India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 1st day November 14, 2013

Tendulkar 38* after West Indies fold for 182

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India 157 for 2 (Vijay 43, Tendulkar 38*) trail West Indies 182 (Powell 48, Ojha 5-40, Ashwin 3-45) by 25 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rarely have fans of a team in as dominant a position as India were at the Wankhede Stadium felt this tense. In the first two sessions, West Indies had served up another dose of inept batting to roll over for 182, and then India's openers battered 77 at nearly a run-a-ball. That's when Shane Shillingford struck twice in an over, to the delirious cheers of the home fans, and brought Sachin Tendulkar to the batting crease, perhaps for the final time.

The knowledge that one false stroke could mark the end of the career of India's best-loved cricketer made it a nerve-wracking experience, even for the lucky few who had managed to wrangle hard-to-find tickets. Whether Tendulkar felt a similar anxiety or not, he produced an innings of such composure that some fans wondered why he had announced his retirement. In about 80 minutes in the middle, he showed off some of his signature strokes including the classical cover drive and the effortless punch down the ground.

The day began with a series of tributes to Tendulkar - the BCCI president N Srinivasan handed him a memento, a painted portrait was presented to him, the West Indies side gave him a framed autographed shirt, the coin at the toss was specially minted in his likeness - and ended with fans euphoric over having watched him bat one more time. And, as has always been the case with Tendulkar, they were hoping for one more century from the man who already has 51 of them in Tests.

West Indies were hoping for a century from at least one of their batsmen as well. Every Darren Sammy press conference is littered with talk about sensible batting, the need to shelve rash strokes and for the team to grind out overs. No one seems to be getting the message, least of all the captain himself, as for the third innings in a row this series, West Indies made a reasonable start before utterly collapsing.

After being asked to bat by MS Dhoni - a decision that surprised the experts - West Indies had progressed to 93 for 2 at lunch, and having played out the traditionally difficult early hours and the new ball, should have been looking for a substantial score. Instead, they slid from 140 for 3 to 182 all out as India's spin pair of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha ripped through the batting.

It wasn't an easy surface to bat on, with Ashwin extracting bounce and turn in the first session itself. The new-look opening pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami constantly attacked the stumps and had the ball swerving both ways. Still, it doesn't excuse a shocking batting display from the visitors though the fans absolutely loved it and the chants of 'We want Sachin' became deafening as the wickets tumbled.

Though Chris Gayle was undone by a rearing delivery early, Kieran Powell survived a nervy start and a straightforward chance at slip and put together the only substantial partnership of the West Indies innings with Darren Bravo. Bravo had a torrid time against Bhuvneshwar, nearly lbw twice after not offering shots to successive deliveries. He decided the best way out was to attack, and produced a couple of gorgeous hits off Ashwin, but the bowler won their battle with a delivery that spun and bounced which had Bravo caught-behind.

After lunch, there were a couple of rare sights. First, an Indian quick was operating with four slips and a gully as Shami tried to induce Marlon Samuels to drive outside off. Samuels played a bunch of loose strokes, eventually nicking a flighted delivery from Ojha to slips.

Then, in another surprise, Chanderpaul - the man known more for his crease-occupation skills than his big hitting - came out looking to attack. He slammed his second ball for six over midwicket, and was always on the lookout for the quick single. He was dismissed by perhaps the ball of the innings from Bhuvneshwar, who got it to pitch around middle and zip across, forcing Chanderpaul to play, resulting in a nick to the slips.

That was followed by the worst shot of the innings. Sammy, already facing plenty of criticism over his place in the side, tried to slog across the line on his second delivery to hole out for a duck. After that, it was only a matter of time as Ashwin and Ojha made use of the helpful conditions to slice through West indies' brittle tail. The only blemish in the innings for India was the three regulation chances put down at slip.

M Vijay made amends for one of those misses with a stroke-filled innings. Shikhar Dhawan continued to find international cricket easy, hitting boundaries at will as India's openers made the pitch and bowling look docile. Dhawan holed out attempting to sweep a ball from outside off and two balls later Vijay was caught at bat-pad - cue possibly the loudest cheer for a home team losing a wicket, as Tendulkar walked out to a guard of honour and events of the first five hours of play were largely forgotten.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 14, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    340 runs and 12 wickets in a day! There was something in it for everyone; provided you are willing to apply yourself. What more do you want from a pitch? Congratulations to the ground staff. Now a days, uneven bounce is seen on most of the pitches, not only in the sub-continent; but in other countries too. Partly, it is the nature of the pitch; and partly the skill of the bowlers.

  • batman_gothamcity on November 14, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    What a absolute treat for Tendulkar billion fans . The moment he walked in the atmosphere was absolutely electric , Kapil Paaji was commentating on Hindi channel that seeing such expectant crowd he was getting goosebumps and so where we , but the great man soaked in all the pressure and played a near flawless 33 except one ball when he was beaten by a doosra from Shillingford . Superb balance stance and great array of strokes reminder of all the golden innings , keep it up Sachin may there be more on day 2 , I woke up my bro in law in san rafael CA at 3.00 am as he had strictly instructed to do so when Sachin comes to bat , thats the fan following for the Master . P.s - well bowled by Indian bowlers congrats to Ojha for a fiver .

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I'm disgusted by WI performance...they should have sent the A team

  • IndianFanSachinFan on November 15, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Please Declare Dhoni Bhai...Atleast for Sachin...We are with you

  • wanatawu on November 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Tendulkar is still in good nick, I hope BCCI convince him to play the 2 test versus SA also, just to strengthen the Indian batting line-up.

  • on November 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    It would have been much better to see sachin bat against a stronger blowing unit (South Africa). BCCI could have least invited South Africa instead of west indies. The difference between indian and west indies is too vast for this match to even be a good competition. boring test match

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    feeling sad. cant belive wont see sachin bat again

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I hope India should all out below 300 and WI should score 400 in second innings and watch SRT batting again #missing #Sachin

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Prasad Kalvakolanu

    It was indeed a sharp catch to end 24 year career. THANK YOU FOR ENTERTAINMENT. YOU MADE CRICKET SPORT LARGE SINGLEHANDEDLY. Now humans play it. Legacy is left now... His records might be broken but he will always be GOD OF CRICKET. I will say to my grand kids that I have seen him play live. These memories will be FOREVER. MASTER... TUSSE GREAT HO!!!!!!

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    I can tell my son or grand son that we saw the great tendulkar which u didn't and I think never ever........ I will miss u till my last day in this world. Good Bye Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • on November 14, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    340 runs and 12 wickets in a day! There was something in it for everyone; provided you are willing to apply yourself. What more do you want from a pitch? Congratulations to the ground staff. Now a days, uneven bounce is seen on most of the pitches, not only in the sub-continent; but in other countries too. Partly, it is the nature of the pitch; and partly the skill of the bowlers.

  • batman_gothamcity on November 14, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    What a absolute treat for Tendulkar billion fans . The moment he walked in the atmosphere was absolutely electric , Kapil Paaji was commentating on Hindi channel that seeing such expectant crowd he was getting goosebumps and so where we , but the great man soaked in all the pressure and played a near flawless 33 except one ball when he was beaten by a doosra from Shillingford . Superb balance stance and great array of strokes reminder of all the golden innings , keep it up Sachin may there be more on day 2 , I woke up my bro in law in san rafael CA at 3.00 am as he had strictly instructed to do so when Sachin comes to bat , thats the fan following for the Master . P.s - well bowled by Indian bowlers congrats to Ojha for a fiver .

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I'm disgusted by WI performance...they should have sent the A team

  • IndianFanSachinFan on November 15, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Please Declare Dhoni Bhai...Atleast for Sachin...We are with you

  • wanatawu on November 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Tendulkar is still in good nick, I hope BCCI convince him to play the 2 test versus SA also, just to strengthen the Indian batting line-up.

