Tendulkar, 40, has been the lynchpin of India\'s batting for close to 25 years and replacing his experience (199 Tests) in the Test side is close to impossible.
Sachin Tendulkar is on the cusp of retiring from international cricket and his departure will not only end an era but will also leave a big void that will take a long time to fill, if at all it can be filled.
Tendulkar, 40, has been the lynchpin of India's batting for close to 25 years and replacing his experience (199 Tests) in the Test side is close to impossible.
If we look at the current India XI taking on West Indies in the first Test at the Eden Gardens, not even the cumulative (177) number of Tests played by the other 10 equal Tendulkar's 199. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with 78 Tests, is the second most experienced member of the team after Tendulkar.
Tendulkar's departure will thus leave Dhoni with another task: guiding a young Indian Test side so that it maintains the same level of consistency at home & puts up a fight when playing away.
Number of Tests each member of the present Indian side have played so far:
Shikhar Dhawan: 2
Murali Vijay: 17
Cheteshwar Pujara: 14
Sachin Tendulkar: 199
Virat Kohli: 19
Rohit Sharma: 1
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 78
Ravinchandran Ashwin: 17
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 5
Mohammed Shami: 1
Pragyan Ojha: 23