30 Jan 2012

Indian fans' patience with ageing stars wears thin

3:13 pm on 30 January 2012

The very thought of Sachin Tendulkar and his contemporaries being shown the exit door would have been dismissed a year ago, but the majority of Indian cricket fans are now convinced that the 'golden generation' should make way for new blood.

As India succumbed to their second straight overseas whitewash in Australia, the Hindustan Times newspaper carried a poll this weekend in which more than 36 percent opined the 38-year-old 'Little Master' should hang up his bat.

Quite a significant percentage, considering the man in question has virtually been the sacred cow of Indian cricket since his first test century in 1990.

The results were even worse for the two stalwarts Tendulkar sits sandwiched between in the batting order.

More than 58 percent favoured 39-year-old Rahul Dravid's immediate departure while 82.6 percent would prefer not to see VVS Laxman (38) in India colours again.

The vaunted batting order where Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman - who have more than 37,500 test runs between them - made a collective contribution of 636 runs in the four-test series.