Sandeep Patil, former chairman of India's selection panel, on Wednesday (September 21) revealed how his selection panel managed the high-profile One-Day nternational retirement of Sachin Tendulkar in 2012, stating that the selectors had decided to meet the legendary batsman in a bit to enquire about his future plans in the format. Patil also revealed that the panel had considered sacking MS Dhoni as ODI captain a few times in the aftermath of his Test retirement, but decided against any change ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
In an interview with ABP Majha, Patil revealed: "As long as I remember, it was December 12, 2012, Nagpur. Sachin got out and the selectors decided to meet him and ask him about his wish. Sachin wanted to concentrate more on Test cricket. So, it was decided that he would retire from One-day cricket. He called me and Sanjay Jagdale (then BCCI secretary). Then it was collectively decided that he would retire from ODIs."
Patil, whose panel resisted the urge to remove Dhoni as ODI captain ahead of the 2015 World Cup, felt that gloveman's decision to retire from Tests in the middle of a Test series against Australia in December 2014 was "shocking."
"Things didn't move in our favour, and in that backdrop one of your senior players decided to hang his gloves. That was shocking, but in the end, it was his decision," the 1983 World Cup winner said. AFP