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“The nature of the cricket fans in this region is such that if a player tries to prolong his international career they tend to forget him soon after he retires”
Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad has announced that Sachin Tendulkar will be forgotten “soon after he retires” since India have a lot of “very talented batsmen who are now the reigning heroes and idols of the people”.
“The nature of the cricket fans in this region is such that if a player tries to prolong his international career they tend to forget him soon after he retires,” Miandad said.
Miandad also believes that Tendulkar should have retired earlier as he has not scored a Test century since his outstanding 146 against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2011.
“I must admit, unlike others, I feel that Tendulkar should have retired earlier…and he is now going at a time when India has found some very talented batsmen who are now the reigning heroes and idols of the people,” Miandad said. “There is no use talking about his greatness as a player but I think in the subcontinent, players like us must know when it is the right time to go.
“India is lucky they have unearthed a new generation of top batsmen and this is why I don’t think Tendulkar will be missed that much.”
However, Miandad stated that Tendulkar “deserves all [the] respect and tributes” he has received as there is no doubt he is one of the best batsmen to have ever played the game.
“It is good to see this because Tendulkar deserves all [the] respect and tributes,” Miandad said. “He has contributed a lot to Indian cricket over the years and his place among the master batsmen of the modern era is guaranteed.
“I would recommend him as a role model for all young cricketers in all the cricket playing nations.”
Miandad also reminisced about Tendulkar’s debut in Karachi in 1989, stating that he had impressed everyone from the very first ball he faced.
The former Pakistan batsman admitted that, just like Tendulkar, he had tried to prolong his international career, but conceded that it did nothing other than backfire in his face.
“So when I did eventually go people didn’t miss me that much…in Tendulkar’s case also there have been calls for his retirement since last year,” Miandad said. “I thought after India won the 2011 World Cup at home he should have announced his retirement.
“It would have been the perfect farewell for Indian cricket fans and for him.”