Kapil Dev in favour of Sachin after criticism

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Published: Friday, March 2, 2012, 14:02 [IST]
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Kapil confused over Sachin's retirement

Agra, Mar 2: Former India captain Kapil Dev has said it is up to Sachin Tendulkar to decide when to retire as there is no fixed age to quit the game of cricket.

Talking to reports on the opening of a gymnasium here yesterday, Kapil said while Ravi Shastri retired from cricket at an early age of 29, Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya went on to play till the age of 42.

"Sachin has served the country well, even though, he is nearing 40," Kapil said.

"As long as a player performs well, there are no complaints, it is only when the performance takes a dip questions are being asked," he added.

A few days ago, Kapil said Sachin Tendulkar should have retired from cricket after India's World Cup victory last year.

On the issue regarding rift between Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni, Kapil said, "There was no controversy, it was just a matter of difference of opinion."

When asked about Dhoni's comment that senior players were slow on the field, Kapil said "their slowness will be overlooked if they perform well with the bat".

Kapil, meanwhile, said that Twenty20 cricket is tailor-made for the likes of Suresh Raina, who can save 20 to 30 runs in the field, which at times compensate for their poor performance with the bat.


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