December 11, 2012

Kolkata, Dec 8: India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s recent slump in form has led to his retirement talks, despite his 76 against England at Eden Gardens. Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, latest to comment on the master blaster feel he should play for another year and think about retirement.

Sachin Tendulkar struggling to score runs over the last one year, showed glimpses of regaining form with a gutsy knock of 76 against England in the first innings of the Eden Test. Interestingly, having represented Pakistan in 87 Tests and 262 ODIs, Waqar Younis made his Test debut with Sachin Tendulkar in Nov 1989. The former Pakistan cricketer felt the Indian cricket team is currently undergoing a lot of changes and would need Sachin Tendulkar to support them atleast for a couple of months.

“The situation in which the Indian team finds itself at the moment…from what we find out from the ongoing England series, I believe that he (Tendulkar) would be needed for another 6-8 months,” Waqar said. “As a cricketer, he is one of the greatest of all times. I don’t know what he is feeling at the moment but it’s difficult to carry on with the same passion after giving 23 years to the international cricket.

If you ask me, he can play for another 6-8 months or a year,” Waqar added. Wasim Akram also echoed his former teammate’s opinion and said the Indian batting legend could continue for a couple of months. “I have heard some people saying that he is eyeing 200 Test matches. Whether he plays 200 or 250 Test matches, that will hardly make any difference to me because he has shattered all the records in the cricket book,” Wasim told a private news channel.

Akram also defended Tendulkar and said having played for 23 years, it is quite natural for any player to undergo a bad patch. “What he (Tendulkar) wants to do and how long he wants to play, it’s up to him but the age is not on his side. It does affect your game at the international level,” Akram added. “These talks that Sachin should take retirement from cricket have been going on for past 6-7 years. I have always seen that whenever you have criticised him, he has come up with a performance that everyone starts talking about his batting,” pointed Akram, who has represented Pakistan in 104 Tests from 1985-2002.


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