Are Tendulkar and Ponting done? Is it time to call it a day?
As an ardent cricket fan, watching two of the three ATG batsmen struggle so much is very painful. They say cricketers know when to go, but do they really? Cricketers are but human, and human beings have never been good judges. Of course, it is not unreasonable of Tendulkar or Ponting to carry on in the hope that a big one is just around the corner, given how prodigiously skilled they are at what they do, but sometimes the mind just refuses to accept that the body cannot co-operate well enough for the skills to be executed anymore. Both batsmen have been going through extremely lean patches. Tendulkar scored a brilliant ton against us early last year but since then has been woeful. Admittedly, Ponting batted like a dream against India at home last year but that seems to have been a one-off, since before and after that there's pretty much nothing. More worryingly, these two are struggling not just against good bowling in hard conditions but also in relatively easy conditions, on flat decks. To add to their woes, both of them seem to be getting bowled in every innings - a sure shot sign of father time announcing his arrival. So what do you think? Do these two legends have a last hurrah in them? Or is it game over?