While there was news about Sachin willing to play the upcoming series with Pakistan,a sudden announcement made thereafter by the Batting Legend about his retirement from One-Day Cricket is shocking for both the set of people who argue in favour of Sachin playing till he wants and the ones who always felt its high time he quits.
Seems like ‘God’ has lost to the continuous bad patch and ageing issues, while playing, or is it the B.C.C.I. which has asked Master Blaster,Sachin Tendulkar,to declare his retirement, at least, from One-Day Cricket due to his and also Team India’s continuous deteriorating performance ?
Mahela Jayawardena decided to step down as captain from T20 after Sri Lanka lost the final of T 20 World Cup against West Indies. Guess he should learn from Indian Cricketers and Indian Politicians ! 😉 Even India got knocked out even being one of the most well paid teams of the World Cricket,big deal ! Did Dhoni take the blame on himself or Team India ? 😉
Mohammad Azharuddin,former Indian Captain was banned for life in 2000 for match-fixing and hence is out of list of BCCI’s one-time payment scheme. With Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain who enabled India win the first World Cup in 1983 , was also removed out of the list as he refused accept the amnesty offered by BCCI following his involvement in now-defunct Indian Cricket League which had nothing to do with BCCI.Kirti Azad who held protests at Feroze Shah Kotla ground against alleged financial irregularities in BCCI supported IPL(Indian Premiere League) is also excluded out of the list.
With many others, now stands Kapil Dev,the former Indian captain and the first to make India proud of winning the World Cup of 1983. He wants Sachin to retire at the earliest now. Of the view that he should have rather retired before the 2011 world-cup and at least after that, he feels age factor is taking a toll on the Master Blaster!
Why should not Sachin retire without making 100th century?
While there are continued criticisms faced by Sachin still not retiring and most believe it is his 100th century what he is playing for, one should not forget at the end records do matter. Among many other records which the great batsman has earned the awaited century would surely be the biggest, if at all the critics allow him to continue. Sachin Tendulkar when compared to the young Indian cricketers is not playing that bad. Who in the team is playing great ? Is it Suresh Raina , Jadeja , Rohit Sharma , who ? Sachin is playing lot better than one would have expected out of a man of his age. Critics wanted him to retire 5 years back but he came back and showed his worth. And why should he not think of records ? Although he has been ‘One Man Army’ many a times in the past , winning matches for India, single-handedly , he has never been a reason of India losing. With due respect to the great player Kapil Dev, it should also be noticed that during the ending phase of his career, none of the opponent batsmen ever hesitated scoring boundaries of Kapil’s bowl. In fact he would stand very expensive many a times and yet he did not quit till he broke the record of Richard Hadlee of 433 wickets!