the game. We all love the game. That doesn't mean hang on to it after expiry of self life. If Sachin is passionate about the game, why not play domestic circuit. He can play to his heart's content there. The fact is that he has not produced results in the past year that player of his calibre should have. Dravid failed in just one series and he quickly came to decision. On the other side, SRT wants to hang onto the team to fulfill his own passion of playing cricket? Hope he comes to senses.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 25, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

It is India selectors who decide who to "retire". The higher question therefore is are the selectors doing their job. The fans' answer is clear. If you ask a cricketer - or any employee - will you retire, you will always get an answer like Sachin is giving.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Well... this discussion in endless... But to be really honest, those who dnt like Sachin should stop playing or watching cricket. Not only in India, any where in the world, whenever he takes the guard, he is respected even by the opposition fans. That include Pakistan as well. No other Indian cricketer has received such respect in Pakistan or around the world. Those who r comparing him with Kallis must understand the difference btwn the teams they play with. Southafrica has always been one of the most feared team in the world whilst Sachin has seen many ups and downs with Indian team during his career. He played with a team who struggle to win a single game out side India and also with the team who achieved the top ranking. When u count this all, he simply standout among all the cricketers and clearly, after Don Bradman, he is the best ever. And believe me, I can assure u that he will be called Sir Sachin onday for sure. Just wait and watch...

Posted by brittop on (March 25, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

@Samy Lakshmanan: Why is Dravid unselfish? He made the decision to retire because it was right for him - and rightly so.

Posted by TellingRF on (March 25, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

bobmartin, One is a Bully who bashes Weak Bowling while he has a good TEAM around him. The other is a Legend who has had to do most of the work himself without much support, for the better part of 23 years. Easy decision !

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Sachin did not say that other players are selfish. His thought process is that, "if I retire at the top of my game, it means I am being selfish when I could still serve my country." I think this is the greatest example of his sense of service and diligence!

He deserves the homage his fans pay him.

Posted by brittop on (March 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

To all those demanding his retirement, has it occurred to you that the selectors pick the team, and they can leave him out if he's not doing the job?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

I am tired of people cursing the man. He single handedly carried the team through 2 decades. 'You get Tendulkar, you get India'. Legends are not built on no substance. He has scored everywhere in the world. All conditions. How many batsmen can you say that for? Bradman played only in Austarlia and England. Two countries. Similar conditions. He didn't play in the humid dust-bowls of the sub-continent. Who's to say he'd have survived? He played much lesser cricket too. Too maintain the standard Tendulkar has over the span of time he has is indeed a commendable achievement. You talk about how he doesn't finish ODI matches, but can an opener be expected to? He's not become any cockier in-spite of being worshiped. While a Kohli is already falling into the trap. If there was anybody to take his place, he'd retire. Fact remains, he isn't holding up a position. There is no replacement. Virat shows promise,but it's only been 2 tours. This man has been your most consistent performer last 5 yrs

Posted by landl47 on (March 25, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Sachin, like Ponting, is deluding himself that he is still at the top. He clearly isn't- no hundreds against England or Australia despite many opportunities. When he finally gets one against Bangladesh (in a game that India lost), suddenly he thinks he's on top. I suggest that the Indian test selectors shouldn't wait for him to be selfish and retire, they should ease his conscience by dropping him and building a new, young side.

Posted by DwightR on (March 25, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

as a sri lankan that witnesses the Jayasuriya saga..please Indians..dont hold on to a fading legacy, there is no worse sight that seeing a legend fall, Sachin is the best batsmen of our generation along with ponting & lara. But for the good of India he should retire at the end of the year and allow India to play its youngsters & gracefully step aside instead of getting forced out like what happened with our Sanath. It is not realistic to even think of SRT playin for India in 2015..he should join dravid n let India develop youngsters for the 2015 WC. sayin that he is a champion & its an honor to have watched him play..

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

To retire is the player's choice. To be selected is the selectors' choice. I see many people unclear of this distinction. At this stage, he is making enough runs to be selected, so it makes no sense to call for his retirement as long as he is contributing usefully. Get off his back, will you please!??

Posted by fr600 on (March 25, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Did he mean personal milestone when he said results as in results are important to me? Well, he can decide whenever he wants to retire... but he cannot decide how long he'll remain on the team.

Posted by fr600 on (March 25, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Soon he'll be out of form, and people will force him to retire. It's better if he retires now and have some pride. Besides, youngsters should be given opportunities to play. Imagine what will happen if Sachin, sehwag, gambhir, and whoever -- all retires at the same time. Those are my two cents even though I'm not a supporter of Indian cricket.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 25, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Firstly, one has to ask is it really his choice alone as to when he retires...Don't the selectors have any say in the matter.. On second thoughts maybe they don't because he seems to able to dictate what he wants by the way he cherry picks which series he decides to play in. Maybe he is beginning to beleive his own publicity and to think he really is God. Oh and by the way.. in my previous post I forgot the comparable test batting averages... Tendulkar - 55.44 Kallis - 56.78... Let no-one but no-one tell me that Tendulkar is a better test player than Kallis.

Posted by brp2009 on (March 25, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Anybody wanting sachin to retire doesn't love the game. What is the purpose of watching the game? If you want see youngster play, watch high school / college games....Enjoy the legend while you can... Talent knows no age..

Posted by anasarb on (March 25, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

YES, LET HIM PLAY TILL HIS ......BUT LET HIM NOT MAKE COUNTRY LOST FOR HIS GAIN JUST LIKE LAST ASIA CUP!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

sachin said exactly correct why he should want to retire ..he is the only icon for cricket not only for indian cricket team everyone who likes cricket and eager to know about cricket .. sachin is a diamond in a golden ring if diamond is taken from the gold ring the value will be reduced ,, such a same way if sachin is retired there is no value for cricket ...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

I dont think blaming sachin for asia cup resolve the question. Even stupid dhoni, was mad in saying, we should have added few more runs. Why dont you blame your bowlers ? Are batsman supposed to be gods and should get 400 every time you get there? When the bowlers cant defend 289 against bangla, how do you expect them to defend scores against big teams. Its stupid to say == our batsman should get more of runs , and keep on ignoring the weakest part of indian cricket - bowling. Ipl 20-20 are just attracting players to give up bowling and switch to batting for quick bucks. NO one wants to be a bowler , as he we be bashed all over in 4 overs, so no one is taking chances. IF you want to save cricket in india-- go and produce quality bowlers, keep them away of this drama 20-20 and , give them the spirit to play cricket , rather then jumping for entertainment. Till we get good bowlers, we cant go overseas and win tests..

Posted by bobmartin on (March 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Here's a player who in 152 tests has scored a century once in every 6 innings, he's also taken 276 wickets @ 32.4 and taken 181 catches. Here's another who in 188 tests has also score a century once in every 6 innings, hes' taken 45 wickets @54.3 and taken 113 catches. One of these is the most hyped-up cricketer on earth, the other is perhaps the greatest all-rounder. I leave you to work out which is which, but I know which one I'd have in my team.. Jacques Kallis

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (March 25, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters...sachin is the seccussful person here and the critics who cant just stand to see him play longer and make more runs and break more records are the haters.....haters keep hating somebody's gotta do it!

Posted by arun_cheers on (March 25, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

@shivkarthik - if there is something like 1000% , then I agree with you 1000% ! :) That was bang on !

Posted by anasarb on (March 25, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

It clearly shows what REAL SACHIN is.He is not a perfect cricketer playing always on TOP CLASS. There were many occasions when he failed and without GOOD KNICK .The words he uttered now is very clear that he himself think the BEST FOR EVER. That is BAD COMMENT of his whole life. He cannot ever claim the position of a MASTER like DON or many others with huge perfect characteristics in cricket life.Even there were and are many who PLAYED AND PLAYING without any SELFISH MOTIFS AND ONLY FOR THE TEAM AND CRICKET.Please find the numbers/percentage of victories of his team in comparison with others where his PLAY EXCLUSIVELY CONTRIBUTED FOR THE TEAM WIN. THE LAST EXAMPLE IS HIS SELFISH GOAL OF 100/100 AT THE COST OF A TOTAL LOSS OF HIS TEAM.EXAMPLES ARE MANY TO CITE. BUT SEE HOW DHONI,YUVARAJ,GANGULY,KUMBLE,VIRAT,BAJJI,KAPIL,PATODI,JADEJA,ROBIN,SHASTRI,SRIKANT,SIDHU,KAIF,YUSUF,DRAVID,LAXMAN,SAHEER,AND MANY MORE DID THAT JOB BETTER FOR THEIR TEAM THE COUNTRY. SACHIN LESS TALKED WAS BETTER!