  • on November 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    It would have been much better to see sachin bat against a stronger blowing unit (South Africa). BCCI could have least invited South Africa instead of west indies. The difference between indian and west indies is too vast for this match to even be a good competition. boring test match

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    feeling sad. cant belive wont see sachin bat again

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I hope India should all out below 300 and WI should score 400 in second innings and watch SRT batting again #missing #Sachin

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Prasad Kalvakolanu

    It was indeed a sharp catch to end 24 year career. THANK YOU FOR ENTERTAINMENT. YOU MADE CRICKET SPORT LARGE SINGLEHANDEDLY. Now humans play it. Legacy is left now... His records might be broken but he will always be GOD OF CRICKET. I will say to my grand kids that I have seen him play live. These memories will be FOREVER. MASTER... TUSSE GREAT HO!!!!!!

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    I can tell my son or grand son that we saw the great tendulkar which u didn't and I think never ever........ I will miss u till my last day in this world. Good Bye Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • Bokesh on November 15, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @devine I have rarely seen him raising his bat to acknowledge the crowd, and specially in India, I don't know why? but compare his acknowledgements with N.S.Siddhu, Rahul, V.Segwag ( after his double ton at Munbai he stopped on his way to dressing room and acknowledged the entire stadium) even MSD does not do that. Just one acknowledgement for the dressing room, looking at the sky (SRT), and that's all.

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    We want to see again SRT to bat in this match.

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Dhoni should declare right now!

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    West Indies Xi for test from here onwards should be 1. Braitwaite 2. Powell 3. Kirk 4. Sarwan 5. Shiv(If he retires Fudadin) 6. Deonarine 7. Simmons 8. Rampaul 9. Shillingford 10. Roach 11. ??? Time to drop Sammy, Gayle, Samuels, Best, Ramdin for there irresponsibility.

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Born in a strange country.. wer i pray that none of the indian batsmen crosses 73 in this test match

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    As the Little Master departs for probably the last time from a cricket pitch a few tears fall from my eyes..Hard to think he will never be seen on a cricket pitch again. Thanks for the memories Sachin..

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Hope Dhoni declares the innings after a modest lead, wanna see Sachin bat again !

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Omg, my refresh button gonna die today, Cant wait for the next ball to bowl, refreshing for every 2 seconds when SRT on strike, and its past 12 am in Canada

  • Hetdave19 on November 15, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Around 10-12 of Mumbai's iconic Dabbawalas, on behalf of their fellow men, saluted Sachin Tendulkar when the India team bus arrived. Reciprocating, Sachin who was sitting in one of the front rows of the bus, got up from his seat and returned the gesture

  • Hetdave19 on November 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Barack Obama can be the only person who will be happy that Sachin is retiring. Remember his famous quote about US economy getting affected every time Sachin bats? Hard to think an Indian team without the legend!!!GOOD luck Sachin

  • Sinjini on November 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    My First Test match can't remember….was only 6 .. Father was explaining midwicket ,Points cricket and Sachin…..That was 89……Today before opening Outlook first checked Cricinfo page………my kid will be so unlucky to miss GOD (Yet to Born..)….Sachiiiiiiiiiiin …Sachin

  • on November 15, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    This is the last test of Sachin so i want him here to play as he used to play in his young age i.e some what aggresive

  • Lovechild on November 15, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if old silver spoon was run out by Dhoni on 99... fingers crossed!

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    I remember those 90's when I close my eyes when sachin bats and praying for him and if got out I will switch of my TV, can't imagine cricket without sachin. Hope today he won't disappoint me ..thanks sachin

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    My only request to big bosses, the respected umpires , keep restraining themselves in giving wrong decision of OUT to 'अवतार' Sachin, specially LBW. Am not I right?

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan, I can say with conviction that Tendulkar will be 'gifted' a century today- 11/15. No way will he be given out LBW or otherwise, until he makes that century. This is his day! The Gods will smile at him and the umpires will pay homage.

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    You are right 'Warren" our cricket is a disgrace. Nothing short of a revolution will do. Gayle and company all have technical defects, so why are selectors persisting with the majority of them? Dujon pointed out on a Jamaican sports station recently that even Narine has a limited repertoire of deliveries - like the rest they look good on 20/20 but that format is confined to entertainment - the deficiencies of our guys are now plainly exposed for the world to see when we have to compete at the higher level of Test cricket etc. We now need to be "merciless realists" and seriously address all of our shortcomings. The ex prime Minister of Jamaica (Patterson) produced a report some time ago -what happened to it's recommendations? The WI Cricket Board may not "be fit for purpose" - time to storm the barricades.

  • CricShanghai on November 15, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I believe when the Master walked on to the field yesterday, was full of purpose, confidence and intention as perhaps his last time that he will be batting as the Test batsman for India. Surprising to hear that his mom was there witnessing her son for the first time on the ground, that may be one of the many reasons the Master walked on the field with such intention, as even after 20 long years of World Cricket, he still have something to play for on his last Test Cricket. How wonderful if Sachin can break his highest test score on this very last test that he's playing, today! I am looking forward to today's play...and perhaps it's another reason the Master walked on the field yesterday with such composure and intention! As the signon his short sleeve expressse ..."Just Do It" Sachin!

  • crimsonbull on November 15, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    the thing about Tendulkar and Dravid is 'Grace under pressure" if we emulate this and also remember A.Lincoln "...to test a man's character give him power' we will be a better nation"

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    As a West Indian fan its hard to really watch this cricket team play. No astute student of the game can come up with one good reason why Sammy is still on this team. What is Sammy's claim to fame - winning against minnows and clapping hands exuberantly. Does this kind of emotional display motivate players? Just two days ago Mr. Holding is asking the question, 'Why is Sammy on the team.?' "To clap hands!' Tino Best is to West Indies cricket like Harlem Globe Trotters is to Basketball. Best is a regional player and not an International player.He does not belong on the world stage. it is said that the world is a stage and everybody is playing their part, however, he does not belong to that group of everybody.

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    I was praying to God to take alive Sachin's wicket, but i am a big fool... Praying to God for the GOD??

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 15, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    The match I watched was less of a funeral than a celebration, thankfully. I was surprised by how light it was. West Indies did a lot of work up the order and played badly lower down. By contrast of course the Indian innings was very fruitful and Sachin played awesomely. Why is he retiring? It is hard to believe that any human has ever received this much adulation and love. Well it may as well be him who has. Mr India himself!

  • on November 15, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Seems like Gibson using Chanderpaul as the WI finisher and slogger in Test. Also it seems like WI playing a T20 game here.

  • on November 15, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @warren mendis - over last couple of years WI while they didn't win many series showed a lot of fighting spirit and potential, and looked to have the makings of a top side. Sammy not only led the team well, but was also starting to show responsibility as a player with both bat and bowl. But in this series, that passion has disappeared completely. Sammy was throwing away wickets for charity and didn't really bowl much. His captaiincy was uninspiring, over bowling a very talented shillingford to a ridiculous level. I think it is time Sammy needs to be dropped. He is now looking like a tailender that doesn't bowl,and looks comfused as captain. Gayle needs to be dropped as well. Struggles against good bowling. Ramdin needs to be dropped.Gibson needs to be removed as coach - seems like a type who has a go at players that had more successful careers then him, so expresses jealousy by dropping them.Sarwan was given a raw deal after getting 2 beauties by stac,he needs to be brought back.

  • RAYKAY on November 15, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    West Indies have one of the best spinners in the world, the Indians knows him very well, the rest of the world also knows him, apparently the West Indian captain who sounds like a mouse, the manager who looks like he can't even organise a "piss up" in a brewery and rest of selectors don't know this man. Come on Ojah and Ashwin spin the West Indies out, Dhoni you are the Boss,ensure you tell your selectors who you want to play in your team. Sunil Narine was last seen walking in Arimain good health in Trinidad.

  • on November 15, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    i fail to understand the selection policy of the windies team.why players like dwayne bravo,jason holder,sunil narine,samual badree etc, are kept out of the test squad.if the team is underperforming with the set of so called mainstream players why not to give chance to the fringe ones who have done exceedingly well in the shorter version of the game.whatever the buzz all about the performance of windies players evokes pessimism so far as the gteater cause of the game of cricket is concerned.

