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“It would be the biggest thing if Tendulkar gets to play the 200th Test in Mumbai”
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced that it would be wrong to deny legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar the chance to play his 200th Test in his hometown of Mumbai as “all his friends and family members” live there.
“It would be the biggest thing if Tendulkar gets to play the 200th Test in Mumbai purely on emotional grounds,” Ganguly said. “He has all his friends and family members there.
“At this moment, it seems it would be impossible for anybody to break the record of playing 200th Tests. It would be fulfilling moment for him.
“Hope we all would be there. It would be a treat to watch Sachin take guard for his 200th Test. This moment would not come again, Sachin should enjoy the moment fully.”
While Ganguly refused to go into too much detail about Tendulkar’s retirement, the former all-rounder acknowledged that it would leave a huge gap in the national team’s batting line-up.
“We have seen many retirements, like Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar, and in recent past Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman,” he said. “Players will come and go. Presently, it’s an era of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.
“But we would never see a player like Tendulkar again. The void that Tendulkar would leave would be hard to fill.”
Ganguly also believes that Tendulkar should set himself a specific date of when he announces his retirement since it will take all the pressure off him and allow him to play more freely.
“We want to see him go with his bat held high, and we don’t want to see a struggling Sachin. If Tendulkar retires by scoring a century, the same critics, who are after him now, would say he could have played a little more,” Ganguly added.
With Indian cricket currently struggling to recover from the shocking match-fixing scandal in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Ganguly stated that it was time to move on and focus on the challenges ahead.
“I’m sure Indian cricket [will] overcome the phase,” Ganguly said. “But I consider the next 16 months more challenging with the Indian team’s tour of South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia.”