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Ganguly feels Sachin should quit ODIs

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:32 [IST]
 
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Ex players feel Sachin should quit ODIs

New Delhi, Feb 22: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has backed Kapil Dev and has said Sachin Tendulkar should think about the limited overs format and take a call if he's still good enough to play in the ODIs.

The left-handed batsman, also stressed on Sachin's decision to pick and choose the limited-over tournaments might affect the team's rhythm.

"It affects everyone's form if Tendulkar keeps coming in and going out of one-day tournaments. He needs to ask himself if he can go on like this; if he is fit enough to play ODIs regularly. If he cannot answer these questions, he should go out of one-day cricket and just play in Tests."

Though Ganguly felt so, he has said, it is left to Sachin to take a call on his retirement.

"I think Sachin Tendulkar deserves to decide on his own if and when to leave international cricket or one-day cricket. Nobody has contributed more to Indian cricket than Tendulkar. I don't think the selectors have got the right to ask him to go," he said.

Earlier this week, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev also said, Sachin should have retired after the World Cup. The topic became the talk of the town due to Tendulkar's poor form in the ODI Tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and Australia, making it look prominent.

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, has also said that the selectors should tell the master blaster if they believed that Tendulkar doesn't have a future in the team.

"May be if the selection committee feels that Sachin Tendulkar didn't have a future in the Indian one-day team, they should take him aside and speak with him. They should allow him to call it a day."

Gavaskar, reacting to Ganguly's comment that none of the selectors have the guts to go and tell Tendulkar to leave, he said "No, I think Srikkanth can do it. He was Tendulkar's first captain. Tendulkar made his debut under him and today Srikkanth is the chairman of selectors. If his team of selection committee feels Sachin has no one-day future, then Srikkanth is just the right man to tell that to Sachin."

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