Sanjay Manjrekar
Former India batsman; now a cricket commentator and presenter on TV

Tendulkar not finished yet

He may have a problem with the full-length delivery but he's still valuable to India's Test side

Sanjay Manjrekar

September 5, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar missed a straight ball, India v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 2nd day, September 1, 2012
Great batsmen often seem more vulnerable against full deliveries than short ones as they age © Associated Press
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A few weeks ago on this website I strongly recommended that Sachin Tendulkar be in the Indian touring party to South Africa in November 2013, and my mind remains unchanged. To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished as an international batsman.

I will stand by what I have said all along about Tendulkar: that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing. Until then, he may not dominate as he used to but he will still be a good enough batsman to get runs at the highest level, and to add value to the Indian team, especially in Test cricket.

I was sitting next to Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box when he said, "It worries me the way Sachin Tendulkar is getting bowled." It was an instinctive observation about a great batsman by another. I knew where Gavaskar was coming from. I believe that you don't have to play the game to be a good student of it, but there are some things in cricket that people who have played it will pick up on that most others will miss. This has to do with what you could call a cricketer's instincts, which they will sometimes find hard to explain to a lay person. Very often when cricketers make these observations, they are drawing from their own experiences. This is an advantage people who have not played the game will never have.

When Tendulkar missed another full-length delivery against New Zealand and was bowled, Gavaskar saw an age-related issue in the way he got out, and this analysis would most likely have had to do with his own experience of having played top-class cricket well into his 30s.

My reaction to Gavaskar's comment was to find out what it is with great ageing batsmen - not just Tendulkar - and full-length deliveries. I have seen with great players as they age that it's the full delivery that seems to bother them more than short ones.

Short balls land on the pitch well before full-length ones do, so their mystery is revealed to the batsman earlier. Unless, of course, you have a genuine problem with playing the short ball, but we are talking here about batsmen who have mostly had answers to all the questions posed to them through their batting careers.

Watching a ball from the point of release to almost right under your eyes is not easy to do; great batsmen do it as a matter of habit, but with age they have to remind themselves to keep doing it right through their innings.

When you are young, the obvious gift of better eyesight and quick foot movement mean such deliveries are easier to put away. In fact, these are balls that good batsmen wait to score off. The two deliveries that bowled Tendulkar in the second Test were balls to be hit for four.

When you start ageing, the ball that you would instinctively hit for four starts becoming one to respect, more so when you are new at the crease. Once you are set, that ball will be driven past the bowler for four, but here again an ageing player has to be watchful, for he will still be susceptible to such a ball, even when he's well into a long innings.

With regard to Tendulkar specifically, it's interesting to note that even in his pomp he used to get out bowled quite often to the same kind of delivery, but what Gavaskar found worrying in Bangalore was the manner in which Tendulkar was getting bowled. It seemed more a miscalculation of length in his head, as opposed to when he was younger, when his downfall would come when he tried to dominate the bowling.

If you have observed Tendulkar over time, after he got to 30 years of age, you may have seen when he has arrived at the crease from the way he has shadow-practised and shaped up to play the first few balls that it's that full-length delivery that he is most wary of. I am also told that it is this length that he practices most against in the nets in preparation for Tests.

A graph of Sachin Tendulkar's dismissals
Tendulkar's dismissal modes over the years. Till 2000, 17% of all his dismissals were bowled; between 2001 and 2010 it was 18%; since then, it's 24% © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Tendulkar is not the first great ageing player who is finding the full ball a bit of a handful. Other outstanding batsmen have had the same problems - Javed Miandad and Gundappa Viswanath, and more recently Dravid and VVS Laxman among them.

So what conclusions can you draw about Tendulkar from these dismissals?

Certainly not that Tendulkar is finished, but clearly, as in life, it does not get any easier in cricket as you age. But you know what - Tendulkar knows this better than anyone else, for age has not been on his side for a while now. He knew before most others about the inevitable age-related hindrances that would creep into his batting, and that is why he started becoming a more defensive batsman, more reliant on technique for long-term success and consistency.

Tendulkar knows that his batting discipline needs to become increasingly more rigorous with the clock ticking, and I think he lives for such challenges. This is a game he knows inside out, and he will surely find a way back from this little setback.

Everyone has focused so much on the dismissals that few are asking the pertinent question: where does 39-year-old Tendulkar fit into Indian cricket's plans?

I have already made my view clear on this and I stand by it. With Laxman and Rahul Dravid gone, Tendulkar, with all his vulnerabilities as a 40-year-old, will still provide value to this Indian batting line-up when it goes to South Africa in November 2013. I know this is a huge punt I am suggesting, but you can put it down again to a cricketer's instincts.

There is an important reason why I think Tendulkar is still relevant in Indian Test cricket: it's because of the fierce competitor within him. No one I have seen hates failure more than Tendulkar does, or can make the sacrifices necessary to overcome it.

Even as I write this, I can visualise Tendulkar at home with his family. His mind will be fixed on the next full-length delivery that he will receive in his next Test innings. I can see that image now, of Tendulkar's foot coming well down that Ahmedabad pitch and sending that full, straight delivery sizzling off the turf for four.

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Posted by naveenk on (September 10, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Lets give chance to the younger players.SRT should know when to retire ,hope fully on a high note.

Posted by manishgehani on (September 8, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Oh my word! Why are people hell-bent on having SRT retire??!! The guy has played 2 decades in the Indian cricket team! The highest run-getter, almost every imaginable record to his name. Yet people like to think if he retires, there will be a replacement who will be as good if not better than him?

I reckon if Sachin plays even half as well as he used to.. he is better than half of our batting order... considering the kind of guys we have ready to replace him - Suresh Raina, the Rohit Sharma, blah blah..

Posted by manishgehani on (September 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

(Contd) Sachin is good enough to know when his time has come to move on. He will not block any young player - whatever that means! Cricket needs Sachin more than the other way around. We have very few gentlemen left playing the game, barring him. He has taught innumerable youngsters to hold the cricket bat. Hell, Kohli himself claims to look up to him. If Sachin weren't there, I doubt we'd be any good at cricket either... just like every other sport. Agreed, we had the greats like Gavaskar, Kapil but Sachin roused the interest, the passion in most of the youth. We owe it to him!

I am a huge SRT fan, I generally switch off the TV the moment he gets out because for me, cricket is Sachin. I started following cricket only because of him and I'm sure many people did so!

So, why ask him to go now... enjoy while you can. You probbably will not see another Sachin in your lifetime!

Posted by mansman on (September 7, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Whoo-hoo, 400+ comments. Add 150+ comments from MC article as well. SRT rocks the cricket world - still!!

Posted by maulikshah17 on (September 7, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

What is Manjrekar thinking? Sachin has had a disastrous tour of Australia and England and now at home against New Zealand. How may innings will we have to sacrifice to see that straight sizzling drive? Time for Sachin to retire.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Age factor plays a major role and his reflexes, concentration has began to slow down. So, leaving Indian Cricket at this time won't be a bad idea.

Dear Sachin, You have immensly contributed to the Indian Cricket and specially you knock in Cheapuk in 2000 where India was struggling at 88-5, showed us the determination and testimony towards Cricket. But next generation players are also waiting for the chance. So, this is the right time for you to say goodbye to Indian Cricket. However, he can create a Cricket club and produce more future Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. That way he can serve Indian Cricket

Posted by nyc_missile on (September 7, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

If SRT is genuinely concerned about Indian cricket and future generation,all he had to was the following in Sydney Test in Oz :Persuade/coax/convince Dhoni n Team Mgmt utilizing his stature,to play Rohit Sharma ahead of himself just for tht 1 test, when it was clear he was losing touch.He could have redeemed his own stature by sacrificing and given a much needed break to Rohit who was red hot coming into that series.Alas!And now he is becoming a joke and a precious talent is left untapped&untested.As I Chappell says,when young cricketers are not blooded quickly enough at International level,they pick up bad habits which will eventually harm them in the long term.That's precisely what happened to Rohit.In ODI series following the tests,completely looked rustic and low on confidence after having had a phenomenal series against WI both home&away.He continued his bad form in SL& so missed out on NZ tests.A classic case of 'How NOT TO manage a promising young player' Hope its not too late.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

This is very childish from the part of Sanjay Manjrekar. He should know one can not play forever, it does not how great one is. Now Sachin can not achieve anything but loose his respect, which he has gain over the years.

People have started guessing that he will try to play until his son Arjun is drafted in Indian team and he want to help him to cement his place.

Posted by AMRules on (September 7, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

It is shame sachin still wants to play, also big shame everyone is forgetting what sachin did to Cricket World. Retire gracefully and give chance to youngster. All please think that Sachin plays to retire, but a youngster plays to proove.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark (post on September 06 2012, 21:34 PM GMT): interesting post! What does this tell you about the mindset of some 'fans'... If people did this with 'all-or-nothing' players like Sehwag, Gayle etc. they'd be broke in no time!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Sachin needs to go get some advice from New Zealand's Chris Martin. Chris has batted his entire career with 'concrete feet', and has more 'not-outs' than Sachin! There's bound to be great advice from one legend to another...

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 7, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Genuine Indian fans all appreciate the legends:- Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, and Ganguly - not forgetting the bowlers as well (like Kumble) - All we are saying is there are plenty of talented youngsters waiting to get a place. The team has only 11 places. Despite what Oz/Eng fans say about Sachin he has been a pilar in the Indian lineup for a long, long time - and yes India did win matches even if Sachin did not play the winning runs he contributed to a team sport. Becoz he batted at 4 he is bound to get out as compared to someone at no6. Also all the top bowlers of the world have continued to gun for his wicket. For now I feel that it is time for a youngster to take his load.

Posted by Ravi-Sankar on (September 7, 2012, 10:35 GMT)


Posted by SatyajitM on (September 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@praveen4honestemark, such a poor analysis for a match situation. If a team is at 205-3 in 39.2 overs(Sachin still playing) a team would expect to get to at least 280 as last 10 overs are considered slog overs where people score more runs The fact that India could get only 258 means they badly missed Sachin in last 10 overs. However, that was not a docile pitch, even 258 was a good enough target to win the match (you can check scores for some other matches in the series). Praveen bowled well but Sachin's performance was stand out in the bolwling friendly conditions.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

First few tests played by the Indian team after months, and for a player in his late 30s, it was even more difficult to get to where he would like him to be. Four bowled outs in four innings, and the whole nation is out there ready to judge a cricketer who has performed at all levels of cricket over 20 years better than any other cricketer during that same period. Perhaps too much adoration for someone often leads to too harsh and unnecessary criticisms. I don't know what's the reason for all the media & individual attention on Sachin for getting out in these tests, but to me, it all seems a bit too premature and baseless. I say, have a proper series with enough practice & good number of tests so that each player gets adequate time to get ready and show his performance. Then, we can see who is fit and ready and who is not. Two tests out of nowhere are not the best standard or measuring scale for judging anyone, let alone Sachin, and that rule should apply to "everyone".

Posted by rosh86 on (September 7, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

OFCOURSE he is not finished yet he will come back very strongly, and we need senior player like him in overseas in 3 - 4 matches nobody can judge (god of cricket') sachin. AND MARTIN CROWE he never crossed 6000 runs in 77 test matches he is criticising Sachin he should keep quiet.

Posted by straightedge on (September 7, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Well all people posting their comments here need to understand one thing that tendulkar is playing after 4-5 months gap with no cricket available in btw the indian domestic games start only in sept or oct every year. He is a Great Player and someone most of us have looked up to for many years now it is up to us to show him some respect when he is going through a rough patch i'm sure he will come out of it soon and if he doesn't then he will not play beyond the England series. But as Cricket fans just hope that we get to see many memorable innings from the bat of the Genius i.e. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

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

@3liteindia : That is because VVS and Rahul hung up their boots.

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

agrred @Nampally ...nice comment!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Folks, we all know Sachin has been a gifted player all through his life; it is the agony within us that whenever he under-performs, gets criticism; as Indians, we have always wanted him to score a 100, each time he goes out; let's respect the fact that he is a human & can fail; that just cannot take away what he has done to the game !!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 6, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Some Sachin fans are so much obsessed with Sachin centuries and Sachin batting that one day i went to see a cricket match in friends paying guest and few Sachin fans there was there to see Sachin century as evident from the shouting. Sachin eventually was out in 20's and they left from there. I asked one of them among them who was leaving that why are you leaving?? He says, Sachin didn't score well, no point seeing match. I said then why don't you shout for India. He just answers that Sachin century is all he wanted. I was shocked. These type of Sachin fans are obsessed and there are many in this country who only care Sachin century, may be that's also a reason why India never been very good as team when it should be as cricket is more a team game but revolves it only around Sachin. He is not a team. He is just a member.

Posted by SPA001 on (September 6, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

SRT has been a great batsman who has given respect to cricket and the art of batting perhaps more respect than others. It is high time Sanjay Manjrekar and some of SRT's fans though about Indian Cricket team. The man is all about stats for he has accumulated a montain of runs in all form of cricket. We all salute his achievenments but as we all know all his career he has been looking after himself.The modern equipment and quality of pitches and some very ordinary bowling attacks have enabled him to carry on. Hand on heart he will be the first one to admit he is not India's greatest match-winner and simply have not carried the team as much a truly great player does. He had inspired many cricketers all over the world but he is not a leader and he lacks the killer instinct so evident from the likes of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara. His dismissal in the 2007 World Cup against Bangladesh was a clear sign that his shelf life is over. Four years on he is still about.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 6, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

BCCI should put 10dulkar out of his misery by dropping him. People criticize Dhoni no end. Dhoni may not be the best batsman in the Indian team, but against NZ, Dhoni was a much better batsman than 10dulkar. Heck, even Ashwin can bat better than 10dulkar. There are many youngsters - Rahane, Tiwary, Pandey, etc. who can bat better than him. So why carry this dead weight around?

Posted by legspinner007 on (September 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

praveen4honestemark: I hope your arithmetic is good, calculate how much is 205-91. In case you are taking your calculator out, it is 114. India would have been 114-4 had it not been for Sachin's 91. It is a team sport Praveen, the other 10 people are not there just to watch him bat, although that is a treat all by itself.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 6, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Any sport , Any player there is always weakness and strength. WHen you are young , pure energy of youthfulness offset and mask any technical weakness. As you gets older ..your reflexes slow down , you start to rely on technique more and more. We all know sachin has best technique..but his Old age weakness keep growing and he can't fill the hole with any special adjustment..When you get old , you get old. There is no magic formula to rejunevate. For sachin his mojo always statistical records.Thats the only thing guided his endless run scoring...Now all the stats are done , i probably think he will retire because if he does not then he has n't analysed his body as much other old agers realized. Bottom like is body , can it perform same high level he did years ago. I seriously doubt that because there is no magic formula to reduce age. One small injury he will retire. Because he will not recover. I really think he wants to go out with century in Test. That is only reason.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

More comments: 1. Praise Sachin 2. Criticize Sachin 3. Anything Sachin... 4. Everything else... Cricinfo is a tabloid journalism..they need to have sachin story every week just to balance their budget. hahaha. Now two. Martin crowe everyone will have say...Mcgrath already said...same thing... i think boycott is best unbiased person when it is n't connected with england. Aussies has vested interest in india because most makes money india...they do not want to kill their golden goose in sachin by saying the blatant truth. Old guys should quit.

Posted by playitstraight on (September 6, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

@TRAM you sir, need to check the rankings. Who is India's best batsman in the rankings? SACHIN TENDULKAR. He is ranked 16th. Please look into the details before making foolish comments.

Posted by SBMURALI on (September 6, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

@nobeelion: The same referral would have stopped the plenty of wrong decisions against him too, if it was there around 2002-04. Many decisions were made to stop him to cross lara.

Posted by Nampally on (September 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Tendulkar is the best batsman India ever produced & has iconic status holding every World recoord. Let him decide when he wants to retire just like VVS laxman & R.Dravid did recently. SRT is being unnecessarily harassed by outside pressure by Media & Fans with their opinions. I do not think Sachin wants to read or hear constantly the same question "when Will you Retire"? He has already stated that he would retire when he thinks he is at the end. It is the choice of the Indian Selectors to drop SRT if they feel he is no good. Surely the Selectors feel he is still the best choice to stabilize the Indian batting in the Tests against England & SA. Otherwise he would not be in the XI. That being the case, it is sad to see about 400 inputs from fans most of them trashing Sachin with all sort of unwanted & uncalled for criticism! It is like a VIP who over stayed & is being pushed out not by the host but by the other guests. Lala Amarnath played well into 40's & he was no Legend!.

Posted by Saifuddin.Kapasi on (September 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

I don't think so its about retiring its about till today after 23 years your passion for the game. Even when he is still on a another big score for India i still admire the way he completes his run.(Never seen him tired of batting) Everyone will get their chance because its important to perform good in the other 2 formats (ODI and T20) and then you get selected for Test Cricket.He should continue playing till he thinks is the right time and guess what he is.Its very easy to say things against somebody but being there and done good is more important.I know we will see him scoring more runs for India and we should be proud of a Sportsman like him which i don't think will happen again.A master's knock of 200* in just 147 balls trust me not an easy task.I wish Sachin Tendulkar all the very best in what ever he does.

Posted by TRAM on (September 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta, I agree with your remarks on Shivalkar. There was also a sad story of one great VVKumar of TN in the same period. I still remember how Gavaskar struggled against him during one TN vs Bombay Ranji Final in Madras early 70's. Behind every legend there is a a list of also-rans who were no less than legends themselves and just unlucky to get the chance because of the hero-worships. Indian cricket will not improve as long as hero-worship is there. Why cant they have a simple mathematical formula to decide who is the best batsman/bowler in the last year (in first class matches) and who is the worst batsman/bowler in the last year (among the playing 11s in Indian team) and keep forcibly swapping the team ?? This is not a new concept. Already in the leagues, every year the worst team gets elimminated from the league. Is there not a grading system in ICC which lists all the batsmen and bowlers' ranks?

Posted by nobeelion on (September 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

He never achieved triple hundred. He never ever get 51 centuries if there was refferal system . Most LBWs not given out by Indian umpires and other umpires also. See how now game of hocky changed due to refferal system. World champion of hocky now comes from Europe. India knows if there is refferal system their cricket rating also come to last. nobee, Dubai

Posted by Anwaruzz on (September 6, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Gav is more analytical then Sanjay. SA will throw in their express fast bowlers every time Tendulkar comes in to bat, he will not get any respite. With age his reflexes are gone. No sir !! no amount of practice, training or excercise will get his reflex back. Leave him alone !! even the most prized horses is let to pasture when old.

Posted by dhruvans on (September 6, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

I have been a one eyed Sachin supporter, never enjoy watching a match after he loses his wicket. It has been a pleasure watching him all these years. Deep in my heart I am hoping for one more oomph one more golden run of centuries to shut his critics down, but I am going to end with a quote I heard, I can't remember where, but it stuck, "it is better to retire when people ask why? Not, why not?"

