Tendulkar Surprised By Ganguly's Decision To Retire

World record run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar has talked of his surprise at former captain Saurav Ganguly's decision to retire at the conclusion of the ongoing Test series against Australia.

An Indian board official stated earlier this month that ageing stars Tendulkar, Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble had been told to plan their retirements by December.

Ganguly then announced his plans to step down after the Australia series.

"I was little bit surprised but you know...the individual knows exactly when to move away from the game and I don't know exactly what's going on in his mind, what he thinks of his future," Tendulkar said.

"I am sure it must have taken him a long time to reach that. And it's a big decision. It is a difficult decision.

"If he feels that this is the way to go, then we all should respect (that)," he told NDTV channel in an interview to be aired on Friday.

India's batting struggled during a 2-1 series reverse at the hands of Sri Lanka but aside from Dravid, the 'big four' have all played key roles in putting India 1-0 up against Australia. Captain Kumble has also been below his best and missed the second Test with a shoulder injury.

"One is made to believe that this is the right opinion...(to) know exactly when to move away from the game," Tendulkar added.

"We individuals will take that decision when we feel it is the right time."

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