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Kapil Dev urges `over the hill` Tendulkar to embrace `painful` retirement

Abu Dhabi: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev has urged batting great Sachin Tendulkar, whom he believes is well past his best, to take retirement from international cricket, adding the master blaster can be a great ambassador for cricket post retirement.

Dev said the important stage of Tendulkar`s career is over, adding he is now at the end of his career and one should appreciate that he is not going to play the way he used to.

Dev added even if Tendulkar scored three consecutive centuries his thoughts won`t change about him, adding one has to know that age is not just a number and it doesn`t matter how much passion you have, you couldn`t stay so long as to block the progress of others.

Dev said this is not just about Tendulkar, but life in general, adding the Little Master can be a great ambassador of the game like Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid.

The former all rounder further added in order to get the best out of your retirement you can give back after it as well and Tendulkar must move on and beautiful things will happen to him, adding he wishes him luck, comfort and happiness because he has given so much to us that it is unbelievable and unparalleled but he must move on.

Dev added if you have other things going on in your life, then retirement is not so difficult, adding the word retirement is a painful phrase and even he used to feel it when people used to refer to him as `retired Kapil Dev` at the age of 35.