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Sachin has very rarely won games for India when India really needed him to deliver when India batting was collapsing and there would we certainly a loss if he doesn't deliver on that day. May be a bowler had shined on that day so his contribution looked vital like here is an example..."Commonwealth Bank Series, 2007/08". In this series , the final match India won by 9 runs defending 258 target. Sachin scored 91 and was out. Sloggers maintained the same run rate as Sachin was maintaining in batting for India , when he was out Indian was 205-4 (39.2) and ended at 258. 5.16 run rate. So there is no great effort from Sachin there to improve run rate when he was batting, 91(121) is his score. India won on that day because of Praveen kumarwho managed 10 2 46 4 4.60 . Big players of Australia were cheaply got out in Praveen kumar bowling. So India won.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

No doubt SRT is still valuable to the Indian Test cricket team, but not much as a player, I am afraid. The longer this conversation continues, the more pathetic our legend is going to look. To imagine that NONE of the younger lot can take Sachin's place is just an insult to the nation and to the human race. Sachin should take pride in his own game, no doubt, but it cannot be done when sitting on the shoulders of the careers of youngsters. This whole respect thing has gone a bit overboard in my view. This is not the position of Sports Minister we are talking about. This is about a physical sport where the body and many faculties are exposed, and it is a fallacy to imagine Sachin will remain just as fit and able for as long as he wants to.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 6, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Three ways to get more comments 1.SACHIN 2.IPL 3.KP

Posted by crktcrzy on (September 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

An absolute masterpiece of favoritism. I totally agree with late_reverse_swing- This is probably the last time I have read Mr Sanjay Manjrekar with any degree of seriousness.

Posted by vipravara on (September 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

The unfortunate state of Indian cricket as well as the average Indian cricket fan is if his/or her favorite player plays well, that is enough, even if the Indian side loses. Such is the blind adoration and worship for an individual. Presence of Sachin in SA 2013 is NOT going to assure Indian side winning. Then, why to block the emergence o other talented ones? As Jose Puliampatta mentioned, did anybody remember P. Shivalkar (Bombay), Rajender Goel (Haryana), Michael Dalvi (TN & Bengal) NEVER played for India in spite of immense talent & promise showed? Indeed, it is a shame that they NEVER got a chance even. Sadly, some like TE Srinivasan (TN) and Yogaraj Singh (Haryana) got their chance very, very late after passing their prime time as a token gesture of consolation. Please don't block youngsters offering most RIDICULOUS of reasons. Even, if Sachin scores runs @39+, he is still blocking the emergence of a youngster is the NAKED TRUTH.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Sachin should have retire on a high note when India won the worldcup ...but in Asia we don't know how to retire gracefully ...

Posted by late_reverse_swing on (September 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

What absolute arrogance and disregard for all basics of how a team is built to suggest that Sachin be in a team that will be playing Nov 2013. Shame!

I will be shocked if anybody takes Sanjay seriously going forward.

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

Many have said that the youngsters need guidance. So, here is my suggestion. All the youngsters should travel with the India team, and will be benched to watch the following XI play, and learn and get guidance from them, for the next five years. BCCI have the money, No? 1. Gavaskar. 2.Jaffar. 3.Wadekar. 4. Tendulkar . 5.Manjrekar. 6. Amre. 7. Rajput . 8. Nadkarni. 9. Agarkar. 10. Ravi Shastri 11. Zaheer Khan.

Posted by IrfanBarman on (September 6, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

sanjay doesn't have any qualification to talk about sachin..he should stop to talk about cricket..

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Tendulkar should retire with pride like Dravid and Laxman. In India, in last two test matches against NZ, he was unable to score more than 50 runs in four innings. When Dravid and Laxman were not performing people were critisizing and saying the should retire. Now what about Tendulkar. These experts are bias.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

About the great Paddy of Mumbai and his shattered dreams. When we talk about talented people not getting opportunities to play for the country, I think, many readers are not getting the seriousness of it. Many take the case of guys like Rohit or Murali Vijay and say.. OK, all these guys got their chance, but didn't use it. I hope Manjrekar himself can write about the tragedy of Padmakar (Paddy) Shivalkar.This Mumbai player was as good a spinner as any one of the famous four. Waited for years...and years... and years. And could never fulfill his dreams. The latter part of his life... I wish, the large mass of the Indian cricket lovers could hear it from a Mumbaikar... preferably from someone like Manjrekar. Or, Cricinfo should write about Paddy!

Posted by Sushya on (September 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Gr8 article. I think people who played alongside Tendlya, or who are always around him while he played are the ones who should comment about his retirement or for that matter about his play.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Despite what you guys think Tendulkar is HUMAN and Iis sucseptible to the ravages of father time as anyone else. Listening to you one would be tempted to believe that Tendulkar could play until he is 90 when he is going to the wicket with a walking stick instead of a bat. Face it the end of the Tendulkar era is fast approaching and lets just be thankful that we witnessed.

Posted by AtticusFinch on (September 6, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Wonder why Manjrekar is sucking upto Tendulkar these days. The very same Manjrekar, about 3 years back, wrote Tendulkar off completely. He got castigated from all over for that. Is that why he is praising Tendulkar so much these days and even says that Tendulkar is a must for the 2013 South Africa Series, which is almost a year from now. Mr. Manjrekar, even a horse can fly in a year!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@jplterrors. No. Not 46. He should retire at the age of 99 years, 9 months, and 9 days. It sounds closer/ similar to Bradman's famous test average of 99.99.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (September 6, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Not only has SRT lost it, but even SM has. His arguments are weak and the evidence is weaker. SRT must go, before the nation petitions him to go.

Posted by DMcric on (September 6, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Well said @joshvino, couldn't agree more with you. First person to go out of the team should be Dhoni, the guy is clueless in Tests. He turned a very good team into a bunch of club cricketers. I can't imagine, Srikanth and co had no innovation in the team selection. Now making a big blah blah out of a domestic victory that too against an ordinary team. Having said that, it is also evident that SRT is only playing to make his records stronger. Mr. Majrekar, if Dravid should retire because he got bowled between bat and pad, then SRT should also do the same. Also, Mr. SM you should remember NZ young bowling attack made SRT look ordinary under home conditions.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

In an interview with GQ magazine a few months ago, Sanjay Manjrekar said Sachin did not like a comment he had made against him while he was in the commentary box, since then Sachin hasnt spoken to him and since then Sanjay has never said anything against Sachin to get back his friendship and for all that people are saying...Tendulkar isnt bigger than the game. No one is. Unfortunately we Indians don't seem to think so...

Posted by jplterrors on (September 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

he should play to age 46 that will give him a 30yr career.

Posted by naveenk on (September 6, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Well said SM,Sachin had seen over 100 indian players retired since hes into international cricket and hes still playing thats the genius.All we want from sachin to retire on a high note unlike other players.

Posted by shibuvin on (September 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Sanjay, Are you looking for a place in Indian Cricket Team?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

You and me will agree that once born one is destined to die. So a cricketer is no exception. You can not expect Sachin to play for India for ever. Every great thing has to come to an end one day. Sachin is the greatest batsman in the world and his days of prime are gone. He has grown older , his reflexes has slowed down. The end to his playing career is imminent in near furure. He has to go if not today than within next one year. Why everybody is so shy of criticizing him if he's not performing. If he deserves a kudo for his greatness, then he deserves criticism for his non-perfomance. So, let's wait and watch, when this great man will retire. But one thing is sure, when he will retire, nobody will complain.

Posted by ManiAjayJadeja on (September 6, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Most of us say, 1. Tendulkar Should give way to youngster and 2. Tendulkar Should retire for teams good. From my point of view it is not possible to do both. If Tendulkar retires to give opportunity to a youngster, its not that the new comer will perform better than tendulkar. Tendulkar is still far more better batsmen than any other younster playing in india. So it will be an interest against teams good(that is against the second point). He is still fit, enthuastic, responsible like any other youngster in the team. At 39, i see in NZ series that he was chasing the ball at the boundary like any other youngster in the team only to save a single. Even if he is not scoring runs, his presence in the field adds more value to the team. You can get this, if you can ask the younster like pujara or kohli or others who involved in a partnership with him. This is my First comment in Cricinfo :). i am not sure if it will be published.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Why people are so obsessed with SRT's retirement. I'm sure when he feels the time has come he will do it..FYI he still has a very healthy average compared to others. No one is talking about the failures of Zaheer, Gambhir and others. Only Sachin cause he has achieved what no one has. So give me a breathing space and let me him his thing. SRT Deosn't need to prove his mettle. He has done it oever and over again and I'm dead sure he will do it all over again.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

@Full-Blooded-Wallop.. I completely agree with you... If people wants to see tendulkar and forget about 2014 Eng/Aus Tours, they can continiue him.... SRT should understand and step down.... Doesnt he feel when people start critisizing him....SRT plz look at Wall and VVS... Plz atleast step down from ODI and T20...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

This article seems less like one, and more like some sort of an excuse. Age is catching up, the Tendulkar of old was an awe-inspiring attacking batsman. This defensive mindset is non-sense. Treating the bowling when the bowler is on song, is another thing.. but in general, the constant lookout for scoring runs or attack has long gone. For e.g. someone like Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden did not change their games significantly as they neared retirement. Could not imagine the likes of Virendar Sehwag, Chris Gayle etc.. going slow either. Tendulkar plays some good innings, but can get 'boring' to watch at other times. The latter is a sad sight to see.. needs to evaluate how he plays the game.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Many people are thinking that Sachin is facing this problem with full length delivery only now. But many times in the past he faces this problem either playing across or trying to flick when he was new too crease. How can we forget the way he got out of Shoib Akthar in first ball in Kolkatta. U cant read too much in to this. He would have overcomed this if it is a three or four match series. Hope he would rectify this in d next match.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

I just wanna leave these people wid words from ravi easily he has put these wonderful words for these non-important humans called haters.....

"Unless you believe that Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman's departure hasn't left too big a void. Or you are unconcerned about the form of our openers. Or you are firmly convinced about the quality of our middle-order barring Virat Kohli. Or you are adamant our under-19 cubs need no further fine-tuning. If your answer to all these questions is an unqualified NO then it's better you are not heard or taken seriously"

Truly if anyone has any love for indian cricket and our team,he will not want sachin to retire....

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (September 6, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Can't believe here are people who still want sachin in the team! This is pure fanaticism. Okay , let Sachin play in Eng/Aus home series and then SA. And then brood a youngster directly in the away series of england and australia in 2014 without any experience ?? What good it will do? What's wrong in trying a new no-4 for the home series of england and australia and then letting him play in SA with some confidence and experience. If a youngster isn't groomed now 2014 series of Eng and Aus will again be a disaster..-- Coming from a true sachin fan but not a fanatic who want him to play till eternity!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

okay ,340 comments so far on whether a player should retire or not ,just shows how great he is . He is a legend and will always be many here who are commenting that Sachin should retire are not Indians and fear he will demolish his team , he has done enough for the last 23 years to decide when to retire. And all critics tell me we are still to find a batsman to bat at no 6,luckily we have found after a search of 3 years virat and pujara but who else ,Raina is joke for test cricket .And if he has a similar series against ENG don't worry he will himself retire . plz post cricinfo

Posted by ramli on (September 6, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

I don't know why SM has to rush to defend SRT ... if India can lose abroad with all the magnificent four (or three) ... why not they lose there without any of them? Why all the fuss about taking SRT to SA ... let alone to decide, SRT may quit before SA 2013

Posted by BillyCC on (September 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Because Dravid and Laxman both retired pretty much together, Sachin needs to stay on to provide some transition. Otherwise, expect to see a slump in results akin to the post retirement period of Lillee, Chappell and Marsh. This puts in perspective how great the Australian transition has been, having lost four greats at the same time: Hayden, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath + two stalwarts (Langer and Martyn). Or maybe the opposition sides just aren't that good? Nevertheless, Ponting staying in Test cricket has been crucial for transition and Sachin must now do the same.

Posted by rameshkan on (September 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Excellent analysis! one thing I would like to point out is why the media is after him after just three failures?Hasn't Zaheer failed as a strike bowler in those 3 innings?Hasn't Gambhir, Raina,Sehwag have failed?Also, getting bowled is also a mode of dismissal. Does geeting caught repeatedly isn't a sign of weakness? The fact of the matter is that getting bowled is more visible, comprehensive mode of dismissal.It's like celebrating hittting a six rather that rejoicing over the same 6 runs scored in 2 or 3 balls! Anyway, you have to pay the price of such examination by media if u are a certain Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

whenever sachin retires from cricket then cricket game also slowely out of india.

Posted by srinivamsi on (September 6, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

With due respect to sanjay and love and admiration as a fan of sachin as a person interes.ted in indian cricket i would like to say the following. every cricketer has the right to choose the day of retirement and the selectors have the right to choose the team.We all say that sachin will play as long as he scores. the yardstick for the ocean cannot be a simple scale and hence the score for sachin is in hundreds and ifnot atleat my personal opinion if this does not happen it is better to try young blood than retaing him in the name of seniority.i am also an ardent lover of sachin and indian cricket is more important than anything.

i hope i have not hurt anybody nor it is my intention

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Sachin is great player.If he did not score in three innings,it does not mean,his time is over.He will bounce back.If he scores in this series,then people would have said that he scored against weak team and on Indian piches.He is master blaster and he is Sir of all Sir cricketers.He is totally physically fit .Lot of batsman did not perform well in this series,it means everybody should exit.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 6, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

There is NO REPLACEMENT for DRAVID/LAXMAN/SACHIN and never would be. They are legends and legends cannot be replaced. And no youngster in India or in the world matches the technique that SACHIN has displayed over the years. But one thing, I wrote this in another forum and will repeat it here: "A young batsman cannot learn how to face Steyn and Morkel by watching Sachin face them. The batsman himself needs to face them and come out surviving."

Posted by MayankNigam on (September 6, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

When will we start keeping Team above individual. No one is bigger than the team or country. Team interest comes above everything else, If one is not living upto team expectations he should be given a break to give chance to someone who can do better. TEAM's NEED COMES ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE.

Posted by mansman on (September 6, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

I was waiting to see if the name SRT still manages 300+ comments in a span of less than 24 hours. It has! Carry on SRT - you still have the pulse of the cricket world...

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 6, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

One nore thing, lets not run away from the ignominy of defeat. If it comes, let it be. But if a fresh start has to made, it has to start now or never. people talk so much about the batting talent in India. Let those batting talents go to SA and face the music. Let them understand where they stand in the World stage, rather than waiting for a yester-year great to save matches for India.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 6, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Tendulkar time may not be up now, but would be by the time we enter 2013. He'd be one year older. BTW, if he decides to go to SA (he is the one who decides, not the BOARD), in that case, a youngster would be declined to play in SA. I don't know when another opportunity to face SA speedsters in SA would come to that young player. In my opinion, even if India keeps loosing abroad, they should use young players. If scoring in single digits and getting out needs to be achieved, then we dont need tendulkar for that. Maybe a youngster is entitled for that kind of humiliation.

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (September 6, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

First and foremost; I like SRT, I am not a fanatic in the sense that I compare him with GOD. Nope, he is just a very highly (you can add a lot of qualifiers) talented batsman who has also delivered. He is a legend; as a legend you need get out of the scene so that people can appreciate your legacy. He needs to step up; My sore point is that he picks series to play and what not to play. I don't see the same passion; I like the legacy he is going to leaving behind except for his 100th hundred. It was a shameful 100, unless he scores another brilliant 100 he will be 99 in my books. I don't know why Sanjay is shouting so hard for SRT to SA. what is wrong in having youngsters making their debut outside India; All the legends, Rahul, Saurav & SRT himself made their debut in overseas series. You never know we might have a legend showing up. I don't expect a 100, I did want him to play a solid innings where Mahi did not have to come in to bat. He should have shored the batting with virat.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (September 6, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

Yes Mr Manjrekar, Sachin should play till he dies.. He is greater than the game of cricket and how care for youngsters ... Good sports man take retirement when they are in form .. Did you forget Sunil Gavaskar ??

Posted by AmjadZork on (September 6, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Tendulkar needs to give chances to the youngsters... He should retire now.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

@Anand Singh it was Dravid's slow batting that deprived india victory....the_blue_android u r spot on

Posted by Thatig on (September 6, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Guys hold on.Count is 51 in ODIs and 49 in Tests. Let the 50 be over.

Posted by Chandan.Karna on (September 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

The discussion that have started with New Zealand series about is sentimental rather than analytical. We present facts and figure and trying to show that "these are the reason why we are raising the questions against Tendulkar" it's utter nonsense. He is playing like anything in the field, running like kid to catch the ball....and about batting this is just one series......he will definitely bounce back and score........and for god sake don't expect 100 runs in each and every match Sachin Plays..........

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

With an average of below 28 in last 10 matches, is that justifiable for #4 test batsman. Sachin's net contribution is almost negative. He gives up 10 runs because of slow fielding and scores about 28/innings. If gets to bowl he gives up 15-20 runs. Where is his value? what is his value?

Posted by Ajayvs on (September 6, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Whatever the stature of the player, age will catch up with every one of them, be it Bradman or Tendulkar. Maybe in the test team like Sanjay is arguing Sachin's presence might be valuable in grooming young players but in the One day team i don't see any merit in him continuing. I don't see him playing in the 2014 world cup and by picking and choosing the tours he is not helping the team cause in any way.

Posted by SamRoy on (September 6, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

I think I partially agree with @joshvino but not completely. While, I think Dhoni is a poor test captain as he is too defensive as a captain and should be stripped of captaincy, there is no one to replace Dhoni as a test wicketkeeper/batsman. Karthik's keeping has gone backwards; Parthiv was always a terrible keeper and only Saha is a better keeper than Dhoni but is incapable of scoring good scores consistently (he is the worst batsman among the four). Since Dhoni fails in tests in Australia, England and SA we can play Saha there but he won't be all that good with the bat. In the sub-continent though nobody among the wicketkeepers in India is in Dhoni's league. So play Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman in tests and relieve him of test captaincy.

Posted by Sunman81 on (September 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

skipping matches didn't help the master... Sachin reached the pinnacle with unrelenting hardwork and dedication... Skipping international matches and playing domestic matches is a poor decision by Sachin which made the big turn around... It is tough for anyone to change from T20 format to an International Test match format... Sachin took this lightly and lost his form and is now suffering to regain it... this is a lesson for any sportsmen... U can be a legend and the greatest to every play cricket, but the Game is always bigger than u!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Randy OZ Australia is one of the worst teams today and pointing is not even near to Tendulkar..!!

Posted by shibuvin on (September 6, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Sportsmen and women are seldom good arbiters of when they've reached the end of the line. They clearly believed that they had something left to give, even if the evidence from the field suggested otherwise. It is in such situations that sel ectors must earn their money. It is often suggested in India that Tendulkar is too big a name to be dropped or asked to retire. That is nonsense. No one, no matter what their achievements, is bigger than a team and its future prospects. I was a die hard fan of Sachin, But realizing his intention made me to think otherwise. If Sachin had his retirement few years before, it could have been awesome for him. Now he is in a pathetic situation, where he is unable to make his retirement. if he retired after his 100th century, It would have been evident that he was behind his personal milestones. Having that in mind, he is still hanging on for few more centuries which will not happen sooner. His recent few centuries are all almost all in losing cause. And h

Posted by jay57870 on (September 6, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Sanjay - Pause. Take a deep breath. Think about it. India's batting has a big void: It's at No.6, NOT at No.4! Rather than say "Tendulkar not finished yet", the reality is nobody's replaced Ganguly as yet! Add to it the telling absence of Dravid & Laxman, the batting order is jeopardised! If anything, Sachin's reassuring presence is most needed now for rising stars like Kohli, Pujara & Co. The transition must be managed carefully, not forced. Nobody can articulate it better than what former coach Gary Kirsten once said: "Look, if Rahul, Sachin or VVS decides to retire it is a major blow ... But as long as the retirements of these players are staggered, rather than everyone leaving all at once, it will be a little easier for the team to integrate and groom the younger players"! Wise words indeed. And why worry about SA 2013 now? Sachin put it succinctly, "it's always advisable to take it series by series." Re: retirement, it'll come when he's ready. Leave him alone, Sanjay!!

Posted by RajitD on (September 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

By the general logic, even Gavaskar should still be playing - because on his record, he is the best ever opener for India..

