BCCI defends struggling Sachin Tendulkar

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Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012, 16:44 [IST]
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BCCI defends struggling Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi, Nov 26: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has defended out-of-form senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar after India were humiliated by 10 wickets in the second Test by England in Mumbai on Monday.

Tendulkar, who fell to left-arm spinner Monty Panesar in both innings for scores of eight apiece, has been out of form in recent times. In first Test, he made just 13 runs.

There have already been calls for the Master Blaster to say goodbye to international cricket. However, BCCI's senior official and Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla came out in support of Tendulkar.

Shukla said Tendulkar does not need any advice and asked them to see his "colossal record."

"He (Sachin Tendulkar) will hang up his boots when he thinks it's time for him to go. He does not need any advice on this. Before making a comment on his performance you have to see his colossal record and his past performance," Shukla told reporters on Monday.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar felt that selectors should have a word with Tendulkar after the Mumbai Test. The selection committee will meet soon to pick squads for third and fourth Tests.

Third India-England Test begins in Kolkata on December 5.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 13:33 [IST]
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