New Delhi: Former Indian cricket chief selector Sandeep Patil in an interview said that cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar would’ve been dropped from the 2012 Indian ODI team had he not retired before that.

“On December 12, 2012, we met Sachin and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin… and had informed the board too about it. Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because at the time of the next meeting, Sachin called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him,” said Patil in an interview to Marathi channel ABP Majha.

Patil’s admission confirms the speculation that Sachin was pressured into leaving by the selectors because of his inadequate form. Adding further to his statement, Patil said, “It was a good thing to do. It did not happen in one day, one month or one year, it took two long years. Sachin retired in 2013. The meeting in Nagpur was just to ask his plans. Sachin wanted to concentrate more on Test cricket. So, it was decided that he would retire from One-day cricket. He called me and Sanjay Jagdale (then BCCI secretary). Then it was collectively decided that he would retire from ODIs.”

Sachin Tendulkar retired from One Day Internationals in 2013 following which, he was given a grand farewell at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.