Sachin's decision to quit was taken on doomsday?

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Updated: Monday, December 24, 2012, 10:56 [IST]
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Sachin decided to quit ODIs on doomsday?

Mumbai, Dec 24: Sachin Tendulkar decided to bid adieu to the one-day format of the game in the last 72 hours, while he informed BCCI President N Srinivasan on Saturday night, reveal sources.

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Sources close to the master confirm that he was pondering over his slump in form after the fourth and final Test in Nagpur against England.

"Once he was back in Mumbai after the Nagpur Test, he switched off his phone and became incommunicado for at least three days. The only possible way to contact him was through Anjali's (wife) number as he wanted some time to himself," a very close friend of Tendulkar said.

The source also revealed that Sachin had informed his family and close friends about his decision before informing the BCCI President, N Srinivasan.

"By Friday night, he had intimated his family and close friends that he wants to quit ODIs. Accordingly, he informed BCCI president N Srinivasan last night about his decision, making it clear that he doesn't want to play against Pakistan," the source added.

When asked about Tendulkar's Test future, the close friend of Sachin Tendulkar said that it would depend on his performance in the series against Australia early next year.

"Any decision on that will only be taken after his performance against Australia. The four-Test series will make it 198 Tests for Sachin and if he does well, he might just think of going to South Africa to complete 200 Tests."

This further suggests that Tendulkar having quit the limited-overs format of the game, would start his preparations for the Australian challenge by playing the last group A Ranji tie against Gujarat starting Dec 29.


Story first published:  Monday, December 24, 2012, 9:09 [IST]
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