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"Sachin Tendulkar's withdrawal from the tour of the West Indies may be a blessing in disguise.... Nothing is worse in sport than seeing a great player reduced to mediocrity," writes Peter Roebuck in the The Hindu
It must be agony for him to sit on his thumps, runs unscored, energies unspent. At home, he must resemble a caged lion. Whenever he feels even remotely repaired he surely hastens to the nets to face some balls. His frustration at the setbacks must be deeply felt. Meanwhile, months pass and India accustoms itself to life without him. Yet Tendulkar must not hurry. Nothing is worse in sport than seeing a great player reduced to mediocrity by some inconvenience.