Posted by AhaanSM on (March 25, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

What Tendulkar is saying is right that he should play till the time he enjoys it and he is in good form, but I think that he should soon retire cause the team needs youngsters in the field. He has done his part, so now it is time for others to do their job.

Posted by kapilk01 on (March 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Let him play guys, don't judge him, he's a legend and he knows what he is doing, he is the best thing to happen to Indian cricket and its such a privilege to watch him batting in every match.... I hope I watch him represent India forever... Love him to the core and don't give a damn about losers who have no knowledge or passion about the game.... just trying to sell their comments by asking the great man to retire... I will always be the one who would pray for him... God Bless you Sachin.... You have made all of the nation proud so many times and gave us endless reasons to cheer... I wish you continue till eternity....

Posted by nlambda on (March 25, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

People are so concerned about Sachin "humiliating" himself by staying on and risking getting dropped. Why not offer this advice to Ponting who has been dropped from ODI and still has not announced his retirement from ODIs. All such "helpful" advice is reserved for Sachin, mostly by non-Indians :-)

Posted by nlambda on (March 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

I do not think there is as yet anyone who can replace Sachin. Despite his struggling for form, he was the 2nd highest run scorer in Eng and Aus. What does this say about the youngsters who should be replacing him? Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit Sharma all have failed to do consistently well and inspire confidence. In fact after Raina's 42 ball pair in the 3rd test I think he inspires no-confidence. These guys all are champions of batting as long as ball does not bounce much or swing much. How SRT batted last year against Steyn is beyond these guys right now. The only youngster who inspires confidence right now is Kohli and he will get his shot now that Dravid is gone.

Posted by jonesy2 on (March 25, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

this type of attitude has ensured that he will never be a champion. score all the runs you want but you play cricket to reach to heights. he is nothing more than a worldwide joke. unfortunetly, because he has a lot of talent.

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

Thats a pretty tight one for every monkey in the media circus.So how will the circus turn after this one.

Posted by hassan_BD on (March 25, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Sachin is 50% of Sachin; Still he is one of the best in Indian batting line up. If India had a disaster tour in SA, England, or Australia, still he always remain among top three batsman. Against Bangladesh, even the most fluent Batsman in Indai, Virat Kohli, had around 80% strike rate. India reached 289 because of Sachin; if he got out earlier, India could not score that much. As there was wickets in hand, Dhoni and others were freely batted to score at more than 100% strike rate. It can be noted, India scored highest against Bangladesh. If any of the young Indian batsman can score like even old Sachin, everybody would say a great batsman has arrived. Sachin knows his worth in the team and rightly said it would be selfish act if he left India.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Ha Ha...There is the clue. Who brought Sachin in? Anybody knows? Get hold of him and get him to make Sachin retire. Else Sachin thinks he scored two fifties down under and a ninety in pomsland which is not much less than what other Indian batsmen achieved. I have a suggestion for that too. Get rid of all Indian batsman except Kohli so Tendulkar can't complain if he too gets dropped. Tendulkar's batting is sooooo boring. How long can we put up with those same extra cover drives, flicks and nudges?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Let Sachin play as long as he performs well. Why should people make such a mess. I feel it is the selfishness of people to catch media attention and others to say something in public and get a likes in fb or to feel important is triggering "Sachin Should retire " debates. I am not a diehard Sachin Fan. But I feel for him as people put him into lots of pressure evenafter performing so well.

Posted by dayachakra on (March 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

He is the Little Master. And he earned every right to retire on his own will. It is unfair to play mind games to make him retire. He still have a lot to offer. People who talk about Sachin's ability to make runs had to know that he was out for duck before 50 matches. And from then he averages over 57. Just take a note of that too. As far as giving way to the youngsters, many have been given opportunity. But the major factor that no one takes notice of that is because of the inconsistency of the youngsters. They still need their idol to be around. Sachin boasts the confidence of every young player who comes into the team. And for those who think that when Sachin scores India most probably would lose that match, here is something to think of. Whenever India's chances of winning the game is bleak, Sachin had stepped up many times to bring the confidence into team. He did what he does the best. Scoring centuries. There was not enough fire power left to back him. Ex. 175 & 120 vs Aus & Eng

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

sachin is a great human being and crickter but it is time for him to give chance for next generation. Bcci should put a limit on how many years a cricketer can perform at international level. We have millions of young cricketers whose life time dream is to just get into Indian team. How is it possible if a cricketer plays for 2 to 3 decades. Nothing against him but this is reality of young talented cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Well lets put it this way. Mr. Tendulkar India don't need you that much as many other batsmen are there. They needed you in Australia, England and South Africa where you couldn't perform due to your age. So if its not about your personal accomplishments and money that you make, please retire with respect.

Posted by CricEshwar on (March 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Though I still would love to see Tendulkar play for as long as he wishes, it is getting a little weird for me to see Tendulkar getting defensive with the media about his retirement for a while now. Hope he knows what he is doing.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

the selectors can't drop you because you have played alot of cricket, I will call you selfish because there are players who can play much better than you in all formats of the game but they don't get a chance due you, VVs and thanks GOD Dravid is gone. what more signs do you need, just leave

Posted by satya1231 on (March 25, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

As lons as sachin is eaning his place and playing well no one should have concern about his retirement and when he feels he has to retire no one has to remind him he will do it on his own

Posted by sameer111111 on (March 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I remember back around 2006-07 after another of his famous "folding under pressure" innings, I was joking with my friend that he should retire. My friend told me that he might still be playing till 2015 WC for all we know as the selectors would never have the guts to drop him and Sachin himself, with the kind of money he is making while playing would never retire on his own.At that time I thought my friend was crazy and today, to my horror, I read this article.

Posted by akash_mehta15 on (March 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

The decision to retire should be left to Sachin but the retirement should not be too late cause a lot of young talent has been overlooked for a couple f years now.He has served the country for 22-23 years which is appreciable but it would be good if we promote some young talent which is necessary for the future. although during his retirement, it'l be an emotional moment. Let him continue playing IPL!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

What our Indian team wan't is runs from a batsman and wickets from a bowler to win games for us . I don't care whether it comes from a youngster or a old man as long as it coming . Sachin is giving it for us . And as long as he gives i have no problem with him .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

therefore, Lara, Dravid, Murali, Ganguly are selfish.....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

let him decide....He can Play upto 50 years.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

He wants to eat up a few more years of a youngster waiting in line... before people literally start asking him to 'review' his decision...

