There is no imminent threat to Sachin Tendulkar’s position in the Indian team. The remarks of former captains — that the selectors should ask the little master his future plans — has not cut much ice with Sandeep Patil & Co. The batting maestro enjoys the confidence of the people who matter, for even the Board of Control for Cricket in India is unfazed by his extended lean patch.
There were talks in cricketing circles that Tendulkar was spoken to by the selectors. DNA, however, understands that they have reiterated their confidence in the ageing star, who has not gone past 30 in his last 10 innings.
This piece of information could not be confirmed with the selectors, but it is being said they have given Tendulkar a vote of confidence for now. It effectively means Tendulkar would be persisted with.
“Either the selectors should speak to him or Sachin should himself have a word with them. The problem is that Sachin does not speak about it openly and the selectors have also been mum about it till now,” former India captain Kapil Dev said. “This results in confusion amongst the fans and also invites criticism from everyone, especially when Sachin performs badly. Selectors should talk to him openly. He (Sachin) is a hero and one feels really bad to see fingers being pointed at him.” he said.
Sunil Gavaskar had similar thoughts. “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 take a call. Ideally, whatever decision is taken about Tendulkar’s retirement, I believe he will make his own decision.”
The top brass of the BCCI is not worried by the criticism directed at Tendulkar by former players as well as the media about the diminishing returns from the batting legend. He has not scored a century in over 28 innings in about 22 months. The BCCI is of the opinion that it would be a dishonour to the maestro to discuss his future at this stage.