Posted by gdalvi on (September 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Other nonsense I keep hearing is that Dravid and Laxman retired selflessly to youngster a chance. Really??? Dravid retired at ripe age of 39. That selfless argument would be relevant had he retired at age of 35 like Strauss (imagine how many more 'youngsters' would have got chance). Even Gavaskar retired earlier than Dravid at 37. Laxman is really not in same league of Tendulkar, Dravid and Gavaskar - he is more like Vengsarkar or Vishwanath. So to compare Laxman's retirement with Tendulkar's or Dravid's is apples and oranges. If Dravid can retire at 39 - I don't think Sachin retiring at 41 or 42 is really big deal - as long as he performs.

Posted by gdalvi on (September 6, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

I can't imagine this nonsense over blocking youngster. It has been what - FIVE long years since Ganguly retired - and yet no one has made that position their own. FIVE long years - where scores of youngsters could have been tried. Yet Dhoni, Srikant and Srinivasan gave opportunities to mainly CKS/TN players liike Vijay, Mukund, Badri, Raina while true test stars (based on their Ranji records) like Rahane, Rohit and Tiwari (RRT) were benched forever. What makes anyone confident that if Sachin does retire - RRT will get opportunity? Instead most likely replacements will be Jadeja (hey - 2 left handers better than one - excuse Dhoni is giving for Raina), Vijay or Mukund. Laxman retired to give youngster a chance - and they picked Badri !!! And all TN fans were saying - he can play for 5 more years. I think Sachin can play for another 2-3 years easily - after all lesser player than him like Gooch, Bycott, Haynes and even a superior player Bradman played well into 40s. Please publish.

Posted by TRAM on (September 6, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Gosh, I understood this so late. Sanjay has been asked by BCCI to get feedback about SRT's retirement. They (BCCI) think (incorrectly IMO) that dropping him would cause a huge uproar from the Indian public. They want to take a cautious approach. So they are just getting the feeler from the public (through Sanjay). Am I correct Sanjay?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

i see it as lack of match practice because SRT is coming off from long vacation so naturally he is bit rusty.If any player who did not play for one month he will miss some of his shots because the timing.It has nothing to do with age. Some people will say then what the use of net practice , it will be good upto a certain percentage because u r not going to face all bowling variation form net practice.Next time u could see he is hitting the same ball for four or a solid defense.

Posted by vipravara on (September 6, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

Come on guys!! After all, Sanjay Manjrekar is NOT wrong!!! Sachin is NOT yet finished!! So far people witnessed Tendulkar the cricketer playing cricket till the NZL series began. Tendulkar- the authoritative Indian politician has just started playing cricket now. How fair is it to ask him to call it a day, when he just began?!

Posted by mayur_rai on (September 6, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Sachin's reflexes have indeed become slow. The first time in 15 years of me watching Sachin play have I felt he CAN'T. Being a huge fan of Sachin, I don't want him to go. But, I want him to go also.

Posted by AjitNarayan on (September 6, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

This is just going to keep going. If I remember correctly, India tour England in 2014 and then Australia in 2015/16. If we keep "preserving" him, he will never retire. It's an endless cycle.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

The sun always sets for a player. The sun has set for Tendulkar, he is just blocking a place in the Indian Test team for one youngster and he is creating unnecessary complications in the one day team. As someone commented "When a player starts picking and choosing which series he is going to play, such as when Tendulkar requested that he be rested for the last Windies tour, it is about time to remove the player's name from selection." In India none of the former cricketers have the guts to stand up & say "Sachin, it's time to go." SM is one of them. SRT has been one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game but by not retiring he is being selfish. If the selectors care about the future of Indian cricket they should drop him if he doesn't retire.

Posted by hirenrana on (September 6, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

TENDULKAR IS THE BEST.............................

Posted by hirenrana on (September 6, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

completely agree with Manjrekar. Tendulkar is still one of the best batsman with high class playing styles and techniques. Nobody can deny it! it just matter of one good inning and he will be back with a big bang. He used to hit 4s on these kind of deliveries but he is not playing that much cricket these days and that is one of the reason he missed those balls and got bowled. He is a genius and i am sure he will make sure that you will not see him getting out on these types deliveries again! mark my word!

Posted by jango_moh on (September 6, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

not sure of SM's analysis, but i agree with him that tendulkar should play.... can ppl who have watched manoj tiwari or others sincerely say they have the best defense against good fast bowling?? the two ppl who deserver to be in the side, kohli and pujara are already playing... rahana can come in instead of raina maybe... other than that there is nobody who can bolster the middle order,.. rohit sharma needs to play some good innings before he can come back into the test scheme of things... and i think he can replace tendulkar... but sachin should atleast be given one more series for sure!!!!

Posted by rahulannu on (September 6, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

I am 1000% agreed with SM. He and Sunny played the TEST cricket can only understand real mindset what does a ageing cricketers feel when he is not having BIG score what we used to see in the case of SRT. So it is our duty to support SACHIN so that HE should finish at HIGH note. I have full belief that he still has potential to play for next 2-3 years or more of TEST cricket and I also feel that he want to play next WC-2015.haha before retiring from ODI otherwise HE would had been retied up till. SACHIN still has little KID of 16 years what we have seen in the past years. So it our time to support such a living LEGEND getting older. We can see his footwork with full length ball is getting exposed but it is the part of game. MAY be next innings SACHIN, we will see no short played in the LEG side.HE will only play straight and OFF side..May be HE will take OFF stump Middle or guard try to avoid the bold and LBW. what will be that INNINGS, as a true cricket lover I am fully with SACHIN.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

Sanjay's comments should not be taken seriously. Six decades back, Rusi Modi, a great batsman of those years, was so pathetic at the crease during his fading days. I hope SRT who is such a darling of the nation and a nice human being does not go through a similar phase.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

Sachin has been a great batsman. He could probably still display some classy shots, but I really can't see him play at his consistent best especially against Steyn and company next year at the age of 40 because the fact remains that he struggled against Boult and Southee on Indian wickets. India missed a chance of blooding in youngsters when the West Indies last toured.

Posted by the_blue_android on (September 6, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

To everyone commenting that people should not comment on Sachin's batting since they have never played international cricket, my question is why can't we comment? We can easily see that he's playing across the line and getting out. This is exactly how he was getting out even in England. When he was young, he did the same thing but got by since he had great hand eye coordination. Now it's going away and he is unable to control his instinct to play across the line. When we can comment on a movie when it's badly made, why can't we comment on a batsmen who's failing? Do I have to be an actor to see bad acting? No!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

@joshvino dhoni's downfall started from that match drawn in WI.the moral of the story is if you betray victory,it will betray you in a much bigger way

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 6, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

@SANJAY - I feel that this article is not intended to support Sachin but only create a debate. Dravid and Laxman went due to articles like this. Sachin should play his last series versus England and then depart from the game. Hopefully on a high and there are plenty of youngsters waiting to replace the legends. So lets not think of him for SA and he is injury prone at his age.

Posted by thenkabail on (September 6, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

HOW ABOUT DROPPING SACHIN: When Sachin scored that 100th 100 against Bangladesh and then went on giving interviews forgetting India lost!!. For me Sachin with 99 centuries is a genius and certainly one of the 5 or 10 greatest batsmen ever to have played cricket. But, Sachin's changed character worries me. he has become selfish and self centered. He is just blocking a place. Imagine Dravid and Laxman playing and not Pujara and Kohli. Would Indian cricket have gained anything?. Sachin today must retire and go. Otherwise selectors must drop him. The saying that no one is greater than game is never challenged more before. Sachin may stay on and may score some labored runs. But, my expectation is that a young Unkut Chand or Rohit Sharma will bring greater excitement and greater beauty to the game than Sachin at this stage. So, Sanjy is just playing a dirty game of supporting another mumbaiker. Time to go Sachin (and I say this with greatest respect) or selectors should simply drop him!.

Posted by gitapat on (September 6, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Sachin should retire before his performance goes further downhill.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

The elephant in the room got shrunk into a lapdog, with ageing, Sanjay? Or, you happened to look at through the wrong end of the microscope, by mistake, when everything ( even big mistakes) look microscopically small ! By the way, did you take a close look at the face of someone like Rahane in this series, or Tiwary in an earlier series, just sitting in the pavilion, and their extreme depression, and silently bearing it with smiles, when naughty journalists provoke them with needling questions! No. Sure, you didn't. If you had, you would still have seen the elephant as an elephant! In the next series, if Rahane happen to be benched for every test and when the camera pans on his face, just take a look at , you may shed silent tears. I do. If such "squatting by seniors" beyond the expiry dates, aided and abetted by some biased commentators, I do cry for the future of Indian cricket.

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 6, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@Mukal that skewed stance and play reminds me of Chanderpaul. It is effective for him. We respect the legends but are only saying that if there are young batsman ready to fill gaps then its time for the seniors to make way. We have guys like SuryaKumar, Chand,Mandeep even some older players like Yuvi, Pathan, Badri waiting.In the long run TEAM INDIA benefits from changes. The younger gen are ready to rule the roost - U19 WC

Posted by Natx on (September 6, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Agree with @joshvino. Dhoni has to be kicked out of test team. He is a t20 swagger and can hit a quick 20-30 overseas before the bowlers will "sort" him out. He was made to look a good captain because of 3 guys - Dravid, VVS and Zak. All the flopped in Aus and he got exposed. In the new lot, only kholi has the guts to stand up. Pujara has the temperament but it's very early to write on him as he haven't played on Eng or Aus yet as a test player. Raina is Dhoni #2 who doesn't qualify to be in test 11.

Posted by ozwriter on (September 5, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

i think this article is actually quite demeaning and condescending to Tendulkar. Manjrekar has been a well known critic of tendulkar and here he takes subtle blows at him in the guise of trying to praise/support him. does anyone else see this?

Posted by Natx on (September 5, 2012, 23:53 GMT)

Sorry, his time is up the moment he failed in Eng. Enough of this this history, sentiments etc. Time to provide opportunity to an youngster than "enjoying" the game and not delivering. We are not idiots. The game is bigger than any individual. Stop the crap and move on.

Posted by PraveenKG on (September 5, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

All, I am die hard fan of Sachin and the same goes with the batting Quartet that India had..Big Cricket Fan on a whole... Few things I want fans to ponder.. A simple question is did Dravid and Laksman quit on their own or were they forced to do so? If your answer to this question is Quit on their own.. I don't see any reason why Sachin should not be privileged to do so... His average in the last two years is on par with Dravid and Laksman... I sincerely feel BCCI has missed a plot to phase out the seniors in an orderly manner. You still need experience in the middle... Forget what Sachin is contributing in the ground.. Think how much he is an influence on fellow youngsters.. Virat himself said his transformation has got something to do with Sachin being around... I only feel this man Sachin is destined to do one thing before he retires. Make the youngsters around him Sachins...The sole reason I want him to continue is to guide the youngsters... it can be an aberration but its truth...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

Well I am nt a fan of Indian cricket team but I am a true fan of SRT. He is a true asset, no question. And I strongly believe he has more centuries in near future. Every cricketer has suffered with age, but SRT is nt the example of it. He will come back, just wait and see. So, Idiots .......don't question about his place on the Indian team, because he knows the game well and far better than we do.

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

huh!! Full length should be easier to play on Indian pitches. I don't understand SM when the real issue is aging.

Posted by rogermal57 on (September 5, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

Excellent piece Sanjay. I completely agree with all you say. The graphic revealing the time trend of Sachin's bowled percentage dismissals is important. Between the pre-2000 and the 2000-2010 there is hardly even a numeric difference in that percentage, and in the subsequent period, although the percentage is slightly higher numerically, with the relatively small number of games played, the difference is not statistically significant, i.e., can be purely due to chance. From a fundamental point of view, however, I agree that with age, the batsman constantly needs to remind himself to focus on each ball, ball after ball, so as to not lapse into momentary fleeting thoughts of the match situation, or the distant past recollecting how with slightly quicker reflexes he could dispatch a straight middle-leg stump ball to mid-wicket. Having said that, I am sure Sachin will do so again, very shortly. I love you, Sachin and Sanjay, and disagree with due respects, Sunil. o

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

don't agree with SM. I think he should retire now.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

For now, SRT should play. Because the Form is temporary but the class is permanent.

Posted by enthusiastic on (September 5, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

If tendulkar can still score runs, so can Dravid and VVS as long as you make them play. But will they be consistently successful is a big question mark. We are barking up the wrong tree. Time for tendulkar to make way for another youngster, please!!!

Posted by joshvino on (September 5, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

A great captain can make look a ordinary team to a dangerous and sucesfull team and a worst captain can make look a good team to a flat team.Dhoni made indian test team flat for the sake of his tag"".he never had the intensity or the passion in him or lead from the front during this rough patch.or even during that no.1 test team journey.India made to no.1 due to the efforts of the is the difference between great leader and lucky one.Ganguly built the test team with young SEHWAG,ZAHEER,HARBHAJAN,chopra,jaffer,irfan etc and won tests in ENG,AUS and WI.he had a very ordinary team than dhoni's best 11 which made no.1. simply i put a question can dhoni win tests in AUS,ENG etc with young players like kohli,pujara,ashwin ,yadav and Ishant.he never can do that.because he can never had the passion for test cricket or intensity or lead from the front as a individual player as ganguly.during ganguly captaincy his boys loved him but now rift btw Captain & Boys(dhoni 1st to go)

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

sunjay, I am a crazy fan of SRT. I just can recall one of the best ball I had ever seen. It was a test match in between India and Pakistan. first ball RahulD was out. in very next ball SRT tiered. It may one of the greatest moment of that bowlers like he was Sohib aktar. the ball was super. in a day there are balls coming which should produce wickets. therefore who ever the batsman should be lucky " if he is saved in that ball of the day. therefore to the batsman who faced maximum balls in international cricket scenario should be the same. your analysis along the years looks good. but what i feel is his legs moving same as "young " Koli's or chandimal's. with comparetively my all time fevorites like marvan, sanga, soders, lara, gower, bradman this guy is not having any equivalent in his shots and patience .then the formula is very simple. by 2015 WC he will be 42 only. I know he can still score 150 in 50 overs with out any issue against best ballers in world .HAIL SRT

Posted by joshvino on (September 5, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

When Seniors perfomed dhoni got praised in test team.When dhoni perfomed poor as captain and batsman seniors are asked to retire. this.SOmebody tell me what has dhoni done as a test player or a member of no.1 team during 2009-2011 or during this bad patch 2011& 2012?.Dont say he made us no.1.its all because of seniors we made no.1 position.nobody will never say him as a test player.Ya he was near to Bevan in ODI's.But he never qualifies as test batsman.No experts has defined him as a test player.he may have a tag"best finisher in ODI".But there is no finisher role in test.He doesn't want to loose his captaincy because he never qualify into the test team as a individual player.Now 2 seniors has retired with honesty . Now everyone is asking about SACHIN .ya sachin is aged but nobody in test team still matches his average the last 4 years except dravid in 2011 and sehwag in 2008 to 2010.SO what has dhoni averaged from 2008 to 2012 and lose 8-0 overseas.isn't dhoni first to go out?

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 5, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

Sport at the highest level is tough physically and mentally and in most cases is unforgiving. What Manjrekar is saying is that let SRT play until he gets his next century whenever that may be which will then prove to everyone that he's still got it. Manjrekar could have said the same thing about India's 2 greatest batsmen, Laxman and Dravid. In fact any batsman giving the enough time will most likely score a century, even Kumble has a century to his name. But in 10 tests away to Eng and Aus and at home to NZ SRT has not made any contribution of note. If you think SRT is good enough to continue playing then him prove it at domestic level and in the meantime give another player the opportunity otherwise there is no point of having strength in depth in your squad and competition for places will not make players perform at their best.

Posted by mps400 on (September 5, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

When a player starts picking and choosing which series he is going to play, such as when Tendulkar requested that he be rested for the last Windies tour, it is about time to remove the player's name from selection. Simple as that.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Sachin should take his stance right foot slightly open and pointing towards backward of point. It will help him move faster and add power to his stroke.

Posted by joshvino on (September 5, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Here are some examples of great dhoni"s captaincies .we could have won the series in SA in 2011 .its his poor captaincy in 3rd test allowed SA to draw the match with a injured kallis and out of form boucher due to defensive fields .it continued in england and Aus by defensive fielding.Ex 97/7 to 250 , 27/4 to 290.also he called out a draw when india needed 90 from 87 balls with 7 wickets in hand in WI 2011.Here i present dhoni"s journey as captain.Aus 2008 in IND.2-0.because of sehwag brilliance in both innings and amit mishra.Eng 2008 historic 387 chase.again sehwag and sachin.SRI in Ind sehwag 293 .SA in Ind 2010 1-1.Sehwag , sachin , laxman and dhoni century in EDen won the match.IND in SRI.laxman brilliance in 4th innings.AUS in ind 2010 2-0..laxman unmatchable 76* and sachin 201.IND in SA 2011.bcz of lax 97 ans bhaji 5 wicket haul we draw what is the contribution of him in India's no .1 test journey ?.but all acolades showered on him.when seniors perfomed dhoni was praised

Posted by joshvino on (September 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Sorry Everybody ..If i hurt any particular Star's fan.more than Sachin issue .I think Dhoni should leave the Test team . I make it clear . Don't say he made us no .1 in test. What is his contribution in that no .1 journey ?. I m not speaking of any T20 or ODI .I am speaking about test cricket .Its mostly because we played in home. And perfomances of the Players like sehwag , sachin , Dravid , laxman and don't forget Zaheer from 2008 - 2011.And his winning record away from India is at far end behind the victories in home ..And that 28% of overseas win came only against a week NZ , WI , BAN and only two good overseas win .one in Durban against SA .Bcz of VVS 97 and Bhaji's 5 wicket haul and One in Srilanka .again bcz of lax.

Posted by drbloggs on (September 5, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

what is wrong with you manjrekars and gavascars?.think about the country.not about your friend he should walk out like dravid and laxman.high time he gets out.or besacked by selectors.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (September 5, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@RandyOZ Hussey+ ponting < Tendulkar.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (September 5, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

I agree with you Sanjay.. He is not finished he will be back he knows it and everybody knows it. He is my hero and Indian hero and Shame on the people who think otherwise. Show some respect if you have some..

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

SRT's presence is hurting youngters like Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. We need to get these awesomely talented guys in against the Australians!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (September 5, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Even now he is still better than 95% of other batsman. So why to drop or retire. he can play till end of this year and retire. But I dont want him to pay till nov 2013. thats too long.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

That is correct Mr Manjrekar-he was finished couple of years ago. Why not bow out gracefully now that he is 39. Surely to play competitive cricket at this age is both a mental and physical strain.

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

What's this nonsense I hear about Sachin being finished. We are talking the impossible here. He may have developed a weakness or the like momentarily. He'll comeback. He always does. He might just have to be more watchful for the time being. Nothing else in his game has changed.

Posted by stariq on (September 5, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

He is a legend so he should retire before people start writing him off.

Posted by Kays789 on (September 5, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

yup take him to south africa. a string of zeros would be the perfect send off for a guy who cannot even begin to understand the concept of playing for the team and not just individual stats.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

It is a shame to this country and Dravid and Laxman. When Dravid was getting bowled like this in Australia the entire press and crowd bayed for his head untill he announced his retirement. Ditto with laxman but when it comes to Tendulkar why have a different yardstick. Accept the fact that at some point every good thing has to end. That is life. No one can be a god for ever. Retire when you are at your peak and do not give a chance to every one to speak. Majority of the crowd wants him to go. If is a pro and is passionate let him hang up his boots and let youngsters have their day. There is nothing wrong. It is but natural and nothing to be shameful about.

