March 18, 2012
“My belief is that if I feel I can contribute, I am mentally there where I feel I am bringing value to the team then I should be playing. It`s a very selfish thought that when you are at the top you should retire,” Tendulkar told a news channel.
“When you are at the top, you should serve the nation. When I feel I am not in a frame of mind to contribute to nation, that`s when I should retire not when somebody says. That`s a selfish statement that one should retire on top,” he explained.
March 18, 2012
“When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam.
“When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran Khan and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy.
“It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”