India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 4th day November 25, 2011

Match fizzles after Ashwin century

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West Indies 590 and 81 for 2 lead India 482 (Ashwin 103, Tendulkar 94, Dravid 82) by 189 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

There was a century at the Wankhede Stadium, but not the one the sell-out crowd came to see. Sachin Tendulkar missed his historic ton by six runs, but the fans at least had the consolation of watching R Ashwin conjure an energetic hundred to become the first Indian since 1962 to take five wickets and score a century in the same match.

When Ashwin walked out, India were facing the possibility of a humiliating follow-on on the flattest of tracks after the West Indies' quicks struck three times with the second new ball, but with the help of Virat Kohli, he sliced the deficit to a far more manageable 108.

In recent times, West Indies' batting has rarely shown the ability to put up strong performances in both innings of a Test, but the all-too-familiar collapse didn't occur in the final session as Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite steadfastly hung on against the spinners.

West Indies' fast bowlers began the day with intent - Ravi Rampaul starting with a bouncer to Tendulkar and Fidel Edwards striking with his first delivery of the day, getting VVS Laxman to edge to gully.

It was all about Tendulkar for the next half an hour though, as he galloped to the nineties with a series of sumptuous strokes. The classic straight drive, an effortless punch past cover, an audacious upper cut over third man for six all suggested Tendulkar was in top form, turning the Wankhede into a buzzing cauldron of noise. Ravi Rampaul switched the mute-button on though, by getting a short-of-length ball to jump at Tendulkar, who edged it to Darren Sammy at second slip. The seemingly interminable wait continues.

The crowd was at its most dejected then, and their mood didn't improve when MS Dhoni was bowled by Sammy soon after. With only the inexperienced Kohli and the bowlers to come, and India needing 60 more to force West Indies to bat again, the follow-on looked a distinct possibility.

All the hoopla may have been around Tendulkar, but it was a far more important day for Kohli, who finally got the chance to show his credentials for the No. 6 spot. He responded well, with an array of wristy flicks, guiding India ever closer to the crucial 391-run mark.

Barring a caught-behind chance on 43, Kohli was barely troubled by the bowling either side of lunch, and his partnership with Ashwin not only avoided the follow-on but swelled towards triple-figures. Kohli progressed to his maiden Test half-century but couldn't carry on, gifting his wicket away while attempting to clear mid-on. There was a scream of disappointment from Kohli, but he has seemingly done enough to at least book a place for the Australia tour.

Another youngster whose tickets for Australia can be confirmed is Ashwin, who continued to find Test cricket easy in his debut series. He used to be an opener at the Under-19 level, and that was reflected during his century, which wasn't a tailender's swing-at-everything effort but a more controlled one.

The early boundaries came through measured drives and flicks, as he outscored Kohli in their partnership. After lunch, two streaky edged fours were bookended by murderous hits over mid-on for six off Bishoo. There were late cuts for four off Edwards and Marlon Samuels, audacious paddles to fine leg after jumping across the stumps on consecutive deliveries, and an air of level-headedness even as he started to run out of partners.

He started to decline the singles towards the end, and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the tension of seeing whether Ashwin could make it to the hundred with last man Pragyan Ojha for company. The No. 11 survived 14 deliveries, including a testing over from Edwards, before Ashwin stabbed the ball past gully in the next over to bring up the century which caps an eventful month in which he has already won the Man-of-the-Match award on Test debut, and got married.

Even with a sizeable first-innings lead, West Indies looked like the only team likely to lose - their batsmen needed to withstand a trial by spin, and even if they succeeded the visitors couldn't risk declaring too early on the fifth morning to push for a victory given the might of the Indian batting.

Ojha caused some early excitement by getting rid of both Adrian Barath and Kirk Edwards within the 11th over, but Brathwaithe again showed that though he may lack flair, he wasn't short on defensive doggedness. At the other end, Bravo continued to bat as fluently as you'd expect from a man who has two centuries in his previous two innings. There was a moment of concern, when he edged a chance to Kohli at forward short leg in the final over of the day but that was put down.

Though the track showed signs of taking spin, the draw remains the likeliest result.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Afridipak on November 26, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    sachin is not a match winner well Said by Shoaib akhtar

  • Harmony111 on November 26, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @ani_cric :-

    Funny that you say that SRT can't handle pressure AFTER he has scored 94 runs. A lot of batsmen would struggle to score half of those runs, pressure or no pressure.

    In fact it just tells us how great a batsman Sachin is. He is being called as a failure for not scoring a century. That is the level at which he plays. Just like we still remember that Bradman, of all the batsmen, failed to score mere 4 runs in his final innings. This when Bradman had scored heaps of runs all his life.

    By the way, I don't think Sachin looked in any pressure whatsoever. In fact, he looked a bit too fluent to me. He just happened to get out due to a minor mistake. He was trying to do an upper cut for the 3rd time in his innings and the ball got a bit too much to the middle. I was yesterday telling my friends that Sachin has never scored a 100 in an innings if he has scored an upper cut 6. And sadly I was proved right. I hope Sachin gets my hint for the Oz tour.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    yet another chance to a ton for master blaster.... may d cricket god full fill dat his 100th international ton..... ojha n d chennai express did a very fine job.... another man of d match opportunity to Ashwin..... cheers....

