Thursday, 3 January 2013

CRICKET: Reaction to Sachin Tendulkar's retirement

"I'm not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right. I don't think there was any pressure of selectors on him. It is his decision. No one can drop him." — Former India captain Sourav Ganguly

"I'm surprised by his move but he is leaving ODI cricket on a high. I am sure he will want to leave on a high in test cricket also. He will be looking forward to a good test series against Australia."— Former captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth, under whom Tendulkar debuted against Pakistan in 1989.

"If he is continuing with international cricket then he should have continued with ODIs also. We play almost 25 ODIs in a season. It is very important to keep playing international cricket. In ODIs, he opens the innings and plays the full innings so he gets used to international bowling. I am surprised he opted out of ODIs."— Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

"When you've played 23 years of international cricket, a time comes when ODIs don't excite you anymore as you have achieved everything that you possibly could have. Sachin has also won the World Cup, therefore his decision is understandable." — Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja.

"I think he has obliged Indian cricket by retiring. The god has ultimately decided. Everybody was talking about his retirement. The selectors didn't take a call. I think he was also tired of the selectors not taking a call. I'm very happy that he has ultimately taken a decision at the right time." — Former India allrounder Kirti Azad.

"Masters - 463 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers nobody else will be able to come close to. Salute salute salute to Sachin. Sachin tendulkar a grt batsman .grt human being. a grt frnd.grt man 2 look up 2. proud indian. Real son of india. I salute u nd luv u." — India offspinner Harbhajan Singh on Twitter.

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