Mumbai: Millions of Sachin Tendulkar fans were left disappointed as the iconic batsman again came very close to his historic 100th international century only to miss it by six runs in the third cricket Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
There was a deadly silence at Tendulkar’s home ground as pacer Ravi Rampaul turned the ‘villain’ by dismissing their favourite hero.
Amusingly, West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s statement on Thursday evening that he intended to break a few Indian hearts turned out to be prophetic as he took a quick catch at the second slip off Rampaul delivery that bounced a trifle more with Tendulkar trying to play a square drive.
The displeasure was summons large on his face as he leisurely trudged back to the pavilion with the crowd stunned into silence.
Starting on his overnight score of 67 not out, the legendary batsman was in a mood to get the desirable ton as quickly as possible.
The second new ball taken by rival skipper Sammy didn’t pose any problems as Tendulkar was pleasantly timing the ball. Actually, he reached the 90’s hitting a six off Fidel Edwards employing the upper cut over third man.
He also ran a quick singles with his partner Virat Kohli. His 153-ball knock contained eight boundaries and a couple of sixes hit in an identical manner off Edwards.
Tendulkar’s last international came on March 12 during a World Cup group league match against South Africa at Nagpur. It’s been over eight months that the entire nation has been waiting with bated breath for the subtle century.