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A Great Cricketer Should Know When to Call it a Day

Sachin Tendulkar

When Tendulkar last scored a century

Sachin Tendulkar has been one of the greatest batsmen of the current era as far as run scoring and records are concerned. But he seem to be dragging on with his career off late. Dravid could have also played on for a year or two or even more since he was giving good performances except for the recent Australian Tour, but he made a wise decision and left while he was still held in high spirits. Sachin is a much bigger name as far as popularity is concerned and a little dent might not do him much damage. But keeping his stature in mind and the level at which he is held, it might be time for him to seriously think about retiring. Its better to go while people are still saying you could have stayed on rather than wait for a time when people start to gossip about it being way overdue.

May be Sachin is hanging in there just for a while, in order to make one more century. But as he continues to make unsuccessful attempts one after another, the whole century of centuries thing is becoming a joke. If it were a century of centuries in a single format then it might have been worth the wait, but scoring a century of centuries in all formats combined is of no worthwhile value, for Sachin to be taking it so seriously.

Sachin, you are a great batsman and the most loved cricketer in India. You owe it to yourself and to your millions of fans to keep it like that. Make sure not to loose it all in a desperate attempt to get that 100th century. Cricket analyst and the general public are already mentally ready to hear you call a press conference. In fact it was due right after that Worldcup final and would have added a lot of glitter to your name which is already printed in gold letters in cricket history. But now you just might be scrubbing it off.

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