The former Australian captain-turned commentator, writing in "MiD-Day" newspaper on Monday, said young visiting pacemen could not only shape the series but also decide Tendulkar's immediate future. He said fast bowling is Australia's strength in the four-match Test series starting in Chennai on February 22.
Tendulkar has been without a Test hundred since January, 2011. He retired from One Day Internationals in December, 2012. However, in the Irani Cup which concluded on Sunday (February 10), Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 140 to show signs of his old form.
"Australia's great strength is their hit-man squad of fast bowlers and they'll be confronted by an experienced Indian batting line-up," he wrote.
"How the young Australian pace bowlers cope with the conditions will not only play a big part in deciding the series, it could also shape Sachin Tendulkar's immediate future. A good series might see him carry on in Test cricket, but another poor showing like the lean time he had against England and he may feel it's time to retire," Chappell added.
Chappell said left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc could trouble Indian opener Virender Sehwag with his in-swingers at good pace.
"Mitchell Starc has had consistent success this summer with late movement into the right-hand batsmen at a lively pace. This is the delivery that most discomforts the highly dangerous Virender Sehwag, like most batsmen, vulnerable to the away swinger early on," he said.