Mumbai, India 15th November 2013: West Indies captain Darren Sammy took a good catch at first slip to dismiss India legend Sachin Tendulkar for 74 runs off Narsingh Deonarine on the second day of the test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.
Tendulkar’s 200th test match, against West Indies at home ground will also be his last, as the ‘Little Master’ brings the curtain down on a bright 24-year career at the age of 40.Tendulkar, the man called the God of cricket is the highest runscorer in international cricket.
He was welcomed by a rapturous reception at the Wankhede Stadium when he came to the crease after West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford took two wickets in an over.
Cheteshwar Pujara reached his fourth Test fifty soon after Tendulkar brought up his 68th Test half-century with a trademark straight drive off Tino Best.
This is the 119th time that Sachin crossed the 50-run mark in Test cricket – the most by any batsman in the history of Test cricket.
The West Indies were bowled out for 182 runs cheaply earlier and then came a fine start by the Indian openers.
The Government of India released two commemorative stamps, while local organisers used a specially minted coin to mark the occasion as Tendulkar led the team on to the ground.
It is the first time in his Test career Rajni Tendulkar, his mother is watching his game.
His final match caps a month-long outflow of emotion from India, a cricket-mad country of 1.2 billion people which started when he confirmed that the series against West Indies would be his last test. A website selling tickets for the series crashed shortly after opening, receiving 19.7 million hits in the first hour.