Posted by SDCRIC on (September 5, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

This is a comment (verbatim) by Wayne Rooney (the Tendulkar of English soccer)..

"As a center forward for Manchester United, there's no place to hide. I've got to work as hard as I can, otherwise the manager will haul me off the pitch or drop me for the next game.... There's no room for failure or second best at this club."

We need Indian cricket players to get this attitude...*now*.

Why give these rich blokes a free seat so they can live of the fat of the land... while other poor young kids are willing to do what is needed and perform to get into/stay in the team. Haul them off the field if they don't perform. Its time to stop this "tamasha"/hero worship (that our parents instilled in us)... and ask our players each one of them to lead... and not be a coward. Maybe in this case Tendulkar can be a leader (at last) by retiring and showing the class (that he once had) and finally put India above his next paycheck.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

@ Anurag Misra ..............Good point

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

haha, laxman finished, tendulkar not? laxman might have 1/2 yrs but to save tendulkar they vouched for his blood, being man of honour he hung his boots.

Posted by TrueFactors on (September 5, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Fact 1. Tendulkar is a great batsman.. Thats true... Fact 2. He was easily got out by low-class bowlers in cheap ways. Thats true... Fact 3. He need to work harder, like a debutant players. Its very clear that, no matter who you are, if you will not spend your time and efforts in nets, you are nobody. Class and skills do not work if you do not practice.. If Tendulkar will learn from this and work harder practice more and focus on cricket, by leaving politics and advertisements behind, success will come automatically..

Posted by vipravara on (September 5, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Well, with all due respect to the past achievements of Tendulkar, this may never be an ending story. If he doesn't score runs now (@39+), 'Wait till he scores, as he is NOT finished'. If he scores some, 'Look, I told you, he can go for ever'. Where and when is the end for this?! Who achieves what?!

Posted by sams235 on (September 5, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Tendulkar is not done yet - but we are. We want him to make way for youngsters. BBCI never things of future.

Posted by TRAM on (September 5, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Some years back he curbed himself from scoring off side shots. Now he needs to curb playing onside shots too. It is easy to set the field now.. Just position fielders within the V, and he cant score any more. Easy for the opponents.

Posted by hhillbumper on (September 5, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

he could take sehwag with him as seemingly he plays like he has retired already

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

Haha..2006 Mr. Manjrekar was on the band wagon of famous "Endulkar" strom that Sachin sustained after being bowled couple of times to Pak pacers.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

People who raised doubts and asked for Sachin's retirement, I would love to see you all writing praising comments about him in next tournament, Remember...MASTER IS MASTER....I am waiting for your fabulous comments, else stop criticizing based on 5-8 matches...You dont get appraisal every quarter at your job mates..have patience... :) :)

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

Sunil and Sanjay have been great batsman. My perspective as a laymen: Its more disappointing to see a legend fail than a new comer. When a legend fails question are asked about the age when young man fails his experience and ability is questioned

Posted by SDCRIC on (September 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

If one has to reiterate within a week that 'somebody' is *not* finished. Then one is saying with the *action* (of writing within a week on the same topic) if not with words that 'somebody' *is* in fact finished.

Otherwise why does one have to justify the same point within a week... ?.

Its just sad that cricket has this "out of form" concept... Everywhere else, the player/team member is asked to sit much quicker (after a few ugly performances) on the bench and get back in form in practice or playing less important matches... Cricket needs to shed its 'gentlemanly' image and stop giving a free pass based on memories and not current performances.

Aus/Eng/SA are laughing at our current predicament. In fact its in their best interest to keep this circus ongoing... maybe they will invite Tendulkar to give a speech, to make sure he is in the team when we visit Aus.

Playing Tendulkar is like England playing Beckham in the Olympics. Fortunately more level heads prevented that spectacle.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

stop ur non sense..................tendulkar is a great player than any one.......he is a legend 15 years back.................dravid ,laxman,ganguly where groomed by tendulkar don't forget it................first he is an Indian......let the great man enjoy his finishing days......

Posted by BobCo on (September 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

For me, this sort of discussion is a perspective thing. Maybe SRT is no longer the great one he once was, but he is still very good; good enough to fit into pretty much any test lineup in the world, and that includes India's. It _is_ sad to see him not as we all know he was, but were I picking India's team, he'd still be the 1st one down on my list. He remains the most prized wicket in India's lineup -- ask most opposing bowlers -- and that says enough, I think. If he can't fix this technical flaw by the SA tour, then we'll know that its time for him to pull up stumps. And if he can, then just imagine what we'd have missed if he listens to all those calling for his head?

Posted by Raki99 on (September 5, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Tendulkar needs to hand his boots( i have been great fan of Sachin), Forget about even going to south africa and get embarresed, By the time the SA tours comes he would be what 40 years and some days , Ya Geoff boycott and Gooch did play until they were 41 but man even they were pale shadows of what they were only couple years back. They need to open with rahane and bring the gambhir or sehwag down the order, The opening batsman are a mess and i don't even know if ghambir or sehwag can open in foriegn conditions. Ghambir gives catch practice to slip and sehwag is sehwag.

Posted by pawaramol22 on (September 5, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

I wonder how many of us (including me) reading this article commenting on posts while at work.. I think that's much more worrisome than Tendulkar's form. He, coach and management will sort things out on their own.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

He should continue playing ODI cricket on consistent basis and for me his definite aim should be 2015 world cup. Attack always the word that describe sachin tendulkar. Test cricket demands concentration, technique and passions but all three comes once batsman sets his eyes and to set his eyes he need to play shorts at the very start of his inning. So sachin dear keeps continue playing ODI cricket and get your aggression back from there.

Posted by CaptainKool on (September 5, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

I still don't understand why many people can think of dropping Sachin. Everyone has a lean period in their sports years. He is not a machine who can score for India everytime he bats. And Indians want them to score big all the time. One thing also should be considered is that he is not playing regularly in the team. As in my opinion, I would say the people who are talking against Sachin are not mature enough and they don't have valid cricketing reasons and pressurize him to perform.

Posted by stFleming on (September 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Well its now Sanjay Manjrekar who comes out in support of Sachin Tendulkar...But the thing is Sachin is now 39 yrs old and it happens to every batsman at this age..Tendulkar too is a human being...He is not a God or anything else...He is a human being and his downfall has already began....Sooner or later, he'll have to retire at any cost....

Posted by manna_hanzra on (September 5, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

I believe 90% of the persons suggesting Sachin to retire are not Indians, So will you please mind your own country,s cricket. Apart this I would say that Sachin in the team is more important than runs scored by him at a stage when like of Dravid and Laxman have gone. At this time Sachin is like a pillar to Indian team. Despite having Pujara at no. 3 and Virat at no. 5, we still lack a quality batsmen to pad up at no. 6, and all those who thinks Sachin should retire, can you suggest a batsmen to bat responsibly at no. 6. If India is not in a stage to find a solid no. 6, then how could you think at this point Sachin should retire and India will have a better no. 4 than him. I strongly believe that he need to carry on till India find next player of the class of Virat and Pujara (please dont suggest the names like Raina , Rohit or Badrinath). I know time is near for Sachin to go, but he should carry on for Indian cricket team for atleast a year and half.

Posted by marlboro19 on (September 5, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

I think it's a fad in an iconoclastic way to ask for the little master to retire. Following this thread i didn't at all see a valid reason for him to retire, except the meretricious ones with the logic that :"he is old, he should retire" , "he is BLOCKING young talent". Here are the reasons, backed by numbers- cricket IS numbers , that he shouldn't retire: a) His "dip" in form as people call it- from 31 aug 2010 to 31 aug 2012 he averages @ 44.30 in AWAY matches*- India's best away batsman yet. So people calling for his head on the basis of the reasoning that selection should be based on merit clearly haven't bother to check if he fails to be selected on that criterion. b) For the people with "time and tide, blah blah" - If you watched the fourth innings in the recent match against NZ- after pujara had gone for his natural and risky pull shots for three times sachin advised him to rather play pull or duck- he did both(at different times:) ) and survived. That's just one example .

Posted by SangakaraFan on (September 5, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I remember Greg Chappel hinted at Tendulkar's retirement in '07 but Tendulkar came back strongly. His current situation is little diffrent that 07 as he was 34 then now he's 39.He definetly can still score runs all over the world against the best bowlers but he;s been tested against a medicore NZ bowling.Tendulkar should make his own decisions.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (September 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

year let him play on watching his stumps go flying ,funny but sad got the speed of a snail in out field ,

Posted by TRAM on (September 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Sanjay has soft corners for SA. Why should only Aus & England get the reward of *-0 success against India?? Why not SA? Yes, if that is your wish, let him play. I am willing to bet huge amounts with Sanjay that SRT will be a failure in SA (if he makes the tour). Are you ready Sanjay? SRT's timing has not only failed in his batting but also in his retirement! When SRT actually retires, whenever that happens, its going to be such an anti-climax and unpopular. Even much ordinary players got good ovation when they retired. SRT is not going to get it because of his delayed retirement, apart from India losing its rankings and youngsters failing to get chances.

Posted by Rushikey on (September 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Sachin is still averaging 45 this year! Is this the average of out of form batsman? LOL

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

What does Sunny think of Rohit SHarma (age 25) who got bold/ lbw in entire SL series & kept missing balls..........Is rohit too old to see the ball.............Then why he thinks getting bold has to do with age......................The fact is that getting bold or lbw has to do with closing the face & playing acroos the line as per the Physics principles and that is common thing both Sachin & Rohit r doing at the moment & reaping similar reward

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

Sachin is a terrible batsman. He only seems to play well against weak teams on dead pitches in India. He has consistently failed against top ranked teams playing abroad. Even in Australia, James, Watson etc easily kept getting him out. Even batsman's from Kenya are better than him.

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

Great article written from the heart. The last line says it all. Most of us TEST match fans are just waiting for the 1st Test against England (20-20 WC and the 20-20 CL just snacks in between full meals). 8 home Tests against very good sides and an away series against the NO.1 Test side - Hope Tendulkar finishes his career on a high. He really deserves it.

Posted by superstar100 on (September 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

well well i want to give ricky ponting example for those who are saying that sachin is old and not making runs and should retire look at RICKY PONTING he dont score runs in 2010 and 2011 only 1 hundred in 2010 and none in 2011 !!!! CA dont drop him they know the importance of RP !!! same thing with sachin if sachin dont score runs it dont mean that sachin should retire if sachin scores 100 in next match no one will say he should retire !!!!

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

Sachin has always answered wid his bat....and he will do it dis time too wid a bang....but some fools never learn.... Learn to hold your tongue when you speak against sachin tendulkar... He is not a cricketer ..he's too special for us who have seen him from our childhood... Sachin has been the standout test performer for last 4 years...ALl haters plz go n check dravids stats..u will know how badly he performed, but yet no one raised any voice..reason: he's no sachin tendulkar even now,sehwag,gambhir,raina,dhoni all have been doing poorly for so many years...but they r no sachin.....

Where do u people dissapered for last 4 years when he did well in aus in 2008, SA in 2011...etc etc everywhere That is ginna happen again ..he again gonna shut people's mouth...and these fools will not show their faces again.... How easily they say that sachin is blocking some youngsters place...haven't heard anything more funny than dat.... Drop raina,sehwag,gambhir,dhoni,ishant,bhajji all before sachin

Posted by SamRoy on (September 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

True, but youngsters must be given chances. So, Sachin should not play every test. He can play at most 3-4 tests in a year. Also, Sachin needs to vacate the No. 4 slot and move to No. 6 as he is no longer near being the best batsman in the team. On current ability (forget form) Kohli is much superior to Sachin and should be given the allowance to bat at his preferred Number which is 4.

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

Both Dravid & Sachin showed the same problem, when getting clean bowled often, for nearly a year. Seems, couldn't read the ball well at the point of release. With ageing, older players, by and large, rely on reading the ball after it pitches. When it is normal length, or short of length, they (good cricketers) manage to read it (swing, bounce & turn/ deviation) fairly well.But when it is fuller length, response time after pitching, is so minute, that they are taken by surprise. Poorer reflex makes it worse. But the author's response to the two greats is so different, that I am tempted to drastically mutilate an old idiom. "What is gun for the Goose (Dravid) is grub for the Gander (Sachin)"

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

Isnt this the same guy who was talking about the elephant in the room a couple of seasons back? I would rather see some one like Badri (whom I dont have a high regard for anyways) given a chance and score the same runs, than Tendulkar who picks and chooses when he wants to play.

Posted by late_reverse_swing on (September 5, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

IMHO, unless Sanjay has received a close door pep talk,it is hard to imagine he going ga ga over Sachin again with a 360 degree turn. Talking about end of 2013 SA tour is very far fetched. If you believe in something, stick to it, that is what defines character. You don't need BCCI to tell you what to what not to say, unlike the two other gentlemen you work with. Needless to say my respect for Sanjay dropped a notch today.

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

Dravid got bold in 7 out of 8 inns let Sachin get bold 7 times too before calling for his head & Laxman had avg of mere 29 in SA ENG & AUS tour as opposed to Sachin's 45.......................So obviously who should have retired first??

Posted by Beertjie on (September 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Why this obsession with the SA tour? I have to agree with @Cpt.Meanster - SRT should retire asap. The England series should be his farewell. Groom a replacement for SA who, even if he 'fails', may learn more from the experience than if he did not play the tests.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

There is something very admirable about the great cricketers from Mumbai; their solidarity ! Wow!

Posted by passionatecricbug on (September 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Let's for a moment stop thinking like mathematicians and think like an avid fan of Sachin Tendulkar. It's quite clear that Sachin has changed a lot. Gone are the days when we would see the best opposition bowler and say: wait kido Sachin will thrash you to all corners. He has completely changed. He lets even the most pathetic bowler to work him out. While we know he can make even the best bowlers to cry.

Posted by Jack_India on (September 5, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

The fact that we are having this discussion is indication that it's time.

Posted by s_rayaprolu on (September 5, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Had Tendulkar not been from Mumbai he would have been packed off a decade ago. Such is the might of Mumbai in Indian cricket. If he wants he will play till his grandson makes test debut.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Unfortunately all who have been asking for his retirement only discuss stats & don't give any cricketing reason, which indicate they know nothing about the game itself.....................Ponting stayed for 3 years without any good performance before being dropped from ODI side so wait for 2 more year of Tendulkar's failure before asking for his head...................But I must agree that Sachin need to seriously iron out his weakness of closing bat face at impact. he developed a similar bad habit of preferring too much on side play during 4th test in 2003 Aus tour & that bad habit stayed with him till 2007 WC but India's humiliating 2007 WC exit was the hiccups he needed. he gave up this bad habit of on side preference and immediately he regained his top form that continued till WC 2011. He needs such hiccups to polish his technique.

Posted by lobsterchampion on (September 5, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

I see a lot of comments saying that Sachin should be dropped or he should retire on his own because he did not perform well on India's tour of England and Australia. If that is the criteria, then the entire Indian top order should be dropped including Sehwag, Gambhir and even Dhoni. No Indian batsmen performed well on these tours. The only exception would be Rahul Dravid, who performed exceptionaly in England, but failed in Australia. We Indians have a habit of belittling our own people. Look at how Australian fans support Ponting and compare it with the support that Sachin gets from Indian fans. Before India's tour to Australia, Ponting had a barren run for almost 2 years. But still fans supported Ponting.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Manjrekar, I still admire your style of play, especially in the Pakistan test matches. Also admired, your persuasion skills in getting VVS retired by writing articles that active cricketers like VVS took into consideration while making his retirement decisions, but this article is not in line with moving india forward, your agenda. OR, you might be trying to get Tendulkar go, by writing articles that discuss about Tendulkar, as a starting point to get him out. Over all I think you maintained unbiased to Rahul Dravid and speaking opposite ends to VVS and Sachin, I hope it is not mumbaism. Most could agree that getting bowled is not the problem here to discuss about it, where are the runs from the master? I would like to see an article looking at runs in the last few years in comparison with Top players at the international level, remember the goal is moving India forward, If sachin is valuable then we could be non playing batting coach.

Posted by nithesh_87 on (September 5, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

@landl47:ironically Tendulkar was 2nd best scorer in England series and Aus series.If players need to be dropped based on performace, there are more than 3-4 candidates in queue before Tendulkar. Now if you say players should be dropped based on age, our thought process varies poles apart, & I feel that's not right!

Posted by the_blue_android on (September 5, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 - Humiliated just like last time? 2 centuries in 3 test matches? If not for a great innings by Kallis, your team would have been mauled in your own backyard!

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (September 5, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

We need more pacers in the team. Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Parvinder Awana should all be given chances and be blooded into the Indian Team!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Its a good Article by SM which I was expecting would come no sooner than later.after the comment he made...we all love to see Tendulkar keep playing till he is 100 years old ..but then all good things have to come to and end ..I remember SM had criticized Tendulkar couple of years back..and tendulkar had given a reply in characteristic style scoring big..hope he does the same...again..

but one thing I have noticed also is ..many a times when he gets bowled ..he squats down as if to suggest that the ball has kept low..cant play for ever but no other cricketer would play this long tendulkar has done...

I would like him to play attacking brand of cricket in one day matches if not in test..we are keeping our fingers crossed...keep going man...

Posted by ccrriicc on (September 5, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

This authority on age and cricket isn't saying anything new. Is Tendulkar done - the answer is NO, but, "where does 39-year-old Tendulkar fit into Indian cricket's plans? " that is the question. If Dravid and Laxman leave (you think they would have not come good in eirther Hyderabad or Bangalore!) why persist with Tendulkar - the answer is that when you are God - only you decide! After Tendulkar retires, eventually, HE will take his deity to running Indian cricket - so you better be in HIS good books. Full or short balls, expert opions not withstanding, Tendulkar will play as long as he wants. Finally, even GOD knows when to retire and that is not too far from now.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (September 5, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

I absolutely agree Dravid and Laxman are great players. But we cannot have only Dravids and Laxmans (who play only when needed) in the team because we don't want that kind situation everytime. Some years back there were many many scenarios where India lost chain of wickets after SRT was out. That was so common that people started switching off TV once SRT was out. I am not a fan of SRT and everyone has a right to criticize anyone but I don't think we have a right to criticize a player whose life is cricket so badly.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (September 5, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

An important matter is about the amount of cricket Tendulkar plays,he cannot play solely test cricket without playing club or first class cricket & remain inactive.Batting in the nets does not prepare a 39 y.o man for test cricket.The limited overs teams should remain out of bounds for Tendulkar!

Posted by S.Jagernath on (September 5, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is not as mortal as VVS Laxman or Rahul Dravid or even Ricky Ponting.Dravid & Tendulkar have still been successful batsmen deep into their 30's,both home & away.Dravid struggled in Australia at 39 & retired,which isn't bad considering most quality batsmen struggle there at 29.Tendulkar believes he has the ability to continue being successful & still being a high quality batsmen as well.Coming to South Africa might be going a little too far though,he was brilliant on his last tour here but coming here at 40 is going to be a task.Ponting came here & was rotten on pitches that were bare,but when Tendulkar comes the pitches will be green & fast,so it will be even more difficult!Tendulkar needs to play some club cricket before England arrive & retire when Australia leaves.

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

Tendulkar is only going through a bad patch & can soon come back to top form like he had bad form from 2003 to 2006, then came back & remained at top from 2007 to 2011 WC.... He is facing technical issue: He is closing blade face. when you have a proven career then u shouldn't look at coaching manual to correct it, instead u should look at full videos (not mere highlights) of your fluent innings.... In Sachin's case the main difference is that whenever he has played fluent long inn 1). At short execution point he would have been upright with head slightly to leg side as opposed to off 2). He played face on 3). He played with open face even for leg stump aimed deliveries ..4).Further he should play with bat in front of pads with face open to fully eradicate lbw & bold for ever.. ..With this successful technique of his he had minor weakness of playing too often towards gully but it is fine trade off bcz few will carry to gully & even fewer will be caught as opposed to getting bold & lbw.

