He owns virtually every record in one-day cricket - the highest score, most runs, most centuries, and he's played the longest. So decorated has been his limited overs career that for Sachin Tendulkar to find a challenge itself seems to have become a challenge, believe experts.
A commentator raised the issue during the fourth ODI at Lord's, wondering whether the batsman himself is convinced about continuing in the limited overs format after having achieved his dream -- the World Cup win.
“Time has come for the Indian board to have a talk with Tendulkar as to his plans for one-day cricket, whether he wants to continue playing. It will help Indian cricket plan better,” reasoned Sanjay Manjrekar while doing commentary on Sky Sports.
The former Mumbai and India batsman's doubts seem to stem from Tendulkar's reluctance to play limited overs cricket before the World Cup. He is missing the current series against England due to a toe injury.
Australian pace bowling great Alan Davidson, who has followed Tendulkar's career keenly since he captained him during a private tournament in Hong Kong when the batsman was 16, believes Tendulkar should be provided the privilege to take a call on his career.
"Tendulkar will know when it's time. He has been around for a long time. I think the decision is his and no one has the right to make that decision for him. He deserves that space," Davidson told HT at the function to induct him into the ICC Hall Of Fame.
Left-arm Davidson is regarded among the finest exponents of the new ball during his 44-Test career from 1953 to 1963, taking 186 wickets at 20.53.
On India's debacle in England and a rare poor series for Tendulkar, he said: "Don't forget the wickets in England. It has rained here this summer. Everytime England bowled there was a cloud cover and it swung and seamed. That's why your batsmen had problems.
“Tendulkar is playing first-class cricket for more than 20 years. When you age, you rely on experience, your reflexes and reaction slows down.”
Tendulkar failed to get his 100th international hundred in England. Davidson said Australians are looking forward to that feat being achieved at his homeground, the Sydney Cricket Ground, in the forthcoming tour.