New Delhi, Feb 20: Former India captain Kapil Dev has said that Sachin Tendulkar should have quit One Day cricket after winning the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai on April 2, last year.
Tendulkar, who is currently playing in the tri-series tournament in Australia, has been struggling with the bat with just 68 runs in four games. He is yet to score a half century with 48 being the highest.
Recently, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan too had felt the same. He too had said World Cup win was the right time for Tendulkar to quit ODIs.
The veteran batsman was hit on the helmet by a Brett Lee bouncer on Sunday and is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Sri Lanka. He also took a blow on his shin while fielding and was in the dressing room for 25 overs during Australia's innings on Sunday.
Kapil, who led India to their first World Cup victory in 1983, made his comments on Tendulkar, during an interview with an English TV news channel.
In an interview with "Headlines Today", Kapil said:"Had he have retired after the World Cup, or even better, if he had announced retirement before that, it would have been good. He is a very good cricketer and has done a lot for the country. Probably he is a cricketer who loves the game more than us. There are some people who cannot leave cricket."
He continued: "He should have made the announcement. He has served the nation for 22-23 years. There is no better cricketer than him. He should have told in advance that he would not play one-day cricket anymore and would play only Tests till he can. But every player has a different thinking. If you ask me, then he should have announced (his retirement) earlier."
Kapil also said that whenever Tendulkar plays he is under pressure and it is not that he is feeling pressure now as he is on the verge of his 100th international century.
"When was Sachin not under pressure? I am not talking in his support... He has played for so many years and has overcome all kinds of pressure to reach at this level. Every player has certain age. He is approaching 39-40. Probably, there is no age left for him to play anymore... but some people say he will play the next World Cup also. Then what could be said?"
Kapil said if he was in Tendulkar's place he would have left the cricketing scene after World Cup glory last year.
"He should announce in advance. A player like him should go after proper announcement.Had I been in his place I would have quit after the World Cup."