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‘Series vs Aussies Sachin’s big test’

Calcutta: Geoffrey Boycott feels a poor series against Australia could force Sachin Tendulkar to retire from all forms of cricket as the world doesn’t want to see the Indian “embarrass” himself with repeated failures.

“He desperately needs some runs against Australia in the Test matches in March, because I don’t think any of us want to see him embarrass himself with more failures after failure,” he said.

“If he doesn’t get runs against Australia, I’m reasonably confident that he’ll see the light and call his own retirement. Aussie series will be liBut you cross your fingers and hope he can get some,” he told a website.

Boycott called Sachin’s decision to quit ODIs a reasonable and sensible one. “It’s very sad, it’s a fact of life, that more of us, as we get older, we have to accept we just can’t do what we used to do. There’s no fun in accepting that, there’s no fun in believing it. There’s no fun in having to say it gets easier, because it doesn’t get easier. It can’t.

“So for him, it’s tough, is one-day cricket. As wonderful as he’s been, we can’t live on the memories. He’s 39, and so I think giving up is very responsible and sensible.

Asked if India needed Sachin more in the Test format, Boycott said, “I’m not sure it’s about what India needs most, I think it’s about what’s best for Sachin. At this stage of his career, he’s done well for himself and he’s done well for his country.

“I think he has to do what’s best for him because if he plays better, whatever format of cricket, it’s going to help the team he plays for, which is India. That’s the most important thing.

“He (Tendulkar) hasn’t played in the T20s for India for a while. ODI cricket, today, in the modern game, has become so physically demanding on the player’s body, even 50 overs,” he said.