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    'Match fizzles' is right. For me it fizzled out when WI insouciently batted on the the third morning of the Test. But what trauma? Does it refer to Sachin not getting his ton. This will be a one-time landmark in the history of cricket, may be even for the future. So if the achievement makes the great little man sweat and keeps him waiting, it cannot be and shouldn't be termed as trauma for even his fans. They even resent the West Indians even for getting him out; I believe some harsh, unsporting taunts were actually hurled at Ravi Rampaul, the West Indian who took Sachin's wicket. One wonders if they really would prefer a 'soft' 100th ton for their hero, on a platter. Do they really aim to make it 'heist'?

    If he has it the hard way, it adds value to the feat; let us all understand that aspect.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    ashwin's bowling variations and batting skills are far better than bhajji's, so ashwin is the right choice for the series of down under.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @Shan156, how can you say Harbhajan will comeback to Indian side for Australia? Given the recent success of Ashwin, I doubt if team management will like to drop him. Also Bhajji has created lots of controversies against Aussies. So I am sure Ashwin will get the edge over Harbhajan.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Well done Ashwin. But I hope team management does not try to make him a genuine all rounder. His focus should be on bowling only and runs should be just bonus for him or else he may become another Irfan Pathan. Coming to Sachin missing hundred. It was sad to see him so near and yet so far. But the positive is if he reaches this milestone against Australia in Australia, the taste will be far better compared to reaching against WI on a flat track. I must salute the mental strength of this man who has to carry this burden of expectation.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Ok, so it was disappointing that our great batsman missed out on his century. I have faith it will come soon, whether in the form of an ODI or a Test century, it will come. There are other glaringly obvious great things that have come out of this test - firstly, Darren Bravo - what an entertainer, I loved watching Lara bat and seeing this lad bat is certainly promising for the future of West Indies cricket. Also, as a die-hard Indian supporter, it's great to see the Windies fighting so strongly. Lastly, R Ashwin, great bowler, good with the bat and looks like a cricketer with a great temperament - very promising indeed. Stop talking about Sachin's century and he will get it, when will this country learn that!

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Congrats Ash.. Excellent century without any slog or power hitting.. I can definitely see a good batsman grooming. One suggestion would be to improve the pull shot to play well 'down under'.

  • RandyOZ on November 26, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Sachin against shows why he isn't fit for test cricket. He is certainly not a team player and as usual Dravid out performed him. When will Sachin care about team India rather than his personal records?

  • Afridipak on November 26, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    sachin is not a match winner well Said by Shoaib akhtar

  • Harmony111 on November 26, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    @ani_cric :-

    Funny that you say that SRT can't handle pressure AFTER he has scored 94 runs. A lot of batsmen would struggle to score half of those runs, pressure or no pressure.

    In fact it just tells us how great a batsman Sachin is. He is being called as a failure for not scoring a century. That is the level at which he plays. Just like we still remember that Bradman, of all the batsmen, failed to score mere 4 runs in his final innings. This when Bradman had scored heaps of runs all his life.

    By the way, I don't think Sachin looked in any pressure whatsoever. In fact, he looked a bit too fluent to me. He just happened to get out due to a minor mistake. He was trying to do an upper cut for the 3rd time in his innings and the ball got a bit too much to the middle. I was yesterday telling my friends that Sachin has never scored a 100 in an innings if he has scored an upper cut 6. And sadly I was proved right. I hope Sachin gets my hint for the Oz tour.

  • on November 26, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    yet another chance to a ton for master blaster.... may d cricket god full fill dat his 100th international ton..... ojha n d chennai express did a very fine job.... another man of d match opportunity to Ashwin..... cheers....

  • on November 26, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    'Match fizzles' is right. For me it fizzled out when WI insouciently batted on the the third morning of the Test. But what trauma? Does it refer to Sachin not getting his ton. This will be a one-time landmark in the history of cricket, may be even for the future. So if the achievement makes the great little man sweat and keeps him waiting, it cannot be and shouldn't be termed as trauma for even his fans. They even resent the West Indians even for getting him out; I believe some harsh, unsporting taunts were actually hurled at Ravi Rampaul, the West Indian who took Sachin's wicket. One wonders if they really would prefer a 'soft' 100th ton for their hero, on a platter. Do they really aim to make it 'heist'?

    If he has it the hard way, it adds value to the feat; let us all understand that aspect.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    ashwin's bowling variations and batting skills are far better than bhajji's, so ashwin is the right choice for the series of down under.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @Shan156, how can you say Harbhajan will comeback to Indian side for Australia? Given the recent success of Ashwin, I doubt if team management will like to drop him. Also Bhajji has created lots of controversies against Aussies. So I am sure Ashwin will get the edge over Harbhajan.

