New Delhi: Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday, told NDTV that he feels criticism may have played a role in making Sachin Tendulkar retire from ODI cricket.
The legendary batsman earlier in the day, quit the 50-over format after a glorious career spanning 23 years. With recent form not reflecting the astounding numbers and records against his name, debate and discussions on Tendulkar's retirement began to flow freely, especially in the light of India's humiliating losses to England at home. "I think he really cares for Indian cricket. May be whatever he saw, read and heard might have prompted him to make a call. But I feel, he knows his body well," said Gavaskar.
Critics have mentioned in the past that Tendulkar should make way for newer players and that his current form should not warrant a place for him in the playing XI. Tendulkar however did finish his innings in ODIs with a record 49 centuries. "We are looking too far ahead. If he plays the next four Tests, that will take him to 198 and the next two tests will be later in the next year. It's almost a year down the road."
Gavaskar concluded by saying that while Tendulkar has already cut down his appearences in ODIs, his retirement will be a big loss to the team.