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ODI retirement not on Tendulkar's mind

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July 6, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar cuts through point, India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Brisbane, February 21, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar: "As long as I am enjoying (ODIs) and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue playing." © Getty Images
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Sachin Tendulkar has insisted he has no plans to retire from the ODI format though he has skipped all but two of India's one-day series since last year's World Cup. Tendulkar has also opted out of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting later this month.

"It's not what XYZ think, it's what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue (playing ODIs)," he told CNN-IBN.

On the subject of ending his one-day career, Tendulkar drew a parallel with his international Twenty20 retirement. "I felt I shouldn't be part of the Twenty20 squad in 2007 and I had been asked (to stay on) but I felt I should not be part because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket may be I would take that decision."

Tendulkar has played both of India's one-day tournaments so far this year, but decided to sit out the upcoming Sri Lanka series. "I just wanted to spend time with my family, as simple as that," he said. "I spoke to the BCCI and requested them. To be able to spend time with my children is also important."

In Tendulkar's absence, India's opening pair for the Sri Lanka series will be Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who himself had asked for rest for the Asia Cup in March. Sehwag backed Tendulkar's decision to miss the series. "Not only me but the whole country misses Sachin when he is not in action," he told reporters in Delhi. "But one should realise that he is 39 years and he should be allowed to pick and choose which series he wants to go. He will certainly be available for the Test series against New Zealand."

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Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

@puneet_usa on (July 09 2012, 14:50 PM GMT)....That was perfect straight drive hit into the faces of die hard (ignorant) Sachin fans.

Posted by puneet_usa on (July 9, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Like I said before WITH FULL DUE RESPECT TO SACHIN AND HIS FOLLOWERS- MY question is " IS HE LEADING WITH AN EXAMPLE FOR YOUNGSTERS"- BIG NOOO AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED- Now the next question is "ARE players like Sehwag,kholi,Raina,etc already dreaming that if they reach anyway close to Sachin in their reputation- they will have the luxury of picking and choosing when to play and when to rest- I feel it is solely BCCI's duty as Board of Cricket for cricket in India to rotate players efficiently so that players are kept physically and mentally fit and can deliver their best thereby not giving any opportunity to players of Sachin's stature to choose on their will for their personal gains and also will discourage him from initializing a bad trend in this era of professional sports. I am open to people views on this debate either way. Thanks

Posted by Aristotle01 on (July 9, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

@praveen: Your comments are ridiculous. Please read my posts patiently , and as @everybodyloves sachin says, .. my comments have shut up critics like randyoz and kiwirocker emphatically so much so that they are surely eating their silly words now. Thank you and kindly publish.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

@Crazy4cricket40 on (July 09 2012, 01:39 AM GMT)....That's a fair assessment sir.It is unbiased too. Like it.

Posted by coolindianfan on (July 9, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@CRAZY CRICKET 40 "GIVE THIS 4 OVERS TO SOMEBODY LIKE DHONI, RAINA OR YUVRAJ AT THE END AND THEY WILL PILE UP ANOTHER 40RUNS AND WILL TAKE SCORE TO DEFENATE WIN" THERE IS A RESON WHY THEY SCORE AT A STRIKE RATE OF NEAR 100 BECAUSE THEY ARE MATCH FINISHERS ,IT IS ACCEPTED THAT AT THE END OF INNINGS RUNS DO FLOW .BUT WHERE SACHIN BATS IT IS DIFFERENT .OTHERWISE THRY WOULD HAVE OPENING RIGHT?

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 9, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Indian cricket pity u .Sachin at the age of 39, who hardly knows to field and big question marks on fitness and allowed to play.Never he will be dropped; even after dismal performance in England and Australia.He is guaranteed his place even after failure in CB series 2012. There will be supporters also running in with a big chart of his career stats.huh.Selectors are puppets in Hands of BCCI and Companies who just force Sachin to be in team for their own financial benefits in way of ad's. Enjoying is that you DON'T DO it at the stake of team.Can't he judge himself how good he is??? Then why doesn't step down even after that.He knows how is he scoring these days but still adamant to play.There are no Honest guys like Dravid who do justice for themselves and team and for country. See Dravid Even after good England series he had, highest scorer in Test matches for India there; he resigns from International after failure in single Australian tour.He judges its not time to prolong career.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

If the same way Kapil/Kicha/Gavaskar.... wud hav thought.... they wud hav still kept playing for IND.,,,,

Team:

Kicha, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Rahul, Kiran, Anil, Sreenath, Prasad, Kambli, Jadega, Robinsingh......

Ther wudnt have been a place for others///////////// way to think Sachin..... and Shewag.....

Posted by coolindianfan on (July 9, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

@truth "So many comments against tendulkar, people abusing and cursing him. If a player has some self respect he would definitely retire before people start abusing and cursing him".U seem to be in your own world . do you u know that on face book there is a fan club of sachin which is 6 million + and counting .u critics cant even assemble 6000 i bet on it.For each and every queirry like match winner , selfish etec, etc u can visit sachinist.com and get a reality check.There were similar cries when India were out early in the tournament in wc 07 since then look at his achievements .even with all critics assembled u cant be even 1% of his followers.haha

Posted by coolindianfan on (July 9, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

" I WAS TALKING ABT HIS S/R BETWEEN THE SCORE OF 70 TO 100, NOT OVER ALL" do u mean to say that he is playing for counntry till 70 and then from there on plays for himself ?' dosent make sense does it.as far as . 30 runs in 60 balls are concerned it must have been in a test match that is definately not in a one day. Even dravid is slow when ha comes near (slower in comparison to the other 90 runs of his inning).I hope u understand that it is pressure and it is human to feel it and slow down a bit.Most people call dravid a team man( they are right to call him so) gut his strike rate is 71 as oppose to sachins 86 His average is 39 ,sachin s average is 45.I would also remind u that he is the only player to complete 6 centuries by hitting a six .not even Sehwag has done thhat30 of 60 balls i dont remember any such inning in any format.u call him selfish in wc match vs westindies his appeal was turned dowm and he still walked because he felt he was out. a selfisf player wouldnt do that?

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (July 9, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

puroniks you are the statsguru of Sachin..and your comments surely shuts up who always has been after Sachin for no reasons..

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