Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar is reportedly concerned about his poor form and is believed to told Indian selectors that he would like them to decide on his playing on for the side. The Indian squad has been kept unchanged for the Kolkata Test against England beginning on December 5 despite the Mumbai drubbing.
Tendulkar, who is 39 years old, scored 8 in each of his two innings in the second Test at the Wankhede; India lost the match by 10 wickets. His average from all Test matches played this year is just above 22.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, he spoke to the selectors who met on Tuesday to decide the team for the remaining two Tests in the ongoing series and is believed to have said that he will accept their decision. The report added he also had a separate discussion with the Chairman of Selectors Sandeep Patil. Sachin reportedly told Patil that since he isn't getting runs, he'd like to leave it in the hands of the selectors now to take a call on his playing for the Indian side.
The sources said the selectors asked him to continue playing.
There has been a raging debate on for some time now on whether it is time for India's most prolific batsman to hang up his boots. His many fans say Sachin still has a lot of cricket in him, but the Master Blaster has come under severe criticism for his patchy form.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar told NDTV on Monday that it is not fair to single out Tendulkar and question his form. Gavaskar said that while his form may have been below par, he continues to be capable of bouncing back strong and that he should not be singled out.