India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day November 16, 2013

Tendulkar era ends with 2-0 sweep


India 495 (Pujara 113, Rohit 111*, Tendulkar 74, Shillingford 5-179) beat West Indies 182 (Ojha 5-40) and 187 (Ramdin 53*, Ojha 5-49, Ashwin 4-89) by an innings and 126 runs
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The curtain came down on Sachin Tendulkar's storied Test career with one of India's most comprehensive victories, as a hapless West Indies crumbled on the third morning in Mumbai. Tendulkar walked off the field with a tear in his eye and to a fluid guard of honour from his team-mates, soaking in the cheers of the Wankhede crowd one last time.

Pragyan Ojha took his second five-for of the match, and Ashwin finished with seven in the match, but the only spin bowling Indian fans wanted to see was the all-sorts of Tendulkar. Ten minutes before the scheduled close of the first session, by when West Indies had lost eight wickets in another inept batting performance, Tendulkar was brought into the attack. Though the crowd was desperate for a wicket, Tendulkar's final two overs produced no breakthrough. MS Dhoni brought back his main bowlers and within a handful of overs, the Test was brought to an end with Mohammed Shami flattening the middle stump of the West Indies No. 11 Shannon Gabriel.

West Indies' batsmen hadn't shown much aptitude for a fight earlier in the day either, as the spinners enjoyed the bounce and turn on offer. In the sixth over of the morning, Marlon Samuels charged out to Ojha, was nowhere near the pitch of the ball, and was yards out of the crease when Dhoni took the bails off. Soon after, another player who has had a rough series, Chris Gayle, was caught-behind for 35 off Ojha and West Indies were five down. With those two big wickets, the question was whether West Indies would last the session.

The man brought in to strengthen the batting in this Test, Narsingh Deonarine, fell for a duck, bringing in another player whose critics will only get louder after this game. Darren Sammy had played an atrocious shot in the first innings to bag a duck and he nearly fell first ball this time, a leading edge just landing short of mid-off. The relief for Sammy didn't last long, though, as after an over in which he was tormented by Ojha, he missed an arm ball to be trapped lbw.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the only West Indies batsman to have shown the wherewithal to grit it out consistently this series, resisted with 41, and Denesh Ramdin went on to a half-century but given the mammoth lead India had, it was only a matter of time. Chanderpaul was the man to depart, with Ashwin getting him lbw and running off in celebration.

West Indies may have come into the series on the back of six victories, but the pitiful challenge they put up shows that they have regressed in the last two years. In those two years, the Indian team has undergone a major overhaul, and while the verdict on their performance will have to wait till they are tested overseas, they have done enough to send off Tendulkar with a record six Test wins.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ESPN on November 18, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Brian Lara and Wasim Akram are the real legends. They put fear on the opposition.

  • ESPN on November 18, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Stop the arguments and check the stats. Majority of the times when Tendulkar scored a century in test and odi's india lost. Most selfish player in the last 24 years.

  • Naresh on November 18, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    WE will MISS SACHIN no doubt. Is Virat Kohli ready for the number 4 slot? Rohit can come in after him at 5. Tebdulkar has left the Indian team in a good state.

  • Shiv on November 18, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Natx - well said and totally agree with you. The quality of cricket played in those days was club level at best compared to the competitive high class cricket played these days.

  • Ashok on November 18, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Sachin made timely decision. I saw him as a school boy in 89 along with Vinod Kambli after their record partnership at the school tournament. I was told about them by the receptionist and went to say hello when they were waiting to see Atulya Mafatlal of Sungrace at Mafatlal house. I was deputed to Delhi later. Our driver Devinder in Delhi called me from my office to see Sachin batting against Abdul Qadir at the TV showroom down my office . When Sachin stepped out to loft Qadir for sixes, Devinder yelled" Sir see he is batting with the bat I brought from Meerut". Since then I did not miss many of his batting though I moved from India . He was on top of the cricketing world , and he never behaved badly in-spite of many situations. He is a role model for any budding cricketers, and guys like Sreesanth should learn from him. He remained cool to taunts of Akhtar, Mcgrath or Andre Nel after their delivery stride and chose the willow to talk.He is a true Gentleman,and incomparable.

  • Tahir on November 18, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Wonderful achievements but cricket world needed either of NZ WI or BD for hhis 100th hundred and 200 tests. Anyway, little master maintained 50 average which is marvellous but has left so many stats that both his supporters and critics will feed ease for many years while we ponder how great he was.

  • Nat on November 18, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    With due respect to Sir Don, one should consider that Don played only in 2 countries, Aus and Eng. He did play some tests against WI, Ind and SA and they were all at home. Also the bowlers those days were less threatening. Mostly medium pace with swing. Against some of the genuine pacers he played like Larwood, we know the history. I wish he was still around to play the WI battery in Caribbean, SA folks in Durban, reverse swing of Pakistanis and spinners in sub continent. We all know how well the 2nd Bradman (Ponting) played in India so I would rate guys like Sachin, Gavaskar, Kallis, Richards, Lara, Sobers etc. ahead of Don that scored all over the globe against variety of bowlers. From an Aus perspective, guys like Hayden, Gilly, Hussey, Steve Waugh etc., are higher on my book as they scored everywhere and against everyone.

  • Android on November 18, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    sachin is great player

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    The Little Master..The Next Don..The Art of Batting...The Great Sportsman....The Great Human Being...The God...Very Very Very Thank you for the 24 years of entertainment which made the nation and us so proud. Our childhood became more joyful and filled with full of cherished moments ONLY because of you. We miss you and still not able believe that the little master's bat is going to be rested. I am writing this comment with tears......SACHIN...SACHIN....

  • Atul on November 17, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    With the retirement of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, an era has come to an end. The void created by his departure will be very difficult to fill. He served the game for quarter a century and made it its own. He garnered huge success, name and fame for himself, but his feet was always grounded. He entertained the cricket loving public not only in India, but around the world by his consistency, stroke-play, temperament, honesty and humility. The records which he has made in tests and ODIs will be very difficult to break, because players now don't have such a long career. I feel he still had something to contribute, he may not be as flamboyant as Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, but in a crisis situation, even now Tendulkar has the ability to bail out the team. Indian Government has done well by conferring the highest civilian award, 'Bharat Ratna' on him. We all should wish him a peaceful life ahead and cherish the rich memories by which he has enriched.

    A.K.Srivastava, Salboni