100th ton eludes Sachin again
India’s ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar fell six runs short of his 100th ton at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium November 25. West Indies medium-pacer Ravi Rampaul had him caught by captain Darren
Sammy at second slip.
Hordes of fans who had turned up at the stadium hoping to watch the
Master Blaster achieve the historic feat on his home ground were left
In his maiden Test innings this year, against South Africa at Newlands,
Tendulkar scored his 97th international ton. Number 98 and 99 came
during the International Cricket Council World Cup — 120 against
England in Bangalore followed by 111 versus South Africa in Nagpur.
Thereafter, it has been a long wait, although Tendulkar came very
close to scoring his 100th ton many times.
On an otherwise forgettable tour of England, he made 91 in the second
innings of the fourth and final Test at the Oval before Tim Bresnan’s
delivery crashed onto his pads.
Similarly in the first Test against the West Indies at Delhi’s Feroze
Shah Kotla stadium, Tendulkar scored 76, completing 15,000 Test runs.
Just as fans had started celebrating, in anticipation of the impending
milestone, Devendra Bishoo cut short his innings.
Tendulkar dismissed the pressure of expectations saying ‘it is just a
number’ but his fans hoped that Wankhede would prove lucky for the
Even as the Windies batted on the opening two days of the third India-West Indies Test November 22, the crowds were conspicuous by their
absence. However, on the third morning people came in droves (20,000
according to official figures), to see their hero score that elusive ton. At
the end of the day, they were left disappointed, albeit not entirely.
Tendulkar couldn’t score the hundred, but he remained unbeaten at 67,
keeping alive the hopes of many. However, his dismissal at 94 on the
fourth day stunned fans and a deathly silence enveloped the stadium as
the Master walked back to the dressing room.
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‘Wankhede has been
lucky for me’
Dhoni, Tendulkar rested;
Sehwag to lead
The ground on which Varun Aaron made his one-day international debut was also the venue of his first Test. The Wankhede stadium is a memorable venue
for the young fast bowler.
“Wankhede has been lucky for me. It has been my debut
ground, so to speak,” said Aaron at the end of the first
“I made my under-19 debut here; my ODI debut
(against England) was a decent one as well. I hope my
Test debut is also a memorable one,” he added.
About a month ago the young fast bowler from
Jharkhand made a commendable start to his one-day
career, returning with figures of three for 24 as India
defeated England in the fourth ODI.
He replaced Umesh Yadav in the third Test against the
West Indies to become the 273rd player to play Test
cricket for India.
Virender Sehwag (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virat
Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane,
Manoj Tiwary, Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper),
Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, R Ashwin, Praveen
Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, R Vinay Kumar