Sachin Tendulkar would have been dropped the ODI team in 2012: Sandeep Patil
Former Indian selection panel head Sandeep Patil said that batting legend would have been dropped from the Indian ODI team in 2012 if he hadn’t retired from the format.
“On December 12, 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. Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because, at the time of the next meeting, Sachin 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 made this stunning revelation.
Ironically, in his last press conference, before he quit as chief selector, Patil had skirted the question on whether Tendulkar was told in advance to call it a day before the hurriedly arranged three-Test series against the West Indies in 2013.
“There are some matters between the selectors and BCCI which should remain confidential and cannot be revealed,” Patil had then said.
Tendulkar had received an emotional farewell at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his hometown in November 2013.
‘Dhoni’s decision to quit Tests was shocking’
Patil also felt that MS Dhoni+ ‘s decision to retire from Tests in the middle of a Test series against Australia in December 2014 was “shocking.”
“Things didn’t move in our favour, and in that backdrop, one of your senior players decided to hang his gloves. That was shocking, but in the end, it was his decision,” the 1983 World Cup winner said.
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