Sachin will be missed, say Wadekar, More

Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from one-day internationals has left a huge void to fill. There will be no replacement for the milestone man armed with 463 ODIs and over 18,000 runs, 49 tons and 96 half-centuries. His career stats also include an unbeaten double ton.

Tendulkar not figuring in an Indian line-up was probably unimaginable. But is this indeed the case today? Probably not. The Indian team does not revolve around Tendulkar as was the case years ago.

Sachin Tendulkar. Pic/AFP

The legendary batsman figured in just two ODIs out of the 27 that India played in 2010. In 2011, out of 34 games Tendulkar played in only 11. He came into the World Cup with only two games (against South Africa) under his belt. Tendulkar opted to play in 10 out of the 16 ODIs this year that featured MS Dhoni & Co.

Team India and the cricket-crazy Indians seemed to have accepted his absence over the last few years with Tendulkar’s pick-and-choose policy in order to give adequate recovery time to his ageing body that has endured more than two decades of international cricket.

“Sachin has got his timing right this time too by announcing his retirement from the one-dayers. He must have sensed that it is the right time to go after looking at the bench strength and new talent. He has definitely timed his retirement at the right time,” former India skipper Ajit Wadekar told

Wadekar as manager of the Indian team in the early 1990s was instrumental in transforming Tendulkar into an opening batsman during the 1993-94 tour of New Zealand.

Legendary Sunil Gavaskar also felt that even though people are used to Tendulkar’s absence, losing him is a big loss.
“I think the public, the team, the captain and the selectors are used to not seeing Tendulkar around in ODIs, but the fact that he is not there is a big loss,” Gavaskar told NDTV on Sunday.

Former chairman of selectors Kiran More said Tendulkar would be definitely missed. “Yes, he hasn’t played ODIs for a long time. He hasn’t been playing it regularly, but he will still be missed.

“Irrespective of whether he was playing or no, at the back of the mind you know he was there. That will not be the case anymore. Someone of his stature will be tough to replace,” the former India stumper said.

India without Sachin after 2011 World Cup:
>> India’s tour to West Indies in 2010-11: India win 3-2 
>> India’s tour to England in 2011: India lose five-match series 0-3 (1 tied & no result)
>> England’s tour to India 2011-12: India win 5-0
>> West Indies’ tour to India 2011-12: India win 4-1
>> India’s tour to Sri Lanka 2012-13: India win 4-1

I’ve learnt a lot from Sachin: Dhoni

Terming Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution to cricket as immense, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he had learnt a lot from the batting maestro.
“I learnt a lot from him whenever I got a chance to bat in the ODI format. His contribution is immense and it will be difficult to replace him,” Dhoni said a day after Sachin announced his retirement from ODIs.
“We will also be disappointed not to see Sachin score his 50th century and 100th half-century in the ODIs,” Dhoni said ahead of the first India-Pakistan T20 tie here today.
Among the many things Dhoni and other players learnt from Sachin were how to prepare for each and every ODI, how to accept defeats and how to be humble in life. "All these things helped me personally. It is good that Sachin is still playing in one of the formats as there is plenty for youngsters to learn from him.” Asked if he had thought of persuading Sachin, Dhoni said: “No. It was his personal decision and we respect it.”  —  

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