Tendulkar failed to produce any magic during the recent home series against New Zealand
India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has admitted that he is contemplating whether to bring his illustrious career to an end or not, and stated that he would make a decision sometime next month.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Times Now station, Tendulkar explained that he would look at his performance “series by series” and accordingly decide when it is time to call it quits.
“I am 39 and I don’t think I have plenty of cricket left in me,” Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar also revealed that he had been deciding whether to retire for a while now after his dismal series against New Zealand.
“Of course, I have been. I am 39 plus and it is not abnormal for me to think of it. At that moment, I will go by what my heart says. At this moment, my heart says I am okay. But you will have to look at series by series,” Tendulkar added.
However, despite his lack of form in the past couple of series, no one has dared talked about whether Tendulkar should be dropped from the Indian Test side.
But, some cricket pundits have stood up and agreed that it was time for Tendulkar to move on in order for some other up and coming youngster to have his chance to shine.
Tendulkar has scored an outstanding 51 centuries in Test cricket, but has failed to add to that tally in his past 25 innings, with his last hundred coming against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2011.
But, Tendulkar noted that he wanted to play the upcoming four-Test series against England later this month.
“I need not take a (retirement) call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things,” he said.
Many former players believe Tendulkar’s reaction time has slowed dramatically, and when Tendulkar was asked about this, he said: “I am still the best judge of what happens to my mind and body. When I feel it is time, I will take a call, it is going to be a tough call nevertheless. It is going to be tough because this is what I have been doing all my life. It is going to be difficult to suddenly hang (up) my boots one day.”