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Sachin Tendulkar should retire after English and Aussie series
In the best interest of the national cricket team, Sachin himself should retire from the game after playing in the two competitive series against England and Australia at home. With young talent knocking at the door, we might see Tendulkar calling it a day this year or in March when the home series against the Aussies comes to an end.

HOW MANY sportspersons in the history of any sport must have represented their respective nation for a span of 23 years at the highest level? Not many or in fact one cannot recollect any other sportsperson apart from the legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. He made his debut in 1989, after which he has never looked back. Twenty years of playing cricket at the highest level will easily drain out any player, but it is the passion, which keeps the person going. The question of his retirement has been assuming importance with every passing series.

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Maybe it is for the first time that the thought of retirement has crossed Sachin's mind. He has stated that he would decide about his retirement during England's tour of India later in November this year. At the age of 39, one agrees that he does not have much cricket left in him. In spite of his age, he has been one of the fittest players in Indian cricket. But, he feels his retirement would depend on his mental and physical state.

It could be wise enough for the player to retire at the end of the season. There are a number of players who are waiting in the wings such as Rohit Sharma, A. Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, and Suresh Raina - to name a few. The Indian team would be in safe hands even if the player decides to walk out tomorrow. These youngsters have proved themselves in the domestic and international circuit. They just need experience at the highest level for some more years to showcase their skills. These youngsters' presence in the squad also might have led Sachin to think about his retirement, as they are the future of Indian cricket.

Indian selectors in the past have never ever even thought of sitting out Tendulkar for major tournaments. The present new selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil might also not take this step, as Sachin has been one of the most respected figures not only in Indian cricket, but also world cricket. The selectors will in all probability let the player walk out rather than show him the exit door. But, Tendulkar cannot afford to test the patience of the selectors as well. The best way forward is to move out of the game in a positive manner. We do not want another Indian stalwart being mistreated when his services are no longer required. Sourav and Laxman's retirement does not talk highly about the BCCI. The BCCI could have dealt with the situation better for the service they have given to the Indian cricket.

It could be a fitting end to his illustrious career, if he decides to make the upcoming two home series his last, which includes England and Australia. If this is the case, he would play his last match for India on March 2013 against the Australians. It could be the best competitive farewell series against the Aussies, against whom he has played some of his best cricket as well. Though, it is going to be a challenging Test series, he would be up for it – knowing fully well it is his last for India. We could see the best of Sachin during these upcoming two series against Austrlia and England, if he decides it to be his last.

Indian fans have always respected him as a cricketer and have worshiped him as a god. It is time that he gives something back to his fans. The best way he can do so is by playing in all the matches against Australia and England, which would mean, he will play in more than 10 stadiums in India. Fans would come for the matches to get the final glimpse of the player and Sachin likewise would be pleased to bid bye to the full crowd who have come just to watch the Little Master bat for the last time in front of their own eyes.

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