There's an old Bengali saying that even a dead elephant is worth a lakh of rupees (coined when 'a lakh' was a monumental sum). In Satyajit Ray's 1966 film Nayak, there's a neat distortion of the adage, where a once-powerful actor, unable to wrangle a role in a film, asks the new matinee idol, "Is the saying about the dead elephant a lie then?"
In the context of Indian cricket, players of elephantine proportions probably ask themselves that same question as they fade away.
Take Virender Sehwag, for instance. I have written before that Sehwag, as well as Gautam Gambhir, need a break from international cricket – all formats. I thought it should have happened much earlier, giving a chance to Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, even Abhinav Mukund and whoever else is in the fray – maybe even Wasim Jaffer – at home before the spate of foreign tours start later this year. That didn't happen. But now, thankfully, the decision has come.