It looks like pressure from the world is a bit too much to handle for the God of Cricket himself as he announced his announcement on Sunday. The constant critical remarks that asked him to retire every match he failed while casually neglecting his attempts to score big in the games. Though he failed in the last two tests, his performances in the ODIs recently was showing signs of a comeback.
Even if he was not at his strongest, Sachin never seemed like out of vigor to hang his boots so suddenly. Fans of the game all over mourned this sad exit of the legend from the game which comes at an ungodly time right before the matches against arch-rival team Pakistan reviving the bilateral games between the teams.
Sunil Gavaskar hoped that Sachin had succumbed to pressure from the world over consistently but his decision should have been put away until the Asia Cup in March, 2013. "Officially he may have announced it today but mentally, he might have done in March after the Asia Cup."
Though the public, team and the selectors were seeing less of Sachin on field, the fact that he can no longer be brought back onto the field is a sad loss for the team and the world. Gavaskar opined that it would have been a magnificent retirement had Sachin decided to hang his boots after scoring one century to make it 50 tons in ODIs.
For Gavaskar, his Sharjah battle after a sand storm against Australia where he fought for the team and the nation was his best performance and I cannot say anything different when it comes to my opinion. What about you?