Do not criticize Tendulkar, Ganguly blasts media

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Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 10:38 [IST]
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Ganguly backs Sachin, blasts media

Kolkata, Dec 5: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday defended out-of-form Sachin Tendulkar and urged people not to criticise the master as he would strike form soon.

Tendulkar's poor form has been drawing attention from all corners as former cricketers have been divided over their opinion, as some urged Tendulkar to take a call on his future, others defended the master blaster.

Since Ricky Ponting's retirement, critics have been commenting on the batting maestro's form and are insisting him to follow Ponting before it is too late.

Reacting to such comments, Sourav Ganguly said retirement of one great cricketer doesn't mean the legend Tendulkar should also follow suit.

"The retirement of Ricky Ponting does not mean that Tendulkar should also quit. We all hope he goes with his with his head held high. The problem with Tendulkar is that people always look at his negative sides. Nobody talks about his centuries and the wins he has given us," Ganguly said during a promotional event on Tuesday.

Moreover, Ganguly also hoped that Tendulkar would strike form at Eden Gardens, but he has to score 30 and above as Tendulkar has failed to score more than 30 runs in an innings in the last 10 innings.

"It will be important for him to cross the 30-mark. If he gets past the mark, I'm sure he will go on to make it big at the Eden Gardens. Yes, he is 39 plus and is going through a slump in form but we all hope he gets back to runs soon."

Ganguly, who has been observing the trend in the media and the comments passed by the critics asked everyone to stop criticising Sachin Tendulkar, as nobody has achieved what the legend has achieved and it was quite natural to lose track having played international cricket for 23 years.


Story first published:  Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 10:22 [IST]
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