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Monday , December 10 , 2012
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If I were Sachin I would go: Sourav

Calcutta/New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Sachin Tendulkar needs to get some runs quickly.

“Sachin desperately needs to get runs. He has achieved a lot. He is getting a long rope because of what he has achieved. He should know himself that how he needs to turn it around,” Sourav told a TV channel.

“As somebody watching it from outside Tendulkar is not performing… I think if I were Tendulkar I would go. But it’s up to him at the present moment. We want to see the great man going with a bat held high and not in terrible form.”

Sourav also endorsed the idea of “split captaincy” and said Mahendra Singh Dhoni should not be leading the Indian cricket team in all the formats.

Earlier this year, Sourav had told The Telegraph that he was worried about Dhoni’s workload and the split captaincy issue was the selectors’ call. “I am not saying just ship him off all the formats of the game because India are going into a transition phase and building a new team.

“Sit with Dhoni and ask him what form of cricket he wants to captain. He has done a lot of good things for Indian cricket, but at the present moment, I am just fearing that we will lose him as a player if he continues like this,” Sourav said on Sunday.

“Keeping is never easy and when you have a bowling attack like ours, which has not performed over a period of time… You keep for hours and then you captain the side and you come out and bat at No. 7… So it’s never easy.”

On Zaheer Khan’s omission, he said: “The Indian team is going through a rebuilding phase, you have to have a plan. My point is that the plan has to be uniform for everyone.”