The evidence, however, is that - at international level - he has developed a sign of failure. And is attacked by one and all for this failure. Respect is there but somehow people don't want to see him in this form. What they want is that Sachin, who used to cut down to size all bowlers.
Yes, he has slowed down. Yes, he was bowled three times in his last three innings during the India- New Zealand series. Yes, his failures were not against the greatest bowling attack in the world. He is 39, and has been playing international cricket for 23 years.
Tendulkar has been battling poor form for some time and his last 10 innings have yielded just 153 runs at an average of 15.3, the lowest by an Indian top-order batsman in the corresponding period. His last three figure score in Tests came in January last year against South Africa. Streak of low scores might have raised a question mark over his future but, one needs to look at his colossal record before making any comment. Greatest of all times.
On Monday, when India lost 2nd test match against England in Mumbai, social networking sites and news channels roared in one go and called for retirement of Tendulkar. Is this the ripe time for Tendulkar to call it a day and say good bye to the cricket world? "Sachin should now take a leave from the cricket world. Nice for both the team and for him, " tweeted a guy from Bangalore.
A guy from Delhi pointing towards his being a member of Rajya Sabha, tweeted that it is better to play on the political turf now rather than on the batting pitch.
The greatest batsman of all time has to say good bye to cricket world some day, but people will remember him the more if he announces his retirement at the right time. For a great player like him, it shouldn't be like announcing his retirement all of a sudden at the height of failures. In that way he will lose a feather in his cap. What Dravid and Laxman did, so should Sachin. Retire at the right time. And what can be the right time than now!
Now people want to see young guns shooting around. They want young blood in the Indian side. They want more Virat Kohlis and Pujaras. They want Ashwins.
It is the better time for Sachin to give space to the youngsters. And he has more things to do in political field now. He has given his prime youth to cricket and people know that he can play a good game on political turf also, which is most needed now. Nation needs honest politicians who can work tirelessly. So call is only and only Sachin, Sachin...