Sachin has more to lose than to gain by sticking around

Sachin Tendulkar's interview with Times Now has brought the spotlight back on his retirement plan.

The star batsman has reiterated his desire to play till feels like, but has also admitted that there isn't much cricket left in him and that he will reassess things in November.

Firstpost spoke to cricket expert Ayaz Memon and he feels that Sachin has more to lose than to gain by sticking around in cricket.

"Tendulkar is on a pedestal which few cricketers in the history of the game have enjoyed and will probably ever be. So whatever you do from here, the gain is incremental and the losses are monumental. So if you have another bad series, people will start knocking you down... so the losses are far more than gains."

Sachin still believes he has a role to play in the team. AP

Ayaz also says that the BCCI maybe doesn't have the guts to drop him and Sachin knows that at his position, he is guaranteed a place in the Indian setup: "Even if you look at it historically, very few players of his caliber were ever dropped. Sunil Gavaskar and Viv Richards were in the same league. So there is a certain status that these players enjoy but unless they expand it beyond their selfish, it would be a sad thing to do."

Ayaz also speaks about what sort of retirement step one must expect from Sachin— planned or spontaneous and admits that even though Sachin is part of the top three Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli is number one on current form.

Check out the video for the full conversation between Pulasta Dhar and Ayaz Memon.