  • on November 15, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    bring the u-19 team please

  • on November 15, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    I have always been the most ardent supporter of D Sammy but this is just a joke. Surely that 1 shot should spell the end of his Test Career.

  • on November 14, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    there are a lot of legends in cricket history but if I can say and I'm sure everyone agree with me, there is only true true GENTLEMAN LEGEND whose name is Sachin Tendular. As a Pakistani supporter there i only one men in Indian team to whom I respect a lot.

  • bajan0123 on November 14, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    I am a WI fan and it is disappointing to watch the way the team is playing. I disagree with the WI selectors on the selection of the team in both of these matches. They said they are going to play an extra batsman to strengthen the batting; Why would they pick Deonarine? He is not an establish batsman at any level, nor is he a better bowler than Samuel and Gayle who have performed very well in test with the ball. As i said before, the only way to strengthen the WI batting is to have Kirk Edwards batting at #3 where he belong. If Deonarine bowling is so valuable, why didn't Sammy give him the yet. My point is Deonarine is not going to make any impact with bat nor ball so. Also bringing Gabriel in the team is a wast of time, he is also useless, another bowler with pace who doesn't get anyone out. Gabriel is also ineffective in the Caribbean domestic competition just like Cotterell. Fidel Edwards is better than both of these guys even when he's not 100% fit. Good luck WI.

  • nenez on November 14, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    As a WIndian fan, I will say basically what I said after the Kolkatra Test and will CONTINUE TO SAY IT UNTIL THERE IS NOTICEABLE CHANGE. We have a captain that cannot bat, bowl or captain, and plays idiotic shots when his side is in trouble ON THE FIRST DAY. With the exception of Chanderpaul, batsmen like Gayle, Samuels and Bravo who think 30 somehow means they are world class! bowlers like Best, who after 20 odd Tests STILL cannot bowl line and length and a wicketkeeper who insults Sir Viv Richards after scoring a meaningless century but when the pressure is on cannot score any significant runs. No WIndian fan who really understands cricket should expect any better until there are significant changes.

  • Reuelsean on November 14, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    @EnglishFan, i dont think we have an issue with the talent of the wi team, but rather with the application or lack of it of the team. We seem to be taking 2 steps forward and 5 steps back. The problems with wi cricket run deep, it runs in the structure or lack of it of our domestic first class system, most domestic wi teams in the last few years hardly make scores over 400, games end in a couple days, so what do we expect? not to mention the duration of our first class season, its a joke. Talent alone won't cut it, and the quicker the wicb and other stake holders in wi cricket realize this we are going to continue losing games in 2 and a half to 3 days.

  • shot274 on November 14, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    im sorry to say this but apart from Tendulkars last match this contest is a non event! For anyone who isnt Indian this West Indies team makes one cry!!!

  • Lermy on November 14, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    How on earth did the WI make 182? I've seldom seen such a commanding display of swing bowling by the Indian opening bowlers. How often can you beat the bat and not get an edge. WI were actually lucky to make that much. Great cricket pitch, and great bowling. Could easily have been a 50 all out with a bit more luck going India's way.

    Cheer up WI, you'll be in NZ soon. Even Afghanistan could beat them!

  • rogues13 on November 14, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    To all my frnds complaining about calling Tendulkar a god...the comment was made that 'IF' Cricket was a religion in India, 'THEN' Tendulkar would be a god.....and over the years, the media and fans have changed it to Sachin is god....and anyways, tendulkar didnt ask for this anyways so why use it against him?? just enjoy his batting..(or dont if you dont like)...

  • Mayaro_Man on November 14, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Well, you send for a replacement who does nothing with the ball but bang it into the dead pitch to go along with Tino Best who does absolutely nothing with the ball but send it down fast. Compare the Indian seekers on a helpful pitch. I am happy to see an unrestricted Sachin play handsome strokes, brings back memories of his youth. Even though I am a West Indian, I would not grudge him a century as he is playing how he used to on a pitch that offers assistance to the bowlers if they can use it.

  • TRAM on November 14, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    So the 1/3rd of the seats were empty because those VIPS could not come to the ground? And those seats cant be used by fans, even of they are willing to pay for it? We are talking about Rs. 1-3 crores here. To me, apart from the poor business and poor service to the cricket fans by BCCI, the unused seats seemed like the gap between the rich and the poor in India.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 14, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Sachin hasnt scored a Test century in three years !!! Will he be able to score one against the Hapless West Indies.....

  • GrindAR on November 14, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @Nitin Shah: Then you are just sitting and consuming others energy to live your life?

  • on November 14, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Here you go Ramakrishna Kothapeta

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-west-indies-2013-14/content/story/688575.html

    :-) Enjoy the cricket. /GK

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Warren Mendes, you have the talent. Samuels was your best player in England last year and help you win the WT20 final. Darren Bravo is a fantastic young batsmen. Kemar Roach and Jason Holder are good young fastbowling prospects. If Sunil Narine can convert his ODI and T2OI form into tests and be able to contiune it on non--spinning pitches, surely he could be nearly as good (or even in a few years better) than Saeed Ajmal and Graeme Swann. You have the talent, you just need to get it in your side. Believe man, believe.

  • rob_damn on November 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Is it only me or anybody else noted that Ashwin has a better batting average and strike rate than kohli, dhoni and vijay in tests...

  • DSUS on November 14, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    From the Sandstorm at Sarjah to the painfully close 136 vs Pakistan where the tail could not hang on, for someone who has grown up idolizing Sachin, that guard of honour made me cry

  • on November 14, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    WI have become a show piece for shame and disgrace.Look at how the Indians performed on the same wicket.I hope Tendulkar gets a double hundred against these underachievers.Its no question about India winning this in about 3 to 4 days.

  • bdsmaruf on November 14, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    we love you sachin from bd.

  • on November 14, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Notice that there are no comments at all from West Indies "fans". These people have just about given up on their team. West Indies cricket is now too difficult to watch for even the most die hard fanatic. Watching games like this makes us want to crawl under a rock somewhere and hide. Selectors, please choose a team with a fighting chance in future. Please don't tell us that this is the best test line up you could come up with. It would have been better to play the full West Indies A team against this India team. Watching the batting technique of most of these WI guys compared to the Indian team was embarrassing. Most looked as if they had no clue what to do. No foot movement, bad shot choices, sluggish running.For bowling, only Shillingford looks test quality. Best is erratic, a hit or miss bowler without a plan. Sammy at this stage looks like a mascot. CHANGE SOMETHING, PLEASE!

  • on November 14, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    I think calling Sachin as "God" is way too much. Lets be honest.

    Sachin is definitely the top ten cricketer of all time.

    Hope real "God" is listening to what I say!

  • on November 14, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    All of us should be proud that we were born and brought up in the era of SACHIN..

  • StatisticsRocks on November 14, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    As Indians we have thoroughly enjoyed his batting, his mere presence on the field was enough to scare the opponents.How much India's batting depended on him before the arrival of The Wall, Dada, and LAX is a testimony to his gr8ness. Having said that, I still believe he would have gone on a high had he retired right after the WC. I know most of you will jump on me for saying this but it is indeed the truth. No one is greater than the game itself and if one feels they are not contributing to teams success they should step out. If only this series was against SA and not WI. Even if he scores a century tomorrow, it will against bad WI team without Kemar Roach.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    In modern history if anything India can proud for is Sachin after Mahatma Gandhi............ Thanks.... You are one solo constant reason for billon people's smile for last 20+ years.......