  • on November 26, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Well done Ashwin. But I hope team management does not try to make him a genuine all rounder. His focus should be on bowling only and runs should be just bonus for him or else he may become another Irfan Pathan. Coming to Sachin missing hundred. It was sad to see him so near and yet so far. But the positive is if he reaches this milestone against Australia in Australia, the taste will be far better compared to reaching against WI on a flat track. I must salute the mental strength of this man who has to carry this burden of expectation.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Ok, so it was disappointing that our great batsman missed out on his century. I have faith it will come soon, whether in the form of an ODI or a Test century, it will come. There are other glaringly obvious great things that have come out of this test - firstly, Darren Bravo - what an entertainer, I loved watching Lara bat and seeing this lad bat is certainly promising for the future of West Indies cricket. Also, as a die-hard Indian supporter, it's great to see the Windies fighting so strongly. Lastly, R Ashwin, great bowler, good with the bat and looks like a cricketer with a great temperament - very promising indeed. Stop talking about Sachin's century and he will get it, when will this country learn that!

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    Congrats Ash.. Excellent century without any slog or power hitting.. I can definitely see a good batsman grooming. One suggestion would be to improve the pull shot to play well 'down under'.

  • RandyOZ on November 26, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Sachin against shows why he isn't fit for test cricket. He is certainly not a team player and as usual Dravid out performed him. When will Sachin care about team India rather than his personal records?

  • Krish0601 on November 26, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Don't worry guys sachin's waiting to gift to the cricketing world his 100th century in Austrailia @ the Boxing day test match which starts 26 Dec 11... Lets hope we do well over there... Moreover Bhajji should not be selected based on wat he has done before but instead what he is good at now - but he has performed poorly even in domestic matches showing that he is not the one to be picked up for the aussie tour... ashwin & ohja must get a chance based on their good show here!!

  • on November 26, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Sachin has nothing more to prove to anyone or to himself. Developing youngsters for the future and gradually building the "next" team should be the primary goal for all connected or concerned with Indian cricket. It is a shame to see the obsession with "the hundred" , not only by the general public, but also by the ex-cricketers! A classic case of mixing up goals under the weight of the misplaced personality cult. Don't mistake me; I do consider Sachin as the greatest cricketer -- it is this misplaced obsession I hate.

  • on November 25, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    is srt going the ricky pointing way? well having said that one battle i am looking forward too sachin v/s ricky

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 25, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Embarrassing. Ashwin is not only a mediocre bowler, he is the worst Test match centurion in history! He is going to be destroyed in Australia. As for Tendulkar, even against one of the worst attacks in world cricket and on the best batting wicket ever seen, he still couldn't make a ton! England's bowlers may well have destroyed him for good!

  • on November 25, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Nampally... you are right. How dare Sachin score just 94runs. Ha Ashwin showed him.

  • zshanto on November 25, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    I will go with west indies . Very good bowling indeed . They capture most of the indian top order .. Ashwin was fluck today . In cricket game this can be happen sometime .All credit to west indies till now in 3rd test . Well done and bravo will make another century today . Let's see . He is in good touch this days with bowl .

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 25, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    Wonder why the Windies bash this lovely person Sammy. He seems to be pumping up his team mates and he himself seems to give his heart out at the same time as he is using his brain. It's been a while since we saw Windies playing with such determination and class. Take a bow to Sammy and his honest efforts. From an Indian.

  • on November 25, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    For now i think people should stop thinking about Bhajji. He will make a comeback for sure but not on ashwin's expense. Ashwin is a gem for the Indian team and I hope he plays that well in the ODI series too.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 25, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    The West Indies are close to 200 ahead and sure to declare and set a target on a pitch taking a lot of spin and the match has fizzled? It certainly has not for neutrals and West Indian fans who will be hoping against hope that the West Indies can make something of this position. What a performance though fom R.Ashwin who has had an amazing couple of months and has saved his side from likely defeat, although there is still plenty more work to be done tomorrow. If the West Indies can declare before lunch we may be in for an interesting afternoon.

  • zico123 on November 25, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Pujara should be picked for Australia test tour, he should play at 5, laxman at 6. Kohli is backup for no. 5,6, Ajinkye Rahane is back up for no. 1,2,3,4.

  • on November 25, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    It was Ashwin's day and we all love but our hearts still wait in agony fo SRT to get that hundred and he is under a lot of pressure knowing that, so I still applaud his contribution of 94....HE IS THE BEST!!!!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    I am really glad that aShwin proved me wrong by performing the way he did .before the test series I thought that ashwin was not a test material and he would prove to be an average spinner but oh boy has he been impressive and I am not saying that coz he took those wickets but looking at him bowling on that road showed a lot of positive attitude which was missing from harbhajan in the recent past and pretty confident now that he will prove me wrong every tine he goes out to play

  • on November 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I think his bat has done the trick...

  • theRule19 on November 25, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    A batting allrounder down the order is exactly what India needs to edge over most opponents and Ashwin does look that kind. All the best for the future to Ashwin, focus on both batting and bowling equally.

