Akram believes Tendulkar has nothing more to achieve
Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Wasim Akram has announced that iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar should retire on his own terms instead of giving into the pressure from national selectors and his critics.
Tendulkar has failed to produce any magical innings during the past number of series and this has intensified the calls for him to end his career.
“When your most experienced batsman hasn’t scored a Test century in almost two years, questions are bound to rise,” Akram told espnstar.com. “It finally boils down to your own assessment as (Australia’s Ricky) Ponting did.
“The question is who will bell the cat? Who will pop the question? Today, former cricketers are openly asking for Dhoni’s head. Can you do the same with a Tendulkar? A lot of people, like Sourav Ganguly, feel he should retire, but Sachin himself might still want to continue for another six months or so. It’s difficult to give any advice to a legend like Sachin.”
However, Akram noted that Tendulkar should give the national selectors a timetable on when he plans to retire in order for them to have adequate time to find a suitable replacement.
“The changes have to be made carefully,” Akram added. “One shouldn’t tamper too much with the team line-up. But the middle order needs a few new faces. And somebody needs to ask Sachin on what is his future plan and for how long does he want to continue.
“A definite answer will only enable Indian selectors find a replacement.”
The former seamer stated that if he were Tendulkar, he would have retired by now since the ‘Little Master’ had nothing more to achieve.
“When Sachin first stepped into international cricket, nobody would have thought that this lad would go on to score 100 tons and smash all batting records,” Akram said. “If I was in his shoes I would have stepped down by now because there is nothing else left to achieve.”