No need for Sachin to follow Ponting, says Gambhir

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Updated: Monday, December 3, 2012, 11:57 [IST]
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'Sachin can still score lot of runs'

New Delhi, Nov 29: Another Indian player has supported struggling Sachin Tendulkar. This time, it is Gautam Gambhir, who on Thursday said Tendulkar still can score lot of runs and also brushed aside suggestions that he should retire because Ricky Ponting had done the same.

"Nobody can force anyone to retire. Each individual knows when is the best time to retire. Ponting retiring doesn't mean that Sachin also has to quit now. It's an individual decision. They are from two different countries, two different individuals. So there is no question of a comparison," Gambhir was quoted as saying by PTI on Thursday in Delhi where he was at an event.

Talking about Tendulkar's contribution to the game, Gambhir added: "His presence in the dressing room itself is a big thing for the country. I am sure he will come out of it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. It's the sheer joy of playing the game, he loves playing. He is the greatest cricketer India has produced. Not just on the field, as a mentor he contributes off the field too. He still has the capability to make lots of runs for India."

On retiring Ponting, Gambhir opined: "He (Ricky Ponting) is a legend of the game. He has played cricket on his own terms, he is retiring on his own terms. His record in all three formats speaks for itself. He has been Australia's most successful captain ever."


Story first published:  Thursday, November 29, 2012, 17:17 [IST]
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