I respect what Imran had said (see below), but Sachin is an exception as he is in a different league. He is like the Kohinoor of world cricket. He should have the right to decide about his future.
— Abdul Qadir
Sachin is such a great player but I can only say if I were in his position, I would want to leave on a high and my greatest worry was that I should never be at the mercy of the selectors.
— Imran Khan
Sachin knows when to retire. He is someone who is special. Someone who scores 100 centuries at the highest level... doubting his abilities is wrong judgment. The team needs Tendulkar to guide the youngsters in the next couple of home Test series. He knows what he is doing.
— Krishnamachari Srikkanth
He needs to ask himself if he can go on like this; if he is fit enough to play ODIs regularly. If he cannot answer these questions, he should go out of ODIs.
— Sourav Ganguly on Headlines Today on February 21
I notice that he is moving well, and his fitness and hunger for the game persist. He knows more about his game than all of us.
— Ganguly on September 7
To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished. I will stand by what I have said all along about Tendulkar: that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing.
— Sanjay Manjrekar in ESPN Cricinfo
Sachin is somebody we all have looked up to while playing. He is the best cricketer I have played with. He scores 100s but never gets tired. His hunger for runs is amazing. He is truly a phenomenon, a legend and the God of cricket. Yet he keeps himself so simple.
— Harbhajan Singh
From what we have seen in the last three months, he should have announced his retirement before the World Cup. Having served India for 22-23 years, there surely is no greater cricketer than him. But he should have announced his decision to retire from the shorter format soon after the World Cup.
— Kapil Dev in Headlines Today
He is still going to get a lot of runs. Technically, he is good. It takes longer to settle in and you will not get on to the bad ball as often. But if you are still making a contribution and you are confident within yourself — that you can make runs — there is nothing wrong with that.
— Graeme Pollock in MiD DAY
You have to be patient with him. Sachin has been around for so long that when he goes, he is going to be sadly missed. So, while you have him now, why not enjoy him till the very end?
— Viv Richards in MiD DAY