  • Damanaidu on November 14, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    G[enerator] of Runs O[perator] of Wins D[estructor] of Records....the GOD can never RETIRE!!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    M sure this would be Sachin's last innings of his long glorious career.Happy to see his batting today.Hope he will continue tomorrow whole day and ends his career with high note.Even if he fails,we are happy to see his batting today.You have given us lot in your long 20+ years career.Stay well and be in touch with CRICKET.We wish you good health and long life.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I love u Tendulkur a lot.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Sachin I May Not See U In field but U Will always be Remember when cricket is discussed even after 1000 years. My last wish hit a Triple Century in Your Last Match. Best of luck For All Your Life.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Poor Ashwin achieved a record for India by getting fastest 100 wickets and he was not even in the headlines. SRT scored 38 and it is in the headlines. I understand it is SRT's last and 200th test but please do not ignore others who performed well and created records. We will wait for tomorrow if SRT score a Hundred then yes we can talk for a month about it. But y'day hero Ashwin needs to be in the headlines.

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Srt shud go aggressive against spin as he wer against Shane warne dts da last chance got entertane com on u can do dat

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 14, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Those who are asking questions about the hallf empty stadium should remember that not all tickers were issued to the public Unfortunately this is the case with Indian stadiums. There will always be people waiting outside the stadium for tickets.But most of the seats are reserved for VIP, corporate people. Normal fans like us are given very limited seats which we won't even be able to book online.

  • Unmesh_cric on November 14, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Like most Indian fans, I have bit of a soft corner for the West Indies team. But in this series, they are just playing terrible cricket. I am afraid Caribbean cricket has hit a low as far as Test cricket is concerned. Sammy is a likable bloke, but he doesn't deserve a place in the Test team. Why is Ravi Rampaul not playing? Is he injured or he is only considered for ODIs and T20s? Where is Sunil Naraine? Why is he not playing along with Shillingford? Wouldn't they form a potent spin attack in Indian spin-friendly conditions?

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    thank God Sachin is notout at stumps....I haven't watched a single over today....tomorrow morning 9 to evening 4 the remote control of our TV is mine.... BTW Sachin just need 100+ runs to reach 16k in test career...hope he makes it.... and oh well take ur time sach.. we want 300 from you... we can wrap up WI in last 2 sessions... time is yours until then....

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    That's all well and good for Gibson to talk about application and concentration, but if the batting line-up are technically ill-equipped to deal with reverse-swing in the first test or spitting bounce from the spinners in this innings, then this match will be over within 3 to 4 days. There's been alot of talk about Sammy's place in the Test side and the way he's batted in this series, has done his cause no good what-so-ever. Batting in irresponsible T20 mode from the Captain of the team is poor on any level. Unless there's a miracle turnaround in the 2nd innings, the Board and Selectors will have plenty to think about after this series.

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    PLEASE WEST INDIES SELECTORS DONT SPOIL THE WINDIES FUTURE kraigg brathwaite omg he is pure talent how in the world can you have a man with such talent not in the team, he has been scoring half centurys since he was 18 for west indies, just because he had a poor series against australia they dropped him but he played some first class games and got back form even in the west indies a team he scored runs he is in form, chris gayle does not deserve to open and if he is not in the middle order drop him, his footwork cant handle class swing bowling, asad fuddadin another talent not all that young but why not give him a run,

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I am only think about sachin second inning.Ball is nicely come on the bat If gayle will fire than double or tripple also possible so sachin can play last inning of fifth day.

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    As a Guyanese and an ardent cricket fan/lover, on behalf of myself and all true cricket enthusiasts, I congratulate Sachin for his dedicated service to Indian cricket and wish that he could start literally using his bat, not to beat the ball, but to bang on the heads of those brainless West Indian misfits, who has embarrassed our former cricketing greats like George Headley, Sir Leary, the 3 W's, Ram and Val, Sir Garry, Charlie and Wes, Kanhai, Lloyd, Gibbs, Sir Viv, Roberts and Garner, Marshal, Courtney and Curtley, Prince Charles T&T B.C.Lara, Gordon and Dessie, etc etc......Please Sachin, use your bat on them while they sleep so that they will go on that cricket sward for the remainder of this 2nd Test and play CRICKET! Congratulations and happy hunting and beating "Sir" Sachin!!!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Too much build-up.....He is not a Freedom Fighter or a Social Service Worker to appreciate and respect.....He has played for him and earned a lot....That's all

  • gudolerhum on November 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is in his final Test; he has given the world much enjoyment and pleasure. Darren Sammy is also in what must surely be his last Test. He has done well to bring what was bunch of guys just messing around to something that can just about compete, even if only for a while. But he has had his day in the sun and the WI must look to move on. He may hold a place in 50 overs or T20 but Test matches are not his game. Thanks for your time and effort which you have given unsparingly, Darren. Thank you Sachin for a wonderful 20+ years, it has been a joy to watch. May you enjoy a long and happy retirement. I hope we can look forward to hearing you behind the microphone in the not too distant future sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

  • on November 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    As I posted yesterday,allow the GREAT MAN to play his normal cricket.Look at his shots today, well timed n perfectly executed.Very relaxed.I am soo happy,his mother was watching the game from the gallery for a very first time and she must be very happy.PROUD MOM.Tomorrow is holiday here in Bangladesh. Will wait infront of TV from d morning to see the finishing touch of the THE GREAT ARCHITECT OF GENTLEMAN'S GAME(CRICKET).Once again good luck SACHIN.Nazrul from DHAKA,BANGLADESH

  • aishmal on November 14, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    i bet SRT will get a triple hunderd to finish his carear. He is a great hero not only for india but for all cricketing world. I m a pakistani but my favorite player and personality is tendulkar. And after his retirment i think india should bring sehwag at no#4 position in tests and for opening in both odi's and t20. He is a match winner, don't try his skills and talent in domestic cricket. He is a real threat in international cricket. Gave him a chance at intal, level once more and then see the result

  • devil_in_details on November 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    The two pitches provided in this series have been excellent. All Indian pitches are dry but these two pitches have had reasonable bounce as well. On such dry tracks with bounce, the spinners can be a real menace. There is something for the faster bowlers too and make the batsmen earn their runs. All in all make for some really exciting cricket!

  • arby182 on November 14, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Undoubtedly the day belonged to us. Great spin bowling followed by yet another masterly stroke play by Sachin Tendulkar. We wish him all the luck to score his last century tomorrow. The record will be hard to beat and he will remain ever great in the annuls of Cricket history. As an Indian we will feel proud for generations. Nevertheless, let us not get carried away by the results against West Indies and that too on our soil. A redeeming feature though is that we now have a good attack as well besides a strong batting line-up. Let us hope we play such good cricket in South Africa too.

  • VRINDARSH on November 14, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @ vrkp

    I agree with you that Sachin R Tendulkar is not God!

    Service is another issue.

    He has done service to Indians and others If He has:

    1. Made people happy just by playing cricket 2. Inspired others to play cricket 3. Inspired others to be good human beings 4. Inspired others to dream 5. Inspired others to work hard to achieve their dreams 6. Inspired others to be a Gentleman 7. Set an example 8. Stood by his team in their hour of need despite facing adversity 9. Reinvented himself in different phases of his career to be successful

    You have to be at one of the stadiums when he is playing to understand how he serves. I believe no other Individual has brought as much happiness to Indians in the post independence era. To me that is some service!

  • Tvaranitra on November 14, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Though haven't watched Tendulkar bat today, reading the article looks like he's in sublime touch. Would be pleasing and great to see Tendulkar sign off with a sparkling century. Good luck Sachin...

    I agree with Neil Shaw, that he delayed his retirement I think atleast 2 years and deprived Indian selectors to try out new options at that slot. Not just Rohit, could have been Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane. I think Ajinkya Rahane or Manoj Tiwary should be given more opportunities and anyways Rohit has cemented his place and would be either at 6 or 4 when Tendulkar retires after this match.

