For all his record-breaking feats, it has not gone unnoticed that Tendulkar has struggled for form in recent years. The last of his 51 Test centuries came way back in January 2011 against South Africa.
“If I was in his shoes, I would have gone a year earlier,” former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said at the weekend.
Ganguly said the man dubbed the “Little Master” had managed to keep his place in the team, despite such a barren run of form “only because he is Sachin Tendulkar.”
However, Ganguly, who captained Tendulkar for a large chunk of his career, said that his former teammate’s greatness is not in doubt.
“But for me, it does not matter whether he gets a hundred or not in his final Test,” Ganguly said. “He will still be one of the best. He will always be a champion.”