New Delhi, Nov 28: Former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu defended Sachin Tendulkar's poor form and said he is just a human being and not God, expressing confidence in the veteran batsman to do well in the remaining two Test matches against England at Kolkata and Nagpur.
Giving his opinion on the hot topic of discussion, Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, Sidhu said since we do not have experienced players in the team after the retirement of Big Three, one cannot think of Sachin Tendulkar calling it a day in the near future.
"We don't have VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly any more in the team. So we badly need experience and till the time we find an option we just cannot think about Tendulkar's retirement," said Sidhu, who has represented India in 51 Tests and 136 ODIs.
Defending the 39-year-old, who has scored just 153 runs off the last 10 innings, averaging 15.3, Sidhu said "Sachin is not God, he is just a human being. He doesn't have a 'sudarshan chakra', he just has a willow and the bat fails at times."
Sidhu said that the batting maestro is an institution and not just a cricketer.
"Sachin is not just a personality, he is an institution. He is a 'Kohinoor' and can't be turned into glass.
Sidhu also added that he feels sad when the batting maestro is criticised by the people, as Tendulkar has been such a wonderful player and his contribution to the game is immeasurable.
"I am confident he will return to form in the next two Test matches," he insisted.
Since age is catching up with Sachin, it is reflecting on his performance, feels Sidhu.
"His reflexes might have gone down but he has been playing for the last 23 years and is experienced enough to come out of this slump," said Sidhu.