However, as late as on Saturday evening, Tendulkar hadn’t decided on his ODI future and it required a call from chief selector Sandeep Patil — more of a nudge than a push — for the most successful run-getter of all time to call time on his 50-over career. Tendulkar hadn’t opted out and that meant he was available for selection for the three ODIs against Pakistan.
To get a clearer picture, chief selector Patil spoke to Tendulkar on the phone. Patil informed Tendulkar that the consensus among the selectors was that Tendulkar had out-lived his ODI career and that they could not guarantee him a place in the squad. He also told Tendulkar that he was not keen to drop Tendulkar but at the same time it would be difficult to pick him, especially when youngsters were knocking on the door and also keeping in mind that the time had come to plan for the 2015 World Cup.
Patil also told Tendulkar that he should consider ‘moving on’ as far one-day cricket was concerned. After talking to Patil, Tendulkar decided to quit ODIs. Patil and Tendulkar also spoke to BCCI president N Srinivasan, it is learnt. Tendulkar’s decision spared the selectors of making the uncomfortable call of not picking Tendulkar for the series against Pakistan.
“It could have been a very tricky affair for Patil’s committee if Tendulkar had not quit ODIs. Tendulkar was no longer fitting into the selectors’ scheme of things as far as shorter format was concerned. But given his contribution to Indian cricket, it was important to ensure that there was no ill-will between him and the selection committee,” a BCCI source told The Indian Express.
The source said that the previous selection committee headed by K Srikkanth had not spoken to Tendulkar about his ODI future after India won the World Cup at home. “Srikkanth’s panel didn’t speak to Tendulkar regarding his future. Credit must be given to Patil for handling this very delicate issue with maturity,” the BCCI source said.
Since his double hundred against South Africa in February 2010, Tendulkar has appeared in a limited number of ODIs. He played just two tournaments — the tri-series in Australia and Asia Cup — after the 2011 World Cup. On previous occasions, whenever he had decided to opt out, he had informed the selectors in advance. However, with this not being the case this time, Patil had to make the phone call, at the end of which Tendulkar took the big decision.
My dear God Sachin! Please forgive us for our mistakes. In near future, people will shamelessly, ask you to come out of retirement!
M.S.Dhoni is matured and coolest captain. No one can replace him. If we consider current performance of Indian team , it is not only due to captain but whole team.In our team ,no one is capable of being captain so better to continue with him till we get new one.
Dhoni is matured and coolest captain. No one can replace him. If we consider current performance of Indian team , it is not only due to captain but whole team.In our team ,no one is capable of being captain so better to continue with him till we get new one.
He is a politician now. Hope he will not expect another advice for test matches.
As per your column it was decided by SRT to retire from ODI during the last test at Pune, then why this confusion. BCCI want to show they are bigger than cricket. First they must understan it is SPORTS not business. Govt must take decision to remve politicians and business people to be away from criccet and allow criccetrs to run the BCCI
Sachin is The Greatest! Retirement of Tendulkar is not going to improve Indian ODI performance anyway. All knocking newcomers are scrap! Indian captain is the WORST!! Friendship with Captain is the only selection criterion!!!