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Sachin shouldn't be at mercy of selectors: Imran

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Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 17:34 [IST]
 
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'Sachin, don't be at mercy of selectors'

New Delhi, Sep 13: Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan on Wednesday felt India's legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar should bid adieu to cricket when he is in great form and should not be at mercy of selectors.

Having watched the Indian legend play, Imran felt he is a great player and would be great if he leaves on a high.

"Sachin is such a great player but I can only say if I were in his position, I would want to leave on a high and my greatest worry was that I should never be at the mercy of the selectors."

Sachin Tendulkar's dismissals in the recently concluded Test series has initiated a debate about his retirement, as he was bowled thrice in the series which also led to talks that targetted Sachin, as age is catching up with the master.

Imran Khan insisted Sachin Tendulkar to leave the cricket field while he is at his best as he feels when players continue to play and do not perform to their abilities, there is a tendency for people to forget the good knocks during the time of retirement.

"I put myself in that position, my greatest worry was that I would not be able to perform best to my abilities. So people will not remember me for when I was at the peak but when I was leaving my career."

Though he expressed his views on the current topic of discussion, he said Sachin Tendulkar knows when he needs to retire and nobody should interfere in the same.

"I think Sachin is such a great player and people are emotionally attached. I can understand the problems faced by Indian public, who have been watching him for 23 years. They can't imagine life without Sachin.

"But from Sachin's point of view, knowing that the kind of pride that he takes in his cricket. There must be a time when he should decide that this is the right time to leave," Mr Khan added.

Imran Khan further added saying that he retired after the 1992 World Cup and said the only reason why he quit was because he did not want to be at the mercy of selectors.

"The reason I retired was because I did not want to be at the mercy of the selectors. I wanted to go out at my peak."

"The only reason I kept playing was for the cancer hospital. The board of governance told me that if you get out of cricket you won't be able to collect money. That's the only reason for which I kept playing.

"Having seen those heights, i just did not want to be at the mercy of selectors or people saying it's the time you should leave.

"That's why I respect Sunil Gavaskar. He left, he could have gone on. Sunil had one of the best defensive techniques I have seen in a batsman. Given that technique, he could have gone on but he left at the peak."

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Story first published:  Thursday, September 13, 2012, 14:43 [IST]
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