Sachin`s time is up in ODIs: Kapil

New Delhi: India`s former cricket captain Kapil Dev feels Sachin Tendulkar should retire from one-dayers, saying the champion batsman`s time is finally up after over two decades at the international level.

"From what we have seen in the last three months, he should have announced his retirement before the World Cup. It`s important to know that every cricketer has his time," Kapil told a TV channel.

"Having served India for 22-23 years, there surely is no greater cricketer than him. But he should have announced his decision to retire from the shorter format soon after the World Cup," he said.

Tendulkar, who is struggling for form in the ongoing ODI tri-series against Australia and Sri Lanka, is still awaiting his 100th international century -- close to a year after he scored the 99th.

Kapil felt players who cannot decide on their own about their future should be told about it no uncertain terms by the selection panel.

"May be his time has come. Every player has his time. Age is not on his side as it was earlier," Kapil said of the 38-year-old right-hander.

"Perhaps Sachin loves cricket more than himself. Azhar feels like playing even now. Sourav (Ganguly) wants to play. It`s important what the Board or the selectors feel about the issue," he added.

Asked whether the elusive 100th hundred was affecting Tendulkar`s form, Kapil said, "Sachin has played under tremendous pressure all through his career and scored centuries inspite of extreme expectations. He has delivered in such situations in the past."


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