Posted by the_blue_android on (September 5, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

He could not save us a single test match in England, could not save a single test match in Australia, could not win us the WC final. Time for him to go. I know people will say what other batsmen have done in England and Oz. Well, they did not. That's why VVS and Dravid are gone and that's why Gambhir and sehwag need to go. Gambhir even after playing 50 test matches has not learned that he should not poke balls outside offstump to steer them to the third man. That used to work in sub-continent but even that's not working against decent attacks. Sehwag, he's just a slap on every test match cricket fan.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

We as fans have very limited patience and want only results without understanding what genuine situation is and to overcome what the great player is trying ... imagine many of us not having good time at office /college /school whatover our role is and if our seniors will take action on our current performance we will say do I deserve this ..seeing my overall performance . Even if we go by performances of last 2 years or so then along with Sachin , Gambhir , Sehwag , Raina and maybe Dhoni has to be rested too. They have performed worst than him and last but not the least his mere presence on the feild will lift the team in South Africa .

Posted by Rajags on (September 5, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

I believe Tendulkar should be given another 5-6 tests, if at least to groom India's future batting core. Young batsmen such as Pujara, Kohli,Sharma who are most likely to form the core of India's batting should be instructed in maximizing their time with Tendulkar on the field and off it during these tests. The country's investment in Tendulkar can be further realized even if a fraction of the little master's discipline, preparation and dedication rubs off on the young guns. More than the runs SRT scores from here on, the tips that he can pass on to the batting partner on the conditions, the bowling, batting strategy etc. would be invaluable experience to the newbies.

Posted by Icyman on (September 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

I still dont stand by the same Sanjay. November 2013 is a long long shot. If he plays till then, you might as well say bye bye to our chances of defending the World Cup. Tendulkar needs to go and the right time is now. Take the gamble of a young side in SAF, cause I dont think SAF will be getting any younger now.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

"His run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing" -- this is true for every batsman, except maybe Chris Martin.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Different standards for different legends - remember there was a similar article on Rahul Dravid (from Akash Chopra) where everyone had suggested him to retire. But, Sachin Tendulkar has the right to choose his time to go, really? Everyone has to go, Sanjay - even the great Don Bradman and Sunil Gavaskar retired one day. Maybe Sachin has to realize it, that is all.

Posted by rocket123 on (September 5, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

I have always been a great of SRT batting quality. But with times, I became more fond of "The Wall". And in due time, I realized the importance of "Very Very Special". It remains a fact that both "The Wall" and "VVS" performed better than SRT in tense and demanding situations. It boggles my mind why does majority treat SRT on a higher pedestal if not on equal footing with Dravid and VVS. SRT is one of the greats but like his other colleagues, it is his time as well to say goodbye. No matter what people like Shastari, Gavaskar and Manjerakar say about SRT. It is plain and simple pandering to majority of India w/o merit.

Posted by p.kashyap on (September 5, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Tendulkar should drop down to 2 down: Thereby becoming anchor man, for the team. I presume he has already worked out that he should not play across the line, unless dictated by the situation of the match.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

How many more cricketing stalwarts are still needed to line up defense of Great Batting Maestro SACHIN who has passed prime of his youth .I wonder why no crecketing personality has a courage to call spade a spade .

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 5, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Nice little senti article from Sanjay. For me, the only vulneribility that Sachin has, is that he think too much and then goes into that shell, which was clearly evident when chasing his 100th ton. Thats scares me more than anything.

Posted by Nampally on (September 5, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Sanjay,Gavaskar rightly pointed out his concern over Tendulkar's 3 consecutive Bowled outs as a matter of concern. You also pointed out that Dravid & Laxman were also dismiised similatly in the duration just before their retirement. Obvious conclusion is that age is a huge factor in eye-hands-footwork & Reflex reaction, especially to the fast bowlers. India does need stability at #4. Why procastinating the inevitable? Time & Tide and Age wait for no no one! Yes, Tendulkar is a legend & the greatest batsman of all time but it is sad to see "Media hype" pressure his decision. Sachin should be bold like Laxman & do the right thing for India & for himself. I currently feel that India has Kohli & Pujara as ideal substitutes for Dravid & Tendulkar. By dropping Sehwag to #5, India will provide a good middle order. U.Chand can open the innings with Gambhir if he eliminates his fishing totally!. If not try alternates like Mukund, Rahane, etc. Gambhir can bat @#6. Shuffled batting with Age!.

Posted by cricisme on (September 5, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Sanjay M is mesmerized by Tendulkar just like millions of cricket fans in India. He can't see beyond. he should stop analyzing how he was bowled - Just accept it he was bowled out out everytime and he needs to move on and clear space for young talent who can do better than him. In a country where talent is abundant you need to look for another Tendulkar not accepting Tendulkar as he is. Imagine for a moment if it was VVS Laxman, Sanjay Manjrekar would be all over him to find weakness in everything- he would even ask other seniors to pressure him for retirement. He wouldn't even spare Rohit or Raina either....

Posted by Ravishankara on (September 5, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

I do not watch Tendulkar these days. He just cannot dominate the Bowlers. Even the Nepali bowlers. He has to quickly make up his mind before he becomes a pathetic spectacle.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Good Job Sanjay, we all Love ST, the little master, but @ same time we all know it's time for him put his gear down. I can't see him struggling against even ordinary bowling attack.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (September 5, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

By persisting with 1 legend for this long, we may have already killed more.

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

I guess unmukt chand will retire before sachin....lolz

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

I absolutely agree Dravid and Laxman are great players. But we cannot have only Dravids and Laxmans (who play only when needed) in the team because we don't want that kind situation everytime. Some years back there were many many scenarios where India lost chain of wickets after SRT was out. That was so common that people started switching off TV once SRT was out. I am not a fan of SRT and everyone has a right to criticize anyone but I don't think we have a right to criticize a player whose life is cricket so badly.

Posted by samudralakiku on (September 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Lot of these comments say he has nothing to prove. I agree with that. But that should be reason he should step aside and give youngsters the opportunity to represent the country. If everyone is playing for decades like him, you would only see a few people playing for each country. He already took on the new responsibilities (MP) and he should do the best thing and move on from here rather than losing the form and pushed to retire. This is just my opinion.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 5, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Tell me again, why are we having this conversation at all? oh yes he wont retire, then why dont they make him retire? Whats the point even if he performs a few more games? Halting growth of the next tendulkar big time they should force him for the sake of India.

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

Manjeraker at his diplomatic best on his old friend. But cant keep justifying Tendulkar's failures, can we? Only reason why he can hang in for a while( he is lucky that way) is because Dravid and Laxman hung up their boots in quick succession and then we would fail miserably in so called phasing out senior's retirement policy.

Posted by JerryV on (September 5, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

A neutral fan of Tendulkar here. A superior batsman than all that came before him save one (Bradman). However, age catches up with even the best.

If India were my team, I would be wishing for Mr. Tendulkar to retire sooner rather than later under normal circumstances. However, the rapid retirements of Dravid and Laxman have queered the pitch for Indian selectors.

They cannot clearly wipe out of the middle order all of a sudden and expect newcomers to perform as if nothing had happened. The West Indies of 1990s and our team of 1970s did that, with mixed results.

Under sane management, Tendulkar would have retired after your team's visit, leaving his spot open for Kohli. Then Laxman would have retired after the Australia series, leaving a spot open for Pujara. Leaving Dravid to play out against NZ and our visit.

However, sentiment was allowed to take precedence over team needs. I will not comment on the continued insanity of Raina's selection. Clearly Rahane/Badrinath deserve that.

Posted by shyambhau on (September 5, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest player coming out of Indian subcontinent. Period. He started as a teenager and has been playing for the country since then. Cricket has been his life and obsession since he was a child and I presume it sitll is. I believe it is the desire of not letting go the remunerative shores of BCCI, as a active player's commercial contracts would be more lucrative. Sachin be wise. We respect you, we love you. Please respect our respect towards you.It is all but again only just a game for us.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Perhaps, we should stop debating this issue. It may turn out to be an exercise in futility. He will retire. He will, when he reaches 99 years, 9 months and 9 days. Something close to Bradman's record average of 99.99! Records are his addiction; no? So, he has to be allowed that long, before he may be magnanimous enough to retire. No one will break that record, for sure. But don't ask, how many young talents will lose their teeth and/or hair, and may need glasses of the power of "minus 9.9" to see a straight full length delivery, and 99% of their skin will be wrinkled... by waiting...waiting... and waiting. Let them wait, No? With no chance to play for India, irrespective of their talent. Indian cricket is like George Orwell's epoch making book, "Animal Farm"; where all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

good and bad happens with everyone and this could be a bad patch with sachin tendulkar and will not be lasting for long.

Posted by xylo on (September 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Retirement is a personal choice. Selection is a professional choice though. Given his current form and run-scoring, if one did not have his name tag, he would have been dropped. But taking it for granted, and being a passenger in the team is what sets him apart from the likes of Dravid and Laxman. He might decide not to retire, but the selection committee has given him a longer rope than they have for Rohit Sharma. Now is the time to drop him. If he can score in the domestic league and prove his mettle, he can be picked for the next series. Ganguly did that; why can't Sachin? And, a new-comer such as Rahane/Badri might not pile up runs, but can definitely score more than what Sachin is scoring . So, I don't really see the point of him staying in the XI.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

I too believe Tendulkar should continue to play Tests for India. That apart, Manjrekar is a hypocrite. If this were Dravid, Laxman, or Ganguly, he would have produced similar stats and evidence on why they should retire and how they are holding up spots for other budding cricketers.

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Tendulkar is long finished. Remember how long it took to get it to his 100th 100? Even Tendulkar knows it when he applied for a political position. He just wants to hang around as long as possible. Nov. 2013? You gotta be kidding.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Justifying his failure...Nonsence. "fierce competitor within him" ..wonder whether Tendulkar himself know about this

Posted by lee_man on (September 5, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Interesting article. However, what Sanjay didn't mention is that the SA bowlers will be studying the videos and will obviously try to exploit this weakness. In fact any bowler worth his salt will be looking at that. I get the point about the possible inspiration for the youngsters, but shouldn't we also consider the effects that a failing SRT could have on these same youngsters. My view is that every team goes through a phase when they have to replace many stalwarts almost at the same time. That said, I also think that SRT should be allowed to retire when he is ready and should not be pushed the way VVS and Dravid were.

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

We will get the answer when he plays England and Australia in Indian conditions before SA tour. Only then can we comment on Manjrekar's observation.

Posted by jb633 on (September 5, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

I can understand why Indian fans are getting frustrated that their idol is not performing at present, but I agree with the article that he is still valuable. His worth may not be seen in games played at home against lowly ranked opposition but it is still there. Although he did not have the best tour of Oz he still looked among the most comfortable. It would worry me as an Indian fan to lose all the big guns at once and to have only Sehwag as the cricketer with the know-how and experience. To me Sehwag always seems more selfish and arrogant than Sachin and the attitude of the little man should be used as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and commitment. Personally I think Sachin should drop down the order but I see no problem with him in the side. As an England fan I would not be suprised to see him come out on top against us later this year.

Posted by Jaycomments on (September 5, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

I request everyone not to throw stones at our legend. He is struggling now. We all should stand with him at this time. We all know he is nearing 40 but we need to respect such a great ambassador of our country. The reason why we are dominating the Cricket world is because of Sachin who makes people follow him where ever he go to bat. I am sure many know about our country because of Sachin. So please allow him to play as long as he can. I am sure the legend will make way to youngsters when his bat stops speaking, Until then, Again I request everyone to stand with our "GOD" OF CRICKET.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Poor Manjrekar cant defend him self because he know well what will be if he criticized Sachin. As a commentator he has right to say anything about cricket but he will not do anything to loose his lucrative commentator job.He should advised Sachin that he should retire when his son Retire.

Posted by naveenchhills on (September 5, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

for all the people who are thinking that tendulkar is blocking youngsters to get into the team ...u guyz are outta your many youngsters do you need in a TEST Team ???....we are not talking T20 have kohli, raina and pujara.....imagine rohit or yuvraj getting into the team and see what the batting lineup look like.....all the people playing under him are gaining experience and temperament for the test level....for me if tendulkar retires now ...the team will only be re-building itself liki aussies are doing sit back and let him play till our youngsters are reliable at test level !! be patient he'll score a test century on his 23rd anniversary at international cricket in ahamedabaad !!......go sachin....:)

Posted by Hommi on (September 5, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Its time for this Legend to retire and leave space for youngsters, India has a lot of batting talent.. i bet there are hundreds of Kohlis and Dravids out there waiting to get a chance.. Sanjay nice article but alot of emotion involved. i think it would be good for India, and sachin himself if he retires.. There is already alot of pressure on em..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 5, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

The emperor has no clothes. Even tailenders like Ashwin and Ishant Sharma can better than 10dulkar. Let him go to South Africa and get mauled by Steyn and Company. Only then will he come to his senses.

Posted by caprio1989 on (September 5, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

india seriously have to look for replacement for suresh Raina..He is sturggling with short ball...Allso guys like sehwag or tendulkar and or dhoni have no chance with the quality pace attack of south Africa..including steyn.philander.morkel and merchant de lange...i think tendulkar should retire..Indian batting line is now can be penitrate ..they have no longer wall or very very special ones...

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

Tendulkar is the reason i started to watch cricket, it will never be same when the last emperor will be gone. Single handily he carried the burden of team's batting for many years. can't believe he will be gone one day, just enjoy his performance i am sure there is more to come and he will deliver. We can't be more proud that he played for our country, greatest batsmen ever more than the great man, all of you who hate him now even when he will be gone even you will have tear drops in your eyes, i have it now just thinking about that day.

Posted by Rajeshj on (September 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@amitupadhye - the last two paragraphs appear too cinematic or theatrical.. let us talk about cricket.. why do these critics keep talking about what a player does to eat or sleep or dream.. Harsha Bhogle was doing this for a long time and now you too Sanjay... I expected a more knowledgeable one from you...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

The last line of this article EXPLAINS why Sachin is still playing! Because that is what the whole of India expects from him and all of us are sure he will do that!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

we know Mr.sanjay that u wont criticize sachin.... sachin is sachin forever.... we r not complaining ..... what we r telling is just let our youngsters in the team... how come u can say that we need him in south africa.... you can shield them one time.... will sachin be there forever???????,,,,,,.... just go on a high note..... please... i am not even eligible to talk about him.... but as a cricket fan i want youngsters(only) in SA squad..... let these guys face the real test cricket....

Posted by drmzz on (September 5, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

SRT, wordz fall short for his praise but till when and for what he wana keep playing...

whole of the record books are full of SRT- runs, matches, innings, each and every where its SRT.

look at other seniors like RD & VVS- for RD it was only australian series and he took retirement, next to follow was VVS - english n australian series went against him and he too step down.

But now wat about SRT!!!!

Wat is left for him to achieve, he neither needs cash nor fame nor name,then wats the point in playing. Definetly he is not playing for india but hmself!!!

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

@RandyOz: please dont bring Hussey in it. Hussey is only 7 years old in Test cricket. He didnt play and TRAVEL day in day out all over the world before that. Sachin had played 16 years before Hussey made his debut. Hussey hasnt had the workload tha Sachin has gone through. Also seen change in the game from slow scoring draw oriented game to more ODI influenced run making in tests. He is the best adapter in cricket history. Please show respect. Sachin is a decade ahead of Ponting and two decades ahead of Hussey. Ponting only scored runs against Ishants and struggling Ashwins in last tour. He failed for 2 long years before that. Remember Kemar Roach? LOL. getting better. Ponting was only good from 2002 to 2006 (4-5 years) the period where great bowlers were on decline or retired. Sachin was on top from 1993-2003 and then again from 2008-2010. Thats 3 times that of Ponting. Enough said.

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

Sanjay, this is hypocrisy. Be brave and speak your mind. You said something and now with this article you are trying to take it back. You can never undo what you did. I dont know whether tendulkar should retire or not but there is nothing wrong with your earlier observations that he is losing his form; we all felt the same too. Ofcourse that doesnt mean he should retire and you definitely did not suggest it

Posted by Ravi-Sankar on (September 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Retire Respectfully PLEASE ? Sanjay Please advise him to retire and there is no point in scoring those full length deliveries to four. He has nothing to prove to this world. Give a chance to youngster in this cricket crazy nation. There is plenty of talent in this country. he can do the duties as MP and other activies like mentoring and coaching. if needed, BCCI can define a new law to allow him to be in the dressing room to motivate the young guns.

Posted by Arrow011 on (September 5, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

First time I am reading a good article from Manjrekar. Sachin we are all with you, do not hang up your boots, let Ricky Ponting & J. Kallis retire first. You need to be the highest run getter & highest century hitter in the world in both formats of the game you play Internationally. Skip IPL & CL 20-20 if need be. Ensure that you do not lose touch by relaxing at home, play all ODIs & Tests to continue long in to your mid 40s.

Posted by inswing on (September 5, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Tendulkar will score at an average of around 30 from now on. Given enough innings, he will make a 50 and even a century in easy batting conditions. But that is not good enough for No 4. batsman for India. It is time for him to retire and not spoil a glorious career with bitterness.

Posted by trinath.p on (September 5, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

we may miss cricket but not our god

Posted by here2rock on (September 5, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Sanjay does not make sense.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

It's never a surprise when so many ppl jump out to support SRT, whenever he is amidst troubles. But, i don't really understand the reason behind backing him up even now. We all know that he has been, and he will forever be, a great legend and an unassuming servant for Indian Cricket. In fact, that is the reason why we hate to see him hitting such a low - you never want champions to struggle - similar to what Dada did in this year's IPL. And, i surely wont say"Rahul and VVS retired - so he must also retire". I am not even sure if there is any strong contender knocking on the doors for his place - how would you say that, after looking at the face that, after all, we only have Raina to replace Dada? We ardent followers feel so much pain, looking at these greats desperately waging a losing battle on the field. Time that SRT realises what is required for the betterment for the team and decide accordingly..

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

sachin is the greatest player of all time.

Posted by Vinod.Menon on (September 5, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar, why this double standards to players like VVS Luxman? You were making strong comments about him giving way for youngsters so that the team building is done properly. If you look at the last Indian teams tour to South Africa, Luxman's performance was upto that of Sachin's. Now you are commenting that Sachin should go on and play in 2013 SA tour. I think its time for Sachin to give way for youngsters so that let them play in those conditions and get used to it for the future success rather than shielding them now and exposing later.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Let Tendulkar prove himself through his bat, to support him unnecessarily when every cricketer especially batsmen who plays for India (including dhoni) are under pressure to perform in every second match is mindless thing which quite frankly is driven by his status otherwise why is it that dravid, laxman both retired and sachin doesn't. Tell me this Sir Manjerakar and not excuses like he is needed to mentor and he is experienced blah blah, lol he can mentor from outside the field.

