Kolkata, Dec 1: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is the latest to defend out-of-form Sachin Tendulkar, as he said that the master blaster needs just one game to strike form.
After Anil Kumble, Gautam Gambhir defended Tendulkar, it was Dada's turn as he wrote that one cannot expect Sachin to play like a youngster all the time, in his column for 'The Week' magazine.
"Sports is a profession controlled by age. We have seen the likes of Don Bradman, Pele, Diego Maradona, Pete Sampras and Shane Warne fade away with time. It is natural for Sachin, too, to slow down," Ganguly wrote
Ganguly, who has represented India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, also added that he had observed the batting maestro closely in the last couple of Tests, and felt that he needs one good innings to strike form.
"I watched him closely in the two Test matches he just finished - he looks like someone out of form," he said.
"But, one must remember that for quality players, getting into form needs just one good innings," said an optimistic Ganguly, according to a report on Mid-day.
Sachin Tendulkar's form has been drawing a lot of attention in the last couple of months, since he has collected only 274 runs off 7 Test matches at an average of 22.83 played this year.
Moreover Tendulkar has been struggling to score runs, his last 10 innings suggest that he hasn't registered a score more than 30 in any of the innings.
He has also failed to register a three-digit score since Jan 2011, which has also raised doubts about the legendary cricketer's ability, leading to retirement talks.
Ganguly defended Tendulkar and said that the legendary cricketer is a champion and can strike form soon, as he is totally focused and hungry for runs.
"One good thing is that he looks focused, hungry and I have a feeling that the big one is round the corner... Sachin is a champion and he knows the buzz going around him is part and parcel of the game. He will keep his mind away from it," said Ganguly.
Ganguly feels a big innings from Tendulkar is not far away as he just needs a good start which will take care of the rest.
"Someone like Sachin, who has played for such a long time, knows how to get runs. He just needs a start. He needs to fight his way to 20 or 30, and everything will fall in place. What Sachin requires is adjustment" Ganguly added.
Ganguly further urged admirers to give Tendulkar more time, as the legendary cricketer's contribution to the game cannot be measured.
"It is important that cricket lovers give him that benefit of the doubt - nobody in world cricket deserves it more than Sachin Tendulkar. We want to see him exit with the bat in the air," Ganguly said.