Sachin Tendulkar still has admirers in Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee

Sachin Tendulkar’s poor form has prompted many experts comment on his future in Indian team Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Sep 5, 2012

Australian legends Denis Lillee and Glenn McGrath while showering praise on Sachin Tendulkar said the Little Master will be the best judge to decide his retirement.

McGrath said, “”Irrespective of how Sachin plays, all is fine as long as he is motivated. He might wake up one day and say that’s that or he may wake up and say let’s get 20,000runs. He will know when to go.”

While former Australian fast bowler Lillee recollected memories of bowling at Tendulkar when the master blaster was still a new entrant in the Indian team .

He was quoted by NDTV as saying, “There was this new kid and we thought it was time for us to relax, set out plans and take it easy. First ball – smack. Second ball over the bowlers head and we were like who is this guy.”

Tendulkar, who is now 39, has shouldered the hopes of a nation for 23 years, in the process becoming the world’s leading run-getter in both Test and one-day cricket with 100 international centuries.

But a string of recent poor scores — combined with the manner of his dismissals – has turned sections of the media and a once adoring public against him.

Sunil Gavaskar, the first man to reach the 10,000-run milestone in Tests, suggested during this week’s second Test against New Zealand in Bangalore that Tendulkar’s reflexes were on the slide.