Former India player Rahul Dravid came to his teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s defence after the latter ended 2012 on a low note and calls for his retirement growing.
Tendulkar is facing constant questions about his future after failing in the England series. However, Dravid said the veteran will have to take a call after dispassionate introspection.
"He's been a huge servant of the game and been fantastic for Indian cricket. He is a great player and this period has been difficult for him. He is a proud man and this would have hurt him. The thing is, people need to have a conversation with him and see what's his state of mind, what he's thinking and what his plans are,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.
"After that conversation, he himself will have to think about a few things because I'm not sure there are many people who can take the decisions regarding Tendulkar," he said.
"...if he truly believes that, 'Yes, I can be around when India makes these foreign trips, if I can be around in South Africa, New Zealand, England, playing at my best,' then I think it makes sense for him to back himself and fight it out."
"If he, at any stage, doubts himself and believes that he can't then he's got to start thinking about his career, and what's the future of Indian cricket as well. So it's really going to be up to him," Dravid added.
The former middle-order mainstay said whatever the decision taken by Tendulkar, it should be respected by everyone.
"Look, it's a pretty emotional time, he should take the emotion out of it, sit back, there's time before the next Australia series, sit back calmly and reflect. And irrespective of whatever decision he takes, in the end we have to respect it," he said.
(With inputs from CricketCountry staff)
First Published: December 18, 2012, 12:35 pm