    Now the last man in the Fab 4 is done with this game, will the new Fab4 would be Pujara, Kohli, Rohit and Dhawan??? Time will tell, but at the moment Indian cricket is looking healthy and competitive.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    tendulkar is a great batsman in the world .i like him very much.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @jb633 : Clearly agrees with you. Jadeja s current success may be a small time stint. In fact no opposition is taking him seriously , resulting him to get wickets. Once done he is an ordinary bowler and a rare clicking batsman. Ojha is to be given more opportunities. Oh Sachin I dont have replies for these hearless INDIANs who criticize you. For me and for million commoners like me , you are everything. You have given everything to cherish watching you. I know it had to come to an end. But I am proud it is like this. Wish to see you one day in person when you step out of all this. Its my wish

  • S.Seshachalam on November 14, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Hope all Dhoni and Ojha bashers are silent at the end of day1!. Dhoni's decision to bowl first after winning the toss has really paid off. India should bat the whole of day 2 and a session of day3 and be able to wrap up the match just like in Kolkata. Ojha was definitely the pick of the Indian bowlers in this match. Pray that Sachin signs off with a doubel century tomorrow. Good Luck to him.

  • Nampally on November 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I forgot to mention the Ashwin's feat of completing 100 wkt. tally in the fastest time of 18 Tests. This is another world record to go down in the Guinesse Book or Wisden. For a spinner to achieve this is a remarkable achievement. Congrats! Well done, Sir. I must also add that Ashwin has totalled over 800 Test runs & if he gets more batting chances like in the last test match, he may also complete the fastest double for a spinner! Dhoni needs to promote Ashwin in batting order to enable him to complete his double.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    tendulkar is a great batsman in the world .i like him very much.

  • bandyopadhyay_rupam on November 14, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    GOD can't b replaced , so I donno why they have created a poll for our suggestion of HIS replacement ! Tomorrow he'll defntly prove once again , he is the one and one an only one , God bless !

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    one of the commentator saying Lara is a little behind Sachin but there is one person above both of then..sir viv Richard...best test player ever.

  • sumit1982 on November 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    The way Caribbeans play today it slowly kills the interest of seeing test cricket. They need to raise their game.

    I like blower more than batsmen, that's why I am not gr8 fan SRT.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    west Indies can't bat for one day..problem is some of the players feel that their position are cement in the test side but I would like to see Edward and Fudadin and sarwan back.

  • Nampally on November 14, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    What a glorious display of spin bowling by the Indian Twin Ojha & Ashwin! It bundled WI from 140 for 3 to 182 all out. Between them they claimed 8 scalps on a pitch conducive to both bounce & spin. It was expected that the WI batsmen will bat more responsibly but they again fell to some rash strokes led by Skipper Sammy himself! The rest of the day was occupied by Indian batsmen who finished the day with a flourish trailing WI by just 25 runs with 8 wickets in hand. Dhawan & Vijay gave India a flying start of 77 but both fell to Shillingford in the same over.This brought the little Master in his farewell appearance on his home ground to the delirious applause from the crowd. The day ended aptly & on a great note with the Legendary Tendulkar, possibly in his final innings, batting with his possible successor & batting sheet anchor, Pujara. Nothing will beat a fitting finale to this saga than both getting their centuries on Day 2! It will conclude a superb career with a baton passing!

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    If you like Cricket than you can not but love Sachin.He is more than a great player.hope he can take 116 runs in this test match and be the 1st one(obiously) to do 16000runs in test cric. -Wish you best of luck from Bangladesh.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    "Look absolutely sad and emotional to not see Sachin again after tomorrow.... But one thing it is not right to reckon him "God" though I thank God to bless this Man with extraordinary talent and he represented India!"....

  • jb633 on November 14, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    I am glad to see Ojha proving a lot of doubters wrong. He is a very skilful bowler in all formats and IMO the best spinner India has. He is certainly a better long term option that Jadeja (as a bowler) because he has more about him. Ojha bowls with clever flight and dip whereas Jadjea bowls flat darts. Abroad I would certainly favour Ojha as he has the ability to beat batsmen in the air rather than off the deck. Even as an Englishmen I was incredibly nervous watching Sachin bat today. I think it would be a momentous occasion if he could sign of with a 100 in front of all his adoring fans. The WI were tragic today and as much as I love Darren Sammy his shot was one of the worst I have ever seen in cricket, up there with Josh Butler's in the CT 2013 final. He really is too good a player to be chucking his wicket away like that. The pressure has got to him and he needs some answers soon.

  • vrkp on November 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    He is one of the greatest batsman ever played the game. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

    But saying 'what a great service he has done to the country' is bit too much. He is first and foremost an entertainer and for that he is extraordinarily well compensated more than anybody else who have played this sport and probably any sports for that matter.

    A service is something you do without expecting/receiving any material gains and also sacrificing your life and happiness for the betterment of the larger community. He has done none of that. That's not his fault. No one should demand that from anyone

    So, while we all enjoy one last time his batting, lets not make him a God or a messiah for the human kind.

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    While Sachin has done amazing things for himself and his country, the fact is that in the past 3 years, his batting average in Test matches is lower than many current Indian players, including Ashwin. He is certainly not retiring too early in my opinion but rather a bit too late. Other youngsters have been deprived a chance to gain experience thanks to his selfishness - Rohit just might have scored his debut Test Match century 3 years ago and accumulated many more runs than SRT has in the same span.

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Sachin is great who played for 24 years which is great by any standards and he deserves the place in team. but the management is so harsh to through the great man from one days and now from tests, which he is not doing willfully. Any how sir SR TENDULKAR WISH U all the best for remaining life without any tension of ground now. Love U srt.

  • VPSrivastava on November 14, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    God of cricket playing his last Test match....It is an emotional moment for his millions of millions fans like us. We've been watching Live cricket since Sachin started playing. Gradually our emotions became hostage to the performance of Sachin Tendlukar. Atmosphere of home swayed on brilliance/failure, on his contributions to winning /losing of India. Generally in the 1990s, when wins were rare and particularly against Pakistan in Sharjah, he was first to gave some hopes in those times.

  • SunilIDN on November 14, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    A fish can not live without water like without SACHIN cricket is incomplete always.. Nobody can compare with SRT.. He is the Genius in all Format of Cricket.. not only he is a good player of Cricket but also he is a very nice character.. I hope Sachin atleat score 153 runs and get the another mile stone of Cricket to complete 16000 runs as a First person........ We always love you sachin.............

  • BARFI on November 14, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Sachin will always be Sachin. A master class cricketer and a very good sportsman in the game. Sachin did not have to go for his retirement like this through a match. He should play as long as he can then through a ceremonial gathering where people will join him in the field by sharing food with him and maybe watching his career high and lows together. Because Indian people love him as they love their own life!

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    R.Ashwin,deserves a mention,for being the fastest Indian and fifth overall ,to have taken 100 Test wickets.in his 18th match.

  • SunilIDN on November 14, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Without SRT cricket is nothinggggg........ We love you and miss you

  • timeless_steel on November 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Very well said 'The knowledge that one false stroke could mark the end of the career of India's best loved cricketer made it a nerve-wracking experience'. I mean it all comes back to the master for one last time and that thing is immense pressure.

    I hope and pray that the master plays the entire day tomorrow and bids adieu in style and in the most celebrated style the world of sports would ever see!!!!

    #Good Luck Sir SRT!!#

  • sweetspot on November 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Saddest part for Sachin worshipers is - the longer he plays, the more he makes sure this is his last innings!

    Where are all the VIPs who booked all the tickets? They left the stadium empty! Very ugly gesture.

    Along the way, let's also salute Chanderpaul for his fantastic career on his 150th test and celebrate Ashwin's quick accent to 100 Test wickets. As a combination of his runs and wickets, he has to be the top all rounder to that figure after 18 Tests!

  • Leggie on November 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - the devil is in the details. Yes, he has not had a century in his last 38 innings. But then, he has played some wonderful innings which unfortunately did not turn into centuries. There are at least 4 80+ scores that I can think of.. a 94 vs WI, a 91 vs England, 81 in Chennai (a match that India won), a 80+ in Australia etc. I can also recall two unfortunate events during India's England tour in 2011. 1) Sachin was run out via a Dhoni straight drive 2) Sachin batted with a temperature of 103 Deg F. Sachin failed by his own standards in the last two years, but an average of 33 in a two year period is normally acceptable, and a true Sachin fan would never feel that BCCI "allowed" him to play. For the yeomen service the man has rendered to the country, having him in the team for 23 Test matches at an average of 33 should not be seen as kind gesture. Sachin deserved his place every bit in the team.

