In the Australian, Peter Lalor describes how the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, like every other venue in India, erupts whenever Sachin Tendulkar walks out with bat in hand.

There is something about the Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy that amplifies sound. It comes up from the concrete bleaches, hits the high tin roofs and bounces back down, physically assaulting the ear drums. It's cicada sharp. Tinny and high-tensile. Ten fans can make the sound of a thousand anywhere else ...

... Then Sachin emerges with a blade in each hand and the decibel level goes through the roof. Surely it carries to Delhi's empty stadiums.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo