Patna, 11 September
Amid speculation about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan today said the veteran batsman was still hungry for runs and was the best person to decide when he would call it a day.
“Tendulkar continues to be hungry for cricket,” Chauhan told a news agency, adding: “Though he has not scored a century in Test matches over the past two years, he is still a very good player and wants to keep playing.”
Chauhan, who was here for a run organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s sport wing, which he heads, also said Gautam Gambhir could very soon be back in the the senior national team.
Chauhan said Virat Kohli suggested rich possibilities as India’s future captain.
“He proved to be a good captain in the recent West Indies tri-series, which India won, and also on the tour of Zimbabwe,” Chauhan said, adding: “His aggressive attitude and cool head in trying times makes him a fit candidate to lead Team India in the future,” Chauhan said.
Chauhan said Bihar had produced some good cricketers, like S Saba Karim, Amikar Dayal and Avinash Kumar. He paid a visit to a cricket academy run by Dayal at a school here, encouraging youngsters.
Jaggi included: Jharkhand batsman Ishank Jaggi will replace an injured Saurabh Tiwary in the India Red squad for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy tournament, it was announced in Mumbai today.