Following Sachin Tendulkar's poor run in Tests, former cricketers had urged selectors to talk to the batting maestro, turned into reality as the 39-year-old had a discussion with chief selector Sandeep Patil on Tuesday, revealed a BCCI source.
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"They had a frank discussion, and Tendulkar told Patil that since he is not getting runs, he would like to leave it to the selectors to take a call (on his retirement)," a cricket board insider told Hindustan Times.
Interestingly, selectors did not make any changes in the squad for the third Test following repeated talks about Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan's form.
The veteran cricketer, who has completed 23 years of international cricket, has not scored a century since Jan 2011, having played 15 Tests and 28 innings.
With talks about Sachin's retirement deafening, the recent discussion with chief selector and his decision comes as a relief for many while it also suggests that Team India should be prepared to handle another void in the team, when the legendary batsman calls it a day.
Now, with Patil talking to Tendulkar about his form and future, comes as a wake up call for other cricketers who haven't been performing well and the selectors' decision to select the squad only for the third Test also comes in as a surprise as well as warning.