Posted by kushalb on (March 25, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

A batsman's job is to score runs. It's bowling that wins you games. He has won us so much with his bat..over 22 years... despite us having very few good bowling teams... a legend. Keep playing Sach, and keep scoring

Posted by inzaghiJ on (March 25, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

After reading all the 147 comments before mine, I must say the overwhelming majority is in favour of Tendulkar saying goodbye to international cricket. Is he blocking the youngsters??? Big time. Out of the 100 centuries he scored, 47 have not come in victories. Look at Young Kohli. Only 2 of his 12 hundreds have not resulted in INdia winning!Do ppl still need evidence that he is a better player than Tendulkar. Kohli has a long way to go before he can match the greatness (in terms of numbers) of Tendulkar but for the team, the young gun us better than the old wine.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

@ Rahul Sharma on (March 25 2012, 16:06 PM GMT) - interesting stats...I see that in favor of SRT actually. People say India lose whenever he scores a 100 but going by the stats you have provided, India actually win virtually 70% of the games when he scores a 100!? Not bad actually...only Sehwag and Ganguly amongst Indian top order have better percentage and yet they score 100s much less often then the master. 70% is very good for a pathetic bowling 'attack' like India's! Personally, I would rather see Sachin bat then any of the current crop of so called 'talented' youngsters, exception being Kohli. Reason being Kohli is the only one that I think MAY BE a future great out of the current lot - THE REST ARE UTTER RUBBISH! For example, would you rather watch all time greats such as Roger Federer/ Tiger Woods (past their prime) as opposed to some young no-hoper! However, many Indians think differently..they love giving chances to people who are under-achievers just for the sake of it!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Is Sachin implying that RAHUL DRAVID is selfish........i think he is . I guess GOD can change the definition of selfishness just to please himself. I never thought Sachin would start speaking like this. This is a sad day for me

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

After following Sachin for all these years and having criticized him myself many a time for scoring slow towards his century, I just realized that he has been carrying the expectations of 1.2 billion people for close to 23 years. That apart to be in the game for 23 years and still be on top requires something really special and we should all be proud that we are privileged witness to probably the greatest era in cricket batting history. For once, let's stop criticizing this legend and appreciate him for his hardwork and dedication to cricket, which has made him the legend that he is. When we all can celebrate victories of Michael Schumacher or Lance Armstrong, why cant we Indians salute our own HERO and enjoy his achievements and be proud of them? Sachin, you are a living legend and an inspiration to many and may you have many more milestones in your career. Pl. DONT retire as yet.

Posted by ravikiran.bits on (March 25, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

As said : we have no ryt to talk about his retirement. He is not out of form he is not ready for retirement then why should he. Coz of some poor bowling display by india in recent times india lost these. Even if sachin doesnt score you want him to retire. Even if he scores you want him to retire. This is the way you feel against the worlds most successful and complete batsman.

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 25, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

so not in it for the money at all then.Bet if he stays in the team India will keep losing tests.

Posted by TRAM on (March 25, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Yes, I am praying too, for SRT's retirement asap. If he thinks he is at the top of his game now, it is obvious something is funda'mentally' wrong !

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (March 25, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

@Banodha give me any one valid reason why sachin should be drop?.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

We should have played Bangladesh along time back as it is the only country Sachin could have made a hundred against. Some people do not know when it is their time to exit honorably like other great cricketers have. Maybe the temptation of making more money is getting in his way. please retire before the selectors boot you out,

Posted by avmd on (March 25, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Thats why his last century was a bad news for India, they lost the game thanks to his selfish batting and now we are stuck with him, God knows for how long. He is being very selfish by not retiring.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

The fact that Sachin has got his 100'th ton seems like a sore to most of the rivals....I jst wanna say that Sachin is absolutely right and why should he not think abt his records for the matter of fact, if he even plays for stats and records wats the harm....keep this in mind he has carried the burden of Indian cricket for so long till Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and co. came in. Keep that in mind that there was jst one Bradman with a batting avg. of 99.99 and THERE IS JST ONE SACHIN WITH HUNDRED HUNDREDS.....!!!!An envious feat which others can only dream of...

Posted by m_ilind on (March 25, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

If the selectors can't drop him, why would he retire? One last trick is to make him a captain again. He was a lousy captain, and it had affected his batting at the time.

Posted by Virendra_Y on (March 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

To all those who are calling this legend selfish...... ~:x Let's go back in a "flashback" -- 19th February 2011, India vs Bangladesh, World Cup match. India batting first scored 370 runs in 50 overs. While chasing such a mammoth total Bangladesh gave a great fight and scored 283 runs. We won that match by 87 runs. Just imagine, had we scored 270 runs -- Bangladesh would've won -- by 46th over (They were 261 for 6 in 44.3 overs)

One year later, we scored 289 runs and this time we LOST. Morale of the story: Our bowlers were hopeless then, and they still are. 20-30 runs would'nt have made any difference, don't blame a single person.

PS: Victory has many fathers, defeat needs at least one mother, and the mother of all scapegoats -- Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

SACHIN has the right to decide when to retire while SELECTORS has the right to DROP him...Others Please keeq quiet...

Posted by shivkarthik on (March 25, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

May be, sachin meant is not-retiring is selfish. I dont know we Indians sacrifice country glory for Individualistic achiements. We lost ASIA cup for a century. I have been watching sachin since my childhood. I have no doubt over sachins credintials on his batting exploits.. he has done so well except for few times when he plays towards his century. I always felt he litterly crawls when he nears mid 80s and go on consuming deliveries, ofcourse exculing few of his centuries... he underperforms just to reach centuries.. we indians condones what he does and relish his centuries instead of team victory... no one is ready to accept the fact that he should go, instead we are happy to deprive some one else to show his talent.. we are coward...what else I can say... I am sure, we have plenty of talents t fill his place... we dont need 100 centuries, we need games to win...he has done his job n lets relieve him

Posted by rapidchase88 on (March 25, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Sachin you made many records, if not selfish I think it may not be possible for you to make that many. Good thing is still you are playing, bad thing is some people started talking againist you, senior players/fans/cricketers. But there is nothing worst than retiring from two white wash series and making a ton againist bangla, loosing after Asia Cup. One side people are crying for your retirement otherside they are enjoying every new record you make with every run and every match. Some times I hate you, but some times we like you very much. You are special TENDULKAR. People have all kinds of emotions for you.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Sachin deserves to be treated with more respect. He has earned it with his great contribution to Indian cricket and world cricket. Give him the space and trust his judgement. What is this mentality, that requires some to circle like hyenas, when they think that someone is vulnerable?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Well Tendulkar has been exposed here. This shows that he wants to play for his personal records and the teams success does not matter to him. He should retire to allow India to groom some youngsters.......

Posted by innocentsandy on (March 25, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

The cricket wont be the same without SRT . At least the test matches. I believe him when he says he can still contribute. I dont believe anyone's place is stopped by Sachin being there in the team. All those who feel that he should retire, Just take a step back and see all of them who have not performed over the last 37 innings and then compare all the players in the team and suggest if you still want SRT out. Even though Cricket is bigger than the man himself, he still draws crowd and people still like watching cricket when he is at the crease.

Posted by karan1609 on (March 25, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Firstly, Sachin cannot be dropped as there's no reason to drop him. He has been playing well over the last year or so...Just that he wasnt getting that elusive hundred... Secondly, he has the right to decide when to retire... So plain and simple...He will stay in the team as long as he wants to...And one suggestion to all..Enjoy his batting while you are able to...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Watching Tendulkar's batting for an over feels better than watching 150's and 180's of any other player.....Deadly defense, perfect backfoot drives , paddle sweeps from Sach's bat just treat to the eyes.....Personally for me the hunger for watching the game might just die the day he retires...people just enjoy him while he's there....and he's not blocking a spot in the team....he owns that spot...haters shame on you...if you don't like his batting then you never understood the game

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

I think some of the readers are confused. Retirement and Selection are two different things. It is the player's decision to retire or not. It is the selectors' job to select or not. So Sachin is right that no one has the business to tell him when to retire. If the selectors think that he should not be selected, that is their call.

I hope that the more responsible websites like cricinfo help the readers understand this point better. Anyways the sensationalist websites like HT, will make this "when will he retire" into another circus, to gain more page views.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Those who r saying that great SRT must retire then who'll pick his place?? No body in India or in any country can never fill his place..India can't think of winning without him..No youngster has such capabilty not even Virat Kohli..Kohli can play some games with that power but not continuous for 22years what great SRT had played..If he'll retire then in 2015 WC india will even lose from Oman Uganda Denmark if these teams will play and will come from the 1st round and u all people will be telling to great SRT please please come back to cricket......

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Tendulkar is clearly selfish player. India has done very well without Tendulkar in previous some year and now he has disturbed the team combination.If he would like to retire with pride then it is the right time to call it off. Dravid was also on the top of his game as he was the highest run getter last year in test but he announce his retirement because India have to play in sub-continent till 2013 and India can develop some one on his place.

Tendulkar learn something From Dravid.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

sachin has achieved a lot now its time to give some other players a chance and he deserves a good send off rather than losing a home series.even gavaskar retired to give other players thats why sachin was in team at such a young age.muarli retired to give other spinners a chance.

