Bangalore: First, it was Rahul Dravid, in March. Then, V.V.S.Laxman, in August. On Saturday night, Sachin Tendulkar telephoned Board president Narayanswamy Srinivasan to say that he was retiring from ODIs.
It has, clearly, been an unusual year for Indian cricket. Failures on the field, retirements (complete or otherwise) off it.
“Sachin telephoned me last night... Later, he also emailed me his thoughts... He was very clear in his mind as to where he stood,” Srinivasan told The Telegraph.
Speaking on Sunday evening, Srinivasan added: “I could have conveyed Sachin’s feelings to the selectors over the phone, but decided to do so in person...
“So, I flew to Mumbai in the morning and returned to Chennai after the meeting... While I was there, it was decided to put out Sachin’s statement.”
According to Srinivasan, Sachin “may” have telephoned chief selector Sandeep Patil before he himself met him and the other selectors at the Cricket Centre.
Asked if Sachin talked about Test cricket during the one on one, Srinivasan replied: “Nothing came up... I don’t recall anything specific. In any case, the next series (against Australia) is two months away.”