Richards believes no one has the right to force Tendulkar into retirement
Legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards has called on critics and former players to stop forcing Sachin Tendulkar to retire and added that the ‘Little Master’ will know when his time is up.
Tendulkar only had one decent score throughout the entire four-Test series against England, but Richards believes that does not give anybody the rights to tell him what to do.
“Nobody is qualified enough to tell him when he should go,” Richards told BBC Radio. “Only he can decide when to call it quits.”
Tendulkar currently holds the record for the most amount of runs scored in Test cricket and has also scored more centuries than any other player in both ODIs and Tests.
After scoring his 100th century last year, Tendulkar admitted that his form had been well below par and stated that he would consider retiring on a “series-by-series” basis.
Richards noted that Tendulkar should be allowed to continue playing as long as he wants since he holds records that many people only dream of accomplishing.
“When you’re retired, you’re retired for a very, very long time,” Richards added. “It’s like being dead to some degree, so while you’re alive and still up for it and still enjoying what you’re doing, to me that’s what it’s all about.”
Richards admitted that he had considered making a comeback to international cricket, especially after he helped lead English county side Glamorgan to victory in the Sunday League in 1993.
“I wanted to go out with a bang,” Richards said. “To have gone to Glamorgan at that time and to have helped to generate that spirit about what collective competition is all about and having success at the very end of it, it was a proper send-off.”