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Sachin's retirement - Sooner the better: Amarnath

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:35 [IST]

New Delhi, Dec 11: After Team India's successive defeats, former Indian cricketers have lashed out at the cricketers, especially Sachin Tendulkar following his poor run in the last one year.

After Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly it is Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohinder Amarnath's turn to urge Sachin Tendulkar to retire at the earliest, following his poor form.

With scores of 13, 8,8, 76, 5 in the last three Tests against England, Sachin Tendulkar is surely struggling to score runs prompting former Indian cricketers to talk about his retirement.

Time for Sachin to retire, says Amarnath

Sachin Tendulkar has not reached the three-figure mark since Jan 2011, which also raises doubts over the master blaster's abilities to play the longer version as age is not favouring the legendary cricketer anymore.

Having played for 23 years, it is quite natural for a player to undergo a bad patch, but the selectors have been keeping faith in the batsman for more than a year now, which seems like the veteran cricketer is blocking a youngster's spot in the team.

Amarnath felt Tendulkar should take a call on his future at the earliest, before it is too late.

"He is a shadow of his own self. He has achieved everything, but I feel time has come for him to think about his future. There's a time in every player's life and he knows it's time to quit. And I feel the sooner he quits, the better it will be for him," said Amarnath.

Dilip Vengsarkar also echoed Amarnath's opinion and said that Tendulkar can continue to serve the country, but cannot be that efficient as age is catching up with the master.

"Sachin is a fantastic cricketer. He has contributed a lot for Indian cricket. However, he is now 39 years old. He will continue scoring runs, but not with the same speed. He will not dominate as he used to in the past," Vengsarkar was quoted as saying.

With the cricketing fraternity that adored Sachin Tendulkar a couple of months ago while he hit the 100th international ton, criticizing his abilities and urging him to retire at the earliest following his poor run, does Sachin Tendulkar need a reality check?

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Story first published:  Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 11:52 [IST]

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