Prasanna backs Kapil's suggestion for Tendulkar to call it a day

Sachin Tendulkar’s poor run in ODI series continued as he fell for 22 against Sri Lanka in the eighth ODI at Brisbane Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Feb 22, 2012

Former India cricketer Erapalli Prasanna on Wednesday backed Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly s suggestion that batting legend Sachin Tendulkar should take retirement from the one-day format.

Prasanna said, “To a large extent, it makes sense because it happens to everyone. It is a natural process, not a shame. He is 38 or 39… reflexes become slow. Therefore what Kapil Dev is saying, it makes sense.”

“If he continues to fail like this, people will have a wrong impression of him. I think it is better to retire when he is at his best,” Prasanna was quoted as saying by MSN.

The former spin legend opined that if he would have been at Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman s place, he would have hung his boots.

“They also have reached the same age. The same rule holds good. Instead of being dropped… I think that is the worst thing that can happen. If I were to be Dravid or Laxman, I would have called it a day,” he stated.

Talking about MS Dhoni s leadership skills, Prasanna said Dhoni has to prove a lot as a skipper in the Test format.

“See captaincy of Dhoni is a debatable point. His gamesmanship and batting is more suitable to the shorter version of the game if you look at it that way. He will be a better captain to lead the shorter version of the game than the longer version. In the longer version he has not shown the capabilities of openings or wicket fall or for the team to perform better…”