Tendulkar: A retirement or a century?

Published: February 25, 2012

PHOTO: AFP

Every cricket lover will agree that Sachin Tendulkar is indeed a legend. He has been one of the best batsmen, the most prolific run maker and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known.

Let’s recap his achievements.

Tendulkar is not only the man with the most runs under his belt (over 15,000 in Tests and over 18,000 in ODIs), he is also the first cricketer to score 200 runs in an ODI. With the increasing trend of T20 cricket, it seems that his record for the most runs in ODIs and Test matches will stay with him forever.

But now there’s a peculiarity.

It all started in Nagpur, when Tendulkar made 111 of 101 balls in the ICC World Cup 2011 match against South Africa. People started to talk about his 100th international century. Since that day, this legend has batted in nine ODI innings and 22 Test innings and he is still trying his best to reach the 100th international century.

Why does this sound so odd? Because he has a record of scoring a century on average in every seventh innings in Test matches and a century in every ninth innings in ODI matches; and it has now been 31 innings and he is still going on – without his one hundredth.

Now the Indian line up has Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli for ODIs along with other top performers like  C Pujara, Manoj Tiwari who are still waiting in line to get a game. But they can’t – because Sachin is looking for his 100th International century.

How long will they have to wait and how long will the BCCI give Sachin a chance to achieve this record? I strongly believe that India needs a John Inverarity, because if Australia can drop Ricky Ponting from ODIs, who just scored over 200 in his last Test innings, then Tendulkar should have retired with the world cup trophy. In any case, it is heart breaking for his fans to see the great legend disappoint over and over again.

Even great Indian cricket legends like Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar have voiced their opinions about Sachin’s retirement  as it looks like he can’t do it anymore.

Sachin has to ask himself whether he is good enough to play one-day cricket day in and day out; whether it’s helping him missing tournaments and playing a one-day series after eight-nine months… whether it’s helping him as a one-day player or if it’s helping the Indian one-day team. If Sachin can’t get an answer to these questions, he has to go. (Ganguly)

From what we have seen in the last three months, he (Sachin) should have announced his retirement after the World Cup or even earlier. It’s important to know that every cricketer has his time. 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. (Dev)

Maybe if the selection committee feels that Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t have a future in the Indian one-day team, they should take him aside and speak with him,” Gavaskar said on NDTV. “They should allow him to call it a day.” (Gavaskar)

recent poll conducted by the Times of India reflected the same, showing that 57% of people also want Sachin Tendulkar to retire from international cricket.

Only time will tell how this struggle will continue and whether Sachin will prove himself once again, as he has managed to on numerous occasions in the past.


Mateen Khalid

Mateen Khalid

An MBA in finance from KASBIT in 2008 who works with a US firm as a remote employee.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Waqas ameen

    Well said Chairman. Completely agreed :)Recommend

  • Tanveer Arif

    HE MUST NOT RETIRE AT ALL…Watching Sachin playing is more important than your criticism Recommend

  • prabhat

    poor imagination but good compilation. keep on reproducing rather wasting spaceRecommend

  • http://www.zaidzamanhamid.wordpress.com zaid hamid

    Sachin is a RAW agent!Recommend

  • Sreejith

    Get your facts right, before posting thrash…

    Sachin is blocking Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma???
    Get your facts right, before writing some thing..

    check how many matches these so-called performers have played for India..
    Atleast have a look at the current Australian series..
    What’s the contribution of them??

    Pujara got injured and that’s how he got out of the team.He even got chance to play in tests before that.As I said, get your facts right before posting !!

    After the world cup India played many ODIs.Sachin only played a few.In between those ODIs where Sachin did not play, tell me how many youngsters have cemented their place in the team..
    Don’t say utter rubbish like youngsters are waiting outside because Sachin is playing!!

    In fact Sachin there in the team could only help youngsters..

    Funny thing about your article is that you are quoting Kapil Dev!!
    Just check the records, you will find that Kapil carried on and on and on way beyond his very best, just to break Hadlee’s record.
    The less said about Ganguly the better!!
    I am not sure, whether he has announced retirement from cricket!

    And I am sure if and when Sachin gets to his 100, you will have a different opinion!!!Recommend

  • kamal

    Stop it please… I hate any one speaking about Sachin fails to score runs… and more importantly sachin is not playing for his centuries… if he wanted his centuries he would have choose westindies series for it…. come on.. at least understand his game and passion for cricket after so many years of watching him play.. support him… we are lucky to see him play… Recommend

  • Azam

    All in indians love sachin. but you have to accept it: he will not retire untill he makes his 100th 100. i pray that in the match where he achieves this feat, india lose badly. hahahahahRecommend

  • Asad Shairani

    The fact that Bradman has an average of 99.96 and not a square 100 does not make him a lesser player. Sachin and the ones pushing him to get the 100th when he’s clearly struggling to keep his respect now, should realize.Recommend

  • http://mezaajedeen.blogspot.com Tribune Reader

    I am guessing there is too much corporate sponsorship and money riding behind Sachin’s 100th international century, it has been overly hyped, talked about, discussed and promoted on Indian media since the end of the World Cup in 2011. I agree Sachin should have gracefully retired after the final in Mumbai from one day cricket, I am guessing the BCCI and his sponsors put some pressure on him. Imagine the commercial gains from his 100th century, people tune into every match Sachin is playing just to see him get his 100th Century, attendances for India england ODI[‘s in India were poor because Sachin didnt play even in Mumbai which hosted its first ODI since the World Cup final. Imagine the number of souvenirs, T shirts, mugs, key chains, bats, Sachin replica’s selling through out a cricket crazy India to celebrate Sachin’s achievement, imagine the number of programs dedicated to him and his international centuries, all the ad revenue coming in, were talking about billions of rupees here. No Joke, on a personal note, I do wish he would get his 100th century, he deserves it, and we deserve some peace from all that hype. Recommend

  • Khalid

    Great PlayerRecommend

  • Khalid

    Absolutly right@Tanveer Arif: Recommend

  • Khalid

    100% right@kamal: Recommend

  • Hassaan Saad Tariq

    I would agree with Imran Khan that the best time for Sachin to retire was right after India had won the world cup. Unfortunately most of the great players – and majority from the sub-continent – can not decide when to retire till they are asked to leave by their respective boards. Sachin has been a great cricketer and certainly deserves the honour and dignity at the time of retirementRecommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    What a role model!Recommend

  • Shafiq

    @Tanveer Arif:
    Let him play out side of the ODI format so his ‘fans’ can watch. The job in hand is results. Not chasing the 100th 100. India has won more in his absence and not his presence,Recommend

  • Sarhandi

    India need to play a 5 test series with Zimbabwe, hope this would help Sachin to score a ton..otherwise no chance at all for himRecommend

  • https://plus.google.com/101574877746481788568 Rahul

    Lets other people say it, but when it comes from you, it sounds pathetic, selfish and kind of loose. As you have mentioned “People who haven’t touched a cricket bat, shouldn’t tell me what to do”. So I won’t talk cricket, instead I will suggest you about a movie and a quote from that “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”Recommend