  • Naresh28 on November 14, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Amidst all the Sachin noise, we should not forget "Ohja" he bowled well and showed that India still has some dominating spinners. Sachin is an inspiration to us "INDIAN FANS" and to the whole "INDIAN TEAM" I suspect they want to win this last game just for him. In the ODI W/C he batted well in all matches except the final - his mates won it for him.

  • aliveforcricket on November 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    SACHIN, you are the greatest, and will be remembered all of cricket life....

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Tommorow is a natl holiday tooo for moharam................ Well planned Govt.of.India to make the people see the farewell match of Sachin

  • heathrf1974 on November 14, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    I hope for Tendulkar's sake he scores a ton and then he finally begins to relax.

  • SamRoy on November 14, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Actually apart from SA, England and to some extent India (who will get better, but still too inexperienced) there is no decent test team around. Test Cricket at its lowest ebb......contrast to the early to mid 90s when there were several great batsman, several great bowlers.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    well, with all said and done we are seeing our opening combo is not producing enough before S.A tour. 3rd seemer is still a musical chair and a big void of sachin to fill though Ajankya is ready and ripe.

  • wirus on November 14, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    If anyone - anyone at all - had any doubt about the state of WI cricket, these past two tests should make all clear beyond doubt. It is clear that this must be Sammy's last match in test cricket. Same applies to Gayle, Ramdin and Best. It is clear that the team is unsettled, unhappy and fearful of more humiliation - hence the tentative strokes and poor line and length, etc. It is clear that Gibson has no real idea what to do next. It is clear that the selectors need outside help in how to choose a team. They won't listen to the likes of us so maybe they might listen to the English, Indian or some other selection advisers. It is clear that there are players who are being ignored for some reason. What is also clear is that in the present state of mind NZ are going to heap more humiliation on them next month and this paper-thin promotion to 5th or 6th in the rankings will revert back to where it should be: 8th. Has all common sense deserted us? How much more humiliation is necessary?

  • vsroc on November 14, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 14,2013) This is a memorable test match not only to two landmark cricketers,namely Sachin and Chanderpaul,but also for R.Ashwin, who has captured 100 test wickets and M.S.Dhoni who has taken 250 test catches.

  • ArunKB on November 14, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Sachin should have retired 3 years back. it is a shame that he had to be kept in the test team. Wonder what Gavaskar would have done if he had played 200 test matches.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Not a good day for the employers in India, expect attendance at work/ school tomorrow to be record low.

    But ultimately this is a once in a lifetime moment and Sachin is a once in a generation cricketer, so perhaps a little white lie about cough or poorly relative will be okay.

    Good luck tomorrow, double ton to leave everyone wanting more.

  • KishoreMalladi on November 14, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Even after 24 years nothing has changed for Sachin. He carried the team on his shoulders, anchored many many innings for a cricket crazy nation where a score of anything less than 100 is considered a failure. And even today, as he walked out to bat at Wankhede, the expectations still remain the same. This talks volumes about his fan following. Coming to India's performance, it has been a clinical display of spin bowling and as Ojha rightly pointed out, bowling is also about partnerships. As a bowler, you need to support the bowler bowling at the other end and compliment him. Tomorrow holds the key in deciding the result of this test match but Sachin's innings will be of even more importance for billions of fans all across the world. perhaps, tomorrow might just be the last time we see him play.

  • JoshFromJamRock on November 14, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Its time for the west indies to be regulated to an associate nation unable to play test cricket for the next 5 years...probably that will make the selectors do their jobs.

    What the board needs is decisive persons who are not friends of any of the team and doesn't care if a island's representative is selected or not.

    If Sammy, Gayle and Ramdin aren't dropped after this match, the poor performance will continue.

    I'm Jamaican, but i don't care if 7 Trinidadians are there, just as long as they are performing and WI wins.

    Barath, Powell, Samuels, Edwards, Bravo, Deonarine, Walton (wk), Narine, Rampaul, Roach, Shillingford....with Holder, Cummings, Miller, Simmons (wk) and Brathwaite in the reserve.

    The sooner this test team, in the given order above, is selected the better it would be for WI cricket once Chanderpaul retires after next year. The batsmen might need a little more time to mature but surely these bowlers will take 20 wickets if given the chance.

    Good Batting Sachin!!!

  • MMZCric on November 14, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Shivnarine and Shillingford are the only two West Indians showed up to play cricket, the rest are obviously in India to enjoy the hospitality and to be part of Sachin's last test. This test will be completed before tea on the third day.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Pals! This is test and we have 4 more days to go. Why don't we wish that Sachin will sign off his test career with a 300 milestone and 16 grands in total. Ye Dil Mange MORE!

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    The performance of this West Indies team continues to be an embarrassment to all of their supporters.Save for Chanders and Shill,they don't seem to have any pride in performance.

  • SachinTrueLegend on November 14, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Here I am sitting in my office with tears in my eyes watching Sachin bat,maybe one last time, if India make a sizable score. At 41, I grew up, along side watching Sachin go from a promising youngster, to a batsman with potential, to Indian team's last hope in the dark days of 90s when batsmen were falling like nine pins to the bowling of Mc Grath and co, to India's hope of a billion. He transitioned from a cricketer to something greater, like family. Whatever paths your life took you, whatever trials and tribulations you faced or the successes you achieved in your life, he was there to comfort you or rejoice with you through his batting. They say life is about moments,some of my life's moments would be mirrored around Sachin's legendary batting. Picture this: Sachin having a bad back but still coming on the front foot and hitting Mcgrath over the square leg boundary for a six in Sharjah! Those moments are indelibly etched in my memory. Thank You Sachin. You are a true Legend! Salute!

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    good going india, lagey rho

  • ramli on November 14, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Congrats to Ashwin on his achievement ... It is a proud moment for any cricketer ... Playing 15 of 18 tests at home is not his choice ... Good luck overseas too in future ...

  • CricketChat on November 14, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    SRT survived the first test of sticking around for a while and looks good for one final 100. With everything said, he certainly deserves that one last glory before he finally signs off. The less said about WI shoddy performance, the better. Hope people finally see the futility of playing Gayle, Sammy and Chanderpaul in tests. Their act will repeat regularly in future.

  • WILAD on November 14, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    This is sad. You can try to use a scapegoat but the fact of the matter is only one player has been consistent for WI and that's Shiv. Gayle hasn't scored well for a while,Powell not turning starts to big runs,Bravo hasn't made good runs in a while, Samuels hasn't scored since England last year, Ramdin is only for keeping and can't bat, Best erratic again. There are only two players doing something and it's Shillingford and Chanderpaul. So you can't blame one or two. It's the entire team.

  • ramli on November 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    @Cutlet ... just see the attendance tomorrow in Wankhede at 9.30 AM ... you will know what this test means to Indians ... I shall not guarantee anything later on ... that depends on ... you know well

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Nice day for India as fans waiting for sachin batting and it cames today.I hope sachin will made century tomorrow and left cricket with more high and respect.we all miss sachin batting and hope he could join Indian team as mentor after 2015 world cup.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    The fall of Murali Vijoy brought applause "biggest at the fall of Indian wicket in history" for quite understood reason. The spectators are lucky to be there in the gallery (or on screen). We want to see Sachin for long time tomorrow too.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Good batting by the Little Master... Can live and die to see that straight drive from him...Just absolutely awesome and terrific...ahem...I think I can't describe that shot with words...

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    The entire WI side is bad. I don't know how some people can pick out certain players. Just scapegoats I guess. Only person who has been scoring runs consistently on this team is Chanders. Only good bowler is Shillingford. That's two good players out of eleven.

  • Vivfan on November 14, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Ashwin played 15 Tests home, 3 away. 91 wickets home, 9 away. Interesting. Hope he doesn't turn out to be a home-track bully unlike most Indian cricketers turn out to be.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 14, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Firstly I mean no disrespect to SRT who is a modern great and who's batting i have enjoyed over the last 20+ years.

