Pakistan’s former Test captain Javed Miandad feels veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar will fade from public memory once he retires after the second Test against West Indies as he is leaving the stage at a time when the Indian cricket team has found some exciting talent to fill the void.

“The nature of the cricket fans in this region is such that if a player tries to prolong his international career they tend to forget him soon after he retires,” Mr. Miandad told PTI.

Tendulkar has announced he will retire after the second Test which begins on Thursday. “I must admit, unlike others, I feel that Tendulkar should have retired earlier...and he is now going at a time when India has found some very talented batsmen who are now the reigning heroes and idols of the people,” he said.

Mr. Miandad said Tendulkar was deservedly getting a lot of adulation and tributes in the run up to his final match.

“It is good to see this because Tendulkar deserves all this respect and tributes as he has contributed a lot to Indian cricket over the years and his place among the master batsmen of the modern era is guaranteed,” Miandad added.

“I would recommend him as a role model for all young cricketers in all the cricket playing nations.”

The former Pakistani batting legend saw Tendulkar make his Test debut in Karachi in 1989 and said the teenager had impressed everyone and also fulfilled the vast potential and talent he had.

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