Tendulkar has no plans of retiring from ODIs, for now.posted under: India | All news
|India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar spoke to media about this future in the One-Day International format of cricket, and even though he is taking breaks regularly from 50-over matches, he has no intention of retiring from the format just yet, saying that he will continue as long as he enjoys the game.
Since the ICC World cup last year, Tendulkar has played just two ODI series for India and his recent decision to make himself unavailable for the tour of Sri Lanka later this month, fuelled speculations. He though, has said that all these talks rarely affect him.
“It's not what XYZ think, it's what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue (playing ODIs),” he was quoted saying.
“I felt I shouldn't be part of the Twenty20 squad in 2007 and I had been asked (to stay on) but I felt I should not be part of it because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket may be I would take that decision.”
Tendulkar said the main reason as to why he opted out of the series was to spend quality time with his children.
“I just wanted to spend time with my family, as simple as that. I spoke to the BCCI and requested them. To be able to spend time with my children is also important because once we go back, they will go to their schools then you won't get quality time which any family man expects and that is something which will keep me going for the next 10 months,” he said.
The questions about his retirement however, kept knocking on his door and the fact that he had been playing for his country for more than 20 years now, came up. To this, he was quoted saying: “I think it's been going on since 2006...It's been six years now and I am enjoying cricket and I'll continue enjoying because as long as I am passionate about cricket you know it makes sense.
“You know if it is an individual sport, you have various things to think of. If you are not in the right frame of mind, you know it doesn't affect your team, you are an individual there but being part of a team sport, you have got to be absolutely on top of your game especially when you represent your country. All these things are extremely important.
“At this moment, I don't want to entertain anything else. All I can is say that I am looking forward to the season,” he added.
When he was asked about what his plans were with life after cricket, he said that he hasn’t thought about it yet and was quoted adding: “When the time comes, I will start thinking about it. I have never thought that way. Each person thinks differently.
“There were various opinions in 2006 on whether I should continue or I should retire. All I can say is that each person thinks differently and you don't know what other people are thinking. Many guys don't know what I am thinking,” he said and concluded his talk by saying that when he felt like taking a decision about all this, he would take it, and said that he didn’t want anyone else taking that decision for him.