  • honestno2 on November 25, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    i Still think sehwaf is the best spinner in india rite nw ;)

  • Nampally on November 25, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Any chance of India winning this game were gone when Kohli dropped Bravo in the last over off Ojha.Bravo got a ton in the first innings when Dravid dropped him. How many will he get now?."Bravo Ashwin" - for a magnificient century. He showed the Indian batsmen that there was nothing in the bowling. Throwing away wickets was the real reason for Indian batting failure. Kohli kept his nerve until he also played a rash shot & paid penalty. Of all the dismissals Dhoni's was the worst. He had his feet, bat & hands all mixed up to a straight ball - fundamentals totally absent.While I had expected India to easily overtake WI total, the unexpected collapse of VVS, SRT & MSD was shocking. Hence Ashwin's innings was like a refreshing oasis in an ordid desert. For a #8 batsmen to lead this rear guard action was absolutely fantastic.India must focus on getting the WI out and play out the time on the Day 5. So much hoopla about 3-0! Impossible to win when your batsmen don't focus on big scores.

  • on November 25, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    @ani_cric: About SRT not being able to handle pressure:

    #1: 94 is not bad! #2: I just checked the records of Indian players and SRT at statsguru and the total runs scored (in last two years!) is either first or second for almost all criteria (away, home, won, etc.).

  • hhillbumper on November 25, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Ah Tendulkar.Great batsman.Flat pitch and gets out in the nineties.Never would have happened with Lara,or Ponting or Kallis.Thats why they are better than the over rated flat track bully.Will prob get his ton of tons in a pointless one day match and then we can hear again about how great he is.How many matches has he won or saved in tests? I am still trying to work it out

  • Nutcutlet on November 25, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    The mass exodus of fans on Tendulkar's dismissal tells you all you need to know about a very large number of Indian supporters. How valued must his team mates feel? Moreover, tracks like this one are precisely the ones that will see the death of test cricket. For those who worship statistics, this is the sort of pitch (obviously prepared to give SRT every chance to get that 100!) that inflates batsmen's reputations and batters fast bowlers' averages ( in particular fast bowlers) so that they are much higher than they should be, were there any justice in the world. Little wonder that India has produced hardly any quicks worthy of the name, whilst their batsmen feast in the monstrous imbalance of bat with ball, building reputations that tumble down to earth when they leave home shores (the great Dravid excepted!).

  • on November 25, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I dont understand the BCCI they have money flowing in huge numbers , in as India has a huge population watching the game,if a little planning was done they should have played the last test in mohali and prepared a fast bouncy track and played Rohit/raina/ virat/pujara if fit / rested gambir/laxman/rahul/ as we are heading australia next where we will be tested on real fast wickets, Iam sure Australia will leash Cumins and co to our batsmen ,we need to give the young batsman exposure and present westindies bolwling is quite good on fast tracks ,but instead prepared a flat cracker for sachin 100 ,dont blame sachin for it ,our bowling attack is average without zaheer we struggle to get tail enders out ,what has bcci done to attract fast bowlers, may organaise a camp where top indian batsmen attend and maybe 15-20 fast bowlers who have pace have a go at the top batsmen and the batsmen can find out who has the talent and maybe 2 of those travell with the team to australia

  • Shan156 on November 25, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Well played Ashwin. It is a shame that he won't play another test for at least a few months what with Harbhajan returning to the XI for the Australia tour. I don't see India playing 2 spinners in Australia. Hopefully, we will see Ashwin in ODIs at least.

  • on November 25, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    now that ashwin has showed he can bat, he would get a nod ahead of bhaji. bhaji couldnt perform at all in the ranji matches yet. shows how well he is doing. Forget bhaji. They should have had Ashwin and Ojha much earlier than now.

  • SnowSnake on November 25, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    I think Ashwin's century was the final nail in the coffin of Bhajji's career.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 25, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Sachin has once again proved that he's NOT a big match player. Having said that, it would be a cliche to say that such things do happen in a sport like cricket. But seriously, how many times has this guy gotten out in the 90s. I heard about 10 times before. He could have had about 60 test centuries by now if he had been 'lucky'. I hope the Indian public gives him a break. This is getting out of hand. The more times he fails from now on the more he will turn into a laughing stock. He looked like a CLOWN after he got out. By the way, Ashwin deserves his century. I hope the 'God' learned a few things from Ashwin on how to make a 100.

  • nawshercse9 on November 25, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    i am just upset the way sachin got out. last 4 innings he got out by playing loose short. he need to work hard for his technique although he is in very good form now. he just need to do more practice and net session

  • on November 25, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Definately, the future of Ashvin as an all-rounder is very bright.

  • theRule19 on November 25, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Those shots of Ashwin were genuine shots. Just goes to show that he can time the ball as well as any top-class batsmen in the team, viz. Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar, etc. India has found a lower middle order player in Ashwin and he should consider his batting seriously as bowling. About Tendulkar only thing being said is that he could have left the ball alone and should have waited for his turn.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    I disappointed about Sachin's issue but I enjoyed Ashvin's batting. I thimk "the great Century"from Sachin's bat defiinately come soon..........

