Why Tendulkar should not be forced to retire?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 14:13 [IST]
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Though its a fact that Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is struggling to score runs over the last 12 months, that doesn't mean that the cricketer has to announce his retirement, as there are many cricketers in the team who have not performed well in the last two years.

While everyone are talking about Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, the legendary cricketer has not fared badly as he has been on par with other cricketers who have announced their retirements and with his teammates in the last two years.

Why force Tendulkar to quit?

Given Tendulkar's average in the last 37 innings, the batting maestro has managed to register 35.72, while his average in 2012 has been as low as 22.83 off 7 matches including 12 innings with a tally of 274 runs, with a highest score of 80.

While people say that Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman announced their retirement at the right time, and are pouncing on the batting maestro to consider their views on his cricketing career, Sachin Tendulkar cannot be judged based on the performance in the last couple of matches, as he averages more than Laxman and just behind Dravid taking the performance of these cricketers in the last years into consideration.

Laxman has averaged 39.65 having played 47 innings which included 3 centuries while Dravid had a better average of 42.63 off 47 innings including 8 centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar has not performed badly, as he has recorded 2 centuries and scored runs at an average of 35.72 per innings off 37 innings over the last two years.

If we take Ganguly's average, it was 41.47 in his last 48 innings. Considering all these stats, it would be wise not to rule out the master blaster, as he is on par with the Big Three who have announced their retirement from international cricket.

Given the current team's performance, as only Virender Sehwag has recorded a better average when compared to Tendulkar.

Virender Sehwag has recorded 38.14 off 35 innings, which includes 2 centuries while Gautam Gambhir has scored 31.14 runs per innings (in 34 innings).

Interestingly, skipper Dhoni has also recorded 26.03 runs per innings in his last 31 innings which includes 6 fifties and a hundred to his credit.

Though the 39-year-old has been struggling to score runs, he has not performed badly in the last two years, which also suggests that he should not be blamed and forced to call it a day. Moreover, the legendary batsman should be given time to think about the recent failure and take a call on his future on his own terms.


Story first published:  Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 15:06 [IST]
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