Posted by xylo on (March 25, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

This must be good news for all other teams. Now we also know why Dhoni is considering giving up cricket in 2014 or so. You just cannot have freeloaders in the team and still expect the team to win. As for Sachin, I feel sorry that his end is not going to be a good one, but one more like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar or summarily being dropped like Ponting; but then, it is all in his own hands.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Height of arrogance .. this is disrespectful to cricket fans and also to the selectors. Selectors will decide whether you will be part of the team or not .. yes retiring or not is up to you.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Do anyone think sachin z nt selfish? Hmm if a player out of form then anyone cn undrstand try to get back to form by starting slowly but when a player getting slow nearing a 100 datz wt call selfish.i dnt knw abt da test cricket bt i realy think dis genius time iz up 4 odi cricket aftr da 20 11 world cup.but realy sad to see now days cricketrs waiting till selecters kick them out to retire.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 25, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Yeah & 100th 100 wasn't selfish enough, which cost the India early exit from the Asia cup. To all indian fans prepare for more early exists from tournaments if this guy continues to play to pad his stats only.... Ciao

Posted by BobCo on (March 25, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

What worries me most about this interview is that SRT is starting to sound as though he believes all the press releases. I'm not entirely convinced that he is "on top of his game" -- personally, he hasn't looked anything like the SRT of even 2 years ago for most of this last year. Does he merit his spot? Presently, absolutely. He was still India's best bat in the test series in Aus. But he says he is only going to think about retiring when he realises that he doesn't have it... well, when he starts really not having it, and takes the 2-6 months to realise it, we're going to have to swallow a mediocre SRT for all that period, and his great career will be left with a taint it doesn't deserve. Personally, I'd like the man to really be a man, and retire from the international scene before he gets to that point, and then maybe play Ranji for a year or 2, and give something back to the game back home. Imagine the crowds! Now that would be a dignified and classy way to sign off.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (March 25, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

NO NEED TO RETIRE! THERES PLENTY OF ROOM FOR US TO TRY OUT NEW PLAYERS SO THERES NOTHING SELFISH ABOUT IT..HE'S STILL FIT, MAKING RUNS AND AGE SHOULDN'T MATTER AT ALL..HATERS PLZ STAY AWAY AND LET THIS GOD GIFTED PLAYER ENTERTAIN US MORE..WE ALREADY HAVE TO COPE WITH THE LOSS OF DRAVID :(

Posted by cosmos_kapil on (March 25, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

How anyone can say that he can decide his fate when a number of hopes conjoins with him? It means that some players are bigger than the game in India. Though not a new thing, it felt many times before. It's not a secret thing anymore that the little master has appealed to BCCI to give him a chance in Asia Cup, obviously the anxiousness of 100th ton becoming unbearable for him too. It also seen by us how that ton cost India the Asia Cup. How not only him but others also were playing for his century by giving him most of the strike where they could have slaughter the average Bangladesh bowling. . But these statement creating a sign of worry because all know the age can't be reversed and it shows on everyone, how he can help the team by playing the game(s) of his choice only? Will he continue to get support of other players? I think he has reached the top and now there only slope remains to come down and it also have a danger of sliding. Hope he understand it quickly.

Posted by hemanofindia on (March 25, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Yup...well said, Decision is yours... But we too have the right to make conclusion based on your decision... that ur selfish or not.... And to get to your 100th ton, we believe that you played India out of many contests. You were so desperate that you could not score a century for 37 innings and during that period your purpose to serve the nation was definitely missing. We would like to see if you are aggressive and play the way you did many times but how long... Why after even playing those number of ODIs and Tests, you still feel pressure. We expect from you but at the same time we are with you... All the best!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

All who are saying he should retire & make way for juniors like tiwari , raydu, pujara pls tell me hw one player can block place of 4 players ?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

maulikshah17 may be he is refering to his century and 50 stand in Asia Cup..

BTW i agree u cannot force someone to retire.If the selector thinks he is not fit to play in Indian team u can drop him.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

A downhill SRT will be better than the 99.9% of the rest. He has challenged you to drop him on merits. Please take some time off your one track anti-srt mind and do some HW...check his stats over past 25 matches in each format and come back for further discussions. I like this. If SRT is saying he will play as long as he will perform(merit) then by golly he is here to stay till 2015 and more, if his body allows him to. I hope he picks and chooses carefully as to which matches he plays and which he doesnt. At this stage any substantial break, breaks rhythm. Lack of partying, disciplined lifestyle is paying off for him now. There is cricket and there is SRT's cricket just like there is basketball and there was Jordan's basketball. For most cricket fans over 30, in India, SRT is the soul of cricket.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

'I' dont need advise on retirement from any body. critics dont have right to advise me on retirement because 'I' havent learned the game from them. it was 'my' decision to play cricket and not theirs. it is 'my' hard work that has got me this far. only 'I' will decide when to retire from the game.- isnt this height of disgracefulness?? not once does he say his selection depends on the will of the selectors. such words cant be of a player who is devoted to the team. such highly self centered, arrogant and obstinate players dont deserve a graceful retirement. dont know why people ask him about his retirement plans. why cant he be dropped? if his arguments are to be accepted then what is the need to have a selection committee. it should be left to players to select or drop themselves. really indian cricket and specially the selectors need to get over this myth that sachin is great and should drop him from odis so that the team can move forward.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

for me he is not a cricket player and he doesn't have a sense of cricket .....he time is off now and he have to give a break to young guns ....but instead of giving break he is killing some talented place ..he can't play for ever and can't serve his country forever...so plz be human and think about future about your country if you really love your country ....what i wan to say you know......???

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Here are win and loss % for teams of top ODI players if they score Centuries, but plz it's not ranking just for fun:

Won% Loss% Adam Gilchrist 100 0 Virender Sehwag 94 6 Mahela Jayawardena 93 7 Sanath Jayasuriya 89 11 Ricky ponting 86 14 saeed anwar 85 15 AB de Villiers 85 15 brian lara 84 16 sourav ganguly 82 18 Matthew Hayden 80 20 inzamam ul haq 80 20 JH Kallis 77 23 yuvraj singh 77 23 HH Gibbs 76 24 Aravinda de Silva 73 27 sachin tendulkar 69 31

Posted by arunsesh on (March 25, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

There is no better batsman than Sachin today - Bradman? Maybe - but the standards were so much easier then !! Therefore Sachin and only he alone has the right to say if he is on top of his game or not, because none of us or anyone else in this world understands the game better than him. If anyone wants to make a comment, better him first then start talking.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

i guess sachin is too old to get any more runs in odi's , i think he should retire from od's and should concentrate more on test cricket. he is still the best indian test batsman but i doubt his fitness and form in odi's. Aspiring cricketers like Rohit sharma and manoj tiwary should be playing odi's. even ricky pointing was dropped in the odi team and kept for tests.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

It will be a sad day for the cricketing world when he will be summarily dropped like Punter...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

He has the right to decide when he want's to retire. The selectors have the right to build a team for 2015 WC. If they don't think he's going to be around till then, they should select accordingly. They should also ask him to clarify his picking and choosing of which ODI series to play. I don't think that helps in building an ODI team for the next WC either.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 25, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

If he retires then the same you guys who r asking him to retire will complain thet Sachin is so selfish he retired as soon as het got his 100th 100. Dam n if you do Damn if you don't. No matter what, we mere mortal will comment, coz thats the only thing we are good at.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 25, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

This is a joke. top of the game ? !!!

Posted by CricPissu on (March 25, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Your time is up. Give a chance to a youngster.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

For all those asking the great SRT to retire mind your own business. Does anyone dictate what you should do with your life, NO then who are you and I to decide what Sachin should do with his life. I believe He has earned at least that, give that to him and back off.

