Bangalore, Dec 9: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said Sachin Tendulkar should retire after Nagpur Test for the "sake of the Indian team." Tendulkar, who is facing calls for retirement in the recent past after successive failures with the bat, found some form back in Kolkata Test.
India lost the third Test against England at Eden Gardens on Sunday but Tendulkar hit a fighting 76 in the first innings when the rest of the batsmen failed. England lead the four-game series 2-1.
Tendulkar is without a Test hundred since January 2011. The Indian selectors, however, have stuck to him and retained him for the fourth and final Test against England in Nagpur which starts on December 13.
Vaughan, who has played against Tendulkar during his career, felt it was necessary for the Master Blaster to bid adieu in order to "build a new era."
Writing in England's "The Telegraph" newspaper on Sunday, Vaughan began: "It is time for Tendulkar, great player that he is, to walk away now for the sake of the Indian team."
He further wrote: "Eventually even Sachin has to move on. He can't play forever and there will be a youngster out there ready to take the No 4 spot. It will take a while to get used to life without Sachin but it might bring new energy into the set-up."
Talking about the 39-year-old's knock of 76 in Kolkataka, Vaughan said it was not the real Tendulkar innings.
"Sachin could still eke out a few runs for another 12 months but he is not batting at the levels he used to reach.
"Look at the way he was out in the second innings yesterday. It was a good ball from Graeme Swann but he was just prodding at it. He got 76 in the first innings but the man at the crease was not the Sachin Tendulkar I know."
Tendulkar has 193 Test caps, the most in the history of the game. He is the leading run scorer in five-day format and One Day Internationals.