Farewell or parody?
Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, while an epochal moment for Indian cricket, need not be an occasion for the wide-eyed idolatry that comes too easily to Indians. But that is unfortunately precisely what it seems to be becoming in the run-up to his penultimate Test in Kolkata, according to an editorial comment in Business Standard.
And, to top it all off, at some point in his innings he will be showered with 199 kilograms of rose petals released from three specially-hired aircraft flying low above Eden Gardens. At some point in that list, the plan for a send-off has moved from poor taste to parody. In fact, the exaltation of his departure to the exclusion of all other facts about this Test or the two teams doing battle on the pitch is the exact opposite of the values that Tendulkar espoused and epitomised in his long career.