    However I'm sure there will be people that raise the elephant in the room should he score a 100 in this game and pass 16K test runs. The Elephant will always be was he 'allowed' to do this simply because hes SRT, especially considering that hes not scored a test 100 for around 40 innings (over the last 3 years).

  • blthndr on November 14, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @nutcutlet....the stadium is not full cz its only 6000 tickets avaiable for public out of 32000 seats...

  • spiritwithin on November 14, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @Barry Glynn,offcourse its a good pitch since bowlers are getting help..pacers like Shami and Bhuvi both were difficult to handle as they were moving the ball both ways whereas spinners were tough for WI batsman because not only they were getting bounce but also turn as well as the inability of WI's batsman to counter spinners..its another matter than WI bowling attack is depleted as well as better batsman from india nullifying their attack easily.Or you want to say that only those pitches are good which has everything for pacers but nothing for spinners which we see mostly in SA?

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @Barry Glynn, I do think it is a good pitch. Hence the comment. Much better than the roads vs Aus.

  • cvenka on November 14, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @Englishfan, I agree that IPL is destroying test cricket. But that should not held for the failures of WI. Because more than WI players it is the Indian players who are getting more damages due to IPL & inspite of that they are winning the test matches. Hats off to them....

  • spiritwithin on November 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @ Cyril_Knight,very naive to blame BCCI for the fall of WI cricket,its like finding a scapegoat to hide your own failure,was WI cricket at great heights before the introduction of IPL in 2008?also IPL runs for only one month,so who forced Narine and Co. not to play more first class cricket in a year?SA has a maximum number of player in IPL and they r the best test side because they also plays first class a lot..dont blame BCCI for the fall of WI when their player goes to every part of the world to play in Big Bash,BPL,SLPL,English T20 league and so on,yet u r blaming IPL here...

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Time will surely tell Sir_Ivor lets talk again when he has played his 50th test and see if his strike rate is the same...cheers

  • spiritwithin on November 14, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @John Smith ..here is a nice piece of stats for you- Murali has played exactly the same number tests on spinner friendly pitches as Ashwin in their first 18tests(all on subcontinent).so give credit where it is due.Ashwin is still nowhere near Murali who's a great bowler but it seems you just needed some excuse to belittle Ashwin's achievement.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    John Smith, incidentally in the first half of Anil Kumble's career, the same was said about him. That he got his wickets only in India or the sub-continent.This despite him having bowled well on his first trip to South Africa.The Anil played in England and topped the bowlers charts and even got more than 100 wickets for the season. Maybe that was the turning point. Saurav Ganguly it was who pushed Harbhajan and kept Kumble in the background. Then in 2003-04,against Australia Anil got 24 wickets in 3 Tests and everyone saw that a champion is a champion any where. It is in the mind and of course in your genes. Kumble became the one of the highest wicket takers in the world later. One's greatness as a cricketer gets to be seen in his temperament. Anil was a dougthy batsman as well. I see the same traits in Ashwin as well. Like Kumble Ashwin is also well educated both being engineers. I have no doubt that Ashwin will prove his mettle abroad on his second trip.He is a good bat as well.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    So Mr Englishfan, you think that's a good pitch eh?

  • silentstand on November 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    There is no hope our W.I team.They make the caribbean people cry in shame

  • Cyril_Knight on November 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Englishfan you are right India are destroying WI, but it's not just in this Test series, they are quickly destroying all WI cricket.

    IPL has done untold damage to WI Test side. Players like Narine and Pollard, who pre-IPL would have played plenty of first-class cricket. I've no doubt that the ability shown in limited overs tournaments is transferable to Tests. However IPL steals any half-decent T20 player from WI and stunts their development as cricketers. Between the two of them they average less than 3 FC matches a year. This is wrong.

    Then as the Test side gets weaker there is even less incentive for players to risk their T20 careers by playing lengthy first-class seasons and risking injury.

    It's time the international cricket community did something to safeguard the status of West Indian first-class cricket. Even under current circumstances they continue to produce super cricketers, but without money in the domestic game that will stop.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @Nashid Wasta, hahaha. Sachin proved your feelings wrong. Dont ever mess up with Sachin !!

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    SRT looks ok- good luck to him. Hope he gets a bowl next innings.

  • MrCricket0099 on November 14, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    India won Sprit of Cricket in 2011, after MS Dhoni withdrawing appeal of Ian Bell, and they get an Award. This was really the only instance they had shown as real gentlemen in maybe the last few decades, and it was by one man.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    The sound that was generated when Murali Vijay was out , was as similar to that of when Sachin wiill scoe a double hundred.

  • creekeetman on November 14, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    good job by sammy to open the bowling, because after all he is a strike bowler... good job also to persist with perenial failures like gayle, best, ramnarine and sammy... meanwhile more equipped players who have done well with the WI A team are dusted aside. WI are an embarrassment and will remain so until people with sense are responsible for making key decisions.

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    India are destroying WI. WI are just too poor. This is why reams like India, Aus, RSA, Eng don't play them too much, because there is no contest. I also think WI are suffering from the decision to cancel their test matches this year to replace them with ODIs and CPL.

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    The pitch looks like a proper testmatch pitch- there is something for the bowlers. Well done groundstaff.

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I criticise Dhoni a lot, but he kept well today. Also his batting average this year is 70odd, which is fantastic. Well done big man, I apolagise for my criticism.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I feel sachin won't be able to cross 20 in this innings or might not be batting tomorrow morning. he will loose his wicket today.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @MrCricket0099. lol @ your knowledge. India won it 2 years back. lol.

  • UnderdogsGalore on November 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST Narine is not playing because he does not have a good test match record. It is like asking Suresh Raina/ Yuvraj Singh to be selected for the Indian test side!

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Sure Ashwin was quick to 100th wicket but surely having played 15 of those 18 test matches in India add another angle to the story. If Murali or Warne had played on spin friendly pitches for their first 18 the story may have been the same

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Congrats! Ashwin, for the fastest century of wickets in last 80+ years and overall fifth. What a pity, his achievement got overshadowed by Sachin Mania.

  • UnderdogsGalore on November 14, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @MrCricket0099 Being an Indian I personally did not like the Dhawan to Watson act, also Watson is one of my favorite cricketers! My question to you however is this, "What is the relation of that incident to this match?" throw some light please!

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    1st i was shocked when dhoni took decission to bowl first. but as usual his decission again came right and india bowled out wi for a small score for 3rd consequitive time with the help of Ashwin and Ojha. Both have now 100s of wickets in a quick time. the spell of ojha was superb.he was given the ball after lunch. but bowled superbly,was unlucky in the last match.catches were missed.some decissions went against him. i think he is overshadowed by ashwin. he should be given a chance in over seas also.

  • storeboy on November 14, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    As bad as West Indies are playing, one has to wonder what the selectors and coach are thinking! Gabriel has not proven he deserves a place on this team, neither does Gayle. And the Captain Sammy must have finally lost the last supporter! For us, West Indies fans, this is a total disaster.

  • MrCricket0099 on November 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I am conceptually confused as to how Dhawan was not banned after the disgusting cowardly act he did to Watson. This is why India can never win a Spirit of Cricket award.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Ball turning square on day 1 like last Test and West Indies opt for 2 hit the deck hard bowlers Narine and Miller not even in the squad, Shillingford again the lone ranger in an impossible task. Another innings defeat as predicted already confirmed before tea on day 1 . . . Some serious changes have to be made on all levels Selection Coaching Captain and Team. Can't believe a guy like Kirk Edwards doesn't get in the side he scored tons and half centuries in both the Test and Odis v India A, W.I top 4 here look like tail enders Indias last 4 are better batsman.

  • on November 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    india is best

  • on November 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    And then Sammy takes the new ball with his medium pace pies! Brilliant captaincy! Mind you, not that he's got a lot to choose from but you might as well give Tino a go with the new ball.

