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    Sachin Tendulkar should devote time to family now: Kapil Dev

    Calling Tendulkar a "diamond", Kapil said he wishes that the iconic cricketer gets all the happiness as he deserves it for serving the country.

    Calling Tendulkar a "diamond", Kapil said he wishes that the iconic cricketer gets all the happiness as he deserves it for serving the country. (AFP Photo)

    New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar should devote at least two years to his family without taking up any other assignment after his retirement since his family has missed out on spending happy times with him due to his long stint with the team, former captain Kapil Dev said on Tuesday.

    "What should I suggest to him? Although he would have thought...but I would say he should now devote all his time to his family who could not be with him for 25 years when he was playing for the country. He should take care of himself, take rest and be with his family now and he should take something new only after two years," Kapil said when he was asked about his suggestions to the batting maestro who will retire after playing his 200th Test later this week.

    Calling Tendulkar a "diamond", Kapil said he wishes that the iconic cricketer gets all the happiness as he deserves it for serving the country.

    "Post retirement will be his golden period. I wish he gets as much happiness as he gave to all of us with his wonderful game," he said.

    The former cricketer also said he would suggest Sachin to to do "charity works" as his association with noble causes will act as a booster.