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Sachin will silence his critics soon, says Ganguly

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Published: Saturday, September 8, 2012, 11:19 [IST]
 
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'Sachin should focus on Test cricket'

Mumbai, Sep 8: With the cricketing fraternity discussing about Sachin Tendulkar's poor form, and calls for retirement, making waves, Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is confident that the legendary cricketer would silence his critics soon.

Sachin was bowled thrice in the series against New Zealand which led to a debate, as there was a big gap between the bat and the pad, which prompted experts to talk about Sachin's retirement as age was catching up with the master who has been there for 23 years now.

Talking about Sachin Tendulkar's form, Ganguly said that retirement talks would have definitely hurt Sachin and would try to resolve the issue soon.

"It's not the first time he has been bowled. It has happened when he was at his peak. He had then found a way and he is going to do it again. I am sure people's talk (about his retirement) must have hurt him and he will respond to it," Ganguly said.

The former Indian captain who delivered the fourth Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture at Bombay Gymkhana on Friday, said Tendulkar knows when he needs to call it a day, as all great players are aware of it.

"Having played with him for so long, you got to believe he's not over. When he goes he will go on a high like it should be for every player and more so for the great man," said the Bengal stalwart while answering a query before a packed gathering, which included former Test players Ajit Wadekar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Bapu Nadkarni.

Though his age is another factor that has led to this debate, Ganguly feels Sachin can still play all the formats but needs to concentrate more on Test cricket.

"He has in the past used One-day cricket to stay in focus for Tests. But it's up to him as he knows his game better than others. He's getting on in years, he's 39-40. He can't play all forms of cricket. I feel he should concentrate more on Test cricket," Ganguly said.

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