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Fri Apr 25 09:07:27 SAST 2014

Tendulkar not retiring just yet

TEAMtalk Media | 07 July, 2012 07:220 Comments
Sachin Tendulkar of India celebrates his 50 during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at VCA Stadium on March 12, 2011 in Nagpur, India
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Sachin Tendulkar insists he has no plans to retire from one-day cricket as he is still enjoying the format.

Tendulkar was not included in India's limited-overs squad for their upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, prompting speculation that he was set to retire from the 50-over game.

However, the Little Master insists that he is only taking a temporary break so that he can spend more time with his family.

"It's not about what XYZ thinks, it's about what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue (playing one-dayers)," Tendulkar told CNN-IBN.

"I think it (speculation over retirement) has been going on since 2006. It's been six years now. I am enjoying cricket and as long as I am passionate about cricket it makes sense being part of team sport."

Tendulkar has already called time on his international T20 career because he thought others could do a better job and that younger players needed exposure. The 39-year-old admits that when he feels the same way about ODIs he will retire.

"I felt I should not be part of T20 squad because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket maybe I would take that decision," he said.

"When I feel like taking that decision (to quit one-day cricket) I will take that. I don't want the rest of the guys to take that decision for me."

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