Posted by hdugar on (September 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Sanjay, no doubt he will continue to score, given his high levels of determination. But you reach a point in your cricketing life when you can only go down hill. Given all that Sachin has achieved it pains to see him struggle. Not used to seeing him scoring 1 century a year. Prolonging his career now will only diminish his greatness and sadden his fans. Secondly, as you have pointed out that age does slow down the reflexes. Many greats faced the problem getting bowled to full length deliveries as they got old. What is Sachin trying to prove by continuing to Play? Cricket is a team game and not an individual game. As a team, India might face issues in the short term, but only then will you find a suitable replacement. I feel it is time for Sachin to move on and give way to youngsters.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

It was 23 years ago in Faisalabad Pakistan that I first saw, as a live audience, Tendulkar playing, probably in 2nd. Test Match of his career. He was already a rising star due to his domestic performance. What impressed me most was not his batting prowess in the field but demonstration of attitude and character of a Great even at tender age of 16. I vividly remember him approaching Captain and the bowler and participating with seniors in the strategy formulation on the field at every critical juncture in the match. Normally at this age boys are shy ad that too in the presence of seniors they hesitate to give their opinion. Not this boy-waiting-to-be-a-legend. I was fully convinced that he is up for big things in life and thus have always triumphantly smiled within myself whenever he has achieved any milestone in his career as if he has validated my premonitions. I have no doubt he can continue to score as long he plays. All the best Sachin.

Posted by Kaze on (September 5, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Tendulkar is done, dragging on with him will be done at the detriment of the team.

Posted by guest12345678910 on (September 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

thank u sanjey manjrekar.. i feel really proud there is at least u too see and say what is the truth.. each and every word of ur article is true.. in my view i dont think india need more more youngsters... because ther are already many.. what should tendulkar do for that????? like what manjrekar have told he will come back with more tricks and ideas in africa and will take more records...


Posted by premnauth on (September 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Just let man enjoys his cricket he plays with passion, his heart is still in the game, he is still getting runs, sachin will know when is the right time to quit, the cricketing public can be really cruel

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Tendulkar is almost 40 and he should retire there is no doubt about it. He is playing for his own sake, money and records. He continues to play because he wants to keep money coming in through advertisements that he endorses. If Laxman and Dravid would have continued to play, then this Sanjay Manjrekar would have commented saying they are nearly 40s and should retire to give youngsters chance to play for India.

Posted by Biophysicist on (September 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Mr. Manjrekar: You say "I will stand by what I have said all along about Tendulkar: that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing". Yes, his run making will not stop until he stops. That is true for all players because even a tailender will score a few runs and contributes with his bat. We all have seen Tendulkar's run making in the recent past (last 18 months), where he averages around 35 runs per innings. If it is one series, it is understandable. But he has not really contributed anything significant for 4 series (vs Eng, WI, Aus and NZ). How long should talented youngsters wait for their chances? Even if some of them fail, by trying 3 or 4 guys in the next 12-15 tests, I am sure we can find one good player who will contribute to the team for the next 10 years or so. By delaying that we are killing some of the talent. I am sure it is for this reason, Dravid and Laxman retired although they could have continued for some more time.

Posted by indianpunter on (September 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

yawn.. anderson, finn and broad will have him for breakfast, lunch and dinner, come november. after that, he might still go to SA in 2013, as batting coach..

Posted by Reyad2009 on (September 5, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

It is better to retire when everyone will say why NOW? (like Michael Jordan, Gili, Warne) and not wait till the time when most people will say why NOT...? Being a big fan/supporter of Tendulkar, i still believe his end is approaching fast and he should consider it before even more people starts complaining. It is really hurting to see people complaining about the great Tendulkar is wasting a spot in Indian line up.....!

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

That's why so many people are clamouring for Raina's head to create a vacancy for another batsman. On current form only Kohli can justify a spot in the playing 11 and on the basis of the NZ tests I would invest in Pujara by giving him a good run in that spot. I would stick with Raina as there is much too admire about him though he now has a reputation for not being able to play the short ball. Let's see if he can work it out.

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

He is 40- he will not ganges on fire....time to move on buddy....

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 5, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

The question of retirement arises because SRT is never chosen on merit. If he is fit and decides to play in a series, he will be picked as an automatic choice. When you choose a team you have to pick the 11 you think that are going to make the most contribution based on current form. After the Eng and Aus tours on what basis was SRT chosen for the NZ series? I would be for SRT playing on if all batsmen were chosen on recent performance and not over their entire career. But the reality is that another player will only get a chance unless SRT retires as he will never be dropped for poor performances. In fact being dropped from the team for poor performance may actually provoke SRT to up his game.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 5, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

SRT last scored a century in Jan 11 in a drawn match in SA and the one before that was in the same series in defeat where Kallis scored a double century. Since then he has chosen which tests he plays and batted at no 4 in 8 staright away defeats. In Eng he should have been promoted up the order because he was the only batsman other than Dravid with the technique and expereince of playing in Eng. Instead VVS was sent ahead of him. So which of these 2 players is the team player? If he has a problem against the fuller delivery which I don't think is the case as in Eng and Aus he made scratchy starts but ws rarely bowled then why doesn't he bat lower down the order and let a younger batsman with sharper reflexes come in at 4.

Posted by MakaveliDon on (September 5, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

I am sick and tired of people defending Sachin when it is obviously clear he is not the same player as he was in his glory days. I am grateful for everything he has done for our Indian team but you cannot use that as an excuse to keep persisting with him if he is not performing. Why did Dravid and Laxman retire, because they knew there is a bigger picture in this and the future of our team is more important than breaking records, they knew that there are young and talented players who are desperate to get into the team but they aren't getting a chance because the seniors are still taking up the spots. Its high time the Indian team, selectors and FANS wake up and smell the coffee and realise Sachins days of representing India are over, stop living in the past and start looking to the future..if we ever want to be among one of the top test playing nations we have to make sacrifices and this is one of them otherwise we are going to continue to slide down the rankings.

Posted by Thomas_George on (September 5, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

If he has nothing left to prove, then why does he feel pressure from public expectation? I feel that in his mind, he fears failure more so than when he was young, and hence the pressure. It is all in the mind -- the same passion and drive that pushed him to do well in his younger days is his undoing now. He should go out and just play naturally without worrying about failure. What is the worst that can happen?

During the test match, I looked at Tendulkar's bowled, and a Kohli flick for four both attempting the same shot on similar balls. Sachin's bat seemed to come in from a slip direction, and he was practically playing across. Kohli's bat came down straight with its face angled 45 degrees or so sending the ball to square leg.

Posted by couchpundit on (September 5, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

All Tendulkar Fans forget age or anything... please provide his contribution in last 10 tests? He is supposed to be leader atleast in Foregin conditions... He was Missing in Action,

He is supposed to be leader when situation was tough(like 8-0 drubbing)...He was missing in Action.

Honest players like Dravid and VVS has resigned recognising those facts. What is the point of having a stalwart in your team when he is neither inspiring or educating youngsters by example? Show me Results( apart from younger team members becoming aloof and not developing backbone to play bouncers). If your would like to give such extended runs for any new players like Sachin,Rohit(for being mumbaikars) and Raina(Dhoni's blue eyed boy) or getting

Be honest and sincere towards Indian Crickets Future. I rest my Case.

Posted by Thomas_George on (September 5, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

The Indian psyche is to select players on past performance, not current ones -- and certainly not based on conditions or opposition. I feel that more young players must be blooded in early. It might mean that experienced players might have to sit out a few matches, but it will bring genuine competition for spots in the team. The additional benefit is that senior players can play more domestic matches, and nurture young talent.

The selectors are hand-tied in Sachin Tendulkar's case because they fear public reprisal, and may fear even for their physical well being. In such a situation, Sachin Tendulkar has an enormous responsibility in choosing his time of retirement. If the selectors followed a rotation policy, the argument that Sachin keeps younger players from deserving opportunities to represent their nation.

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

with all due respect there is a strange dichotomy to this article. i mean on one part we have the analysis of how his age has affected his reflexes. and how he keeps getting out on deliveries that he would have been hitting for 4. the other part, written in defense, relies purely on "crickets instinct". I am really sorry, but one expects better from professionals then that. you have to consider that India has players like Rehane, Badri, Rohit, waiting in the sidelines. if Sachin is having a problem with a full length delivery in India by NZ bowlers, how will he face the fiercest fast bowling attack in the world today? and that too in South Africa? Sorry Sunjay, but you have a job to do, and favoritism should have no room in your profession.

Posted by Rajeshj on (September 5, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I think Sanjay made a slight mistake in his request... he should have mentioned 2015 world cup instead of 2013 SA tour.. by doing that, at least he could have earned even more good will from Sachin... any case, good job, Sanjay...

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (September 5, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Faridoon, His next challenge is to play for India with his son. Long Live SRT.

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 5, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Wasn't Jayasuriya his buddy at IPL? both go on the same course. Ranil Herath - Kent

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

actually it all depends on the application of tendulkar.whenever he goes in defencive mode,for examples 15 or 20 balls without any run he is gonna get trapped.when he is in offencive mood runs come freely 4 him.2nd thing which is affecting his performance is the long gap he takes .i hope and wish tendulkar comes hard on everybody who has come harsh on him and proove everybody wrong as he has done it so many times in the past.

Posted by landl47 on (September 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Tendulkar has now gone 24 test innings without a century, by far the longest stretch of his career, and those 24 innings included the series against England and Australia which India lost by a combined 8-0. If Tendulkar, based on those figures and his age, still deserves to be there then the talent pool in India is thin indeed.

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

Sanjay, I am sorry to say this but everyone who talks about Sachin does so with a lot of emotion, misunderstood as instinct. With memories of his innings when he curbed his offside game completely to score a hundred, his genius as an individual is unquestionable. But a team to be a great one has to function as a unit with no compromise on consistency and performance. Today India cannot carry Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer all three looking vulnerable for various reason and win a test match. Adding to that Umesh who looks like one of many tear aways with no control who have come and gone. If this team plays against SA today or 1 year from now, be prepared for another whitewash. Sachin the great individual might come and show he can do it at 40 but this will only stall grooming the next fab four for a time not in the distant future when even Sachin cannot bat.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Very biased article. Manjrekar was one of the first to call for Laxman's & Dravid's head, when Laxman had 2 poor series & Dravid had one following a fantastic England tour. As a batsman Laxman has won/saved more matches than anyone in the recent history. Dravid has been the best test batsman that India had in the last 2 decades. Anyway I think they retired at a good time. They could have played for maybe a year more, but this is the right time to try out the youngsters. I dont think Sachin will get back to form in tests. Anderson/Finn/Hilfenhaus/Siddle will be watching his weakness against full length bowling

Posted by aa_ee on (September 5, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Mr. Manjrekar, the question is not whether he can score runs or whether he can manage to play and score a few runs. The issue as others have pointed out is how many other careers is he putting on hold. Players of the calibre of Waugh and Bevan had to earn their way back into the team when struggling for form. They were men who were under authority. In this context, the problem with India is that Sachin has been placed beyond authority, in a zone that qualifies him to make his own decisions and at the cost of another man's career. With all due respect to him, Sachin may have started out with many mentors, but his wisdom in letting him be his own decision maker and beyond true counsel now may leave him less wiser and less discerning at the end. His wisdom and humility is not evidenced in whether the great man talks too much or too little, it is questioned in whether he is willing to discern and listen that it may perhaps be time for him to bid adieu.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

You mean he is no longer the "elephant in the dressing room" but a tiger on the prowl??

Posted by maddy20 on (September 5, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

The people supporting Sachin tendulkar daying he will bounce back and what-not, I have one question for you - The guy has failed miserably in England(avg 34), in Australia(35) and against mighty NewZealand he averages a Bradmanesque 21 ! If you still want to believe he will bounce back, give us an approx date or series when he will. We have got two very important tours coming up vs Eng and Aus, where we have a window to salvage some pride for the trouncing we received in Eng and Aus. Then there is the god-awful possibility of an oldman who gets bowled by a bowler bowling full and straight at 138KPH. How is he gonna tackle the reverse swing of Broad and Anderson at 140KPH? Should we still persist with him if he scores 20 runs per innings putting pressure on an inexperienced middle order? Is he above the game? Would you rather wait for an oldman to regain form than watch India winning test matches overseas again?

Posted by Romenevans on (September 5, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

How about asking Gavaskar and Ganguly to make their come backs and ask Rohit Sharma and "Sir" Ravindra Jadega to retire?

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

sachin can continue playing test cricket.He can continue playing ODI as well if he is available for all matches.otherwise he should retire from ODI

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Good to see experts have come out and support him, rather bash him as often happens.

He's the 2nd best batsman to have played, more committed than anyone to have picked up a bat and yes like Sanjay says " He will stop scoring runs only when he retires..."

So trust him.

Posted by aarifboy on (September 5, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Sachin when he was 20 or 30 cudn't help India win in SA,so whats the point in taking him to SA at 40 when hes struggling against NZ in Indka?

Posted by SaadM on (September 5, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Such a shame that SRT keep rubbing it in, knowing the fact that he is way beyond his shelf life - WC11 was the time for him to call it a day ! Why is he deteriorating his respect and stature amongst international fans. Its time for him to step aside for some new kid. Manjrekar should just go and put his head somewhere in the sand !

Posted by paps1889 on (September 5, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

I dont want to see Tendulkar in 2013 South Africa Series. The way Boult, Bracewell and Southee bowled against Tendulkar i dont think he will be able to cop up with Morne Morkel, Tsotsobe and Steyn..Though, he got a century against South Africa in 2011 series. But now it is very difficult for him to get even a 50. In the recent New zealand series the way he batted, it is very unfortunate that he is still playing for India.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Sanjay, Your loyalty to Tendulkar is admirable but really the little master hasn`t consistently played well for the last 2 years. There comes a time when the footwork goes and the reactions slow. Time waits for no man ... and despite how much many millions of Indians want to believe it, Tendulkar is a man not a God. International sports teams in the professional era should only be picked on merit, not on what great deeds they did before. Do you really want him to continue to the extent that opposing teams secretly look forward to seeing his name on the scoresheet knowing he can`t hurt them anymore? While the next Indian greats are waiting to get a game. That would be a real shame. I`m sure the little master will do the right thing soon ... I hope so. He`s going to be very important in Indian cricket for years to come but not with a bat in his hand.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 5, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

You see, life is like this... If there wasn't Kohli, probably it's Tendulkar's time. But there is a new hero... It's very sad, but true that Tendulkar is forgotten. But his records will remain for a long time... Tendulkar is a great gentleman unlike Kohli... Life changes as time passes...

Posted by rgolwalkar on (September 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Hello Sanjay,

I agree with you totally that SRT should be a part of SA 2012 series. Also i agree to the point that he will come back as he always does - he is too determined and fighter to give it up - but at the same time - rather than SRT saying i will play until i enjoy' - he can say -' i will continue playing till SA 2012 tour and try to bring India back to No 1 in tests and then decide' - that would deliver strong message and also set a goal for SRT and as usual he will come back. But again its about team first - if he contributes well he should continue playing and i am sure he will continue to contribute. A brilliant article this is - thanks for writing it Sanjay. Regards Rohan Golwalkar

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

After south africa tour sachin can decide about his retirement ...if he is failed in sa soil he need to take better decision .

Posted by JasonWoodsworth on (September 5, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Another average Indian player. Among the Indian batsman's, at least Dravid was consistent. Tendulker is all hype.

Posted by RajitD on (September 5, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Completely disagree. I think Sachin needs to gracefully leave. Already, I see a Kapil / 434 type approach in him, which is a real pity, coz he's really been the one man all of India have really looked up to. His mind may be yearning to play for more, but its his reflexes which is his undoing, and they are unlikely to get better, despite his unmistakable skills. The problem is that he is so big, that nobody - including the biggest senior cricketers have the guts to tell that to him on his face, or through the media. His departure is not going to be easy, but unless he goes, a Rahane or a Badrinath is not going to get an opportunity, and this is going to be held up against them that they are inexperienced so how can we blood them. Fact is give people an opportunity (like Pujara got this time around). Somebody may click and some may even fail, but unless you try, how are you ever going to know?

Posted by JasonWoodsworth on (September 5, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Oh, the old man tendulker, ain't what he used to be,: Ain't what he used to be. Accept it and move on. His lack of footwork, slow flexes and poor showings are all great indications that he is past his best. He was never that good anyway. My personal favourite will always be Hayden, Langer or Lara. If you were in trouble, you would rather have someone like Hayden in your corner than Tendulker.

Posted by 777aditya on (September 5, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Yeah right, get back Gavaskar, Shastri, Kapil, Ganguly, Srinath, and Kumble back as well - they are also still alive and while you are still at it Sanjay - jump the wagon - everyone's invited! Rahane, Pujara, Tiwary, Pandey, Chand, Kohli can all wait till you guys "are finished!"

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

There are always criticisms all through the career of all cricketers, Sachin is not an exception. The way he plays now is a little different from before. May be he is trying to play differently. All the three dismissals were bowled because he tried to play across. If he tried to play straight the results would have been different. The Sachin we know is more effective when he plays straight. The straight drive is a trademark of Sachin and will be beautiful to watch. Not only to Tendulkar, to all the batsmen either young or old the coach and commentators advise them to try to play straight to most of the deliveries. What happen if all the three dismissals were after he got hundreds, would anyone criticise then also. Let him play and enjoy cricket...

Posted by boston_pride on (September 5, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Not surprising coming from someone who has been more defensive in his commentary than in his batting... What you need to understand is not whether you can still score runs or not... It is about blocking new talent... Sachin has been one of the greatest batsman... But its about time to put your team above yourself... Already a ODI spot is being wasted(hopefully he wont plat the 2015 WC)... n now with a chance to blood young talent at home before the overseas tours is being wasted

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (September 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

I think Sachin should just blindly swing his bat like Viru does. He's likely score more runs than what he's doing now, he won't have to run a lot and when he gets out he can make it look as if he got out while trying to score

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@RandyOz - I thought it was just England boards you made ludicrous comments on? Mike Hussey is a good cricketer, but he's sure no sachin tendulkar mate and Punter clearly isn't getting better with age otherwise he wouldn't have been DROPPED from the odi team?! The reason he has is because with age he has lost a bit of agility, eyesight and reaction time thus inhibiting his ability to score quickly when needed.

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

nice article..really loved d last paragraph...ahmedabad..god is coming back in ur city..

Posted by CricketChat on (September 5, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

It is futile to reason out with Ind selectors regd SRT's place in the team. None of them have guts to drop him for fear of evoking public wrath. The man will decide himself when, where and how long he wants to play. That's the bottom line.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 5, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Had Ganguly, Dravid and VVS thought i will quit ONLY when i want to, we wouldn't have got a Kohli or a Pujara yet. Now Ashwin and Pujara are bowling well but never had Kumble been around still.. Yes we struggled to find replacement for some time but still, we got decent ones now after that struggle. Same will happen in batting too. Nothing will improve unless there is a start to it. It took 79 games to realise that Sachin can score 100 in ODI and bat in top order. After that only we had a genius in the shorter format. But we expect a readymade legend to replace him??

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

well done sanjay... its good to see you coming out in support of your friend.. Sachin is a legend and there is no need to criticize or justify his mode of dismissals during this NZ tour.. but voting for him and trying to justify his place in the team for November 2013 tour (more than a year left, Sanjay), is nothing short of stupidity.. Sachin would be running 41 on that tour... Doesn't this sound crazy???... Its time we stop this nonsenses about loads of commentators and so-called cricket experts coming out in justifying such trivial things... Gavaskar's observations are the words of a true cricketing legend and its upto Tendulkar to listen and respect nature's ageing process.. move on Sanjay.. you have better things to analyze and write about..

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

I am fan of Sachin for so many years ......he has to make way for a young guy point in playing for another year or two.....those two years might ruin a youngster's chance to play for India ...we already missed lot of talents.......however no one should force his retirement .....he sud listen to his body not his mind for the retirement....all the best for him.....:)

Posted by Kaushiktrendy on (September 5, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Thank u sanjay for saying what is in the minds of millions of people in india. Never mind few bunch of people who keep bashing and abusing him. We all love sachin and will continue to do so. Everyone has to remember dat at the end of the day its a sport and we watch it for entertainment. And this man has entertained us for the last 2 decade and i'll not be surprised if he continues to do so for couple of more years. And sachin has always found ways to come out of tight spots like dis. And don be surprised if he doesn't play anything across the line come the england series and still continue to pile on the runs. That's wat makes him special. Not just the greatest ever batsman but his determination to succeed is unparalleled. He wil come out of this like he always does. Carry on champion....... We're all behind u!!