Posted by Crikt.Afg on (March 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

very well said sachin tendulkar vey well said.. love you master .. you made me and all my friends very happy by announcing that you have not decided to retire, i shall now keep watching indian matches just because of Sachin Tendulkar...If he had quit playing cricket we would have quit watching cricket ,,, those who say that sachin is selfish, they are selfish themselves and they want those youngsters to come in the team who never never and never would be a good replacement for the little master... Come on guys be logical why are you people jealous of the little Master who can make still such records for the Indian cricket that no one else would ever think of that and if you are against Sachin, means you are against India ... I am not an indian still i love the little master too much because of his talent and experience he has in the game but don;t know y you ppl are jealous of him....I have more doubts on being Indian of those who are against Sachin....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Hey Sankar, u can't tell sachin as selfish. U'r telling it cause u'r so selfish...And maulikshah, He is in top of the game... U cant simply tell that by seeing just a few series... He had been in the game for more than 20 years, he knows more than you...!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Now. which record he is looking for..... must be 50th Hundred in one day Intl. ????? It will b selfish if did not allow to play others at that level....... its all about money honey nothing else... selectors listening...... drop him for 2 series and play any promising youngster.. then we will see how long he will be hanging on to his International career...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

No need to retire sachin. play as long as you can, and people let him play if he is doing good.Cricket needs him for another atleast 4,5 years or more. ( from Pakistan)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

sachin i love u as always i m getting inspiration from u sachin i m crazy on ur batting skills and commitment once when i narrated speaking with a girl i liked, 'speaking with her s like seeing sachin staraightdrive the ball 'hats off 2 u sachin i wish u lift the 2015 worldcup and i pray ro god for that sachin

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Tendulkar scored 52 off 48 against Pakistan and gave India a solid start.He is right in his opinion.

Posted by TRexGotPhD on (March 25, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

When Sachin cracked into the team as a 16 year old kid, he did it in presence of a lot of performing seniors such as Gavaskar, Azhar, Vengsarkar etc., who appeared undroppable as well. The point is, there is not one young batsman good enough in India to replace Sachin. He has been in stupendous form over the past 3 years. I believe that the argument of deserving a place should be in terms of *merit* and *merit* alone, not age. Bring a batsman good enough to replace him before asking him to retire. Do you think Pujara, Raina etc. are good enough? The answer is no, they haven't even set Ranji circuits on fire. There is only one young batsman that is good enough and he is already in the team - Virat Kohli. If ever somebody should be dropped it should be the likes of Dhoni who has absolutely no place in test team.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

@maulikshah17 and @Ricardo Williams.. how is Sachin blocking a junior's place? he is there not because of his past performances but because of his current ones. he was the best indian batsman in 2010 and second best in 2011. the best of 2011 has retired so he is still the best batsman that our team has. Its the Rohits and Rainas and Sehwags who shud be dropped to make way for pujara and rayudu, not your current best batsman.

Posted by whyowhy on (March 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

This guy looks like he is here to stay - time for the selectors to give him the flick.....or Kholi might retire before him............

Posted by Malti65 on (March 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Sachin you are completely wrong. When Ganguly left the game (anyway), we got better players like Raina, Virat etc. And from whatever evidence is visible uptill now it appears Virat is definately better than you were at your peak. If some of the senoirs may way, we may get more players , even better.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

I support Sankar Vavintaparty, Tendulkar is the most most most and only unique selfish player I have seen in the cricket world. Sehwag is the one non selfish player who never care's for his century or Half.

Tendulkar did not retire till now only to maintain record of himself.

* Important thing - his most of the centuries I would say 70% were India lost matches.

Posted by dreamzunlimited7 on (March 25, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

It's just the media which is obsessed with SRT and vice versa. The above statement is "breaking news" on all the TV channels. What explains this insanity? His clinging on to the playing IX is selfishness. What made him play ODI cricket post WC? Purely for record books and to ensure no one beats him. When ever he plays India loses and when ever India wants he has never plays. His slow, crawling century against B'desh cost India not just the match but the series. Why will this sachin hungry media ever highlight this? What did he do in England? In Australia? The supposedly best batsman in the world could not face Broad, Anderson, Tremlett, Pattinson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Harris. What would he have played the liked of Marshall, Garner, Holding, Any Roberts, Hadlee, Etc. The declaration in Pakistan by Rahul Dravid is still fresh when he publicly ranted about it. Rahul Dravid is many notches above SRT keeping numbers aside and in terms of his technique, patience and most importantly team man.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

sachin sir retirement means my retirement from television. yes there is no question about virat kohli`s caliber but without sachin sir indian cricket will be like ice-cream without a flavour. praying for sachin sir to play more then 2015 world cup.

Posted by Romenevans on (March 25, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Because of his 100th 100 team got kicked out of the tournament, and he isn't selfish? I never expected him to behave in such manner. By saying that, he himself proved that he is selfish.

Posted by Zekeron on (March 25, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Sachin to consider playing for India for the 2015 world cup? Now it seems to be as if he is the one that is selfish. It would serve India well and himself indeed if he bows out gracefully at the top of his game. Time for new blood.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

The saying sachin should retire is really rediculous. if he gets retire only one youngster can come to team, who know how he performs. and we should ask everybody to retire after one year to accomadate all young players. One thing we should remember Now a days nobody is playing with passion to play for country, simply for fame and money. where sachins passion cant be compared with anyother.

Posted by Malti65 on (March 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Those who think that stands will be empty after sachin retires : When Gavaskar & Kapil retired you may have thought the same. Folks wake-up people go to the stands to see exciting cricket. No one wants to go to see sachin strugling.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

gotcha SRT, if ppl nvr asked u to strt who r dey 2 order u to stop playin crckt.... only d player like u who has got the support of more than a billion can hav d strength nd willingness to serve his cntry continously 4 like 23 years... its a noteworthy fact that india has performed well in those wrld cups whenver u scored the topmost runs 4 ur team.nd flopped badly wenever u didnt score much..... i won't be surprised if u play d wc 2015... GO ON SRT KEEP PLAYIN ND KEEP ENTERTAININ US

Posted by thinktank1 on (March 25, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

On top of his game ???? What about England and Australia series Mr. Sachin. This is a serious issue for Indian team. He seems to set his mind to play till 2015 WC. I am totally shocked.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Records are fine and SRT has a knack for establishing them. Acknowledged. But from a match winning true grit cricketing perspective please give me Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Gavaskar anyday. Dravid because of his tenacity, Ganguly due to his bravery and leadership, Laxman for his match winning knocks against all odds and Sunny Gavaskar for sheer quality of attacks he faced. SRT is more like Zaheer Abbas from across the border, pulverising weak attacks and piling on statistics like 100 first class centuries (The only Asian to do so) and double hundreds in drawn tests. Ask Pakistanis and they would rate Javed Miandad much higher.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 25, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is adamant in his statements here. He says that he will retire when he feels, but never listen to a Indian cricket fan, who loves his Indian team more than you Sachin. You are not athletic now, can't field well, don't have sharp reflexes. Why India should bear a incomplete player?? yes, accepted you were great player but not from 2007 atleast. Very poor form and playing for love towards game. But sir Sachin when you realise how unfit you are now to play International matches, both physically and mentally. Getting out in 90's for nearly 40 times is not a joke and it just shows his very low mental strength and he always fails when India needs him to play. Then Why sir you still want to stay, please answer us beacuse you are playing for India not for Mumbai indians..Cricinfo please publish, thank you.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Great to know this good news ,i would be more happy if you could say that you would play till next world cup,Master keep cricket alive for atleast more years to come.

We wants our sachin to play without any record pressure.

Thank you somuch once again for saying no retirement-we hate to hear your retirement news .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Come on kids. You call Sachin - Selfish? Wake up, wake up. What do you know about the master and his commitment to the game and love to play for his country? How many batsmen made 100's in d series in Aus, Eng tours and Asia cup? Only Kohli did better. Stadiums fill up becoz dey wanna see Sachin batting. And remember people shutting their tv's OFF immediately after Sachin was out. Even today he's the Master and Legend. What difference would it make if the master is replaced by a youngster? Only dirty politics played. The little master is a Living Legend. That is y he's called God of Cricket. Coz he make ppl faces smile, cheer in happiness.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

god of cricket....... v salute u for ur gr8 records.......

Posted by VJGS on (March 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Retire when you want but if you are going to do so before the a world cup, ensure there is enough time for the one filling your boots to prepare.

