Well sadly, that's the way our guys seem to be thinking atleast with Indian cricket.
Ok, I know people used to say samething when Sunny retired, but then India were really never a formidable test team then, really we had nothing much to lose.
But situation is much different. We have become number one test team, and while that's an incredible achievement, the batting part of it has been solely due to a bunch of 35 plus guys and one 31 year old at the top.
And we know these guys aren't going to be there forever. Actually with Sachin, and Dravid, this itself seems to be bonus years they've obliged to give to Indian cricket, and hence has admirably prevented exposing our soft batting underbelly in the process.
But I think it's just bought out time before the inevitable happens. We seem to be content with gimmicks like scheduling more test matches to prove our commitment to the longer version of the game. While they're indeed great, they are short sighted. What are we doing to ensure that there will be a bunch atleast to take the baton when the terrific trio go? Surely Sehwag will no longer be 'young' and if it's going to be guys like Yuvraj and Raina, then Indian test cricket is headed for dark ages.
I know names like Vijay and Sharma are thrown up. While I do agree Vijay is exciting, and probably would've matured enough to assume full time responsibilities in a year or two, the likes of Sharma aren't even in the reckoning of selectors.
Badri, for all the hype, has not been able to take his domestic form to International level, and he won't be exactly young either when the present trio hang up their boots.
Where is the next batting superstar? Where is our next 'core'?
Sehwag, Gambir and Vijay? With Yuvraj, Raina and Sharma? And a stopgap in Badri?
Might as well stop watching cricket tbh, rather than enduring these guys pawned abroad.