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What's next for Sachin? Suggest options for the batting legend!

Last updated on: November 19, 2013 09:55 IST

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I have played for 24 years, and it has been 24 hours since I retired. I think, at least, I should get at least 24 days to rest and after that let’s see what happens."

That was Sachin Tendulkar's reply, when asked about his future plans now that he has retired.

After spending nearly a quarter of a century shouldering the burden of a cricket-crazy nation's expectations, the Master Blaster should not expect life to get any easier following his farewell 200th Test against the West Indies, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Speculation on the maestro's next innings is rife. While former teammate Sourav Ganguly has expressed that he would want Tendulkar to give back to the game rather than being in the commentary box, some feel the legend will make a good administrator.

Since his debut in 1989, Tendulkar was required to win matches, save them or, at least, lend respectability to potentially embarrassing defeats.

His 34,000-plus international runs and countless batting records suggest the 'Little Master' more than lived up to those expectations.

Scores of companies have reaped handsome reward from 'Brand Tendulkar' over the last two decades. Given that quite a few of those associations will continue after his retirement speaks volumes of the stylish batsman's almost invincible aura.

Bonded to his prowess with the bat came an additional responsibility to act as the perfect role model for an expanding population disillusioned with the nation's politicians.

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Tendulkar's largely controversy-free, even inscrutable, image would indicate he conducted that aspect of his duties with skill and aplomb.

It would be fair to assume that after three decades of relentless cricket, he is entitled to a life away from the glare of publicity, without any further pressure. However, that alternate future appears remote, to say the least.

Already, many are predicting a smooth transition into the role of sporting administrator.

"He should become the sports minister, only then sports will benefit (from his experience)," wrestler Sushil Kumar said at the recent India Today programme to celebrate Tendulkar's career.

"He has given 24 years to the country... He knows what sportsmen need and what they should get," he added.

The double Olympic medallist's opinion was echoed by former cricketer Chandu Borde.

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Tendulkar, who has remained apolitical throughout his playing career, heard the call of a political future beckoning him when was nominated to the upper house of the Indian parliament last year.

However, former team mate Javagal Srinath believes the man will take a break before returning to cricket as an administrator.

"He will feel a huge void the moment he wakes up (after his final Test). It's like a big part of his life has been taken away and this void won't be filled in a hurry," the former pace bowler wrote in a Hindustan Times column this week.

"There are plenty of avenues open to him but I strongly feel that he should get into administration.

"...it's my firm belief that Sachin can contribute a lot to Indian cricket if he aspires to become an administrator at some time in the future," the 44-year-old said.

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Great players rarely make good coaches, often failing to teach what comes naturally to them, but Srinath said he would not be surprised if Tendulkar turns his attention to mentoring son Arjun, who was part of Mumbai's under-14 squad last year.

"The joy and delight that he experienced while raising his bat after scoring a hundred, that will never be replicated," Srinath added in his column.

"I suppose the only consolation he will get is if he coaches Arjun to a place in the India team, or if he mentors him in a way that Arjun goes on to become an India player."

Former India sprint queen P T Usha insisted Olympic sports needed Tendulkar more than cricket to help spread India's focus evenly across the sporting landscape.

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As an entire nation spends each day eating, drinking and breathing all things related to bat and ball, Indian athletes are poor cousins of their rich cricket counterparts used to pop-star status.

While India has emerged as cricket's financial superpower, it was kicked out of the Olympic fold for handing power to tainted office-bearers in the controversial 2012 elections of the Indian Olympic Association.

"After his retirement, I would like him to change track and take up a lead role in promoting Olympic sports disciplines in our country in a big way," Usha, who won four Asian Games gold medals in 1986, has said.

"His personal involvement would be a great boost to Indian sport and I am hopeful that he would give due consideration to this request," added Usha, who came agonising close to winning a 400 metres bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi says, "I hope he keeps in touch with Indian cricket. He has many roles to play. He can guide the younger lot," while former BCCI secretary and vice-president Niranjan Shah says "with his great knowledge about the game I can very well imagine him as a cricket administrator, working with the BCCI".

So, after retirement from cricket, what should the batting legend do?  Take the poll below and make your suggestion.

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