Legend has it that a warrior will rise from the ashes to take the world by storm. For India, he rose two decades ago. And yet Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar failed to conquer the final bastion of world cricket in what possibly, could well have been his final assault.
Such is irony that for the man who has seen it all and done more, the Mecca of cricket remained a territory uncluttered with the remains of vanquished bowlers. And while as much as we may want him to return to play a Test here, even the greatest have limits that puncture dreams of a billion.
The sport itself is not about just one man and neither is this blog about an action-thriller play-station game re-worded to suit the his realms. So to the point then. India was beaten by a side that played better. We all know that now. But it is not an indication of imperialism returning, this time to cricket. The margin of defeat may have been big, or perhaps huge, or mammoth, or let's just go with 196, there are hidden positives from the match that gleam through the muddle of the final outcome.