Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has claimed he was in Sachin Tendulkar’s position right now, he would have decided to retire after the Nagpur Test against England.
Ganguly, who played alongside Tendulkar in the Indian side for 12 years, is the most high profile cricketing figure in India to suggest the Nagpur Test should be the last in the career of the most famous cricketer on earth.
Tendulkar has averaged 25 in 2012 and his innings of 76 at Calcutta against England was his first Test half century since Jan 3.
Newspapers in India have been relatively gentle in their criticism of the team and there was little direct comment about Tendulkar or captain MS Dhoni, but Ganguly has suggested this could be the time for change.
“Sachin desperately needs to get runs. He has achieved a lot. He is getting a long rope because of what he has achieved,” the Telegraph quoted Ganguly, as saying.
“By now he should know how to turn it around. As somebody watching it from outside, Tendulkar is not performing and I think if I were Tendulkar, I would go (retire),” he added.
“But it’s up to him at the present moment. We want to see the great man going with a bat held high and not in terrible form,” he said.
The two sides will gather in Nagpur today and take their first look at the pitch for the fourth Test, which England expect to be prepared to the orders of Dhoni who wants a turning track in an attempt to level the series.
England is leading the four-match series 2-1.