The Sachin to go or stay debate has been raging for years but clearly the context has changed. Those opposing the clamor for Sachin's departure have changed from years of asking "Why" switched the debate to "When" in the last couple of years or so.
This has now clearly changed to "How" and in that lies the dilemma of being Sachin Tendulkar as of now. All but the zealots amongst Sachin"s fans would deny that the master batsman' time has come but those that really love the great man would be truly saddened if he had to go suddenly, like this (with immediate effect that is). Yes it is true that history will forget his annus horribilis still it is not entirely unreasonable to hope, even at this last stage that the little master wil have a departure which, even if not befitting his stature in the game, is at least not such as will rankle with him for long . . . And rankle with him it will for he is that kind of a person. Sachin has a very accute appreciation of his place in history and , unfortunately, throughout his glittering career, he has missed all the occasion to keep a tryst with it on special occasions. A century on debut, a century in a world cup final, the century of century on a special stage (Lord's or down under) etc are all marks he has famously missed. Now, when the time has come for him to leave the stage he would, naturally want to make it a ride into a glorious sun set. That seems a tough one today . . . But no one can begrudge him for thinking about it . . .
Of course, we assume that he has made up his mind to quit the game barring the fairytale farewell. This seems the most likely possibility but who knows what the man is thinking?
That brings me to my question to all of you here. If you were Sachin Tendulkar, what would be going through your mind. What would you be wanting to do today, tomorrow, next month, next year . . . till the day you play your last game for India
Remember the options, at least theoretically are more than just one or two . . .