Mumbai, Dec 20: Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid feels the recent debate on whether it is time for Sachin Tendulkar to retire would have hurt the master, but urged the legendary cricketer to sit back and think about his future.
Sachin Tendulkar is undergoing a rough patch which has prompted critics and former Indian cricketers to think about his retirement having served the nation for 23 years.
Rahul Dravid, who has shared the dressing room with the master for over a decade feels talks on retirement would hurt Tendulkar.
"He is a proud man and this would have hurt him. People need to have a conversation with him and see what's his state of mind, what he's thinking and what his plans are. After that conversation, he himself will have to think about a few things because I'm not sure there are many people who can take the decisions regarding Tendulkar."
A veteran of 164 Tests and 344 ODIs, Rahul Dravid is also the third highest run scorer in Tests with 13288 at an average of 52.31, including 36 hundreds and 63 fifties.
Dravid also felt that it was difficult for any player to consider retirement, and Sachin was no different, especially since he has contributed to the game for 23 years now.
Dravid also advised Tendulkar to "sit back calmly and reflect."
"It's a pretty emotional time, he should take the emotion out of it, sit back, there's time before the next Australia series," Dravid said.
"At some stage, Sachin will have to make decisions on his own and irrespective of whatever decision he takes, in the end we have to respect it," Dravid concluded.