Posted by CrickFreak2012 on (March 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

@ Shongololo , agree with you buddy! It is time up for Sachin ! I am great fan of Sachin, but I dont want to see Sachin, the grafter, picking up singles, wasting 30 balls to go from 90 to 100..... retire gracefully now :)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

India plays its players for national glory. National glory means RECORDS. Remember Kapil Dev? The man who would be limping, but was kept to cross Hadlee. Tendulkar still has two landmarks to reach. 200 Test and 500 ODI appearances. After fulfilling national dreams by these two goals, Tendulkar will still have to play for India. He is the goose that lays the golden eggs for the conglomerates and BCCI. If Tendulkar earns 1 million, others earn 1,000 million through him. "Selfish to retire now"? WITH ALL DUE RESPECT is for the birds. Tendulkar is a victim of his success!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 25, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@Sankar Vavintaparthy, tellmeone match where he stopped young players to grow? Not only you but some of them just blindly come and comment on Sachin's retirement. You don't have proper knowledge that other country people have.

Posted by unbiasedfan on (March 25, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

An interesting twist of rationale

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

nw is d best time for him to retire..

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 25, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

@Gizza You say that he cant even score a fifty against other teams. Between the time he scored his 99th century and his 100th he had scored 8 fifties. When ponting can go on for 2 years without a century why cant tendulkar have two series in which he averaged 35? We set the bar for tendulkar so high due to all that he has achieved that if we dont see a century for even a couple of matches we say he is out of form. Why is it that there is so many articles about tendulkar's 100th 100 and his achievements? The fact that when he averges 35 we say that it is the end of the road is a testimony to all that he has done and the expectations we have of him.

Posted by Ashly007 on (March 25, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Very good response to the media and a gr8 news for the fans... As far as the retirement is considered, its only for the jobs and contracts... This is a game and one can play until he is fit and capable enough to contribute in the team... And at the age of 39 we can still see that he can field from the boundaries, match equally with youngsters while running between the wickets...

Posted by maheshm on (March 25, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

I am really frustrated with the comments posted out here. I am positive most of these folks have not even set foot on a ground to play competitive cricket and they have advise to pass on to Batting Maestro!. How silly would it be to offer Bill Gates or Larry Page or even yourself a suggestion that you have earned enough or achieved enough now make way to youngsters (at any point in the Career). Everyone has the right to live upto his potential and the decision to change direction is left to one's own judgement. Please stop being silly and Celebrate the Moment with HOPE that next generation will DREAM to improve themselves to be among the Cricketing Best!

Posted by randikaayya on (March 25, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

can't remember this chap being on top of the game of cricket except when playing Bangladesh. Cuold he be speaking of some other game he's on top of?

Posted by Krish.XI on (March 25, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

God Please give him Fitness Forever............. I Love you Sachin Sir..........

Posted by NazimIsmail on (March 25, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Sachin, one should retire when people ask you why and not when. Although I firmly beleive that you have served the nation well and entertained all through out and I therefore feel that you should only retire when you want and no one should decide for you. Although I do joke with my son, who is 12 years old, that one day you and sachin would open the innings in one day international for india, when he is 20 and sachin at 47. who knows I may be right.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

he was lot better then others

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Please keep entertain India with your great playing techniques and confidence!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

He should call a quit at least from ODIs.....to pave way for the talented youngsters..or selectors should make a call.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

When someone says Sachin had miserable run in England and Australia... check every team-mates score from India and you will find Sachin in top 3 in every series. if he does not perform, then u drop him.. but dont talk otherwise!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Ok I supported Sachin of his desire to retire until he suggested of 2015 WC. Are you kidding me sir ? What is meant by top of your game as my thinking was when you were scoring 50-100s per 2-3 matches with an average of 50+ and not one 100 after so long time. With all due respect please set your timetable as no one in BCCI has the guts to drop you/retire you. There is no accomplishment/dream left to be chased down. Everything is done and conquered by your greatness. So let the question be asked when you are gone "Why" instead of "Why not".

Posted by ansram on (March 25, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

How exactly is Sachin on the top of the game? By scoring a painfully slow century against Bangaldesh"? His performance over the last year has been very average by his colossal standards and no where near "top".

But I agree that players should have the freedom to retire as they please and should not be pressurized. If Sachin is not contributing significantly to the team, the selectors should show the guts to drop him. But a player of Sachin's stature is immune to the opinion of selectors, that is why Sachin should retire as soon as possible. Like politicians crciketers do not know how to time their retirement and want to continiue playing till eternity. Cricket is the only thing that Sachin knows and life would be empty for him without it. But India cannot afford to become empty by the desire of every player to pay till they reach 50. Retire while people respect you - this should be the motto.

Posted by michalite on (March 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

It did seem that sachin was playing for his 100th 100 in Dhaka which cost us the match, and I thought at that if he had any shame, he should just retire right there. Then the memory of sachin playing with swollen eyes against Kenya in 1999 a week after his father's death popped in my head. I felt ashamed to think that he is a selfish player. And even if he is selfish.. he has done more enough for the country to deserve an exit when he desires.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

It lovely to watch him bat wen all the barriers has been broken.. 4get abt retirement.. He must concentrate on selective games and keep himself fit 4 2015 wc... I wud rather luv him to skip IPL .. If junior player can bring a change ,Sachin doesnt bowl now then hw come there is no good fast bowlers ??.. Its ones talent that gets him in the team not by the age ...

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Bradman played till his 50's , Sachin is still in his 30's ; and if I am correct there is an West Indian who played international cricket in his 60's . So people , don't dare to ask Sachin again about retirement until 2019 England World Cup .

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

It lovely to watch him bat wen all the barriers has been broken.. 4get abt retirement.. He must concentrate on selective games and keep himself fit 4 2015 wc... I wud rather luv him to skip IPL .. If junior player can bring a change ,Sachin doesnt bowl now then hw come there is no good fast bowlers ??.. Its ones talent that gets him in the team not by the age ...

Posted by Malti65 on (March 25, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

There cannot be a more selfish statement than that. He thnks all the other seniors are his enimies. very bad. Nobody is forcing him. Nobody can force anyone. But what it means is that a great player should not be pushed out of the team, just like Dravid was about to be pushed out before he retired. Also Laxman is likely to be pushed out. But for Laxman it may be ok because he is a tad lower than Sachin and Dravid. The last one year has been very painful for the fans. It is not easy on the fans to see their biggest hero fail so miserably and consistently. I hope he takes the decision soon, so that the master and the fans are separated with sweet memories and not bad memories.

Posted by Riski_jatt on (March 25, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Come on people...Leave the poor guy alone.....Have some respect for Tendulkar. He Is still one of best batsman on performance basis in Indian team. It will be sad day for cricket when great entertainer retires from cricket game. Every other team does not want to face tendulkar because of his exepience/skill.

Posted by sarathy_m2 on (March 25, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Anyone who is not comfortable about Sachin - Please look his average of the season and runs scored in the tournament. Dont think on more matches, more runs, centuries, etc.

Why a player should give way for youngster or anyone, if he plays well and score more runs in every tournament?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Sorry but this guy is not the greatest. Records alone are not a true measure of greatness, I rate Bradman, Richards and Lara above him and guess what none of those guys played for records. Great point by maulikshah17, not only he was poor in Eng and Aus, his obsession for records cost India the game against Bangladesh and ultimately a place in the Asia Cup final. Dravid is not just a true gentleman and extremely unsellfish, he proved over the years to be a far better batsman than Sachin under pressure and on difficult pitches. Sachin contradicts himself by saying that he has lived all his dreams but still wants to keep playing on the basis that he still enjoys the game. Does he still enjoy the game or is it a case of keep playing regardless to ensure that neither the likes of Ponting and Kallis can get within reach of his precious records. Also he gives the impression that he is infallible and cant be dropped and will retire on his own terms. Actually he was dropped during CB series

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Let's All stop looking at this from Sachin's or Media's or Experts' viewpoint. Wouldn't you hire the best people for your company .. whether they are old or young??? Same is the case for the Indian Team. Select the best players who perform the best for your team keeping in view both present & future. If Sachin is fit enough to play for more years (as per a Professional Medical Report), then why raise hue & cry ? Do what's the best for the team.. not the best for public, players or Experts.

