No less a personality than Ian Chappell had this to say in his column about two years ago. `At the moment, Tendulkar looks like a player trying to eke out a career; build on a glittering array of statistics. If he really is playing for that reason and not to help win as many matches as he can for India then he is wasting his time and should retire immediately.`
The former Australian captain had been known to be a fervent Tendulkar admirer and is still respected for his no nonsense views.
So that sort of criticism coming from someone as balanced and knowledgeable as him was quite something.
In Image: A combo shows Indian batsman Sanchin Tendulkar reacting in a game of volleyball during the team's training session at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg 09 March 2003.