<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="BCCI downplays Sachin Tendulkar retirement talks" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121102104939.jpg" title="BCCI downplays Sachin Tendulkar retirement talks" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has struggled in the two Tests against England and last scored a hundred in the longest format in Jan 2011 Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Mumbai: Nov 28, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> The debate over the future of <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> is getting intense by the day. The news of master blaster's discussion with chief selector <a href="/tags/Sandip-Patil/post" target="_blank">Sandip Patil</a> on his retirement flew thick and fast Friday, followed by equally quick denials.<br /> <br /> While a media report claimed that Tendulkar had told Patil to decide his fate as he was out of form, a television channel labelled the conversation as a 'pep talk' by Patil to the 39-year-old. An unchanged side for the third Test against <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>at <a href="/tags/Eden-Gardens/post" target="_blank">Eden Gardens</a> was picked Tuesday.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the day, <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI </a>official<a href="/tags/Rajiv-Shukla/post" target="_blank"> Rajiv Shukla</a> said that Tendulkar's focus was "very much on the third Test", beginning Dec 5.<br /> <br /> Tendulkar has struggled in the two Tests against England and last scored a hundred in the longest format in Jan 2011.<br /> <br /> His long-time teammate <a href="/tags/Rahul-Dravid/post" target="_blank">Rahul Dravid</a> has had his say on the raging issue: India need Tendulkar more than ever.<br /> <br /> "India need him now more than ever. At 1-1 in a tight series, it's going to be very important for senior players to stand up and who better than Sachin to do that," Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.<br /> <br /> "I thought he was a little scratchy and looked a little under-prepared against New Zealand. Here, I know it seems strange to say after he's had three failures, but he's actually looking quite good."<br /> <br /> "He's played a couple of straight drives, he's played a couple of shots that when I was playing with him, you knew he was playing well if he was playing those shots," he said.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India </a>lost the second Test by 10 wickets in Mumbai after winning the first one in Ahmedabad.