Posted by LillianThomson on (March 25, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

How badly does a has-been have to play in India to get dropped? The country's Test ranking and rating are falling at the same speed as Tendulkar: he is now the joint twelfth ranked batsman with Azhar Ali. At least Lara retired before he could decline like Tendulkar is doing before our very eyes. Sangakkara's ICC ranking is now 101 points higher than Tendulkar, and Tendulkar's ranking has never ever reached 900, unlike Sanga, Ponting, Hussey, Pietersen, Kallis or Chanderpaul, which implies that those seven have always been better than Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

if retiring would seem selfish then I guess continuing to play would be magnanimous!! OMFG!!

Posted by Bilal_Choudry on (March 25, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

i think he has to consider giving youngsters chance to play for their country too.. i am not sure if he has anything left to prove ...step aside with dignity

Posted by cheguramana on (March 25, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

This is a very strange position for Sachin to take. For someone whos played international cricket for 23 years already, why is it 'selfish' to retire ? Some points he shud ponder: (1) its better to retire on top, rather than retire when you start failing, or when you are pushed out (2) Nobody can play forever. All teams have to refresh and rejuvenate with new talent. You never know what new dimensions to the game a new player may bring in (3) Indian team has slipped badly in both Test and ODI cricket. Team has to re-build and work hard for the next few years to regain the top position. Is it reasonable to think Sachin can be part of that process at this stage of his career ? (4) Sure, Sachin has nothing left to prove. As he says, hes achieved his 2 big dreams. Why not give an opportunity to other youngsters who have similar dreams ? (5) Theres more than one way to serve Indian cricket. Don Bradman was a Selector/Cricket Admisntrator. Anil Kumble has become Adminstrator.Pl think Sachin!

Posted by rohitrainakohli on (March 25, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

after some years we can see his son playing along with him

Posted by Kays789 on (March 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

talk about reverse psychology! someone should explain 'selfish' to him. probably got it confused with 'selfless'. he should thank his stars for having been born in india and playing for this indian team that he is still able to hold a place down in the team.

Posted by bismoy on (March 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

This is great news...we can expect that sachin playin in 2015 wc. I agree with sachin one never retire when on top.

Dravid retire as clearly is dont want to get bowled and drop catches again.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Retire, Retire gracefully.

Posted by vaidyar on (March 25, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

For the tests I agree with his assessment, he should play on as long as he feels he can contribute. He'll be the only senior around, VVS can't carry on too long with his lack of fitness. For ODIs I tend to disagree. The team is always bigger than the individual and he can't keep walking in and out of the team with no definite plan for the future. If there is a plan for the 2015 WC, for which a roadmap and plan should be in place by 2013, selectors and the captain/coach should know where he stands for that. He can't remain an enigma they have no control over and who can or cannot be there for that time. Even Steve Waugh and Ponting wanted to keep playing. The selectors took the call for them. SRT does not play T20Is for India saying he does not fit into the team, so its not like he'll be blind about planning for future etc. Early days, but I expect him to have an idea about 2015 WC by early 2013 at least. Am sure he will take a call for it by then!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Not to forget that in the eyes of critics n even public, players are just like racing horses...u have to have a performing streak at any point of time...otherwise all will bet on the other option(s).

Posted by pradeeplasantha on (March 25, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

I think Sachin must retire sooner, He has been a great player but most of the time for himself. I remember his first match as a captain, he scored century but India lost the match, Again he scored 100 th of 100 but India lost the match due to his slow batting. Also he failed o make a big impact in England & Australia. now he sees lots of match scheduled in Asia he is expecting to make it most to pile of runs.... Sachin this is my opinion , do you want to get dropped or retire with dignity? ....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

SRT will let his bat do the talking and shut up everyone as he has always done... Keep going Sach..

Posted by Max_Broder on (March 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Agreed that decision to enter and exit the game is entirely an individual decision. But one thing that really successful people including cricketers know - Retire when one is asked why, not when people ask why not. Further "top of the game" is a very relative thing - determined by not just the current form but the seasons preceding it - one can indeed draw different conclusions from this in case of Sachin. Basic personal philosophy should take precedence over mere physical/mental achievement after one has achieved a lot in their sphere of activity in this life. That and only that will determine if the person will be truly remembered forever in a positive way and be an inspiration to the coming generation(s).

Posted by arunsudha on (March 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

sachin must play in overseas series only. so that his experience cld be ample for the team.... I pray that if he cld p0lay 2015 WC it would be more helpful for india to retain the title....,

Posted by abhi_cricinfo on (March 25, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

SRT is like Rocky Balboa of cricket , he is always there when you need him and age won't defy him. Those who think SRT is responsible for defeat against BD they should know that Kohli SR was 80 in that match and If your team can't defend 290 runs then blame your bowlers. One more fact is India haven't found a replacement opener in ODI - Rahane, Parthiv , Shikhar Dhawan , Naman Ojha and Murali vijay score runs at SR below 77 & avg below 31, so better leave them alone or we will lose more matches.

Posted by Sreekumari on (March 25, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

The selectors will decide when Sachin should give way to youngsters.When he says he is feeling fine who could say he should retire.Let us not compare him to Kohli,Sharma,Tiwary,Raydu etc.Everybody knows the difference between 39 and 24.And if Sachin is selfish and cared too much for his career and records it is only human.He is no God.I dont know what one would call the crorepathis,politicians,artists in India.Sachin is just a sportsman who has managed to do something on the cricket field.When his time is up he will leave the field as it must happen.He has worked very hard selfishly and that is why people do keep talking about him.That is simply why people want him to continue or retire.And it is a shame that we do not talk about any other sportsmans career.Sachin has indeed kindled a passion for cricket like many famous cricketers and whatever people comment he has served Indian cricket wonderfully well and he is a joy to behold.

Posted by gummadv on (March 25, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Any sports person can retire when he/she wants(There cannot be any arguments its simple common sense). If any body do not want(or thinks) tendulkar need to be out of Indian team they should address their questions to selection committee or BCCI.

No body is justified in asking some body to retire.

Posted by Dhushan on (March 25, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

He's talking about being selfish but the BCCI has no backbone to drop him & he can't see the selfishness of not letting any other youngsters play for India. Maybe he doesn't understand that other Indian youngsters also have the dream of wanting to play cricket for India. What a joke

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Sachin has his right to decide when to retire....he was not mentioning the Australia or England tour abt being top of the game but was mentioning about the World Cup (u ll understand this if u read his previous interviews). @people who think he is Selfish: He has the right to be selfish...he has served the Indian Cricket more than anyone has ever done and more than anyone to achieve.

Posted by Dhushan on (March 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

@maulikshah17: Good statement mate. I was wondering the same thing. I wonder what he means by 'on top of his game.' Maybe because he scored a 100 against Bangladesh after all those poor scores. What a joke! @Sankar Vavintaparthy: I back you 100% on your statement. He's talking about being selfish but the BCCI has no backbone to drop him & he can't see the selfishness of not letting any other youngsters play for India. Maybe he doesn't understand that other Indian youngsters also have the dream of wanting to play cricket for India

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

I dont think Sachin is denying youngsters a place in the team, there are already plenty of spots left in last 3-4 years, barring Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni and Zahir all reamaining 6 spots are up for grabs and only kohli has been able to grab one so far!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Wow I can't believe how plainly hypocritical his comments are. "Selfish" is the one thing he's accused of being, and he's going to continue his selfishness by professing that it would selfish not to do so.

Posted by sabee66 on (March 25, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

No disrespect to the guy , he is a Legend but the next one's waiting will be old enough to retire to wait for their turn.............lol and there will be a huge gap then in indian team people come and go BUT they will remember if you go with respect 0-8 and having you in team for 40-50 runs...lol, anyone could do it leave it for the new sachin, KOHLI or your son

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

@ maulikshah17 by saying " on top" he means to convey to people like you that he has been the second highest scorer for India in both forms of the game since 1/1/2011 in the matches he has played for INDIA and highest scorerin both forms combined since 2010... @Sankar Vavintaparthy: How can one Tendulkar retirement give way to so many youngsters...do you remember a player called GANGULY it has been a long time shince he retired and none of the talented youngsters have been still able to fill in the vaccum and now Dravids too... @ Ricardo Williams: theck the stats on this website very user friendly... do also check his average and also check the average of Ponting when he was dropped... you would understand how blurred your understanding is about cricket itself forget about selection

Posted by Naren on (March 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

He opens the innings in the one dayers.. that is what he means by on top. I guess.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

WOW....he want to play 2015 really??

