The beginning of the end of Sachin Tendulkar?

Intimations of mortality are not what cricketers or cricket fans like. At least not in success-starved India where star players are supposed to be, expected to be, demanded to be, projected to be, ordered to be combinations of Superman and Methuselah.

But with Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ruling himself out of the Test series against the West Indies today, a big question-mark has been thrown on the future of the 33-year-old master blaster. Will he ever bounce back from injury? Or will he not?

The jury will forever be out till he formally makes an announcement himself, but quite the sanest piece in recent times on making sense of Sachin was written by Rohit Brijnath for the BBC website in February. Read.