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Mumbai: Mar 25, 2013
Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones reminded Sachin Tendulkar’s fans that all the speculations about the Little Master having played his last Test match on Indian soil should be avoided.
Jones tweeted on the popular networking site Twitter, “Everyone is talking that yesterday might be Sachin’s last Test in India. Don’t forget that G Gooch made a triple at the age of 40. [sic]“
He added, “And Sir Jack Hobbs made 196 first class 100′s. And 100 of those centuries were made AFTER the age of 40! Sachin has time… [sic]“
Tendulkar scored only 1 run against Australia in the second innings of the final Test at Delhi of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
There were speculations after the fourth and final Test at Delhi against Australia, that Tendulkar might be playing his last Test.
Earlier, former players had their opinions about the maestro.
“He [Tendulkar] is the greatest player India has produced. I don’t want to comment on somebody’s personal career. He’s the best person to judge about his career. It’s for him to decide whether he’s available when India next play on Indian soil,” said former selector Dilip Vengsarkar.
India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev refused to speculate on the issue, saying that it’s for the selectors or Tendulkar to decide.
“He might play for next three years or more, what’s there for we, the formers players, to comment on this. It is up to the selectors for one series or more and it is upto Sachin to take the call. As far as we are concerned we will continue to admire whatever Sachin do in the 22-yard strip,” said Kapil.
Former India spinner Erapalli Prasanna, however, suggested that Tendulkar may retire from Test cricket shortly.
“Going by the schedule, it is obvious for anybody to guess it is the last Test match for Sachin in India. But entirely it is up to the selectors and Tendulkar to take the call to play more Test matches or not.
“I would advise millions of Sachin’s fans to watch closely the maestro in live action in the IPL, where he represents Mumbai Indians. Perhaps this is the only time Indian fans could watch Sachin play live,” said Prasanna.
Former India opener WV Raman also felt that Tendulkar might have played his last match on home soil.
“Considering the schedule, we do not have home matches in the next two years, therefore it could be considered that Sachin has played his last match in India,” Raman said.
However, Indians skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had different argument altogether.
He said, “”Do not speculate on Sachin’s career. In 2005, you [media] also said the same thing but that never happened,” said Dhoni in the post-match press conference.”
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)
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