Time for selectors to talk to Tendulkar: Gavaskar

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:00 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 26: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar hinted at Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, as he insisted the selectors to talk to the batting maestro and discuss future plans.

Sachin Tendulkar has recorded a total of 153 runs in the last 10 innings, which also suggests that he hasn't scored a fifty in the last ten innings, marking the lowest average (15.3) of any Indian top-order batsman over the last 10 knocks.

Selectors must talk to Sachin: Gavaskar

According to stats, Sachin Tendulkar averages a century every 6.2 innings, but he hasn't got a century since his 146 against South Africa in January 2011.

"Tendulkar has been playing for so long and he has been so consistent. This little period of lack of runs or lack of half centuries will give the critics chance to ask questions," Gavaskar said.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored just 29 runs off the last three innings in the Test series aganist England, which suggests that it's time for the legendary cricketer to take a call, said Sunil Gavaskar, after Tendulkar was dismissed for 8 in the second innings against England on Sunday.

Gavaskar also added that it was time for selectors to talk to the batting maestro, as he has been struggling to score runs since a long time.

"At the end of the day, it is the selectors who will take the call. I think the selectors will probably have a word with Tendulkar about what his future plans are and then take a call," he said.

"Ideally, whatever decision is taken about Tendulkar's retirement, I believe he will make his own decision," Gavaskar told NDTV.

When asked about Tendulkar's bad patch, Gavaskar admitted that the cricketer is undergoing a rough patch, as he is struggling to score runs in the recent past.

"Yes, he is struggling and he is having a long bad patch if one can call that way. With so may runs and so many centuries at his hands, the moment he is through a lean patch, everybody will start talking about that but I feel he will overcome this.

"He is trying hard. In the first innings (of the ongoing second Test in Mumbai), the ball (from Monty Panesar) turned just a little bit. Today, (in the England second innings) you could see he changed his guard. He was standing ahead of the crease between the middle and off to negotiate the turn better. But unfortunately he was out to a straighter ball," Gavaskar said.

With Sunil Gavaskar also hinting at Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, Sachin era is on the verge of coming to an end. Though this is not the first time, the master blaster has been struggling to strike form, the selectors have remained silent on all occasions. Will they remain silent again or talk to Sachin Tendulkar and help him take a decision on his future soon?


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 10:09 [IST]
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