News of India batsman Sachin Tendulkar's retirement is something of a hammer blow. Sachin is my absolute hero. In the many tough times over the last 24 years, I have often found inspiration from his innings, and I can't imagine following cricket without him. He is a genius and incomparable.
Tendulkar is the reason I have, hitherto, failed the Tebbit test. I may no longer once he finally goes. My cricketing love was based on a batting lineup of Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman. Now only Sehwag remains. I could not feel more depressed. :-(