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    Tendulkar rubbishes retirement rumours

    New Delhi: Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday rubbished all speculations that he would hang up his boots after reaching the landmark of 100 international centuries.

    A news channel reported on Saturday that Tendulkar has sent an SMS to them, in which he has rubbished all his retirements reports as mere rumours.

    After Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from Test cricket on Friday, speculation was rife that Tendulkar may follow suit after getting the elusive century in the Asia Cup that begins on Sunday.

    The Mumbai batsman has had a relatively unproductive run of late according to the high standards he sets for himself. Resultantly, he has fallen to a lowly 29 in the ICC rankings for the ODI batsmen. His current ranking is just two positions higher than his lowest of 31 in December 1991.

    Tendulkar first reached the summit of ODI rankings in February 1996; however, the scorer of 51 centuries in Test cricket and 48 in ODIs hasn't reached the three-figure mark since the World Cup won by India last year.

    It's not that Tendulkar has been going through a bad patch, as he has gone past the half-century mark consistently. But it seems the milestone of 100th international century is playing on his mind right since the 91 he scored in the Oval Test against England in August 2011. The batting legend again came close to achieving the landmark in the Sydney Test against Australia in January this year, but fell short by 20 runs.

    Former Indian captain Kapil Dev and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan had said after India's twin disasters in England and Australia that Tendulkar should have retired after India's World Cup triumph last year.

    (With agency inputs)