Almost all the leading English newspapers in India have today published as their front page headlines Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket.
Cricket is really one of the opiums of the India masses--the others being bollywood, religion, and the cheap politics prevailing in the country. These are excellent diversions to keep people drugged and away from thinking about their real problems which are socio-economic i.e. poverty, unemployment, malnutrition ( in half our population ), lack of healthcare and good education for the masses, discrimination against women, minorities, and dalits, etc.
The Roman Emperors used to say " If you cannot give the people bread, give them circuses ".
Our new Emperors are saying " If you cannot give the people vikas ( meaning jobs ) give them ghar wapasi "