CHANDIGARH: Finally the ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar has started thinking about retirement. However, he is not planning to do so in the immediate future. Tendulkar, who holds several records in the test as well as one day international cricket, of late has been criticised for sticking the team despite poor performance.
In an interview to a television channel, Tendulkar for the first time admitted that he did think about retirement, but he had no immediate plans to do so and he will be doing so only after reviewing his performance from series to series. He will be playing the England in the forthcoming four match test series.
Depending on his performance in the series, as he said it himself, he will chalk out further course of action depending upon how he performs in the series.
One of the greatest cricketers ever to have batted, Tendulkar holds several records including highest runs in the test cricket, in the one day international, highest number of centuries and so on.
In fact he is the only batsman in the world so far who has scored a double century in a one day international match. He is the only batsman in the world to have scored 100 centuries in the international matches, 51 in tests and 49 in ODIs.
Given his poor form of late led to several cricketers, particularly the great masters like Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan suggesting to him that it was high time for him to hang his bat as his reflexes are not as swift as these must be and actually had been.
Tendulkar does not appear to be prepared to listen to the suggestions saying he, and nobody else, will be taking the decision to that affect. But, he agreed and admitted that retirement was certainly on his mind since he was not left with much cricket at this age. He is already 39. Given his indications today he might retire by the next year depending how he performs against England.