India great Sachin Tendulkar will wait until playing England before making a decision on his future
Last Updated: 05/10/12 3:45pm
Sachin Tendulkar: Will know when the time is right to walk away from cricket
India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he will wait until the Test series against England begins before making a decision on his retirement.
The 'Little Master' has smashed all sorts of run-scoring records during his glittering career, scoring 51 Test centuries and amassing an all-time record 15,533 runs at the highest level.
Speculation over his future his mounted as he approaches 40 years of age, however Tendulkar insists he won't be rushed into a rash decision.
"I am 39 and I don't think I have plenty of cricket left in me," he told The Times Now station.
Asked if he has been thinking of retirement, he replied: "Of course, I have been. I am 39 plus and it is not abnormal for me to think of it. At that moment, I will go by what my heart says. At this moment, my heart says I am okay. But you will have to look at series by series."
"I am still the best judge of what happens to my mind and body. When I feel it is time, I will take a call."
Tendulkar has gone 25 innings without scoring a Test hundred and his lack of form has prompted calls from some pundits for him to call time on his career.
He will face another stern test when England arrive for a four-Test series this winter, and he acknowledges that he will know during that series just how much longer to prolong his career.
"I need not take a (retirement) call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things," he said.
When asked about suggestions from a number of former players that his reflexes had slowed, Tendulkar insisted that only he could determine whether he was still up to playing at the highest level.
"I am still the best judge of what happens to my mind and body. When I feel it is time, I will take a call," he said.
"It is going to be a tough call nevertheless. It is going to be tough because this is what I have been doing all my life. It is going to be difficult to suddenly hang (up) my boots one day."