Tendulkar shouldn't embarrass himself: Boycott

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Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012, 10:04 [IST]
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'Tendulkar shouldn't embarrass himself'

New Delhi, Dec 29: Former England cricketer turned commentator Geoffrey Boycott feels master blaster Sachin Tendulkar would embarrass himself if he fails against Australia in the forthcoming Test series especially after his poor run against England.

Sachin Tendulkar who is undergoing a poor run in the last two years announced his ODI retirement last week in order to focus on the Test series against Australia in February-March 2013.

"He desperately needs some runs against Australia in the Test matches in March, because I don't think any of us want to see him embarrass himself with more failures after failure," Boycott said.

Boycott also felt that another disappointing series against Australia would definitely mark the end of the legendary batsman's cricketing career.

"If he doesn't get runs against Australia, I'm reasonably confident that he'll see the light and call his own retirement. But you cross your fingers and hope he can get some," he told 'ESPNcricinfo'.

Boycott also added that the master blaster took a sensible decision having decided to end his ODI career.

"It's very sad, it's a fact of life, that more of us, as we get older, we have to accept we just can't do what we used to do. There's no fun in accepting that, there's no fun in believing it. There's no fun in having to say it gets easier, because it doesn't get easier. It can't.

"So for him, it's tough, is one-day (cricket). As wonderful as he's been, we can't live on the memories. He's 39, and so I think giving up is very responsible and sensible.

"I think he has to do what's best for him because if he plays better, whatever format of cricket, it's going to help the team he plays for, which is India. That's the most important thing."

Boycott also felt that Sachin Tendulkar wasn't a great athlete on the field throughout his ODI career.

"He (Tendulkar) hasn't played in the T20s for India for a while. ODI cricket, today, in the modern game, has become so physically demanding on the player's body, even 50 overs. As much as we all love Sachin, me included, he's never been an outstanding athlete in the field. He's never let anybody down, he's been competent, but nobody could ever call him a top outfielder," Boycott said.

"So, as he gets older, like all of us, me included, he just can't run as fast as a youngster, he can't dive around.

"Not that he was a great diver but when you do dive around in the modern day - as you are expected to; it's a modern phenomenon - he's going to hurt himself a bit more. As you get older, you're going to fall the wrong way, your body hurts more, it bruises easier - it's nature taking over.

The former England cricketer also felt that quitting ODIs would help the legendary cricketer to focus on the longer version of the game.

"He can now focus on staying fit, playing as much zonal cricket as he can - and that's important, trying to get some runs in that, which shouldn't be too difficult. You know (in domestic cricket) they're not as good as him. Even now, when he's past his zenith, he's still better than them. And he needs form. Form means runs, runs means confidence, and then he can play against Australia in March.

"Sachin will be up there with the greatest in Test cricket and one-day cricket, but let's not forget there have been other players. So it's his longevity and playing exceptionally well all over the world."


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