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Jaspreet Sahni
Tuesday , September 04, 2012 at 13 : 54

Does Tendulkar decide when Tendulkar retires?


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This is hurting - excruciatingly so. It's hard to picture a struggling Sachin Tendulkar, agonising to actually watch it. But this can't continue. The end is nigh. It's been there for a while. Let it befall now. Let's swallow it - because we can't see him suffer, we can't see India suffer. Sachin Tendulkar has to move on - for his own and India's good.

What's the fun in turning a norm into a clamour? You come, you serve, you leave. Some do okay; some good, some better and some are the best. Tendulkar is the best and will remain so. No two ways about it.

The end is nigh. It's been there for a while. Let it befall now.

Only Tendulkar knows when he should retire. Of course, he is the best judge. But his recent failures, his dismissals, his pressers and a silent bat tell a different story. Maybe he doesn't know when to retire, maybe he isn't ready to accept that there's life beyond cricket. Nothing's eternal, how much you may love it. Sport is the same. Tendulkar should recognise that.

The end is nigh. It's been there for a while. Let it befall now.

No doubt Tendulkar knows there are players who can replace him. No doubt he knows that his family needs him more at home. No doubt Tendulkar wants to be at the breakfast and dining tables at home. But he certainly made a mistake by not calling it a day after getting to the century of centuries.

That was it - the perfect pedestal from where he could have waved goodbye. But, for some reason, he blew the chance. He failed to recognise that it was his moment, to go out on an unmatched high. It will still be unmatched - but he let that perfect moment slip away. Not just himself, he denied his fans an ideal moment to celebrate India's most endearing sports career.

The end is nigh. It's been there for a while. Let it befall now.

It's important to realise that by talking about Tendulkar, we are also talking about India. A non-performing player is a non-performing player, whether you are a Tendulkar or XYZ. There are players waiting in the wings to replace non-performers. In this case, it could be Ajinkya Rahane. It would be wrong to have the kid cool his heels when he can be a good replacement. Bite the bullet, drop Tendulkar, give Rahane a chance. If you ask why not drop Suresh Raina to accommodate Rahane, the answer is simple: Raina is the future, not Sachin.

The end is nigh. It's been there for a while. Let it befall now.


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After becoming an expert in the hook shot that ends in a six over the third-man boundary and scoring a few goals in hockey after all the hard work was done by the other 10 players, I confessed to myself that studying the two games from the ropes was a better option. Though I wish I had started that process earlier than 1996, around 15 years of watching, reading and sometimes still practising that 'hook shot' over has allowed me this space on Cricketnext and IBNLive to write and get read.
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