Ricky Ponting, being the second highest run-scorer in Tests, who was struggling to score runs this year, was forced to call it a day as he said that previous knocks would not help him retain his place in the team.
It was the same with Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who retired earlier this year, as they decided to end their cricketing career on their own terms, than leaving it to the selectors.
Ponting taking a call on his cricketing career would definitely add more pressure on the master blaster as it reflects his situation too. Sachin, similar to Ponting has been struggling to score runs, and that has irked selectors and critics, which has led to a heated debate ever since his interview to a television channel hinting at his retirement.
Since he has been struggling hard to score runs, adding just 274 runs off 7 matches (12 matches), with an average of 22.83, the veteran batsman's latest dismissals have also raised doubts which has also led to the heated debate about his retirement.
Until Nov 28, 2012 Sachin Tendulkar would have thought that people would also talk about Ricky Ponting who is also sailing in the same boat, but with the latter announcing his retirement from Tests and his decision to quit Tests after the Perth Test against South Africa is sure to have given a clear message to Sachin Tendulkar, as age is also catching up with the Indian legend.
When Dravid and Laxman retired from Test cricket, all eyes were on Sachin Tendulkar and the master blaster who hit his 100th international ton against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup survived due to that incredible feat, but repeated failure has added more pressure on the cricketing legend.
Having played for 23 years now, Tendulkar doesn't need any advice from critics nor the cricketing fraternity, but everyone feels that he needs to think about his future soon, before it is too late.