New Delhi: Even deep into the twilight of his career, anything involving Sachin Tendulkar still makes news. This time, it was a report that selection panel chief Sandeep Patil had spoken to him about his much-awaited 200th Test against West Indies at home, and his future beyond.
On Wednesday, Patil himself refuted the report and said he hadn’t even spoken to Tendulkar in the last 10 months, while the BCCI went on to issue a denial.
But it is believed that the duo did have an informal conversation, and Patil had asked the master to give the selectors a clear idea about his future career, so that they could plan accordingly.
“There was no formal conversation between Tendulkar and Patil. What actually happened is that the duo did have an informal chat and Patil just wanted Tendulkar to give the selectors an idea as to how long he wants to play for the country, as the selectors want to plan accordingly when they pick squads post the West Indies series,” a senior BCCI official told MAIL TODAY.
“ In fact, it is nothing extraordinary if the selectors want to know the plans of a particular player ahead of the season. It is no secret that Tendulkar isn’t getting any younger and if Patil wants a clear idea on how the former wants to go about his career, there is nothing wrong in it. The selectors also have a job to do and it is only fair on their part to have this information. I don’t understand why things have been blown out of proportion.”
The report, quoting an unnamed selector, stated that Patil met Tendulkar after the BCCI penciled in an unscheduled tour against the West Indies. It also hinted that Patil had told Tendulkar that the selectors would decide the batsman’s future after his 200th match.
Tendulkar, who has scored close to 16,000 runs in Test cricket and 100 centuries in international cricket, has had a lean run over the last couple of years and critics have often asked him to hang up his boots before selectors are forced to show him the door.
He has scored only two half-centuries in the last 10 Test matches that India have played at home and his last Test hundred was in an away Test in Cape Town against South Africa in January, 2011.
It is believed that Tendulkar will take the final call on his career after gauging his own performance in the two Tests against the West Indies and if he does end up scoring runs, he might still carry on for some time.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.