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Kapil sticks to Sachin statement

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Feb 22, 2012 at 04:23pm IST

New Delhi: Reiterating his statements made a few days ago, former Indian allrounder Kapil Dev on Wednesday said that he stands by his comments about Sachin Tendulkar, that the 'little master' should have retired after India won the 2012 World Cup.

Kapil went on to say that Tendulkar should have made way for others at the conclusion of the quadrennial event.

"I am nobody to say when Sachin Tendulkar would retire.

But in my opinion he should have quit ODI on a high after Indian won the World Cup. But that is my opinion. I think I can have my opinion? But it's him only to decide," he said.

"He (Tendulkar) enjoys playing cricket and has achieved so much for the team and for the country. What more we can expect from the little man.

"But if I was in his (Tendulkar's) place I would have said after India won the World Cup that I have achieved so much in cricket for the team and for the country and it's now time for some other player to come in," said the 1983 World Cup-winning captain.

Kapil also said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should step in to sort out the differences between India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag.

"Players have to keep their egos aside while playing for India." The captain should be respected, he has the final word," he said.

Earlier, the controversial rotation policy, which has sparked a heated debate among critics and a speculation of a rift within the team, took a more confusing turn on Tuesday with Sehwag saying he did not know that fielding abilities had anything to do with it.

In an apparent dig at Dhoni, Sehwag said that he or any of the senior players had ever been told that their 'slow fielding' was an issue.

"I did not know what he (Dhoni) said and what's going on in media. He told us he wanted to give chance to youngsters who had come here and play the next World Cup. That's what he told us," the dashing Indian opener said.

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