Posted by TheBengalTiger on (September 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

I find it amazing how little most people know about cricket. Its ridiculous. Tendulkar was India's highest run scorer in Australia, second highest in England. He is by far the best equipped of gather Indian batsmen. he is by no means finished

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Mr Manjrekar the same thing happened with RD& VVS (Great batsmen in test cricket compared to SRT) in aussie series. I hope you remember you mentioned like " Dravid & VVS are getting older now. That is the reason they are not able to focus much as they used to do earlier!" Then why this biased opinion against SRT. Even he is getting older. You recommended RD & VVS should call it a day for better future of Indian cricket . Why not Sachin then? He is not a match winner in test matches like RD & VVS . SRT is simply blocking one place in national team. Hope he should call it a day with dignity and pride.

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

its a good article form manjrekar. see sachin getting old so people who prefering youngsters are putting mountain pressure on him... so that pressure is putting him in trouble. there is nothing for him to prove that he is best he going to rock back vs england and pak in odi's. lets pray for him to play better cricket.......

Posted by thegoodgame on (September 5, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Team India has a number of youngsters at this stage - Kohli, Pujara, Raina, Yadav, Ashwin, Ojha, Rahane etc. Sehwag is experienced - but due to his flashy style, he cannot guarantee stability. So that only leaves Gambhir and Dhoni. It will take these youngsters at least another year to cement their positions. We need Sachin to provide that stability until the next gen matures in their roles. So yes, in that sense I agree with Manjrekar...

Posted by Faridoon on (September 5, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

It is clear that SRT thrives on challenges. You cannot play for long if you don't have the ability to face and overcome challenges. Age, slower reflexes and problems in technique are just challenges like any other that I sure he is eagerto overcome.

The day he finds a challenge that he cannot overcome will be the day, I can safely presume, that Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar closes the cricket playing chapter of his illustrious life.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (September 5, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

10dulkar could not win a test match even when he was in prime. Now that he's a toothless tiger, you expect him to keep playing? Fine, let him get mauled by Steyn, Morkel and company in South Africa. I guess you want to see him completely humiliated and made a laughing stock of the cricket community. This emperor has no clothes

Posted by ADravidfan on (September 5, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Sachin will always be a legend and this may not be age or form related. However, the fact remains that he chose IPL over Test duties for the country and preferred to skip the WI tour just before a crucial England Tour (knowing that the Australia tour was to follow). Also after spending nearly 2 months playing matches in the IPL with a high potential for injury, chose to 'spend time with his family' rather than go on the WI tour. We don't see Rahul or VVS doing this do we? SRT will always remain the pride of Indian cricket, but I for one am disappointed at this recent priorities!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Tendulkar is the future of the Indian team. Why should he retire when he has so many records left to break. He has another 10-15 years left at the bottom.

Posted by Ravi-Sankar on (September 5, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Hello Manjrekar. we know that yourself and gavaskar can praise sachin even if he reaches the age of 100. Cricket is like a religiion in india and are u not watching how the youngesters are performing in the indian cricket. Why cant we give a chance to someone who could make a mark for himself. It is not that Indian Cricket is like west indies or australia that we can dominate for decades. If sachin can make so much money through endorsements and money earned though playing for matches. Dont you think any youngster who is from middleclass or poor family can make a living for playing atleast for few matches. My since advise is that make sachin as a senior advisor in the cricket board as non playing batsman and continue to tour with indian teams if youngesters needs support to wint he matches.

Posted by srikanths on (September 5, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

I just wish Sanjay Manjrekar had criticised him. Tendulkar had generally come out guns blazing after his criticism .Remember the "elephant in the room" and a bit earlier his comment about sachin not taking part in ICC world XI Vs AUs due to minor (?) niggles.

Without doubt, we know that we are talking of an all time great . may be alltime top 5 criketers but it is a fact that he struggled against NZ. For a whole lot of us who have seen him blast far better bowling as recently as 2010 and 2011, this did make painful watching. When you are 39 plus, long gaps in International cricket could show up the rustiness.I just hope we get to see the genius in a few more test and have a far greater hope that we get to see him bat as has always been his wont atleast in a few of the future innings. There is no greater sight than watching his straight drives and innovative tap over the top .

No one deny that he is close to returement whether 3- 6 months or one year , we really don't know.

Posted by amitupadhye on (September 5, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Last two paragraphs are too good just loved them ...

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

hi sanjay, no dougt, u have such great respect for Tendulkar, We too love him, but, u cant keep justifying for Tendulkar's failures, Remember the great Mohammed Ali, the boxer was lethal untill his last fight, the blow he received was deadly, he is just half dead for last 25 yrs, this happened just because of delay in his retirement, hence, all greats, legends do have their shelf life, hence, Pls do not keep telling Tendulkar is a wonderkid, he is simply outstanding , etc etc, we too agree,but, sports does not spare anyone, time will come, the legends of the game should walk back to Pavilion without getting pushed our or disgraced. sunny retired at his peak, scored one of his best test innings and retired, see the respect he commands globally.

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (September 5, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

LOl at comments which say that Sachin knows better than anyone and no one needs to tell him when to retire.....I agree that no one can speak to him on this. But the problem is , he also doesn't have right to stop young player coming into team, even when is struggling, just because he is still enjoying the game.......AND struggling in SA with all youngsters is a myth. Who knows ..... The kohli's,Poojara's might do well than the aged dravid and laxman and sachin.....Its not as if dravid,sachin,laxman and co performed brilliant in all their foreign tours that they are guaranteed to do well in SA....Many of the times they were equally poor. So why not give chance to youngsters and see how they fare. At least they get an exposure for future performances

Posted by Don_The_Saffa on (September 5, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Regardless of current performance, I really hope he comes to South Africa. What a privilege it will be to see The Little Master in action again. Legendary player and a great representative for his country and cricket as a whole.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Keeping all emotions aside, for or against, one thing SRT needs to do if he wants to play for India is focus on cricket. He is all over the place since last year. He is more interested in playing IPL than going to WI, in spite of knowing that a tough and important season of playing in ENG and AUS was coming up. Dravid went to WI and then scored 3 100s in ENG. He was more interested in showing off at Wimbledon instead of preparing for NZ test series. He is more interested in becoming MP than playing some domestic cricket. Where is the commitment here? Everybody knows that even when he is out of form or aged, he is still better than 99.99 percent of the cricketers in India. But that does not mean he can take things lightly. With age not on his side, he should be committed more to cricket. Till he does that, everyone has the right to point a finger at him.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Sachin has been the greatest Indian cricketer to have played the game, but like every other sportsman, with age, reflexes get slower, the eyesight gets dimmer, and instincts can go wrong. This is nothing to be ashamed of, for it is only natural. After all, he is pushing 40 - to have lasted this long itself is a great achievement.

It is time for him to retire gracefully. It doesn't matter even if he makes a comeback and scores a century or two. What exactly is he trying to prove?

Indian cricket needs to move on from the Sachin era. The youngsters out there need to be blooded. Sachin will still have lucrative commercial contracts and influence over cricket in India.

Posted by mrgupta on (September 5, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

A good team has a good balance of youth and Experience. Though Pujara and Virat excelled at the given opportunity and justified their places its not easy to replace experience in the longer run. With Ganguly, Dravid and Laxman gone India needs Sachin for that extra experience in their ranks. Dont forget Ponting is still playing for Australia despite his failures. The main reason is to replace someone of the Caliber of Sachin and Ponting you not only needs correct replacement but also correct timing. We should not hurry onto Sachin, he is still very Valuable to the team. Filling the team with youngsters is not the solution to any problem.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

@2nd_Slip... Dude Game is bigger than Individual..WE must respect player as well as see the future...Give chance to Youngsters so that they will be prepared for 2015 World Cup...SRT must retire from ODI and T20...He can continue in Test

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Aus/SA/Eng plan a series to win... since our plan is to just visit, I think should be part of Nov 2013 SA tour.

Posted by moBlue on (September 5, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

to all who are clamoring for SRT's head... take a look at the following stats... ---------------------------------- unfiltered 1989-2012 190 314 32 15533 248* 55.08 28726+ 54.03* 51 65 14 2005+ 67 filtered 2010-2012 21 38 3 1696 214 48.45 3301 51.37 3 9 0 216 10 ---------------------------------- do you see what i see? an average 7 less than his career average and 12 innings of 50-plus (with 3 hundreds) out of 38, a rate of over 30% which falls in the not-just-good-but-great category in tests!!!

that being said, SRT started out strong in AUS in the first 2 tests (73,32; and 41,80) and is now on a string of 7-inning stretch of failures... only 7 innings, people... be patient, because as you can see, before that, he had averaged over 50 in the first 2 tests in that disastrous AUS series... and i am certain he will lift his game again as only he can, and wa-a-a-ay better than your useless rohit sharma's and suresh raina's can, especially if they are facing steyn and philander in SA!!!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

nice article...sachin is a legend no need to proof that.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Well with Dravid and VVS gone, Tendulkar should be around for 1 or probably a couple of years. We saw even mighty Australians going down, when Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath and Warne together took the retirement, Pointing still stuck around though he couldn't contribute much, but a quality senior is always the best source of inspiration for the youn'uns.

Judging against a loose side, we can't say how good the youngsters are, we have always seen them thrashed against quality bowling.

I recon, its good to let 2 vacancies groom and then it would be not be tough to groom 1 more when Tendulkar calls the day off. All 3 gone at the same time would left Indian Cricket Team in a devastating condition, all naked and completely vulnerable.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 5, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

i can understand people who just see matches in patches or just see the scorecards are commenting that legend should retire what i wished that just a handful have commented instead of 1000's of comments but with realistic facts & figures nor like everybody else....he is consecutively bowled thrice in test innings so he should retire, he is not among top 3 run getter so he should retire...nonsense, first watch his innings and try to understand why he is failing, try to understand what the commentators are saying then comment......i am not saying tendulkar is immortal but just pin point the real things not like any hypocrite after all he had entertained and thrilled you since last 23 yrs......

Posted by sachin_saurav on (September 5, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

all through his long career,sachin has been a role molel,shown great sportsman ship and a decent his 23 year long career he must have seen many renowned cricketers retiring ,so he doesnt need anybody to coach him so as whwn to retire or how to protect his wicket

he will do either of 2 things: 1.ANSWER HIS CRITICS 2.RETIRE since he is too responsible a batsman(as we have seen him plying in the blues) to keep playin without really scoring.

one last thought..all of us who r commenting here are not even a bit qualified to DO SMALL TALK about sachin let alone to discuss abut his batting style or retirement. HA! GOD HAS HIS OWN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

He is old now and he should make way to youngsters. What is he left to prove. He neither plays a match winning innings like dravid or laxman either... He is just behind the records.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

For the first time in his long career, SRT has gone 24 consecutive test innings without a 3-figure score..surely there is something not the way it was. He may still score more runs than many of his teammates in the coming tests, but it is time the selectors started planning for the future by trying out more youngsters, so that the transition can happen in the next six months

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 5, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Hussey and Ponting are far better technically, and are getting better with age. Statchin is the complete opposite.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Mr. Sanjay Manjhraker,  time  beats  everything and every one.  If the objective is to keep on playing Tendulkar,  without caring for the dignity of this one of the greatest  cricketer the history has ever produced, then keep him cajoling to play on. And in the coming years, he may even score a century, to satisfy the ego of those  people  who have idolized  Sachin Tendulkar. 

However, if, Indian cricket is to move on, without  blocking the career of another budding great batsman, ST must call it a day, when people will say why Rather than he should retire, when the entire world says, why not. 

The dignity and self respect of the greatest ever batsman should be more important  than the mere satisfaction to cajole him, to keeping on playing for the sake of playing. 

Remember, no player  was, is and shall ever be greater than the game; and a players self respect and dignity must take precedence above all other considerations.

Posted by akbarbirbal007 on (September 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

This tells us about the stature of the man ,"The Great Sachin Tendulkar". Critics,detractors,naysayers who used to criticize him in past in their respective columns are know praising him,i fail to understand why do they advice the little master retire when they didn't themselves realize when to take one. One has to understand that he(tendulkar) is not one in a generation but only one in the history of cricket, the greatest (not one of the greats) to have played the game and is still playing,let the living legend play we are not going to see such a great player who plays every shot in the book to perfection and has not a single flaw. I have been playing/watching/following cricket ever since he started playing and may not even follow cricket anymore if sachin retires.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 5, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

I just dont think that ANY so called cricket expect,fan,coach or team selector has the right to dictate when cricketers in the mould of JH Kallis and SR Tenulkar and R Ponting must retire!!!!. These players have been done that and probably know more about the game than the very same people who are analysing their perfomances, so they are the ones in the best position to know when to call it a day.This is no everyday Andrew Straus scenario... its way superior than that!!!

Posted by kharidra on (September 5, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

The emphasis of the discussions appears to be in terms of reflexes slowing down. But the full length ball is bread butter to be driven for 4, in which case the downfall is only a reflection of the anxious batsman to score runs off a juicy delivery. It would be of interest to know the speed of the balls that have caused the downfall.The other fact is the cleverness of the bowlers to be able pull one in a guessing game - will this one move in or move out, and what happened off the recent preceding deliveries.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

wonderfull on..... last line of the article is so true and sure he'l do that..

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

In November 2013, Tendulkar would have crossed 40, making him the oldest player to play test cricket in many many years, How long do you expect him to play for ??

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

JAre they not apt now?ust to remind Sanjay of his 'elephant in the dressing room' comment.

Posted by Mervo on (September 5, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Excuses. Greg Chappell knew when it was time to retire gracefully. Sachin doesn't. Nor did Ganguly. They have to be tapped on the shoulder, not idolised.

Posted by LionSing on (September 5, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Well done SRT! Well said SM..But when should Tendu retire? I dont know..even Sanjay dont know..but only Sourav leave it!

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

Tendulkar may have erred against the NZ seam bowlers - but these young uns have also torn apart an Australian batting line up. Even as an aging player he threw himself around the field like a man half his age. India need him as a mentor to the younger players coming in. With the other three gone - they need him to give this side some balance.

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

I can see Sachin reading all these comments and having no response... Tough to live yo career in the spotlight!! ONLY HE WILL DECIDE WHEN HE WANTS TO RETIRE

Posted by akbaassu on (September 5, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

He better Take rest in Home and Play IPL matches rather for India.

Posted by ansram on (September 5, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Nothing will help overcome age related issues. He may have the will to succeed and put in the effort, but age will finally dictate its terms. He is clearly struggling, and it is so unlike of him to remain century less after so many tests. It is painful to see him all at sea against NZ medium pacers. People bringing in the argument of his recovery from 2006 loss of form must realize that Sachin is much older now. He may score some runs now and then, but don't expect him to be consistant any longer.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 5, 2012, 9:33 GMT)


Posted by Hardy1 on (September 5, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

South Africa's far away, if he has similar series against England & Australia at home as against New Zealand then the selectors would have to drop him. Yes it would mean taking a new batsman to South Africa but that's better than persisting with one that's out of form (ditto for Suresh Raina). Of course this will never happen but India needs to get real and stop worshipping him. He's just another player amongst 11 and his form since the World Cup suggests he's thereabouts but not producing the goods and that's what counts. India have a talent pool like no other and if objectivity is the goal then they shouldn't hesitate to utilise it.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (September 5, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

SM makes a good point. I think his sentiments in the final paragraph is pertinent, "His mind will be fixed on the next full-length delivery that he will receive in his next Test innings". How many young Indian batsman would be dedicated enough to be thinking about their game as much as SRT does? I would say the likes of Rohit et al would have their minds on which girl they will be taking out on a date next!!! Bottom line is SRT remains one of India's top three bats...and overseas he probably remains India's best. India's main problems is the same old one of weak pace bowling!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@ Eliya Abbas Syed welll said

Posted by Rajonly4u on (September 5, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Sachin is best he knows how is comback so dont take tesion...............

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

Everyone is entitled to their opinion .. ! GOD KNOWS WHAT TO DO AND WHEN TO DO !!! He will think before u think that he will think !!!

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (September 5, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

And again, if sachin is still enjoying his game ,then why not go the laxman way. Retire from international cricket and play in domestic matches..Atleast half the guilt of blocking youngsters will be reduced. with sachin in ranji team, we have more chances of producing able cricketers from ranji team....It makes no sense to continue in international cricket,clearly struggling, BUT still with an excuse of"I enjoy playing cricket"...No one is irreplaceable. Who knew Kohli and Poojara can show they have a firm head on their shoulders. We spoke as if world is coming to an end when Dravid and Laxman retired. It ain't the case in any field. New kid will come along no matter what.If Sachin goes,a rahane or mukund or badri will step up. There is no need to continue a near 40 old struggling player, looking at his past...

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

This problem is the result of India not planning for the future allowing Dravid and Laxman to go without really finding adequate replacements. In a healthy team you'd say it was time for Tendulkar to retire but without him the middle order has very little experience.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

I fully agree with SM. Sachin is under no pressure to perform and he knows exactly when to call it a day rather than all these unnecessary comments, some bordering to abuses. For me, his presence in the current Indian team is necessary to guide the youngsters. What if Virat and Poojara fails in the upcoming series against England and Australia . If Sachin shines again, then all these critics who say he should retire will sing a different tune. With the departure of Dravid and VVS, Sachin has more responsibility to be with the team and prove to the rest that age is just a number. On the contrary if he fails to make enough runs then of course, he will know to call it a day. I take my hats off to Dhoni for having full trust in Sachin's ability to score runs and silence the rest of the critics once and for all. All the best to Sachin, Dhoni and co.

Posted by NGNG on (September 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

An article by a fan, more than an impartial observer.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@Hari Shankar Nilakantan. When men lose their teeth, they don't regrow, like eagle's beak. They will be like toothless tigers/ lions. Have you ever seen them hunting for food, once they lose their teeth and all the past glory...; they live on the crumbs. I can't even imagine that kind of a situation to befall on a great man, perhaps the best cricketer, India ever produced. That will be the biggest shame!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

SRT will remain ( for sometime) better than all the new player embarking onto the international cricket but in my opinion the time is right for him to make way for the new talent to take over. SRT should now focus on teaching the new kids on how to play and behave in the international cricket.

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

From the two test he proved he still is a great player. He still knows where his off stump is.

Posted by Basavaraj3390 on (September 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Thanks for your article Sanjay, I think you are the greatest fan of SRT , but this should not make you to write like this, i totally disagree with you, Rahul was very good, but no one talked about him when he got retired , so as lakshman, I think SRT should go when he is in form, otherwise one will come when selectors may drop him.

Posted by JNi3 on (September 5, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Someone took names like steyn, morkel, tosobe. Few days before(2010), Sachin scored 200* against these ballers only. All anti-Sachin people, please Wait n Watch.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 5, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Mr.SM.. I remember your attack on Sachin some time back when he was in decent touch but was not very magnificent. But now, the master is not in decent touch too. I believe as a giant pusher for retirement for VVS, you routing for Sachin to play in 2013 SA tour - which is somewhat around 12 months to wait. If Sachin is playing well, this 12 months will be a great treat to cricket and fans and no youngster will feel let down by that decision and will be happy to leave their dream to watch the master blaster do it. But now in current form, i feel he should be leaving the space for others to do it. I presume that a new guy wont perform worse than what the Master is doing now.

