'Donít want Sachin to embarrass himself'

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Dec 28: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott feels a poor series against Australia could force Sachin Tendulkar to retire from all forms of cricket as the world doesnít want to see the Indian ďembarrassĒ himself with repeated failures.
 ďHe desperately needs some runs against Australia in the Test matches in March, because I donít think any of us want to see him embarrass himself with more failures after failure,Ē Boycott said.
 ďIf he doesnít get runs against Australia, Iím reasonably confident that heíll see the light and call his own retirement. But you cross your fingers and hope he can get some,Ē he said.
 One of the gameís all-time greats, Tendulkar had, on Sunday, announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format in which he rewrote numerous batting records.
 Boycott called Tendulkarís decision a reasonable and sensible one.
 ďItís very sad, itís a fact of life, that more of us, as we get older, we have to accept we just canít do what we used to do. Thereís no fun in accepting that, thereís no fun in believing it. Thereís no fun in having to say it gets easier, because it doesnít get easier. It canít.
 ďSo for him, itís tough, is one-day (cricket). As wonderful as heís been, we canít live on the memories. Heís 39, and so I think giving up is very responsible and sensible.
 Asked if India needed Tendulkar more in the Test format, Boycott said, ďIím not sure itís about what India needs most, I think itís about whatís best for Sachin. At this stage of his career, heís done well for himself and heís done well for his country.
 ďI think he has to do whatís best for him because if he plays better, whatever format of cricket, itís going to help the team he plays for, which is India. Thatís the most important thing.Ē
 ďHe (Tendulkar) hasnít played in the T20s for India for a while. ODI cricket, today, in the modern game, has become so physically demanding on the playerís body, even 50 overs. As much as we all love Sachin, me included, heís never been an outstanding athlete in the field. Heís never let anybody down, heís been competent, but nobody could ever call him a top outfielder,Ē Boycott said.
 The Yorkshireman further said, ďSo, as he gets older, like all of us, me included, he just canít run as fast as a youngster, he canít dive around.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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