Calcutta/Mumbai: The cricket fraternity paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement from one-day International cricket.
Players, past and present, saluted The Master for his contribution to the game.
Here’s what some of them (alphabetically) had to say:
Ramiz Raja: When you have played 23 years of international cricket, a time comes when ODIs don’t excite you anymore as you have achieved everything that you possibly could have. Sachin has also won the World Cup, therefore his decision is understandable.
However, here in lies the biggest challenge… As he has now retired from ODIs, it will mean that he will be at the most playing 30 days of international cricket. Earlier he used to play both ODIs and Tests, which meant that he played close to 70-75 days minimum every year. It will be a very big challenge to come for those 25-30 days and be in good rhythm to perform at his best.
But I am delighted to find the manner in which he is trying to work hard to get back to form in Test cricket… It shows his hunger and passion to do well in Tests.
Arjuna Ranatunga: I think he has taken the right decision... He is such a cricketer, who has the expertise to decide, as he knows what to do and what not to… Retiring from one-day cricket, I am sure he might have taken the right decision… A lot of people will come out and say a lot of things. But, it is left to the individual to decide. I am sure he has done the right thing. Sachin is a great player considering what he has done for world cricket.
Harbhajan Singh (Twitter): Master. 463 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else will be able to come close to. salute salute salute to Sachin.
Sachin tendulkar a grt batsman. grt human being. a grt frnd. grt man 2 look up 2. proud indian. Real son of india. I salute u nd luv u.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth: I am surprised by his move, but he is leaving ODI cricket on a high… I am sure he will want to leave on a high in Test cricket as well. He will be looking forward to a good Test series against Australia. He has always done well against Pakistan… Be it in the 1992 World Cup against Pakistan or the 2003 World Cup, he did well against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup too. But he always raises his bar on a good wicket against a strong attack. It is easy for us to say that he could have retired after the 2011 World Cup… He has got 100 centuries. His records cannot be surpassed.
Dilip Vengsarkar: Actually, I am surprised... If he is continuing with international cricket (Tests), then he should have continued with ODI also. We play almost 25 ODIs in a season… It is very important to keep playing international cricket. In ODIs, he opens the innings and so he gets to play international bowling a lot… I am surprised he opted out of ODIs… He should have continued playing ODIs. As long as he is playing Test cricket, he should have continued playing in ODIs.
Waqar Younis: Sachin’s been a top player. He is the Bradman of Asia. I am really surprised that he has retired because he was really fit and he worked hard to stay fit. I have played some four Tests and a few ODIs against him… The last time I played against him was in the 2003 World Cup 2003... He’s a great player. Since he had been promoted to the opening slot, things had changed for him. He has the ability to face the new ball well.