India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 1st day November 6, 2013

Tendulkar's scalp, Eden Gardens' gaffe

N Hunter
Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata

The mistake
Having played their previous Test in March, West Indies were always going to struggle to adapt to the longer format right away. So it was no surprise to watch the opener Kieran Powell forget the principle of taking the shine off the new ball. His aggressive batting during the first hour seemed to suggest he wasn't playing in the first morning of a Test, but rather the Powerplay overs of an ODI. Having already lofted R Ashwin for a six and a four in his first over, Powell attempted a pull against a shoulder-high delivery pitched outside off by the debutant Mohammad Shami. He was beaten by the bounce as the ball rushed on too quickly for comfort, and the leading edge was caught easily by Bhuvneswar Kumar at mid off.

The mix-up
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is not the greatest runner between the wickets. Darren Bravo should know that more than anyone. In 2011 against England, both Bravo and Chanderpaul found themselves at the same end due to a mix-up. At that time, Chanderpaul had grounded his bat, forcing a dejected Bravo to walk back. Today, Bravo pushed a delivery from Ashwin towards square leg and set off for a risky single. Chanderpaul took a hesitant step forward before immediately backing out. Bravo was caught mid-pitch and his retreat to safety proved unsuccessful because an agile Shami had already thrown the ball swiftly back to Dhoni, who broke the stumps quickly.

The mystery spinner
1336 hours. Eden Garden erupts. It is the loudest cheer heard on the day. MS Dhoni has thrown the ball to Sachin Tendulkar. If West Indies thought it was a benevolent gesture towards a veteran cricketer playing his penultimate Test, they were in for a surprise. Tendulkar's first ball was accurate, a legbreak, and Shane Shillingford defended respectfully. The second one, a googly, ran down leg side for four byes. Two balls later, the 40,000-odd fans yelled "Saachinn, Saachinn," as Tendulkar deceived Shillingford with his flight and dip, to trap him lbw.

The blunder
Where have all the copy editors in Kolkata gone? For the second day in a row, Cricket Association of Bengal officials had to scamper to correct embarrassing spelling mistakes related to Sachin Tendulkar. On Tuesday, the famous Bengal artist Jogen Chowdhury's portrait of Tendulkar's face was stuck alongside the giant screen at the High Court End. Unfortunately, the title of the painting read: "Celebrating Sachine Tendulkar's 199th Test." The blunder prompted Dhoni to point out the error before starting his press briefing, and the CAB removed the painting later in the evening.

On the first day of the match, at lunch, in his excitement to announce the arrival of Tendulkar's wife Anjali and son Arjun at the ground, one of the operators of the electronic scoreboard keyed in the following: "Welcome to Mr Anjali Tendulkar and Master Arjun Tendulkar at Eden Garden Kolkata on the occasion of the 199th Test Match of Mr Sachin Tendulkar." It was displayed for nearly 30 minutes before a furious CAB official gave an earful to the men responsible.

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  • Ashok on November 6, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    I hope Shillingford remembered what his Manager Richardson said earlier "Tendulkar will have to fight to earn every run"!. Perhaps Richardson should have also included that "Tendulkar will have to fight for every wicket he Takes"!. Anyway, the "Mystery Bowler" struck & got Shillingford totally bamboozled. It was good for SRT to add one more wkt. to his test figures to inch towards 50 wkts!

    However the best play of the day was Shami's inclusion in XI over Ishant Sharma, Dhoni's favourite. This will be the turning point of the Match, especially so if India Wins. Presently India is well poised for it.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    @Subramanian Akhileswaran It was Sachin's 201st International wicket (you missed the one that he got in T20 against SA)

  • Saurabh on November 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    201st International wicket. We have to consider the wicket that Sachin took in his only T20 against SA that of Justin Kemp. Anyways where people find hard to spin, Sachin was facing difficulty in how to control the spin.. :) God of Cricket

  • Sushmit on November 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    There is only one gaffe with this article: if you see the spelling mistake closely you'll realise that not only was Sachine misspelt, but there was an apostrophe missing from Tendulkars too

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    It is sachins 200th International Wicket. How come no statistician observed it so far

  • Rakesh on November 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @SachinIsTheGreatest - well said. CAB is going bananas. I am sure Mumbai will have similar antics. Sachin is great no doubt and no once can change that. not even envious fans from other countried. But this is what is wrong with our country. No one is greater than the game. India could have been a great cricketing nation if we were not so obsessed about players and making them GODs.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Would've loved a series with a better opposition for master's last! Nevertheless, Thanks Sachin for the countless memories.!

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    So far a day of India, at no stage of the game so far the WI dominated.India can sweep the game for Sachin as they id in the ODI format int he last World Cup

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    The biggest blunder is this series itself, without context, and just to allow a veteran to retire after completing his target of 200 test matches. What he or anyone else does enroute is immaterial.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    too many blunders.......OMG...Sachin getting a wkt was nice to watch...but it was Shami's day through and through...the deliveries with which he dismissed powell,samuels and ramdin were absolutely brilliant...bravo's dismissal was an unecessary one...and sammy was absolutely horrible...played an unnecessary shot and threw his wkt away...u expect more responsible batting from the captain..full credit to the Indian bowlers...wonder what the batsmen are gonna do tomorrow...hoping for a great innings from the greatest cricketer of our times and perhaps of all time, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar..

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