Trivandrum: Cricket lovers might have to get adjusted to this scenario soon, as the Little Master has revealed that the time is nearing for him to hang up his boots
Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsman to grace the game after Don Bradman, and one of the most recognised and respected sports personlaities in the world, has said that the time has drawn near for him to contemplate on retirement.
“Right now I am thinking one series at a time. I don't need to take a call right now, but I will reassess things when I play in November,” said the 'Master Blaster', in an interview to a TV channel.
India is scheduled to play four tests against England at home starting November.
Sachin Tendulkar is aged 39 years, and has played 190 Tests and 463 ODIs for India. He has scored 15,553 runs in Test cricket hitting 51 centuries, and 18,426 runs in the ODIs with 49 centuries. He is the first and the only batsman to hit 100 centuries in international cricket and the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs. He has played a total of six World Cups for India, winning it on his sixth appearance in 2011.
Sachin Tendulkar said that it would be a tough decision to retire from cricket after playing for the country for 23 years, but added that the pressure of age was weighing down upon him. He ruled out the possibility of lasting till the next World Cup in 2015, and said that he was analysing his performance series after series.
Sachin was 'bowled' out three times in the previous Test series against New Zealand, prompting Sunil Gavaskar to publicly state that age was getting up to the Little Master, while former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin stated that Sachin's reflexes weren't what it once used to be.
Sachin Tendulkar was nominated as an MP to Rajya Sabha earlier this year and speculations are rife about his foray into the political scene.
The leaving of Sachin Tendulkar would mean the end of one of the the greatest era in international cricket, leaving behind a long lists of records which are secured to remain unsurpassed for quite some time to come.