No tour bigger than Mumbai tragedy: tendulkar

Published: Friday, December 26, 2008, 12:32 [IST]
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No tour bigger than 26/11 tragedy: Tendulkar

Mussoorie: Former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar today made it clear that he will take his own time to decide about retirment and urged the critics not to waste their time speculating about it.

''It will only be right for me to speak about retirement, if and when I feel the time is right. It's not for others to speak or speculate on the subject,'' he said.

''I have been subjected to such questions for long now. Let everyone wait till I have something to say on the matter,'' he added.

Sachin, who was here on a vacation with his family, also supported government's decision to cancel Indian team's visit to Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks, saying ''It is a decision by the government and we respect that decision. The attack on Mumbai was very unfortunate, so many people lost their lives in it. This tragedy is far bigger than any cricket tour or sports. Those who have lost their loved ones can never be compensated.'' About Indian team's fine showing this year, Sachin said the excellent performance was due to good team effort and Dhoni's captaincy.

''Dhoni is obviously a good captain. But a good captain needs a good team. Obviously his captaincy is good but the team's performance, its collective effort, is essential for a captain. A team never wins by the performance of one or two players only. When the entire team performs, we get good results,'' Sachin said.

''Throughout the year, our players have performed. It has been a good team effort and good leadership,'' he added.

''We had a great series against England when all players performed very well. We will try to maintain the form we have displayed throughout the year. The team has set some targets which we shall try to achieve,'' he said.

Sachin was of the view that cancellation of the Pakistan tour provides the players more rest before they tour New Zealand and he hoped that the team would continue to do well on the other side of the break.

''For the next month and a half, we would be free of international engagements. There would be domestic ties and then getting together in time to prepare for the tour to New Zealand. Hopefully, our good form would continue next year,'' he added.

Sachin also praised opener Gautam Ghambir saying that left-hander has proved himself as a key member of the side.

''Gambhir has batted very well throughout the year. He has shown the kind of form that gives nightmares to the opposition. He has shown great consistency, he attacked when attack was required, defended when defence was required,'' he said.

''He has displayed solid technique and capacity for making big runs. His teammates knew his capability, now the whole world knows about it,'' the batting maestro added.

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