Sachin Tendulkar (above) is set to become the first Indian batsman after Vinoo Mankad to play a Test after the age of 40 © Getty Images

Sep 1, 2013

South African great Clive Rice on Sunday said that Sachin Tendulkar should be honest to himself and take inspiration from Jack Hobbs and continue to play.

The former all-rounder had words of advice for the Indian batsman, “Sachin, remember this: age is a question of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Speaking to Hindustan Times from Durban, Rice said, “Some people tell me his recent record is not great. But he is still good enough to play at 40. He must be true to himself. When his performances start dipping further, he will walk away. But knowing him, he won’t want to disappoint himself.”

Rice also said that Tendulkar should look up to the legendary Jack Hobbs for inspiration.

“I have an interesting theory to batting. I feel that during the 20s and 30s you are still learning the art of batting. After 40, you are truly a master. Jack Hobbs got more than 100 First-Class 100s after the age of 40. If you look at Hobbs’ younger days, he wasn’t half as good. So Sachin, look no further than Sir Jack,” Rice said.

Talking about Tendulkar’s slowing reflexes, Rice said, “It’s important for him to keep up to speed with balls coming at him. Maybe, Indian officials should organise for him to face someone as quick as Steyn. But he’s got a good technique and that’s why he won’t get exposed.”