Posted by muhammadsafeer on (March 25, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

sachin missed the chance for retirement when they won world cup,, one day indian selector will drop him coz if you see in recent series against AUS & END he should step down himself & gave chance for your talent

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Go on Sachin... Want to see you play the 2015 WC! And yes, I am serious!

Posted by lananad on (March 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Not retiring would be selfish but not the other way round. Please give way to youth and ritre gracefully. I think 23 years is more than enough for a cricket.

Posted by AjuNair on (March 25, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Sachin is the person who is having the right to decide about future....all are telling about giving opportunity to youth..can you think about someone who can replace sachin at the moment..it is not about performing on every match..who can perform like that...his presence in the team makes a big impact on other team members...look at the way other team members respect him.. he guides,mentors youngsters....

Posted by Balumekka on (March 25, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Well, I asked this from my mom. She said the standard retirement age is 55. So we have 15 years Sachin!!!! Why all these people speaking about something due to come in 15 years!!!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Sachin was a hero... Sachin is a hero... Will he still be hero...? If he is not selfish, why he didnt voice his opinion when dravid was retiring from Test circket. Dravid was best batsman in England Series. Only in Australia he failed. But, he took decisions unselfishly. Not like this Mr.Tendulkar!

Posted by agent001 on (March 25, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

His "selfishness" to slow up the run rate to get his 100th , cost the defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the Asia cup and India failing to make it to even the finals.

Posted by Shorndrack on (March 25, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

@Gizza: He always had that fine touch since Lord's test...Has scored 535 runs in next 10 innings and the innings in Melbourne was the best played by Indian team in Australia.To add with that, he was the second top-scorer in both the test series in England and Australia. With the burden of 100 100s gone, we gonna see the vintage Tendulkar again :)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

salute 2 u litl master.... here some talking about gr8 indian young players... look hw dey r perform.... for ex: rohith, raina (except asia cup) jadeja etc......

Posted by maddy20 on (March 25, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

At the top off the game? This guy averaged 34 in England and 28 in Aus. What on Earth is he talking about?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

I fully agreed with Lil master statement that he is the one to decide on his retirement not others. He earned his place in team by his stregnth and his dedication towards the game, but Sachin there is time for everything and i feel that your time is there to say good bye to the game you love most. You are genius no doubt but there is end of everything and i feel that you should anouced it soon at least for the one dayer and keeping playing the test until you feel it is right. Good luck and all the best!!

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

stay as long as yo can , go fo 150 th 100 and other teams can win against india

Posted by KALPANA. on (March 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

SACHIN SIR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING OF PLAYING THE 2015 WORLD CUP, YOU ARE DAMAGING YOUR "GOD IMAGE" IN YOUR FANS' MINDS. WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK AND GREAT FOR FOR YOUR FUTURE.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 25, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

SRT may feel he's at the top (still), but the rest of the cricket world seems to think otherwise. Not for the first time in recent years I feel that the script isn't quite his; it could well be one of those businessmen - or a conglomerate of 'em - who have grown rich on marketing him that have put plausible words into his mouth. They have no genuine interest at all in anything apart from maximising the profit that can be made out of him. The question is: can the vast adoring and rather gullible millions of Tendulkar fans (not the same as cricket fans - or even Indian cricket fans) see through this? Perception - and its close cousin, clear thought - are never found in a morass of gullibility!

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 25, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Yea right you served your country very well indeed by letting Bangladesh beat India, keep on playing, your a blessing in disguise for minnows like Bangladesh

Posted by kantipur on (March 25, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Sachin, where were your press conferences when India were humiliated 8-0 . You were hiding somewhere. Now you have made a selfish hundred against Bangladesh you are everywhere in the interview. Wake up you are fast losing your fans. and of course you would have never got chance to play at the age of 16 had the players like Gavaskar and others not retired. Isn't your duty to give chance to youngsters because somebody made way to you.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Cricket or sports for that matter is a strange profession. At your late 30's you are at the peak of your powers in any walk of life but in sports you have to do something very different and hence I understand Tendulkar fears. However saying that it is selfish to retire is selfish in itself. I want to ask the editors of cricinfo to show us the following stats, Tendulkar 100 that were not scored against Namibia, kenya, Zimbabwae, Bangladesh, Hong kong, Ireland, UAE, and ended up being in the winning cause, not draws and losses. My feeling is about 60 percent of those hundreds were in non wining causes, but I am interested in knowing the stats on that.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (March 25, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

I kind of understand what Tendulkar is driving at here, in so far as he has so many fans that many people would feel let down if he stopped playing for India. Also for him to quit the moment he has reached a milestone (as, for instance, Geoff Boycott did in 1982) would seem selfish. But it is questionable that he is at the top of his game now as he implies. One century in his last 35 international innings is hardly a great record according to his own high standards.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

No need to retire if you can lead India to victories in Test matches in SA, Aus, and Eng, NZ, WI, SL, Zim, BD, Pak. keep scoring. Play like Sachin - make those grand 2nd innings knocks when the chips are down. Else let someone who can be better than you, replace you. Go only when you want to. But score a 500 before you go.

Posted by TopOrder_ on (March 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

We need more of his meaning less, Losing 100s. Dont retire plz

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Sachin's retirement means:

EMPTY CRICKET STANDS FOR INDIA MATCHES INDIAN MATCHES VIEWING REDUCED

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

No need to retire Sachin. You know the game better than anyone else on the planet. Your commitment and love towards game is enough to play in team. Anyone says apart from this he have blocked one place for young one, think logically and tell me how many there are still can perform like Sachin Tendulkar on his place.

Posted by Shongololo on (March 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Give me a break, Sachin. You're the greatest, but spare us the 'selfish' rubbish. You're a shadown of the player you once were, you hang on for selfish reasons. Retire gracefully, for India's sake, for the sake of your reputation.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

It seems more selfish not retiring at this point. He struggled to get his 100 100th and should have been dropped from the team. Why should he subject himself to the humiliation of the possibility of being dropped? He should also give way so that younger players can get the opportunity to play. The problem with the Indian team is that on paper the names of senior players sound good, but in reality they are nothing but milk that stayed on the shelf too long and now it's turning sour. it's time to go Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

A Perfect Backlash-drive from Sachin.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

He can Play upto 50 years.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Way to go lil' master, may your tribe increase :)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

well said... now let move on from this retirement chat and 100 100's nonsense

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

i thnk tendulkar is d most selfish player in d world.. if he's nt selfish den he shld retire frm all forms of cricket and shld make way fr juniors such as manoj tiwary,ambati rayudu,pujara etc.,

Posted by maulikshah17 on (March 25, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

He had a miserable run in England and Australia. What exactly does he mean by being "on top" of his game?

Posted by   on (March 25, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Congrats Sachin you truly are the greatest of the modern era, Lara should have stayed for west indies but he retired while he was still playing well and now you've surpassed him

Posted by Gizza on (March 25, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

So it sounds like when you score a hundred against Bangladesh on a flat small subcontinental pitch at a strike rate of 77 (around 4.6 runs an over) and can't make a 50 against any other team, you're "on top" of your game. I wonder what Michael Clarke, Mohammed Hafeez, Alistar Cook and Virat Kohli are then if Sachin is at top of his game.

Posted by tpjpower on (March 25, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Looks like Tendulkar is setting himself up for another record: oldest man to play Test cricket. He's only two decades into his career, what's two more?

Posted by Srini88 on (March 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

It is obviously selfish if he does not retire even now!.. Learn from Mr Gentleman Rahul dravid.

Posted by iBilal on (March 25, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

if u looking for 2015 worldcup, that sir, would be called being SELFISH.

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