Sachin Tendulkar retiring at right time, feels Mohammad Yousuf

Cricketers of Sachin Tendulkar’s (above) stature should be allowed to leave on their terms, says Mohammad Yousuf © PTI

Nov 13, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his 200th Test against the West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai starting on Thursday, will bid adieu to the game. His retirement has been under scrutiny for quite a few years. However, former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf feels he announced his retirement at the right time.

“Sachin Tendulkar retired at the right time. Cricketers of his stature should be allowed to leave on their terms. To bring a person of such talent, endurance and conduct, it will be tough. Irrespective of the fact that he comes from India, he has been an ambassador of world cricket.”

Talking about a constant criticism the Little Master faced during his career of scoring centuries, but not being able to win matches for the team, Kirti Azad said, “During the period of 1990s, he was the only player who had established himself while the rest of the team constantly got chopped and changed. It was only when he started getting the support of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid that his runs started getting converted into wins.”

Speaking of Tendulkar’s importance to the team, Sikandar Bakht said, “Pakistan team is currently missing a role model. For India, they had Sachin Tendulkar for so long which helped them produce good young players who they could look up to for inspiration.”