November 2013 was the relevant month. A two-Test series against the West Indies was the famed Sachin Tendulkar’s last bilateral encounter on the international scene. Everything in India has been overshadowed by Tendulkar’s exit. It almost appeared as though the other ten players didn’t matter. Fans experienced a roller coaster of emotions as a 24-year career was about to end. Tendulkar’s last two venues were the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Showtime had arrived.

Tendulkar made a wonderfully crafted 74 in his last innings for India before getting dismissed for 10 in the first Test match in Kolkata. Keep in mind that Cheteshwar Pujara scored 100 runs in the same inning, yet no one spoke about anything other than his 74 runs. India finished the game and outscored the West Indies by an innings-to-inning margin. When the series was done, Tendulkar rode out into the distance.

Few people were aware that, at the same time as Tendulkar’s career was drawing to an end, another very talented Indian batsman made his Test debut. Rohit Sharma made a staggering 177 runs in his debut Test match in Kolkata, becoming him the 14th Indian batsman to accomplish so in a game for the first time. He then started what seemed to be a fantastic Test career in Mumbai, where he also featured for the second time in ODIs at the time. Rohit then followed it up with another century, this time scoring 111 not out.

Surprisingly, however, Rohit’s Test career stalled out following that. As Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara gained fame in the middle order of Indian cricket, Rohit, who only sometimes played in Tests, struggled to hold onto his place in the team’s starting XI. Looking back at Rohit’s promising start and how it went off the rails, veteran Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik described how the top India hitter had to deal with disappointment in the first half of his Test career.