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Family had mixed feelings about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: brother Ajit

"At some point of time,he will have to retire. You can’t go on playing forever."

Sachin Tendulkar came to his decision to retire after consulting his family members. This was revealed by Ajit Tendulkar during an interview interview to Headlines Today,Ajit also said Tendulkar was assessing retirement from some time. Excerpts

On whether it was shock when he announced his decision

At some point of time,he will have to retire. You can’t go on playing forever. For some time,he was assessing every tour. It was not a shock as such to us. All the family members were around and a lot of discussion went into it. Finally,it was his own decision.

On how did the family react to the news

The family had a mixed feeling as he has given so much joy to us in the last 24 years. But at the same time,we were happy that he has done the country and the team proud. He has achieved almost every record in world cricket. I think,he has got the timing right as he is bowing out on a high.

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On why none of the family members watch Tendulkar play live

It was a sort of nazar lag jayega (something bad may happen by watching) which cannot be translated into English as it is a part of Indian culture. We will only see the highlights.

On how the family felt when he was called up to the Indian team for the 1989 tour of Pakistan

We never thought of Sachin getting the India cap at such a young age of 16. We were thinking of going step by step,from school level to zonal level and then the all India level,from Under 15,Under 19 and to senior level and so on. Never ever thought of Tendulkar jumping all these levels and represent India at the age of 16 and go on creating so many record. We were proud and happy when he was selected for the first time for India in the Pakistan tour of 1989 and the family was absolutely delighted at that time.”

On why he was sent to Pakistan on Sachin’s first official tour

“In the third Test (of the 1989 Pakistan tour),Manoj Prabhakar was run out in a mix up and from his body language it seemed that Tendulkar had taken all the blame to himself. Then my elder brother said ‘somebody should go to Pakistan immediately’. Father supported the idea and I was at Lahore on the final day of the Test.

On how he was amazed of Sachin’s demolition of Abdul Qadir in a 20-over exhibition match on the same tour.

He hit four sixes off Qadir and all of them proper cricketing shots. I have seen many batsmen using their whole body while hitting sixes. But Tendulkar’s sixes off Qadir were simple hand-work. His aggression was not brutal.

On how Sachin took one for the team

He misjudged the bouncer and it hit some part of helmet… ball deflected on his (Tendulkar’s) nose and it started bleeding. His shirt was soaked in blood and he was surrounded by Pakistan players. Even in that situation,words were exchanged just to push Sachin down psychologically.

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“Sachin had to take a quick decision whether to go back to the pavillion or stay batting. Sachin usually takes quick decisions and at that instance also,he took a quick decision that he would stay and fight back. He did just that and he remained not out that day and batted on the last day also and saved the Test for India.