We’ll probably do this once more in about a month. But this is as good a moment as any. Here goes, then.
Sachin Tendulkar, the most single-minded talent ever on the cricket field, has announced his retirement from cricket after he plays his 200th Test match.
Not for him the glorious imperfection of Don Bradman’s 99.94 Test batting average. 200 Tests it will be and 100 international centuries. Nice and rounded – unless he scores another century in the two Tests he will play.
When he walks off around the 19th of November in his last Test match, Tendulkar would be halfway into his 41st year. This is the equivalent of 75 in politics. It’s a good time to move on. But in real life he is still 40. It’s a fine time to begin afresh.
What then should we deify about Tendulkar? What does he have that can help him do even more in the next phase?
Image: In this Friday, March 16, 2012 file photo, Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his 100th century during the Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP)