I would have retired if I were in Sachin's shoes, says Ganguly

I would have retired if I were in Sachin's shoes, says Ganguly

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was critical of Sachin Tendulkar’s form and said that he if was in a similiar situation he may have retired from cricket.

“Sachin desperately needs to get runs. He has achieved a lot. He is getting a long rope because of what he has achieved. By now he should know how to turn it around,” Ganguly told ‘Headlines Today’ on Sunday.

“As somebody watching it from outside, Tendulkar is not performing and I think if I were Tendulkar I would go (retire). But it’s upto him at the present moment. We want to see the great man going with a bat held high and not in terrible form,” he remarked.  

Ganguly also endorsed the idea of ‘split captaincy’ and said Mahendra Singh Dhoni should not be leading the Indian cricket team in all formats.

“I am not saying just ship him off all the formats of the game because India are going into a transition phase and building a new team.

“Sit with Dhoni and ask him what form of cricket he wants to captain. He has done a lot of good things for Indian cricket, but at the present moment, I fear that we will lose him as a player if he continues like this,” Ganguly said with a note of caution.

Despite having lost six out of the last seven Tests against England, Ganguly chose not to be too harsh on Dhoni. “Wicketkeeping is never easy especially when you have a bowling attack like ours, which has not performed over a period of time. You keep for hours and then you captain the side and you come out and bat at no 7. So it’s never easy for for Dhoni and I’m a firm believer that his job has to be split and he needs a reprieve in some format,” said Ganguly.

Continuing on the same topic, Ganguly said: “You do not expect selectors to come out and say ‘we have put Dhoni on notice’. You can’t say this in public, it’s not fair. I don’t think that will ever happen with the BCCI.

“I don’t know what the real story is. Whether Dhoni has been put on notice or whether the selectors have spoken to him or not. It is immaterial. Half the players don’t get to know it. If you are trying to build a new team, the message has to be consistent. I agree that Dhoni needs to be looked after and needs to be spoken to,” he explained.

Discussing Zaheer Khan’s omission, Ganguly said the Indian team is going through a rebuilding phase. “You have to plan. My point is that the plan has to be uniform for everyone.”

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