Kolkata, Oct 7 IANS | 12 months ago

Observing that Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from international cricket was "imminent", former India captain Sourav Ganguly Monday hoped the batting legend quits the game on a high.


"There is too much speculation about his retirement, which is putting pressure on him. While I believe his retirement is not very far, I hope he bids adieu with his bat held high. He should leave the game only after playing a match wining knock," said Ganguly.

The southpaw wished that Tendulkar, who Sunday played career's last Twenty20 match with his Mumbai Indians winning the Champions League Twenty20 title, repeats the same feat with India triumphing over the visiting West Indies against whom he is slated to play his historic 200th Test Match.

"Sachin's achievements and credentials won't be lowered if he continues to play for some more time. But I sincerely hope is he quits the game only after playing well, be it against the West Indies or South Africa," said Ganguly.

Hailing Harbhajan Singh for his match winning abilities, Ganguly hoped the offie would make a comeback to the Indian team sooner than later.

"Harbhajan is a match winner. His biggest trait is his ability to perform when the chips are down. There are no doubts about his class and sooner than later he will be back in the Indian team," he said.

Harbhajan clinched the man of the match award for his match winning performance in Sunday's Champions League final. The offie clinched three wickets in the 17th over to turn the match in his side's favour and ended with figures of 4/32 from four overs.

(Posted on 07-10-2013)