Let Sachin decide on his retirement: Srikkanth

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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 15:56 [IST]
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'Let Sachin decide on retirement'

New Delhi, Mar 22: India's selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth has said Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketing legend can decide when he needs to end his international career.

As former players have started commenting on his retirement, especially after the disastrous tour of England and Australia in 2011-12.

Many players have commented on Sachin after Rahul Dravid's retirement from international cricket earlier this month while despite speculations, Sachin Tendulkar was picked for the one day squad as reports suggested that the legend would decide on his ODI career after achieving his 100th ton.

Now, that he has achieved that milestone, poeple have started asking what is Tendulkar aiming at as he has achieved everything.

When asked Srikkanth about Sachin's 100th international ton and the obvious retirement plans, he said it is left to the legend to decide.

"Let Sachin only decide about it," said Srikkanth, who has come under flak for the team's poor run since winning the World Cup last year.

Srikkanth remained optimistic about Team India's future and said winning and losing were part and parcel of the game.

"Cricket is a game where sometime we lose and sometime we win. But seeing it in the right spirit of sports, we should not forget that it is the same team which brought World Cup a year back. But yes, we did have a lull after that for about six to eight months," the former India captain told reporters during the launch of the book "Hunger Games" and premiere of the movie "The Hunger Games" Wednesday.

"Having played cricket, I know the game very well. We should always keep in mind that it's a game which has lots of up and downs. I think cricket makes people feel hungry. The hunger for the game and hunger for the runs will always be there in the country," said Srikkanth.

Srikkanth was full of praise for the young Virat Kohli who has been elevated as the vice captain, who has eventually turned to be a match winner off late.

When asked whether he will be the next captain, Srikkanth said, "I really can't say, but it's good for the team. I'm sure there will be many more Kohlis in future.

With the entire world talking about Tendulkar's retirement, let us leave it to the legend to decide.


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