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Comments: 24 
Posted by TrueFactors on (December 1, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Last time when I spoke to Sachin (when he had his double in ODI), I told him he is missing only one achievement in career profile. One Triple century in tests. He was serious for that. I wish he can complete his profile and then retire. He was in form till last one year, and he will be back with bang. I wish to see him playing till 2015 and have 120+ international centuries with at least one triple in tests..

Posted by CanTHeeRava on (December 1, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

@Kapil Kaushik: You hit the nails on their heads. Yes. I mean it. Singling Tendulkar out and blaming every failure of this dismal Indian team on his shortcomings shows a pervert mindset. As much as we (the majority of Indians) like to love Tendulkar, there are a handful of noisy people who are part of cottage industry and want to run him down. Tendulkar symbolises success and personal triumph and he is still the last man standing for India. When Tendulkar fails, many of those who are criticizing him today feel their own below average/empty achievements in their bones. They can't handle failure. Tendulkar can. You will see. Sidharth Monga in his article said it right. Let us allow (who are we??) Tendulkar his struggle. He might be 40 but still he is the best batsman in that Indian line up.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

@Kapil Kaushik, i see you are from IT... can you say i have worked hard for 10 years before .. so let me continue doing nothing for few more years ?? it is not acceptable right ? ...

Posted by S.Alis on (November 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

That Tone. Totally /Hilarious.

Posted by rajeshyrk on (November 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@Kapil Kaushik : you are correct , at last I can see a genuine Cricket lover ...

Posted by BeatTheChamps on (November 29, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

It's a pity that Sachin has to face such harsh criticism. He would be the last one to throw his weight around. I'm sure his bad performances are weighing on his mind and sooner or later he will take the inevitable decision. Till then let him enjoy his game.

Posted by cvcrao on (November 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

When will Sachin retire?

a. after 100th birthday b. after 100 ducks c. after 100 pairs d. after 100th clean bowled e. all the above

(Hint: There are no wrong answers)

Posted by Bang_La on (November 29, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Amazing thought! Lakho me Ek! After all HE is the demiGod of Indian cricket ............. ummm more thru Coca cola contract until 2014!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

This is not funny... Sachin has served the team for so long and deserves some bit of RESPECT more than anything else... It would be great if people stand by his side rather than pulling him down, he is just like family member, do we actually criticize a family member this much when he/she is in slumps? We have cheered his accomplishments and have valued every thing he has done for the team (I won't say nation because its his profession). If we cheered him in his peak, then why don't support him a bit when he is down.

Who are we? Some corporate managers who judge their 'resources' by their monthly performance? And how good are we actually in jobs which we do? Do we excel each day, on each project on every goddamn thing which we do? I guess if the answer to all this is yes, then go ahead, criticize him, but for me, he is a Hero, he always will be and till he wants to continue, he should be given full freedom and most of all RESPECT.

Posted by xylo on (November 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

i am hoping Dhoni shows some spunk and selects Rahane over Sachin for the next two tests. After all, Dhoni was the one who oversaw the transition of the ODI team from Dravid/Ganguly to Kohli/Raina.

Posted by SouthPaw on (November 29, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

I think this is the best cartoon, by far. SRT is a legend, but when it comes to selection, he is just another player and has to be treated on merits and not past glory.

Posted by Sunman81 on (November 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Good one Satish... Sarcasm at it best... Hope Sachin sees this...

Posted by cricket-india on (November 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

super...pure gold. why the 25 char min requirement???

Posted by balajeev on (November 28, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Aila, that's all I can say :)

Posted by Rajeshj on (November 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Perfect one for the moment, Satish... this one is just awesome... I think during the Saurav Ganguly retirement saga, Tendulkar did indeed say that "no one can tell him when to retire".. and he is just living up to it.. unfortunately he has just missed the prime time (i.e. world cup win last year) and now he is finding it hard to justify his place in the team or the reasons for him continuing his playing days.. very sad to see this after such a glorious career... it really pains to see such a wonderful fielder misfielding frequently due to late reflexes.. its obvious to see that his playing days are over and not sure why he is still so adamant... hope he doesn't lose his respect even further and common sense prevails soon.. good luck Tendu.. please remember that you would be loved even off-the-field too...

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Brilliant cartoon !

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

no doubt he is a legendary player .... but now sachin should call it a day... no need to drag his carrier for the sake of couple fo series.. hes been in the game for 23 years....

he is 39 years , he is defiantly blocking way for new talent for quite some time now.

also hes killing the X factor linked with his name , by doing this carrier dragging tactic of an average sportmen...who just want to get a few more games for the sake of it

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

The only few not laughing now would be the selectors.. :) Amazingly funny and witty.. I cant ever imagine Sachin taking this tone but whatever said, the little master has earned this respect brick by brick. I am a firm believer in the school of thought that everyone goes through a life cycle no matter how big or famous... but then hanging ones boots is entirely his decision!! Did we all not write off Amitabh Bachan after ABCL dunked?

Posted by ChiragPP on (November 28, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Witty.....I laud Satish to draw Sachin with Amitabh Bachchan's style of a hand around the chair & intimidating...hehhe...its a superb draw...

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

I think no one noticed how cleverly Satish has placed the selectors name plate in front of sachin and how he wants to discuss 'their' future because clearly, if they drop him people are gonna go bonkers and the selection committee is going to suffer! Well done Satish!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Gentlemen, what is the agenda?

Posted by naansari on (November 28, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Good joke....it really very bad that such a great player giving a chance for others to make fun of him. It's time for Sachin to retire with dignity not with humiliation.

Posted by ramli on (November 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

super cartoon ... though SRT won't be asking selectors that ... But the problem when you attain fame is ... you just can't imagine being without it ... so you tend to cling to it ... SRT is doing just that ... slowly getting isolated ... just like what happened to Kapil ... sad

Posted by fan_of_good_cricket on (November 28, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

That is indeed very funny. I think Tendulkar is probably the only one who has been awarded a certificate by BCCI to make decision about his selection & retirement on his own, no matter how good or bad he plays. Not denying the fact that he is probably the greatest batsman that cricketing world has ever seen. But the little master is only losing his respect by continuing to play, even if he manages to score a century in every innings he plays. He should realize that his time is over now and he should make way for his juniors. For the love and passion of cricket, that is still fresh in his heart just like a 16 year old, why can't he become a batting coach for the Indian team and help India in producing many Tendulkars over time.

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