New Delhi: The selectors will be relieved that Sachin has finally taken a call about his future. For some time, as form dipped and a debate raged about the Master's future, it was evident this was one decision too big for them. Everyone knew the selectors did not have the courage to tell Sachin it was time to declare.
Before Sachin, Dravid and Laxman too took the selection issue in their hands, both decided when they wanted to exit. But Sachin's call to drop one format of the game is a top spinner, if not a googly. Deconstructed in simple terms, Sachin is telling the selectors (and everyone else) not to mess with him, not to rush him. The message is: I will decide when to call time; nobody will tell me when to depart.
By giving up on one-dayers Sachin has declared his intention to continue playing Test cricket and announced his availability for the forthcoming series against Australia at home. This should, at least for the moment, quell speculation about his future plans.