Younis and Akram believe Tendulkar can only retire once India have truly found a suitable candidate to replace him
Former Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis has announced that India will need iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar to play for another year due to their recent humiliation at home against England in their four-Test series.
“The situation in which the Indian team finds itself at the moment…from what we find out from the England series, I believe that he (Tendulkar) would be needed for another 6-8 months,” Younis said.
Younis’ views were agreed with by his bowling partner, Wasim Akram, who stated that it was crucial Tendulkar stayed on and tried getting back some form ahead of the national team’s home series against Australia in February.
“As a cricketer, he is one of the greatest of all times,” Akram added. “I don’t know what he is feeling at the moment but it’s difficult to carry on with the same passion after giving 23 years to the international cricket. If you ask me, he can play for another 6-8 months or a year.
“I have heard some people saying that he is eyeing 200 Test matches. Whether he plays 200 or 250 Test matches, that will hardly make any difference to me because he has shattered all the records in the cricket book.
“What he (Tendulkar) wants to do and how long he wants to play, it’s up to him but the age is not on his side. It does affect your game at the international level.”
However, Younis also believes that Tendulkar’s records throughout his 23-year career have kept his critics at bay.
“These talks that Sachin should take retirement from cricket have been going on for past 6-7 years,” Younis said. “I have always seen that whenever you have criticised him, he has come up with a performance that everyone starts talking about his batting.”