Pietersen and Panesar show class but don't rule out Tendulkar, says Nick Knight
Sachin Tendulkar is not a spent force, says Nick Knight, despite the Indian batsman's poor form.
Last Updated: 26/11/12 4:21pm
'The little master' has now not reached 20 in his last six Test innings after falling twice to England spinner Monty Panesar for single figures in England's resounding 10-wicket victory in Mumbai.
Tendulkar, 39, has over 15,550 Test runs to his name but is averaging just 9.66 after the opening two Tests of the series. However, Knight believes India should not drop him yet.
"The question is should he been given the time to walk away on his own terms or should the selectors be cut-throat and say that they don't think he is the right man for the job anymore and have someone better in mind," he told Sky Sports.
"My gut feeling is that he has earned the right to go out on his own terms.
"He does not look like he is going to get a run but he is still Sachin Tendulkar and those dismissals were brilliant - who is to say whoever came in for him would not have fallen for those dismissals too?
"He is only human but I still don't think he has come to the end yet."
Tendulkar was one of Panesar's 11 victims in England's series-levelling victory and with fellow spinner Graeme Swann taking eight of the other nine wickets to fall, Knight told Sky Sports News that England have better slow bowlers in their attack than India.
"I didn't think we would be saying this but on this occasion I think the answer they are, said Knight on Sky Sports News.
"In some ways India have fallen foul of their own demands. They wanted a pitch that turned and they wanted a pitch that bounced. The conditions suited Monty Panesar's pace.
"There was a little bit of pressure on Panesar - from our lovely comfy studios we said that England selectors got it wrong and it should have been Monty Panesar starting in the first Test match. He would have known that as well and that he had to nail it coming into the second Test match; that is exactly what he has done."
Knight also had praise for Kevin Pietersen who bounced back from a disappointing innings in the first Test to deliver one of the best innings of his career with a splendid 186.
"You run out of superlatives to describe just how good that innings was," Knight reflected. "It was an awful innings in the first Test match. He had three days to go away and think about it and he comes back with a performance like that.
"People use the word genius with him, I am not going to use that word yet but he is might close. It was a stunning innings as much as in the tempo he plays the game at. He takes the game away from you. There is that threat factor, that aura that he brings to the game."
You can see live coverage of the third Test between India and England from Kolkata at 3am a week on Wednesday, on Sky Sports 1 HD.