Lashing out at the critics, Tendulkar said that it was up to the seniors to decide the time and place of their retirement.
While speaking to a news channel, the batting maestro said, “We all know when to move away from the sport. But people have their opinions. Sometimes these opinions are not correct. But still one is made to believe that yes this is the right opinion and all kinds. I think this should be left to an individual. Having said this, we have played enough to know exactly when to move away from the game. The individuals will take their decisions when they feel it’s the right time.”
He said that the seniors in the team felt that there was not enough respect shown to them.
Commenting over Sourav Ganguly's decision of retitrement, Tendulkar said, “I was surprised by Sourav's decision to quit. I am sure it must have taken him a long time to reach there. And it's a big decision. But if he feels that it is the way to go, then we all should respect his decision.”The five seniors of the Indian cricket team- Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble – were criticized for their poor performances in the Test Series against Sri Lanka. As a result of this, the selectors dropped Ganguly from the Irani Trophy, which led the latter to announce his retirement from the game.