  • on November 14, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Indeed I fully agree that Gayle and Sammy also Ramdin Should not be in the Test Side. The WI Selectors continues to pick the wrong players,recycle failures and are destroying WI cricket. Mr Butts and Mr Gibson Please listen

  • on November 14, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    fans had access to 5000 out of 33000 seats rest are all with bcci n state association etc so the empty seats are from those 28000 they give it to dignitaries n other officials who dont use them

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @Barry Glynn. Donot pitch for inability. Wait and see what WI spinners can do and comment.

  • Cricketlover54 on November 14, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    This Indian team takes the term "Home Advantage" to the next level. Seriously, no wonder Ind is 0-8.

  • senator333 on November 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Ashwin just took his 100th wicket in his 18th match & fastest to take 100th wicket in modern era still some cricket illiterates thinks he is overrated bowler.

  • Nexgen_Commentator on November 14, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Gayle & Sammy should not be in the West Indies Test side.I don't know why Rampaul and Narine are not in this test side.

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    How many more matches does the windies selectors need to realize if they want sammy to be a captain they totally got it wrong. I can see how he can captain the team in the ODIs But certainly not a test level player! Perhaps Bravo can captain in the test and leave the ODIs and T20s for Sammy. Gayle needs to retire from international cricket! The problem with the windies is that they are too nervous. The Indian team has alright bowling certainly not a one of the most leathel but with the nervousness of the windies they suddenly look DEADLY!! Again where is Kirk Edwards? Where is Naraine? Come on windies? The selectors need to start thinking about the future if they want to fix the fans disappearing from the windies!

  • Narkovian on November 14, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    WI are awful aren't they. Sachin couldn't have picked a betterr team to try and get a centruy in his last game. HOWEVER. He had better not fail in his 1st innings chance, because its not likely he'll get a second !! In general.. how depressing to see WI as bad as ever over the last 15 years. N

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Another top Indian Test pitch though eh? Bright green and turning sideways on the first day.

  • vsroc on November 14, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(November 14,2013) Mumbai cricket test match is an epic one since the two legend stalwarts are playing in this match.One is Sachin Tendulkar playing his 200th and final test at his home ground.The other person is Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, created another record of playing his 150th test for West Indies.Sachin was presen- ted a special cap,printed 200 in its brim,by his captain M.S.Dhon,apart from getting a momento,a painted portrait,from the BCCI President Shri.Sriniva- san. Sachin scored maximum test runs for India while Chanderpaul is the se- cond best test scorer for West Indies.This test match will be ever remembe- red by both of them.

  • Nutcutlet on November 14, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Sachin's magnificent 200th: his great farewell, a match that has been hyped to the heavens... and the ground's more than half-empty! Now, I know I'm just a poorly informed Englishman, not able to understand the ways in which things are done in India, so I'd like Cpt. Meanster - expert on all things Indian - to offer an explanation, please. I always seek to understand, yet I often end up shrugging my shoulders. Anyone else's opinion would also be welcome.

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Dear oh dear- how poor are the Windies? They just never improve. Sammy really isn't good enough to play Test cricket- just played the most idiotic shot second ball. He can't bat or bowl and certainly ain't no Mike Brearley!

  • 200ondebut on November 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Why is the stadium half empty? This is a national disgrace. We all love SRT - but cant be bothered to turn up and watch!

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Well bowled Kumar and Shami again. As I keep saying, add in Yadav and India could really have a world class seam bowling unit in 1 or 2 years.

    Powell was definitely out. He knocked the cover off it.

    Shame over all the empty seats though.

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Has my tele gone funny? The pitch is bright green!

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar's footwork is like tiger when he comes out of the crease. its just unfair to think cricket without him. he is legend. I saw his lecture in Marathi to teenagers, I am impressed to see his curiosity towards others is very tremendous. I wish he could bat for next 50 years....

  • Resultpredictor on November 14, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Match will be finished inside 3 days and India will win by huge margin

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    How can this game be sold out ??????.... The place is nearly 3 quarters. Empty ...... Typical ...

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    What happened on 18-Jan-1998? How many times do you see a world number 1 off-spinner being slammed for a huge six straight over his head, that too on the very first delivery he sends in.

    15 years on I still have that shot of Him coming down the pitch crystal clear in my eyes.

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    My Favorite Sachin Moment is that where ever you go on a cricket match day, same inquiry by everyone "SACHIN HAI KYA? SCORE KYA HUA?"(Is Sachin there?Whats the score?)

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    i love india

  • EverybodylovesSachin on November 14, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Finally Dhoni won the toss and he made a bad decision to bowl...

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    India must win this match and dedicate the victory to the greatest player of this game- Sachin Ramesh Tendilkar

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    What a Captain M S is ? Good decision to field fast.M optimistic, he would get the same result as of Kolkata.Hats off to Dhoni to put the team interest above every ones expectation to see Tendulkar's batting in the first day of the test.Sachin will be also relaxed and gets enough time to adjust himself with the situation to put up a last time batting Miracle to all of us.GOOD LUCK SACHIN.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    What's happened to Gayle? Seems when he's playing T20 so dominant. Then other formats he hasn't played well. Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was getting him out for cheap.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    best of luck india. good bye sachin.

  • SamRoy on November 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I still do not understand the approach of Indian captains to bowl first as soon as they see some grass on the pitch. The Mumbai is difficult to bat on once it starts turning because there is good bounce at good pace and the edges carry to close-in fielders. Batting on day 4 and day 5 on a turning track in Wankhede is never a good idea. Same decision was taken by Dravid against a weakened English Team (because of injuries and that infamous pullout by Trescothick) in 2006 on a similar pitch and it backfired. India lost that test match. I hope such a thing doesn't happen to ruin Sachin farewell and India wins the match. But why take chances?

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    India is persisting with Ojha, whose career should have ended after the Oz tour when Jadeja outbowled him totally. If Kumar and Vijay had also been rested, Amit Mishra, Pankaj Singh/ Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik could have had a go in what is a South African tour audition. Even in the ODis, they are brainlessly persisting with Yuvraj & Raina, instead of grooming Pujara & Karthik, who can play fast bowling overseas.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Where is Santioke and Lendl Simmons should replace Ramdin and Kirk Edwards for Bravo.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Where is Santioke and Lendl Simmons should replace Ramdin and Kirk Edwards for Bravo.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    India is persisting with Ojha, whose career should have ended after the Oz tour when Jadeja outbowled him totally. If Kumar and Vijay had also been rested, Amit Mishra, Pankaj Singh/ Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik could have had a go in what is a South African tour audition. Even in the ODis, they are brainlessly persisting with Yuvraj & Raina, instead of grooming Pujara & Karthik, who can play fast bowling overseas.

  • SamRoy on November 14, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I still do not understand the approach of Indian captains to bowl first as soon as they see some grass on the pitch. The Mumbai is difficult to bat on once it starts turning because there is good bounce at good pace and the edges carry to close-in fielders. Batting on day 4 and day 5 on a turning track in Wankhede is never a good idea. Same decision was taken by Dravid against a weakened English Team (because of injuries and that infamous pullout by Trescothick) in 2006 on a similar pitch and it backfired. India lost that test match. I hope such a thing doesn't happen to ruin Sachin farewell and India wins the match. But why take chances?

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    best of luck india. good bye sachin.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    What's happened to Gayle? Seems when he's playing T20 so dominant. Then other formats he hasn't played well. Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe was getting him out for cheap.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    What a Captain M S is ? Good decision to field fast.M optimistic, he would get the same result as of Kolkata.Hats off to Dhoni to put the team interest above every ones expectation to see Tendulkar's batting in the first day of the test.Sachin will be also relaxed and gets enough time to adjust himself with the situation to put up a last time batting Miracle to all of us.GOOD LUCK SACHIN.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    India must win this match and dedicate the victory to the greatest player of this game- Sachin Ramesh Tendilkar

  • EverybodylovesSachin on November 14, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Finally Dhoni won the toss and he made a bad decision to bowl...

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    i love india

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    My Favorite Sachin Moment is that where ever you go on a cricket match day, same inquiry by everyone "SACHIN HAI KYA? SCORE KYA HUA?"(Is Sachin there?Whats the score?)