  • WestIndies1987 on November 25, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    I hope to see another great innings from Bravo. On a side note I was shocked that an Indian player has not score a ton and taken 5 wickets in the same innings considering the likes of Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri etc.. have been around in that time.

  • Chennai_Voice on November 25, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Ashwin has officially announced the end of Harbhajan!!!!!

  • TRAM on November 25, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Ya, if Ashwin scores century, it is a horrible flat track. If SRT/Dravid/VVS score century it is master class batsmanship. Gosh, .... why dont people praise the good technique alone and not the stardom. Ashwin showed his batting class. I dont see much difference in his class as a batsman compared to many recognized batsmen. One of the rare Indian players who show levelheadedness and less emotion, possibly next to Dhoni himself. Good for the team.

  • Randy_Wilson on November 25, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    I am a West Indies Fan, but I would of Love to See Tendulaker score that 100th century against us. a great batsman to learn and i hope these young West indian Batsmen learn from him, btw not learn by getting out in the 90's :) . Dont matter how much Tendulkar is been critise he is one of the greatest batsmen of this Era and would be happen to see him get that 100th Century. Best of luck to him in Australia. Since I dont think He would get it on the 5th day, unless West Indies get bowled out tomorrow Cheaply and Tendulkar open the batting.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Well i was so happy to see such a great performance from this promising young talent R Ashwin, but was really dissapointed to see Sachin getting out when he was just six short of the landmark of reaching his 100th ton.i wish Sachin fulfills the dream soon..... Overall it was great day of test cricket............

  • BMayuresh on November 25, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    To all those who are crying on SRT missing the opportunity, I would say feel better that the LANDMARK did not come in a match that is a mere formality. I would love to see SRT score the long awaited century against Aussies.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Bradman has proved to be a human with 99 as a record, other wise they would have called him a machine, so does Sachin with 99, leave him alone. If he does not get his 100th 100 it will be good.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on November 25, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Ali Cook and Ian Bell are far better batsmen than Sachin Tendulkar. Today we just saw another example of that.

  • on November 25, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    relieved that ashwin scored a century today which completely ruled out bhajjis inclusion in the squad in the mere future for the sake of his batting ability ..

  • THINK_BEYOND on November 25, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    BTW - When is next India vs. Bangaladesh series in India? Just asking, to know how long we have to wait for Sachin's next century.

  • sk123 on November 25, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @ani_cric - Ani, I'm surprised that you're calling on Sachin's head even after he scores 94 runs (cannot perform?) What do you say about other cricketers who don't score 90 runs in a game? Anyway, the fact is that you've no idea the kind of pressure Tendulkar plays under. If he plays without the insecurity of being dropped, it's because he has earned it. Even then, every other cricketer is given a benefit of doubt when they fail, but with Sachin, even 94 isn't good enough. Add to that the expectation of a billion people to score a 100 every time he goes in to bat and you'll get the idea. He has earned the right to be in the team and to get his 100th 100 just like Kumble had earned the right to be India's captain before retiring. These are some players you'll know the value of only when they leave and I bet you'll be the first one to appreciate it and tell your kids that "Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Kumble played in my era" - I know I'll be that person and I'm proud of it.

  • THINK_BEYOND on November 25, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Hats off!! Gr8 show by Ashwin. India needs more cricketers of your character. Aus, SA, ENG all have so many allrounders. India needs more players like you and Ravindra Jadeja and not like Ojha who bowls but cannot bat or Gambhir who if fails with the bat has nothing else to contribute.

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    The one thing that should not go unnoticed is the "manner in which this West Indies team is evolving". The addition of a 3rd. genuine quickie would make this team very competitive as noted by Sehwag. Probably by the end of the next two series, this team would be highly favoured. Congrats to Ashwin. This aging lot of Indian players should cause the selectors some concern. They may bat, but they are poor fielders. Check the catching stats.

  • Naresh28 on November 25, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    FANS IT DOES MATTER THAT THE 100th 100 WAS NOT SCORED. THE 94 SCORED BY THE 38 YR OLD IS IMPORTANT TO THE TEAM. AS I SAID THE 100 WILL PROBABLY COME IN A ODI. ALSO IT WAS NICE TO SEE ASHWIN SCORE THE 100. NOW WE HAVE JADEJA AND ASHWIN - GOOD SPINNERS WHO CAN BAT AS WELL. ONE MUST NOT FORGET OHJA IN THIS GAME. HE IS AN ACCURATE SPINNER WHO CAN SEAL ONE END. SOMETHING INDIA MISSED IN ENGLAND. INDIA CAN BE PROUD THAT FIDO (CLASSY PACEMEN) HAS GIVEN INDIAN BATSMAN A GOOD WORKOUT. THE DETRACTORS WHO SAY INDIAN BATSMAN CAN ONLY BAT ON FLAT TRACKS SHOULD THINK AGAIN.

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    it is childish,pure rubbish to say that a guy who has scored 32K international runs played in 600 international cant handle pressure..and kindly remember only when sachin doesnt score runs the lower order is under pressure..

