Federer, Tendulkar and Father Time

The opinions on a great player's retirement timing cover every inch of the spectrum, from the extreme faithful, who want their hero to play forever, to the radical, who think he's just a waste of space.

updated: July 10, 2013 18:58 IST
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It's been a bit of an odd sort of week in cricket. For a start, there was the Indian cricket equivalent of Halley's comet in the form of an injury to MS Dhoni - an event sighted only once in 76 international matches, give or take a few.

And then there was the interesting fan reaction (using social media as the highly unscientific barometer of emotions) to India's opening losses in the tri-series in West Indies, a week after they looked by far the best team on the planet. It essentially involved rapid recalibration of expectations that had already been rapidly recalibrated before and after the Champions Trophy. And it was topped off by the new rankings announcement that put India at No. 2 in Test cricket, ahead of England, a side India lost to both home and away.

But by far the most poignant ranking news from a personal point of view came from another sport. On Monday (July 8), Roger Federer slipped to No. 5 in the men's tennis rankings after more than a decade in the top four.

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