Sunday 28 May 2017

No century but Tendulkar finishes off in style

Sachin Tendulkar fell short of a fairytale ton in his farewell Test, but the Indian batsman's 74-run knock was embellished by a full repertoire of classy shots the 'Little Master' has become renowned for during a sparkling 24-year career.

The packed Wankhede Stadium was jolted from euphoria to deathly silence within a second as West Indies captain Darren Sammy pouched a sharp slip catch off part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine to bring an end to Tendulkar's first-innings knock.

A sense of disappointment and disbelief hung in the air before the crowd came to terms with the magnitude of the moment to give their favourite sporting icon a prolonged standing ovation.

"Thank you for the memories Sachin. We will miss you," an emotional Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and Tendulkar's childhood hero, said from the commentary box.

Before his dismissal, chants of "Sachin, Sachin" reverberated around the packed stadium in the second-morning session of Tendulkar's 200th Test match.

Irish Independent

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