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Ian Chappell advises Tendulkar to quit

Chappell says Sachin has looked like a player trying to 'eke out a career' in last three or four years.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2007 05:43 PM IST

In the aftermath of his declining form in recent years, Sachin Tendulkar was on Friday advised by former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell to retire.

Chappell said Tendulkar had been a shadow of his former self in the last three or four years and has looked like a player trying to "eke out a career".

In his column for Mid-Day newspaper, Chappell said now that India was knocked out of the World Cup, one of the major decision would be about Tendulkar's fate and he suggested the the batting icon to hang up his boots.

"At the moment he looks like a player trying to eke out a career; build on a glittering array of statistics.

"If he really is playing for that reason and not to help win as many matches as he can for India then he is wasting his time and should retire immediately," Chappell wrote.

Before anybody else determined his future, Tendulkar himself should decide what he was trying to achieve, he said.

Chappell drew a comparison with Brian Lara, who is almost four-year senior to the Indian, and felt both were "worlds apart" in effectiveness.

"Laras quick-footed tip toe through a terrific innings against a good Australian bowling attack when the rest of the West Indies top order succumbed easily was in direct contrast to Tendulkars stumbling effort in the crucial Sri Lanka match," Chappell said.

"This is a credit to his technique and mental strength, as the ageing process generally makes a player more progressively conservative," he observed.

In contrast, Tendulkar had been a pale shadow of himself in the last three or four years, he said.

Chappell referred to Tendulkar's double century in Sydney in 2004 and said it was "a classic case of a great player really struggling."

"It was a tribute to his determination but it was a sad sight to see," he wrote.

Chappell said Lara has been relatively free from injuries and the West Indies captain managed to retain the same approch to the game.

"Despite all the fuss and the odd controversy that has surrounded Laras career he has remained himself; this is my game and that is how I play," Chappell said.

Chappell felt Tendulkar could not maintain his extremely high standards for the last few years and "unless he can find a way to recapture this mental approach hes not doing his team or himself any favours."

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