In an interview to Times Now, Tendulkar said: “I am 39 and I don’t think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver.
“When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever. I will go with what my heart says.
“There are two different things — scoring runs and what I feel. For instance, if this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it.
“Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural. But I am still the best judge of what happens to my mind and body.
“When I feel it is time, I will take a call. It is going to be a tough call nevertheless. It is going to be tough because this is what I have been doing all my life. It is going to be difficult to suddenly hang my boots one day.”
Of late, the veteran batsman has come under severe scrutiny and criticism owing to his failures in the home Test series against the New Zealand team where he was bowled thrice leading to questions over his slowing reflexes.