Sachin Tendulkar could have been axed from India’s ODI team in 2012, revealed BBCI former chief selector Sandeep Patil.
Tendulkar chose to announce his retirement from ODI carreer to focus more on test added Sandeep Patil on Wednesday.
“On 12 December, 2012, we met Sachin and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin…and had informed the board too about it, ” said the former selector.
Probably Sachin was fully aware of the BCCI’s plan to drop him, said Patil. “…At the time of the next meeting, he called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him,” Patil told ABP News and Marathi channel ABP Majha.
Tendulkar’s performance in ODI’s was not consistent, though he played tests regularly.
Sachin told he will focus more on Tests, when Patil asked him about his future plans. “Sachin wanted to concentrate more on Test cricket. He called me and Sanjay Jagdale (the then BCCI secretary). Then it was collectively decided that he will retire from ODI’s,” Patil added.
Tendulkar’s announced his farewell from ODI 23 December, 2012, at the match against Pakistan in Dhaka for the Asia Cup.
He helped India to win the match by scoring a half-century. But, Patil declined to comment on if Sachin was also forced to retire from Tests as well.
“The only sad thing about being a selector is that you end up losing some of your friends. But that’s part of the game. There are some matters between the selectors and BCCI which should remain confidential and cannot be revealed,” Patil told.
Tendulkar received a standing ovation from the crowd at Wankhede Stadium, one of his favourite venues on 14 November, 2013.
Here is video of Sachin’s last Test match at Wankhede:
Patil dropped another bomb shell saying that selectors wanted to remove MS Dhoni from captaincy. Dhoni chose to retire from Tests before his dismissal.
Patil clarified that Dhoni had no role in sacking Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh.