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Is it time for the Master Blaster to hang his boots?

Friday, 30 November 2012 - 2:24pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna
For quite sometime, cricketing star Sachin Tendulkar has been out of form and performing poorly. Given some of his past stellar performances, there is no doubt that the ace batsman is indeed a living legend and is respected and admired not only by the aam junta but also the sports world. He will be remembered as one of the greatest achievers of all times. But is it time for Tendulkar to bow down gracefully and make way for young players? Speak Up finds out

For quite sometime, cricketing star Sachin Tendulkar has been out of form and performing poorly. Given some of his past stellar performances, there is no doubt that the ace batsman is indeed a living legend and is respected and admired not only by the aam junta but also the sports world. He will be remembered as one of the greatest achievers of all times. But is it time for Tendulkar to bow down gracefully and make way for young players? Speak Up finds out

I wish Tendulkar completes 30 years in cricket
It is great that Sachin Tendulkar has completed 23 years in international cricket. I wish him to complete 30 years. He is playing good.
Kapil Dev, former India skipper

The ace cricketer is having a long bad patch
Tendulkar has been playing for a very long time and he has been a consistent player. This little period of lack of runs or lack of half centuries will give the critics a chance to ask questions. At the end of the day, it is the selectors who will take the call. I think the selectors will probably have a word with Tendulkar about what his future plans are and then decide. Ideally, whatever decision is taken about Tendulkar’s retirement, I believe he will take his own call.
He is struggling and is having a long bad patch, if one can call it that ways. With so many runs and so many centuries to his credit, the moment he is through a lean patch, everybody starts talking it but I feel he will overcome this phase.
Sunil Gavaskar, former India skipper

There are ups and downs in every individual’s life
Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest cricket player of all times and there is no other player like him. The attitude of Indian cricket players is different from those of foreign countries. The Indian players take a long time to retire from mainstream cricket.
I personally feel that when Sachin retires, people should cry and not feel that “good he is gone”. He should take a call to retire when he is at his peak of performance and not when he is downhill and out of form. He should give a memorial knock and declare his exit. I have a lot of respect for a player like him and I don’t want to see him retire when his image is impacted.
People have lots of expectations from Sachin because he is a cricketing legend, but they must understand that he is also a human being and not a machine.
There are ups and downs in every individual’s life and right now, Sachin is going through a phase where he is not in a good form but he will bounce back.
Riyaz Bagwan, Chairman, Tournament Committee, Maharashtra Cricket Association

Let Sachin decide his retirement
Sachin Tendulkar should see the ongoing series and if he feels that he can’t get back in form then only he should take the decision to retire.
Everyone knows that he is not in a good form. A player of Sachin’s calibre knows when it is the right time to retire and will take a call accordingly. As far as his past performances are concerned, he is a master player. However, if you look at his fitness and movement on field recently, anyone will say he is falling short.
I think we should leave the decision to him as he is responsible enough to decide for himself.
Sunil Gudge, former Maharashtra Ranji trophy cricketer and BCCI referee

It is upon selectors to take a call
The selection committee has left the decision on Sachin Tendulkar as to when he wants to retire. I know that the issue of Sachin’s retirement is again being debated but he needs to take that call. I don’t have any personal opinion on this matter. It is upon the selectors, how can I say anything.
Chandu Borde, Former Chairman, BCCI Selection Committee

Getting back in form isn’t difficult
Sachin is the best judge on when he should retire. A player like Sachin, who is 15 minutes away from a century and for whom getting into form is not difficult, commenting on him for people like us is not right. I think we should not comment on this question because Sachin himself will know when to go.
Raju Mehta, former Baroda Ranji trophy cricketer




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