National selector, John Inverarity speaking on Ponting praised the former skipper and said that the team won't be the same without him. He said,
"Ricky's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories. Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all. He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this. Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke's recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus."
However I feel Sachin like Ponting might not go on his own terms and might need the 'extra motivation' that Ponting received from the selectors. However again it is a very unlikely scenario that any selector would dare stand up to Sachin Tendulkar and ask him to quit. No one in India would dare to do that for fear of a public outcry, but as Inverarity said there is indeed no place for sentiment and if the best Indian team is one without Sachin Tendulkar and surely he must be dropped and if he doesn't make up his mind then the selectors must make up theirs and give a call to him like the one Ponting received today.
So the question that both Sachin Tendulkar and the Indian selectors must be asking themselves is 'What is best for Indian Cricket?'