It may sound like stating the obvious, but even a career spanning 24 years draws to a close, just like that, one fine day. No matter the amount of preparation and build up for the moment, sporting full stops arrive abruptly and suddenly. Saturday morning I had to head off to complete some formalities and when I returned in the afternoon, Sachin Tendulkar had already given his long and emotional farewell speech. There it was, the moment we had been waiting for — rather, dreaded. And it’s already a part of history.