The poll on this blog attracted a huge number of voters, yes, 7 in total. Out of the 7 votes polled,
3 want Anil Kumble to retire
3 want VVS Laxman to retire and surprisingly
1 want Sachin Tendulkar to retire.
Though I am not a great fan of Sachin off late, I myself didnt vote for that. So there is some affected soul who is with me in asking Sachin Tendulkar to go.
Anil Kumble should retire after this series. Already he has injured his right bowling shoulder during the first test and couldnt perform to his best. He is not playing the second test and may not play the third test as well. A fitting finale would be the final test against Australia in the current series and he can bow out as a Captain after a very successful cricket career. If he doesnt do that, then he is going to face a very awkward exit. His bowling doesnt merit a place in the team and even Ricky Ponting has openly written about this in his column in "The Australian". Kumble, please go with honour!!
One of the surprises of this poll is none of the 7 voters wanted Rahul Dravid to go. But I feel he should also go soon. I dont want a champion cricketer to be humiliated by getting dropped. Of course, that may not be new for him but nevertheless why face this ignominy.
Sachin Tendulkar has become the highest run getter in Test Cricket yesterday. A wonderful feat by the Little Master. His knock of 88 was very well made one and it has to be acknowledged. But after this one innings, remember he has failed continuously for the last 7 innings in Tests, there is lot of noise out there asking should Tendulkar continue till 2011 World Cup. What a pity!! Sachin also adds fuel to the fire by saying that he is feeling good and going to continue. My suggestion would be, if at all it is worth something, is, Sachin should retire either from Test Cricket or One-day cricket and should play only one form of cricket. It keeps him little fresh and fit and we should all understand that it is 19 long years he has been playing International cricket. Who is going to tell it to Sachin?