Srikkanth said it should be left to Sachin Tendulkar to decide when he wants to quit international cricket.
New Delhi: India's chief selector Kris Srikkanth said it should be left to Sachin Tendulkar to decide when he wants to quit international cricket.
When Tendulkar completed his 100th hundred in the Asia Cup recently, many felt the veteran batsman should retire at least from ODIs as he doesn't have anything more to achieve now.
Also, with India losing consecutive overseas Test series against England and Australia and senior player Rahul Dravid retiring from international cricket earlier this month, there has been speculation on Tendulkar's retirement.
However, Srikkanth feels only Tendulkar has the right to decide whether to retire or not. "Let Sachin only decide about it," Srikkanth said.
Srikkanth had been criticised for India's disastrous tour of England and Australia but the former skipper exuded confidence that the team will do well in future.
"Cricket is a game where sometime we lose and sometime we win. But seeing it in the right spirit of sports, we should not forget that it is the same team which brought World Cup a year back. But yes, we did have a lull after that for about six to eight months," he said.
"Having played cricket, I know the game very well. We should always keep in mind that it's a game which has lots of up and downs. I think cricket makes people feel hungry. The hunger for the game and hunger for the runs will always be there in the country," Srikkanth added.
The former India captain also praised Virat Kohli, who has been in the form of his life recently.
Asked if Kohli could be the future captain, Srikkanth said: "I really can't say, but it's good for the team. I'm sure there will be many more Kohlis in future."