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Posted on Dec 24, 02:25PM | IBNS
The cricket fraternity paid rich tributes to Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from ODIs Sunday.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Tendulkar's team mate and long time opening partner, feels the batting maestro should have retired after the series against Pakistan.
"I felt that he might have played the series against Pakistan. But it is his decision," said Ganguly.
"There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not. But I am 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 own decision. No one can drop him," Ganguly added.
The iconic batsman on Sunday announced to retire from the One Day International (ODI) form of cricket, after a season of debates over his performance.
"I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game," said Tendulkar in a statement.
Another former captain and ex-selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth was surprised by Tendulkar's decision.
"I am 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.
"He has always done well against Pakistan. But he always raises his bar on a good wicket against a strong attack. Be it in the 1992 World Cup against Pakistan or 2003, he did well against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup also," Srikkanth said.
"It is easy for us to say that he could have retired after the 2011 World Cup. He has got 100 centuries so he went to the Asia Cup. It is one thing that only few have achieved. His records cannot be surpassed," he added.
Another former chief selector and ex-skipper Dilip Vengsarkar feels Tendulkar could have continued with ODI cricket.
"Actually I am surprised. If he is continuing with international cricket (Test) then he should have continued with ODI 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 almost so he gets used to international bowling. I am surprised he opted out of ODIs. He should have continued playing ODI.
"As long as he is playing Test match cricket or international cricket, he should have continued playing in ODIs," Vengsarkar said.
India spinner Harbhajan Singh said it would be tough for any cricketer to come close to Tendulkar's figures.
"Masters.463 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to.salute salute salute to Sachin," tweeted teammate .
"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," Harbhajan wrote on his twitter handle.
Former cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad said Tendulkar has "obliged" Indian cricket by retiring.
"I think he has obliged Indian cricket by retiring. The god has ultimately decided. Everybody is talking that he should retire. I suppose if I am playing cricket whether I am playing good or bad, the call has to be taken by the selectors," Azad said.
"The selectors didn't take a call. I think he was also tired of the selectors not taking a call on him. I am very happy that he has ultimately taken a decision at the right time," he added.
Another former player Bapu Nadkarni said Tendulkar's decision to retire must be respected.
"His retirement was expected for some time now and he must be thinking that he is good enough for the five day scene, that is why he hasn't retired from Tests.
"He is the best man to decide when to retire from other formats because he knows his body well. All this time people were asking when is he retiring? Now that he has announced his retirement from ODIs, people are asking why has he retired? I don't understand the Indian people," he said.
Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all times, in ODIs, statistics say that Sachin is by far the most successful one-day batsman in history.