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    I think today is about Ashwin and Kohli....who put a stand together....And by and by I see the Indian team putting more partnerships together...like the Windies in the 80s. Ashwin...hats off! Supreme effort...not luck but positive cricket. We need more of this kind of mind set in every one.

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Is Tendulkar going the Bradman way ? Stuck at number 99 ?

  • on November 25, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    His first test debut series and a maiden century in his bag, was excellent with the ball and including a MOM. Brilliant start to a test career. Bhajji is curtains for u now!!!

  • shiva.kumar.k on November 25, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @ani_cric , Aswin opened the batting for u19 team for tn

  • ravi_shankar88 on November 25, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Congrats,ashwin.might be next anil kumble in the making. Only odd thing is ashwin in off spinner and kumble is a leggie. Cheers...

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    If Sachin had scored then these people would have said that he could score because of the tailor made flat track, if he doesn't score then these people would say he couldn't either do on these flat track. But the record speaks of itself, it didn't happened overnight, he remains in the side even after 22 years is because of his extra ordinary talent. People at different times compared him to the likes of Ponting, Lara, Hussey, Chanders, Mahela, Yousuf etc etc.. but no one had endured so long.

    But its a poetic justice that he didn't scored his 100th 100 on this bullish dead pitch, the graveyard. Hope he will score at the MCG on Boxing Day; and that would be fitting that he scored his maiden 100 there at WACA.

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on November 25, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Give Ashwin that no. 6 position and look for another bowler. India should have an aggressive team composition given the might of their batting.

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Even after missing a record SRT made a record of most score of nineties..!! Maybe dats why we call him master...!!

  • Nathan_123 on November 25, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Well done to Srikanth & Co to bring in the talented youngsters in to the side. Congratulations to Ashwin and Virath.

  • Headbandenator on November 25, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Will Sachin become the first player to go one hundred innings between international hundreds?

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I'm Sure he is the replacement for Our Jumbo(Anil) from the bowling end in the team. even then he is far more better than any bowlers in the team now in batting. He is a All rounder. Lets hope Irfan Pathan who is amongst the wickets now in the Ranji trophy makes it to the team soon.

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Well done West Indies. Great day 4. Tomorrow is declared an all day net session -practise batting spin. And thanks for forcing the great Sachin to wait to get his 100th, century against some weak opposition, not us. Awesome boys. Lead on brother Sammy.

  • Nampally on November 25, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It was a heroic effort from a bowler, Ashwin, that saved India a shameful following On.Poor batting by Laxman & Dhoni on a perfect batting wicket was inexplicable. Dhoni should have been rested by the Selectors in a meaningless dead Rubber match. He is tired, jaded and has bruised hands.Why does he not make way for a youngster instead of insisting on playing? This was an ideal chance to play the 4 guys who have been warming the bench, Rahul, Rahane, Patel + Yadev in XI. Keep the player fresh & keen by rotation- Lesson learnt?. Whilst the world famed top 5 batsmen could not muster a century between them, a bowler with an average of 4 runs in previous 2 tests showed the great Tendulkar how to score a century! It was a magnificient innings under pressure - leading from #8 spot!.This follows his 50 overs to capture 5 wickets. It is also reminicent of great Vinoo Mankads' one man show at Lords Test against England -5 for 192 followed by 184 runs.Hats off to you, Ashwin! Magnificient job.

  • CrissCross786 on November 25, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Lol i am so happy.Ashwin way to go dude.

  • on November 25, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    I know every one would today comment about Sachin's failure not to make the ton. But for me R.Ashwin is the hero of the day. This guy surely belongs to the highest level.

  • Romenevans on November 25, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Well played Ashwin! LOL i feel so sad for Bhajji...but really happy at the same time too, because he was an awfully average and a containing bowler, who can slog a bit with bat. But Ashwin is a real aggressive bowler, with some serious batting skills, and ability to grind when needed.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 25, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    WELL PEOPLE CAME TO WANKEDE FOR SEEING A CENTURY BUT THE CENTURY WAS MADE BY ASHWIN.

  • vallavarayar on November 25, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Ashwin is a better batsman than Sachin....today.

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Happy for Ashwin for long Bhaji held onto the spot due to previous track record...

  • Vishal_07 on November 25, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    No worries SRT, you missed one today but there will be ample opportunities. And it is NOT a big deal. More important than that is your contribution to the team which has always shown.

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    That's bhajji's intertnational career finished completely now.

  • atuljain1969 on November 25, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    If tomorrow, India gets to play at least 50 overs then, Tendulkar must open the innings and be allowed to score the elusive 100. After all he is our opening batsmen in One dayers.

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    this is gonna to be drawn on fifth day ....WI are not gonna declare before lunch.. means india will have to chase more than 250 in 60 or lesser over.....

  • Mfalme on November 25, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Well played Ashwin. Of the 20 players is Ashwin the youngest and quickest (since debut) to 100 runs & 5 wkts in the same test?

  • IndieFan on November 25, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Kudos to Ashwin..!! He seems like a self assured, confident man who knows what he is doing. This is a dream debut series for him. Hope he can continue this in the feature.

