30
Mar
07

‘Sachin should retire!’ – Ian Chappell

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has suggested what millions of India fans had been dreading to hear – Sachin Tendulkar should pack up his bat and retire.

Chappell, whose younger brother Greg could be sacked as India’s coach next week after the team’s first-round exit from the World Cup in the Caribbean, said Tendulkar was past his prime and must retire.

“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, the senior Chappell wrote in the Mumbai-based Mid-Day newspaper.


Tendulkar, limited-overs cricket’s most successful batsman, managed only 64 runs in three World Cup matches, falling for 7 against Bangladesh and clean bowled for a duck against Sri Lanka.

India’s stunning loss to Bangladesh and the subsequent defeat to Sri Lanka saw the 1983 champion and 2003 finalist crash out of the tournament to post its worst World Cup performance since 1979.

India’s cricket chiefs will meet in Mumbai on April 6 and 7 to discuss the debacle and decide if Greg Chappell’s two-year tenure should be extended.

Ian Chappell said Tendulkar, who turns 34 next month, must decide soon if he wants to continue or end a brilliant 18-year career that has seen him score a record 35 Test and 41 limited-overs centuries.

He compared the right hander to another ageing veteran, 37-year-old West Indies captain Brian Lara, who is Test cricket’s leading batsman with 11,953 runs from 131 matches.

“When you think that for a decade Lara and Tendulkar went head to head in a wonderful battle of stroke play to establish who was the best batsman in the world, they are now worlds apart in effectiveness,” Chappell wrote.

“The amazing thing about Lara’s brilliant career is the fact that he hasn’t changed his style at all over 17 years.

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

“Tendulkar hasn’t worn as well; his last three or four years have been a shadow of his former self.”

Chappell said a string of tennis elbow, back and shoulder injuries in recent years had taken a toll on Tendulkar’s batting.

“(He) has suffered a lot of injuries where his play has deteriorated and there is nothing that melts your mental approach quicker than physical handicaps,” the Australian wrote.

“For whatever reason, Tendulkar hasn’t been able to maintain his extremely high standards for the last few years and unless he can find a way to recapture this mental approach he’s not doing his team or himself any favours.

“If Tendulkar had found an honest mirror three years ago and asked the question, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best batsman of all?’, it would’ve answered, ‘Brian Charles Lara’.

“If he asked that same mirror right now: ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, should I retire?’

“The answer would be, ‘Yes’.”

Source: Fox Sports

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13 Responses to “‘Sachin should retire!’ – Ian Chappell”


  1. 1 Incorrigible Introvert
    March 30, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Whatever… *yawn* about the mirror bit…

    Tendulya rocks.

  2. 2 mujtaba
    March 31, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Ian should learn to keep his mouth shut!!!! There is still a lot of cricket left in the entertaining Indian and he should play on!

  3. 3 Indian Fan-atic
    March 31, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    boohoo at ian for such lame comments about a star player like sachin… who is ten times the player that ian himself could ever be

  4. 4 Sandeep
    April 3, 2007 at 4:09 am

    I have the utmost respect for Ian Chappell. He is a straight shooter, as most aussies are. Having said that, i am of the opinion that even in his current form Sachin is a better option than any of the proposed alternatives. He should be used to help with the transition and ensure his unparralled skills as a batsman are passed on to others within the team. On a different note, Brian Lara is great but Sachin is a true genius.

  5. 5 Vibhanshu
    April 3, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Ian,
    You really disappointed me with these remarks. I would really like to know from if you made the similar remarks to Steve Waugh or Mark Taylor or Shane Warne. Every player has rough moments and Sachin is going through one at the moment. A stupid coach like your brother has a lot to do with that. I can understand you need to support your brother and in the process making a “dick” of your self”.

    Also, You have no knowledge of Indian cricket after watching Australia play all these years from a commentary box you might think that you know it all, but you have got this one horribly wrong.

    Sachin is a legend of the game, a wonderful player and a person that has a lot to offer to the world cricket even when he retires. In your own words to Shane Stupid Warne you said that “retiring is an individual’s choice and the person should retire whenever is right for that person”. Please stick to your own advise.

    Mirror to Chappell brothers “Time to go boys you are both from Generation Old, please some one metion mention this to Ritchie as well.”

    bye bye chappells thanks for all the feuds to world cricket.

  6. 6 swathika
    April 4, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    IAN CHAPPEL ,u look after ur work SACHIN KNOWS HIS CRICKET MORE THAN THE MOST.HE IS ALWAYS MASTER BLASTER.IAN U NEED NOT DECIDE HIS FUTURE.SO SIT & WATCH HIS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM GENIUS MRF
    SACHIN IS ENIGMATIC GENIUS ALL THE VERY BEST4 UPCOMING MATCHES.SACHIN=CRICKET.

  7. April 27, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Incidentally, Sachin’s average in the last 10 matches, discounting the match against Bermuda, is about 30.

    Stephen Fleming’s career average is 32.

    Do I need to say anything more?

  8. 8 Mahesh
    May 9, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Did any one notice what Ian actually meant, if Sachin is not playing for win and playing only for statistics he should retire. This is what he meant and said. Ultimately no of the wins counts rather than individual contributions, we dont need good great batsman in our team, we need players who play for a win.

    I appreciate Ian and Greg Chappell for the straight forward attitude.
    You people mean only Greg Chappel should resign, did Greg play on the field?
    It doesnt matter you or win, players should learn to play as a team for a win rather have ego problems

  9. 9 Mahesh
    May 9, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Sachin wants to be invincible till he plays cricket, he wants to be in lime light all the time. He feels threatened by the youngsters upcoming

  10. 10 hey mahesh has a egg on his face so does Greag
    October 15, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Hey mr. mahASS how do you now mr. all knower of the game

  11. 11 karthik
    December 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Chappell Brother’s….. what do you say now on looking into the Sachin’s superb form?(I mean see last 3 year statictics of Sachin – year 2008, 2009, 2010) Now where is your voice on Sachin… You guys know to downgrade others and you dont know to appreciate them when they do really good…

    I think Chappell himself is a bad omen to anyone…. now he is the chief selector of australia cricket and australia team itself is not performing well… What do you say now for Ricky pointing’s form? You all australian’s are same you know to critices others….

  12. May 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I guess Mr Chappell and all those who agreed with him must be kicked in their balls…wait..they are already doing that since the past 3 years!!!


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