Rahul Dravid may have called it quits but retirement is far from Sachin Tendulkar’s mind. And the seniormost pro, not just in Indian cricket but in the global game, is clearly not amused that former greats have suggested he should at least end his one-day career.
“I feel that the retirement (issue) is something I should decide, because the decision to start was (also) not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team,” Tendulkar said on Sunday during a freewheeling media interaction organised to celebrate his 100 international tons.
In fact, Tendulkar, who will turn 39 on April 24, did not even rule out playing in the next one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. “When this question was asked in 2007 (about the 2011 World Cup), it was tough for me to answer. It’s the same situation,” Tendulkar said. “I don’t know what to say about 2015. If people keep praying for me, that would mean a lot to me. I will keep trying and the rest is in God’s hands. I just want to enjoy the game.”
Tendulkar said he had no unfulfilled dream as a cricketer now that his ambitions of playing for India and being part of a World Cup-winning side had come true.
But he didn't rule out playing Test cricket four years down the line. "When I started playing cricket, I didn't see myself playing for 22 years either. I don't know what is in store," he said.
Despite many injury layoffs, Tendulkar found fresh momentum in his game into his mid-30s after enjoying a remarkable run in the two seasons leading up to last year's World Cup.
The master batsman credited it to his positive and mature outlook.
“At this stage, I enjoy every little moment. I know it is a different body from what it was 20 years ago and that it is never to be going be the same, not only for me but for all of us.
“But possibly, what a 17-year-old mind could not do, a 37-year-old mind can do. So, somewhere it balances out. It depends on how you see it, whether you see the glass half-empty, or half-full. I see the glass as half-full. That has helped me.”