  • bumsonseats on November 25, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    ashwin looks a very good cricketer. dpk

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    R. Ashwin scored 103 and took 5 wicket in his debut test....maybe its the end of Indians search for a true all-rounder since Kapil dev...

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    A disappointing day it would have been but for R. Ashwin who made my cuppa joy overflow. I came in to see the match live when he was on 80. I rubbed my eyes twice thinking his score ought to be 8. The zero on the right of figure 8 wouldn't go away. Then Ravi Shastri started speculating on him possibly emulating Vinoo Mankad and Umrigar, more than 40 years ago. My heartiest congratulations to the proud young cricketer of our time and day.

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    poor pitch makers, effort in vain. but good luck SRT next time for 100th Ton

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Great talent from tamilnadu!!

  • ani_cric on November 25, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Its proven again and again that SRT cannot handle pressure . Thats the reason he is unfit to lead the indain side. Think if SRT place in the team is like any cricket player then he would have been easily exposed as a ordinary player. His records are no big deal as he never happened to face insecure pressure of being in the team . Even Gr8 and match winners like Waugh, Lara , Kallis , Dravid , laxman, Bevan had prove everytime to prove their position in the team. For SRT thats always guarantee... Can anyone believe this guys chooses the games to play what a fluke lucky guy . SRT cant perform in the tailored pitch where Ashwin (who does not know how to hold the bat and was playing baseball) can score century . SRT plz retire for the good spirit of the game .

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Incredible toughness shown by the tamilnadu lad in the 3rd innings of his test career! He is the future of indian cricket!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    itz time for bhajji to rethink his approach towards his game..time is running out and he has to perform well if he got a chance.If he wants to be in the team better he perform now bcos past records are not going to help the team while on ground.. And for ashwin it too early to judge but still he is managed to get two 5 wicket haul in a flat work especially in dis game itz a real hard work..way to go young man...all d best..

  • spence1324 on November 25, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    In a era were teams lose when thay are in such dominate positions and then get mentally labeled as weak,I ask people this is sachin tendulker a Choker?

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    R Ashwin truly deserves this century with this he confirmed his ticket to AUSTRALIA :) and sealed the position of leading off spinner(Bajji) :(

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Unfortunately!!Atleast for a while,Seems Like that Ashin has closed the Door for Harbhajan Singh and rightly so coz At this Very Moment he is the Best Indian Spinner!!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    can we say a new All rounder in making

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Two unexpected changes in the script, during the day made the test somewhat interesting, despite the almost dead pitch. 1) Veteran Sachin's party was invaded by the newbie Ashwin, with such an unexpected assurance. 2) Yesterday ended with the possibility of a draw or INDIA losing, whereas today ended with the chances of a draw or WINDIES losing, provided there is going to be a collapse tomorrow morning. But looking at the way their third wicket partnership evolved, it seems like a possible draw. Hoping for a miracle between 9:30 am and 11:30 am, tomorrow

  • shakkupaa on November 25, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Wat a pitch is this wat kind of surface 5 WI batsmen making more than 50 and setting up a world record and just 1 Indian bastmen making a Century that too tailender Ashwin and sachin missing it

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    A definate Find for India, If not selected for the Aussie tour , would definatly dent his confidence....

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Well,All Sachin critics please pull out your daggers and start marching to Australia, hold on we still have a one day series too,right? hope he only gets ninetees here too, then comes the Austalian tour, guys please chase him there as well , make his life miserable , ask him to retire whenever he gets out in the ninetees, tell the World he is no good ,was never better than Ponting etc, this can atleast help Ponting to revive his own career. So Sachin carrying on for another few Innings without centuries should not be a big issue,let the truth prevail - he is atleast in good touch, still holds the middle order together, keeps himself fit ,scores good amount of runs to retain his place in both tests and one dayers- Can the daggers go back to hidings atleast for the time being???

  • licec on November 25, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    What would now generate maximum interest is the approach of WI and the timing of their declaration, and India's approach. On a secondary note, unless the test produces a result, I wouldn't mind nominating this test for the Worst Test of 2011. The guys in charge of the nature of the pitch have simply failed to do justice to the sport just for one person to get this century (Not Ashwin, of course), which, ironically, did not happen.

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Fizzle? Not so quickly sir. let's c what happens at lunch on the 5th day. Congrats to Ashwin, fine all-round performance.The guy achieved what the LITTLE MASTER is making a meal over. Good performance by the WI. This series should give them an improvement in ranking, they deserve it. All things being even this test should be called off by tea, & concludes a fascinating series.

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Oh Siddharth - "to push for a victory given the might of the Indian batting" - we saw how eager the mighty indian batting was to chase down a piddly score in the west indies. what makes you think we wouldve done it here in Mumbai?

