The 2013-14 season of cricket promises another round of retirement for India’s cricketing Titans. While Rahul Dravid went on his own terms and VVS Laxman called it a day after appearing to be mighty miffed, it remains to be seen how the other greats go.
One wishes that an honourable retirement party is planned for each of them.
Sachin Tendulkar: The BCCI was in a dilemma with regards to the great Tendulkar. He has been failing consistently in Test cricket for two years now and he has passed the age of 40. There is no way he is going to be able to compete in the South Africa tour which has fast pitches and the likes of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.
But dropping him would mean denying him a chance to play his 200th Test. That’s suicide in this cricket crazy nation. This Catch-22 situation has been smartly resolved by calling a highly weak West Indies team for a Test tour.
Now Tendulkar can have a soft retirement. If he performs well and scores a century, then he can be sent out on a high. If he fails then the BCCI will be justified in not taking him to South Africa (should he choose not to call it a day).