Posted by A.Ak on (September 5, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

When you are really supporting an Indian Batsman, why didnt you had the same faith in VVS ?

Posted by testcricfan24 on (September 5, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

He needs to perform against England first, still a long way to go before the SA tour. It will be the real test for him, for him to continue playing he must perform against England, otherwise call it a day and give the place to some youngster before the home series against Australia.

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (September 5, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Good job Sanjay....One rule for Sachin and another rule for Laxman...Not sure how many days experts like you make indian cricket a joke with heavily biased analysis as this....I am sure that you are playing a safe game here by opposing sachin retirement. The whole world knows what happened when you wanted sachin to retire few years back....With sachin its all about emotions than anything else. He is no where near to what he is from the England tour.We do not want to see him struggling like this facing dollies . He might still be the only indian cricketer who spends maximum time in the nets analyzing and honing his shortcomings, BUT clearly age isn't on his side and he will hardly be a run-machine he was. He might still correct the flaw and make 50-60 here and there, but that is not what Sachin is....He is a Legend and should go with head held high and not with many of his ardent fans whining..

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

He scored useless runs last 10 test. Actually he scored nothing when india needed him. if any indian pilot is a fan of sachin , his first action will be surrendered to enemy because he do not wants to die. Making sachin as hero is plain wrong. I rather see winners as hero. its astonishing how skewed indian media when it comes to sachin... people say sachin means money..true. He can bring money by associating in some otherway..why not he do some charity and helps poor?. He has produced zilch in last 10 test and still people supporting him for no reason except they will be in good graces of sachin. Kinda pathetic. Thats the world we live in.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

10dulker should continue up to 2015 WC he has ability to change a match result...good luck for new records

Posted by wc1992 on (September 5, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

with all due respect he a good player just like any top player in a team ....only big difference is that he played for long time ....that is the reality .....lets say how many team are scared or worried or says match is gone once he walks in --not many few bottom team and even that is at home series ....when some mention PERFORMING UNPRESSURE tendulker name is nowhere to be mention you will see name like steve waugh vv richard or street fighter javad miandad

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

@Sanjay - The question you ask "Everyone has focused so much on the dismissals that few are asking the pertinent question: where does 39-year-old Tendulkar fit into Indian cricket's plans?" is very relevant. As a team in transition, I think SRT's value to the team should be in leadership and experience. He should be the pivot on which the Indian batting transition should rotate. The Aussie mass retirement of their batting line-up led to a batting collapse that no-one predicted. Let us be honest...Pujara, Raina and Kohli are going to be severely tested in SA. The odds are highly against them that they will succeed. For India to be competitive in SA, Tendulkar will need to be on top of his game. Nothing can prepare any batsmen for playing conditions in SA except playing in SA. It is experience that counts the most and SRT has tons of it. There is a large possibility that India will be humiliated in SA given the pace bowling friendly conditions and I think we all want to avoid that.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Gavaskar, was about to tell the truth; but he suddenly backtracked and went diplomatic! I am sure, many viewers would have sensed it. What a shame! Gavaskar, a man who often shows guts to tell the truth, when it come to India's interests, in the world's various cricket fora... even he... even he ? Come on Gvaskar; hope you will advice SRT, what is right, at least in person, when you are not under the gaze of millions of SRT worshipers.

Posted by Overdrive on (September 5, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

If Sachin really wants to keep contributing to Indian Cricket, he should take in the role of official batting coach or mentor and give in his inputs rather than to travel with the squad as a player. Remember no one undermined Sachins ability as a player, if a person has been dreaming for the last 30 years he can still look up the stats and understand how big a player Sachin is. But if we put the current reality onto the table with emotions and sentiments in the bag, its a different ball altogether. If SM thinks, 40+ sachin in SA2013 will be a huge asset then one just needs to look back at the English and Australian tours where Sachin couldnt live up to his own expectations. if a 8-0 drubbing for a squad with the greatest cricket player in it doesn't provide any impact i wonder what will. Final word, it is Sachins call to retire and if we as fans have to provide an opinion... Yes he should retire now gracefully!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

I think Sachin should hang his gloves gracefully than going to SA with the full length ball swinging than in india, we have a tremendous bench strength for batting and he should be awair of this and not get dropped by the board!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

I agree, Sachin needs to prolong his test career for at least 2 years, although he should consider retiring for ODI cricket as he has achieved everything in this form, and India need him more in Test cricket ever since Laxman and Dravid retired.

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

Most of the Tendulkar's Ardent fans are not seeing the future..They just WAnt SRT to Play forever.. There are so many young guns waiting in the wing for an opportunity..Please make a way for them... ODI squad of India is settled..Atleast plz retire from ODI and T20... SRT wont play 2015 WC in Aus... Selectors can give chance to youngsters so that they can build strong team....No doubt SRT is one of the greatest to play cricket..But Time is Up in ODI and T20..... Plz make way..

Posted by ste13 on (September 5, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

Huge mistake. Everything has to come to an end one day. Keeping ST in the team is a step to the past rather than to the future. The future is promising as shown by younger players. They deserve a chance. With status quo, India will always be a team in transition - with results matching this strategy. And the longer the problem is put under the carpet, the bigger it will become and more painful.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

It's funny how people who have probably followed the game for a shorter time than Sachin has played the game at top level (international cricket) advising him on what he should do... For God's sake, the legend has played the game for 23 years - he knows it better than all of us and would also know when he is finished before us. He averaged about 25 in 2006... People spoke about his retirement even then and we all know how he came back to shut up 'em all up!

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

When writing that Sachin should continue, Sanjay is explicitly providing evidence of his lack of commonsense (or maybe his commonsense is over-ridden by hero-worship of one of the best batsmen we have all seen). 3 of 3 times, Sachin has managed to lose his middle stump to a marginally incoming ball from Tim Southee of NZ. Indication I get from this - Sachin is unable to read the bowler's hand. The last Indian batsman that comes to mind as having this kind of a batting display was - Bhagwat Chandrashekhar (we all know what Chandra was).

His hands & legs clearly do not listen to his mind....or maybe his eyes do not send the right information to his mind.

By refusing to retire when all he can add on the cricket field is a free wicket for India's opposition, Sachin can only lose public respect as a human being.

BCCI & the selection committee by refusing to pack him off on performance grounds show that they have no cricketing sense.

Posted by thalalara on (September 5, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Mr.Manjrekar, we thought you always speak from your heart , this article changed the entire perspective of your understanding of the game. Trying to justify Sachin's presence is well taken, need not substantiate with lots of reason. the question is with long term perspective in mind for the India cricket do you think Sachin should play 2013 SA Series?

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

incidentally Mr Tony Chaudhary , Sachin had a very ordinary home series against New Zealand just before India left for South Africa for a series which will be remembered for the Tendulkar Steyn encounters , not only did he get 2 centuries but also helped india in ending the series at that time, the same logic could have applied then too as he was nearing 38 and yes , new zealand pacemen had exposed some non existing weaknesses

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (September 5, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

I think SRT will\should take one series at a time. SA 2013 still far away. If he performs against Eng and Aus at home, then he can think of SA. I am sure he and team management would be think in smilar line. Engalnd series will be big challeng for SRT and Ind team's future.

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

s Still sachin have score 300 runs in test...

Posted by ramesh231165 on (September 5, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Hey Sanjay, stop showing your partiality for Mumbai players. Please accept that Sachin's reflexes have slowed and he is more interested in other aspects of life than playing cricket. Sachin is GOD to us but, we are not interested in seeing our GOD becoming an ordinary person. Let him retire and stay GOD to people like me.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Tendulkar played any form of cricket after a long gap ,so this test series had been a sort of practice series for tendulkar, he was d best n still is d best,in his batting technique nothing has changed with age. Much emphasis has been laid on SA test series which is too far, just think of first test against England, things will be quite clear after that.... Tendulkar has already crossed the age where most of the legends took retirement so from here i think he can take retirement at any time even in between the series or after a series.... Its job of selector to pick him or drop him according to his form n i think he deserves another chance to show the world that its not all over !

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Totally agree with SM here.Only Tendulkar can decide when he has to stop playing.

Posted by MrMankad on (September 5, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Desperately wishful thinking! When in doubt, look at numbers. Opinions may vary, but numbers do not lie. Its been over 20 innings since SRT scored a century - perhaps the longest dry spell of his career. I'm afraid this dry spell is going to continue much longer, and therefore become even more painful. We have Anderson (a very good swing and seam bowler) waiting along with Finn and Onions (very quick), and I cannot imagine the Master contending with them.

There is something melancholy about watching your childhood heroes fade - very akin to acknowledging frailties in your parents. I desperately wish the alst two lines in Manjrekar's piece come true, but I fear they won't.

Posted by correctcall on (September 5, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Perhaps SRT's conscience is influencing his form lapse. He knows in his heart of hearts that India's standing in the cricket fraternity is diminished by its failure to move with the times and accept DRS. If he took the responsibility to join his fellow /former team mates such as Sewag, Gambir, Dravid and coach Fletcher in support of DRS and convince Dhoni and Srinivasan that it was in India's (especially the spinners ) interest to agree. Surely he does not wish to cloud an outstanding reputation with a legacy of the one who held up the inevitable for perceived self interest. SRT support DRS and your form will return!

Posted by SatyajitM on (September 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Good to see Sanjay taking up the case for his old mate! Maybe the breaks are not working for Sachin. For any player who is in 35+ group returning back to form takes more time than when they are say 28 to 30. We saw it last year when he missed the WI tour. In England he took couple of tests to settle down. So, best thing for him is to continue playing the international matches instead of pick and choose. I think there is a need for Sachin to stay in the team for an year & half as two of our batting legends have left the team in a short span. Come the tour of SA and Sachin's exp would be important. Don't forget, even being out of form, he was second highest scorer in Eng & Aus. Some of the knocks he played there showed the capability he still posesses.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

See how many runs he gets against Eng and Aus before talking about a series a year and a half away.

Posted by Thevinay on (September 5, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Such a Joke. A Player like SRT should retire when he is not at his best, not after a complete failure series or season. Given his legendary batting records, no one would like to see his batting graph going down.

Posted by Hyderabadi_Nawab on (September 5, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

I think its high time we jusy evaluated all players objectively, so what if Sachin has made over 100 international hundereds and countless runs to go with it - he is a part of the 11 and should be judged purely on performance. All this talk of what a career he has had or "how" he looks at the crease is beside the point. Runs=selection, this yardstick should apply to all and enough of this nonsense of talking about Sachin being around for SA tour in Nov 2013, let him score runs justify his selection like any other and we'll see - all the best to him by the way

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

Yes, for sure he is not finished for Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, others can get him easily from now on.

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

Why he is playing? Because still he can play or because he can still perform better? He is the best player ever created in the history of the cricket. There is no doubt in that but no matter what HE/WE think he made all those performances and records with the support of his teammates not by himself. CRICKET is a game and it is for entertainment not a one man magic show. In his 20+ years of game probably he ruined at least ten young players chances in the game and their dreams. If he is not playing for the team the first thing happens is we miss the MAGIC! there no doubt in that but it doesn't mean we don't want to watch the young players PACE. Even if he can play next 100 all format matches probably he can win us 4-5 matches. But don't we know a new player can do that for us.

Finally I want to say HE should Retire! Not because he cannot play because we want to watch other players as well.

Posted by vishal.khade on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Really amazing analysis by Sanjay Majarekar on Sachin's dismissal and I personally thinks that Sanjay is right. I want Sachin in South Africa touring team in November 2013.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Well written article, Sanjay! In my opinion, India should worry more about their openers(Gambhir and Sehwag)'s form than Tendulkar! And look for more fast bowling options!

Posted by kb_joker on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

His past excellence cannot be used as an example anymore as he is ageing. It is true he should decide when he will retire but it would be better to find and blood younger batsmen in their 20s who will help the team in this decade including the world cups and over seas tours.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

I am surprised how can sanjay write like this. He is the same guy who arote that it is timne to Dravid to call it a day when he was getting bowled in Australia. Why not saythe same thing now, Did the tune of the music change for SRT?. No doubt SRT is great but did I not see the gaps between his bat and pad during those 3 'bowled' dismissals.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Actually players do not watch the ball from hand to bat. The best players pick the line and length at the point of release and get themselves into position so early that they seem to have ages before the ball gets to them. It is impossible to watch a ball at 150km/h coming at you. What batsmen lose is the ability to pick the bowlers arm wrist release position as they get older. read: Art & Science of Cricket - Chapter Four: Vision & Batting

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

It was a grt article, well written... Sachin Tendulkar's current phase reminds me of Eagle's life cycle, where it has to shed its beak to get a new one... As so sachin will redeem himself and will sail further... My wishes and prayers for the master.... :-)

Posted by japtal on (September 5, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Couldn't agree more!. To all the critics - please do not start another hype like the "100 x 100". Let him be. He knows more then anyone when it is time leave.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

time is over know sachin the legend batsmen but know take rest

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

I have to say that Manjrekar hasn't been speaking from from his heart and doesn't have to courage to speak against Sachin. If people 20 years ago though of playing an uncle of 40+ years old for ever, Sachin himself wouldn't have got into the cricket at such young age. He himself hasn't realized that he is blocking the young talent and keep thinking that there is no one to replace him with equal talent he has. People have to be given chances and they would improve. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that Kohli would have been such a stunning talent! Chances are required for young players and in the process of making them, nothing wrong in loosing a series that way rather looking with uncles and aunties in the game. I was a serious Sachin fan not long ago. Not anymore. Doesn't matter even if he scores 5 double hundreds in one ODI series against SA itself. He has to soon.. He has been reminded by Rahul/Laxman's retirement now and not sure what he is really waiting for..

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (September 5, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Good to see Manjarekar supporting Sachin!!!

Posted by AkDoN on (September 5, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

I fully Agree with SM here on what he says about ST's instinct vs his age. Definately his age is matter of concern but he will over come it fully. Lets respect his ability & services to wards indian cricket.

Posted by Chandrutenneti on (September 5, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Nice article from Sanjay... I agree completely that Sachin needs to be in the team for series against England and Australia Home series and the SA away tour to strengthen the middle order..It is just a matter of one innings to shut up the critics.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

I am not Sunny Gavaskar but tell me Mr. Manjrekar. When Sachin can't negotiate New zealand medium pace on indian wickets then how on earth he will face SA quicks (likes of steyn, morkel, tosobe) on bouncy and fast wickets.. It is more of greed , ego and frustration about missing out on retirement after 2011 WC win . It is nearly impossible to plug age related batting defects during your late 30's and that too against world's top bowling attacks .

Posted by Craggydev on (September 5, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Loved the last line! Nice to see the positive approach shown by Mr Manjrekar. He has done exactly wat Mr Tendulkar needs. Support and faith. We all are with you Sachin...forever..

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Everybody agrees that Sachin was a good batsmen. But why apply different rules to Dravid and lakshman . Why you back him up so much and why lakshman was given such a bad treatment. Why can't you tell that even Sachin's time is UP and give chance to youngsters. If he is not good as he was, then we need replacement.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

With all due respects to Manjrekar and his "cricketing instincts", one should realise that Nov 2013 is a clear 14 months away. It would have been fair had Manjrekar been talking of having Sachin in a series coming up in the next 3-4 months. Finally it would boil down to performance, of how many he scores in the matches leading up to the S African series.

Posted by m_kamb on (September 5, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

yes he can score as long as he plays,but 10,20 are not enough,even bradman would have scoe such runs at an age of 90.

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

Very Well Written.. I too support SRT

Posted by tusharkardile on (September 5, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

"it's because of the fierce competitor within him" Baichung Bhutia has a fierce competitor within him. Why not include him for SA tour? I guess you have written this article in order to convince yourself rather than us.

Posted by VJ.Harry on (September 5, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Rightly ended Sanjay...we will see lots of those ecstatic straight drives in the next test...

Posted by hussyboy81 on (September 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

completely biased article... it is for all to see that SRT is losing his touch... he is a legend in his own right... and he is in his own right to make a decision on his retirement... but to suggest that he will keep playing till 40 and help India's cause in South Africa in 2013 is a bit too much...

Posted by Emancipator007 on (September 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

2.But one thing he NEEDS to sacrifice for the team's interests as Gambhir/Ganguly did to get him to open in ODIs regularly with Sehwag. If he does not deliver daddy 100s or big scores regularly after Eng series, he should play at 5 or 6.Border,Sobers,Viv all played down the order during the fag end of their careers for the sake of their teams. Kohli or Viru can bat at 4/5 depending on who partners Gambhir (Chand/Rahane at top of order). SRT loves challenges so MUCH that he is already looking forward to play Steyn/Philander in'13. Remember he did not score much in preceding NZ series in '10 before excelling in SA against Steyn's hostile bowling & on pacy decks (where Dravid predictably failed & also in OZ).As some poster mentioned, SRT should be the one playing without the least pressure as no selector/BCCI official can DROP him unlike other players/greats due to patchy form periods(like now).That should make him play Lara-like dazzling Test innings.He owes it to Team India & his fans.

Posted by crazy.mechanic on (September 5, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Finally some cricket literate has spoken for Tendulkar. I constantly tried to make the same point in different forums. Let Tendulkar play in the England series, if these dismissals are in continuum then he will and should retire gracefully. And to a add a point to that , in S AFRICA , India would want Tendulkar for his immense experience. i say it again if we have any chance of winning then it is's up to the Little Master's ongoing form!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

I have to totally disagree with you Sanjay. I think Tendulkar's time is UP ! He's slowly fading into a storm of mediocrity from the once helm of greatness. He's quickly becoming a laughing stock and even some of his MOST ardent supporters are starting to lose faith. The cheers from the crowd when he walks in to bat sounds more like teasing to me. He's not HIM any more. When a batsman gets routinely bowled between bat and pad, he should know it's OVER. Dravid assessed this aspect perfectly following the Australian tour and called it a day. Great players should look ahead to the future and consider the team's priorities as supreme. NO, I don't want to see Tendulkar in that squad to tour SA in 2013. We have a long home season and I suggest we bring in a couple of young players in and blood them. In my opinion, Tendulkar has outstayed his welcome and it's time for the BCCI to have a word with him. But then again, we in India have a blind fetish towards 'stardom' worship.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (September 5, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

1.Again,pundits&fans making the blunder about age catching up with other great bats most of whom made (except Javed) made their debuts after 20. SRT still DOES not have any age-related technical deficiency or loss of skill/ability.His 73 and 80 in OZ in 1st 2 Tests against express pace proved that the assurance of his precise footwork,body balance and weight transfer is still the best (with only Amla matching him now).It is his OVERT obsession with preserving his wicket that leads to self-doubts & frequent bouts of snail-pace scoring which is RIDICULOUS from the team point of view.It is TIME again for him to IMPOSE himself on game situations and seize initiatives &not worry about millstones/records (does it make any diff if he has 51 or 61 Test 100s now?).Only LARA can get him to be his unfettered 90s self again. I am almost guaranteeing SRT will even play the '14 Eng (5 Tests) and OZ (4 Tests) tours, so good is his fundamentals.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

he shud retire from ODIs and play only tests for India

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

It may sound sinister, but I seriously hope that Sachin gets bowled for single digits in all his innings in the SA tour. Then hopefully he will realize that his time has come! Or hopefully people will open their eyes and see.

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

Well Said! I have seen sachin getting out in the same fashion even when he was young and at his peak! Cricketer's are bound to get bad patch! Ill still give sachin another year! With minus of VVS and Dravid..Sachin is must in the team! And i am sure sachin is most worried than any of us sitting here and barking! Sachin will over come this hurdle! He is the master! I am looking forward to the slap to critics by sachin! He will surely get runs!

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