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It is time for Sachin to retire like a true sportsman
The voices asking for Sachin Tendulkar's retirement have grown louder after India suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the English team in the second Test at Mumbai. Given a string of dismal performances, is this the right time for the legend to hang his boots?

SINCE LAST week, a number of presumptions have been made about cricket ace Sachin Tendulkar's final exit from the sport. He reportedly met chief selector Sandeep Patil to discuss his recent spate of bad form and a series of below-par performances. His failure to make any impression during the ongoing test series against England is seen as a reason.

What is more surprising is that he has asked selectors to take a call on his future? Is he seriously considering and prepared to retire? If yes, why is he giving this task to selectors? However, media reports said that the selectors have assured cricketer genius to continue playing.

“Frankly, this guy does not have guts to retire like true sportsman should. He wants to create history in retirement too. Why should selectors ask him to say goodbye to cricket? It is visible that he has put ball in selector’s court,” said Ankush Dhaiya, an MNC employee in Kolkata.

Tendulkar has been a major cause of worry for team India. Since last few years he is adopting double tactics to remain in team without thinking of other youngsters. He is just eight matches short of becoming the first-ever player to play 200 Tests. Ex-cricketer Rahul Dravid feels that he is needed more than ever now as it is very important for senior players to come forward when ongoing test series against England is leveled at 1-1. It was Sunil Gavaskar, who urged him to discuss his future plans with selectors.

“It is pity that fans believed he played for country; however his contribution to country is limited to records. At end of the day all money goes to his bank accounts not to poor people of land. He should retire respectfully like other legends. There is nothing wrong to say farewell when you are not performing,” felt Dhaiya.

An online survey conducted by Deccan Chronicle demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of 82 per cent participants want Sachin Tendulkar to hang his boots. However, 18 percent still trust his performance and want him to continue playing.

“It seems bowlers are taking advantage of his poor reaction in the game. There is no doubt on his passion for the cricket. He is legend and should retire as hero,” said Nandita Kaul, Tendulkar's admirer from Aurangabad.

Tendulkar still has an enormous fan following and many consider that he will be back to his unique style of playing. Nobody would take risk of asking him to retire at this stage as in a county like India people are crazy about cricket. Blame game and debates on his retirement will continue until he takes a gracious decision and says adieu to the game.

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