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Ash's 100 was fluid, no mistake to point out... Let's C , whether his form continues Down Under and he'll be a good allrounder.. Good Luck

  • DILEEPMJOHN on November 25, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    yes its true the track offers nothing much to the bowlers.. its very unlikely to see WI getting allout quickly in the morning session.But WI could bat for 18 overs and try to score quickly..they still have samuels powell ramdin sammy for the big blows.if they bat positively they can add around 90+ runs.. setting INDIA a target of 280+ in 70 overs..(at 4 + R.P.O) Wi could fancy their chances trying to get early wickets and putting pressure on the middle order.Its 5th day and the pitch offers bounce and turn as seen from the bowling of samules,ashwin and tendulkar.Unless sehwag bat and score 150 runs WI dont have any chance of losing the match.another interesting thing is if INDIA lose 2 wikcets in under 15 overs Tendulkar gets an opportunity to bat for 55 overs or so and try and look for another century :D

  • Aussasinator on November 25, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    This innings by the team is a crazy batting innings. The track must have been custom made for sachin's hundred. This 100th ton has already deprived Tendulkar of a couple of routine hundreds. He shoud play the ODIs and get it out of his mind.

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Sachin to score his 100th hundred so this flat pitch for batsmen. in the end match will be draw because of sachi. otherwise this test also ends in 4 days india win. india lost one test win for sachin.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 25, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    I really don't think WI will fancy a win considering they batted for more than 2 days in the 1st innings......

    It seems Tendulkar with all his talent has a cruel luck and nothing can explain why he has so many scores in the 90's.......

    All though very soon people will start their tirade against sachin, i will say only one thing that he is by far the greatest batsman of all time....

  • MaruthuDelft on November 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Ashwin wouldn't take any test wickets in Australia; he is nothing; not a spinner; so not a bowler; a tail ender; so not a batsman; paunchy; so not a fielder; bad teeth; so no intangible contributions.

  • annys on November 25, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Hats off to Aswin, if he can be consistent it would be great for Indian cricket especially when touring abroad, God save Bhajji :))

  • NCassie on November 25, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    BAUGH DROPS KOHLI, wi is lucky that this chance didn't cost them much, GET RID OF CALTON BAUGH PLEASE!!!

  • on November 25, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    There was a century at the Wankhede Stadium, but not the one the sell-out crowd came to see. Sachin Tendulkar missed his historic ton by six runs, but the fans at least had the consolation of watching R Ashwin conjure an energetic hundred to become the first Indian since 1962 to take five wickets and score a century in the same innings

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  • on November 25, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    There was a century at the Wankhede Stadium, but not the one the sell-out crowd came to see. Sachin Tendulkar missed his historic ton by six runs, but the fans at least had the consolation of watching R Ashwin conjure an energetic hundred to become the first Indian since 1962 to take five wickets and score a century in the same innings

  • NCassie on November 25, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    BAUGH DROPS KOHLI, wi is lucky that this chance didn't cost them much, GET RID OF CALTON BAUGH PLEASE!!!

  • annys on November 25, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Hats off to Aswin, if he can be consistent it would be great for Indian cricket especially when touring abroad, God save Bhajji :))

  • MaruthuDelft on November 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Ashwin wouldn't take any test wickets in Australia; he is nothing; not a spinner; so not a bowler; a tail ender; so not a batsman; paunchy; so not a fielder; bad teeth; so no intangible contributions.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 25, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    I really don't think WI will fancy a win considering they batted for more than 2 days in the 1st innings......

    It seems Tendulkar with all his talent has a cruel luck and nothing can explain why he has so many scores in the 90's.......

    All though very soon people will start their tirade against sachin, i will say only one thing that he is by far the greatest batsman of all time....

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Sachin to score his 100th hundred so this flat pitch for batsmen. in the end match will be draw because of sachi. otherwise this test also ends in 4 days india win. india lost one test win for sachin.

  • Aussasinator on November 25, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    This innings by the team is a crazy batting innings. The track must have been custom made for sachin's hundred. This 100th ton has already deprived Tendulkar of a couple of routine hundreds. He shoud play the ODIs and get it out of his mind.

  • DILEEPMJOHN on November 25, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    yes its true the track offers nothing much to the bowlers.. its very unlikely to see WI getting allout quickly in the morning session.But WI could bat for 18 overs and try to score quickly..they still have samuels powell ramdin sammy for the big blows.if they bat positively they can add around 90+ runs.. setting INDIA a target of 280+ in 70 overs..(at 4 + R.P.O) Wi could fancy their chances trying to get early wickets and putting pressure on the middle order.Its 5th day and the pitch offers bounce and turn as seen from the bowling of samules,ashwin and tendulkar.Unless sehwag bat and score 150 runs WI dont have any chance of losing the match.another interesting thing is if INDIA lose 2 wikcets in under 15 overs Tendulkar gets an opportunity to bat for 55 overs or so and try and look for another century :D

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Ash's 100 was fluid, no mistake to point out... Let's C , whether his form continues Down Under and he'll be a good allrounder.. Good Luck

  • on November 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Oh Siddharth - "to push for a victory given the might of the Indian batting" - we saw how eager the mighty indian batting was to chase down a piddly score in the west indies. what makes you think we wouldve done it here in Mumbai?