Tibetan monks dismayed on hearing about Tendulkar's retirement

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 08:30 hrs

A group of cricket loving Tibetan Buddhist monks, based at Shimla have expressed their disappointment over Sachin Tendulkar announcing his retirement from the one-day format in international cricket.

Most of these monks are the great grand children of refugees who migrated from Tibet after China's occupation there.

But being born and brought up in India, they have inherited the country's immense love for cricket and adore Tendulkar as their cricketing idol.

On hearing the news, monks from the local Tibetan Buddhist monastery felt that it was too early for Tendulkar to hang up his boots from ODI format of the game.

"We are a bit disappointed that he took retirement so quickly. I believe that he must have taken the right decision as per his own thinking. Now we cannot say that he should be brought back. But we are saying that if he returns to the game then we can hope to see him play again," said Nawang Jimpa, a young monk, Tibetan monastery, Shimla.

Tendulkar, on Sunday, announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records.

"I have decided to retire from the One-Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest," Tendulkar said in a statement released by the BCCI .

"I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years," he added.

Tendulkar goes out after amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83. The diminutive right-hander has an astonishing 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred-the first in this form of the game.

Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals. Tendulkar, who made himself unavailable for Twenty20 after playing just one game in 2006, will now remain active in only the Test arena. (ANI)

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