Sachin Tendulkar falls six short of long-awaited 100th century

first_imgUnlike on the last three mornings of the Test match, on Friday there was unusually hectic activity on the Marine Drive, connecting the ‘D’ Road on which the Wankhede Stadium is located, barely 15 metres away from the junction.People looked anxious, even worried, as they looked around for tickets to get inside the venue with the hope to watch Sachin Tendulkar complete his 100th international century and make history.”Us gali mein jaao, sab milega (go to that lane, you’ll get everything),” a person was seen telling another person who was looking for tickets, just outside the main stadium gate. Officials claimed that all tickets for the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies were sold out, but tickets were reportedly being sold in black.Just a little farther from the Wankhede, on the PM Shukla Marg-Marine Drive junction, MMK College (Bandra) students had put up a special billboard, calling for a ‘signature campaign’ for Tendulkar.The impromptu billboard had two giant photos of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (SRT) and the words ‘Young India Salutes You SRT’ on it.Millions of his fans around the world would have tuned in to either their television/radio sets or online streaming to be ‘part’ of the history that seemed imminent – Tendulkar required 33 more runs to become the first ever batsman to score the magical feat.Those who came late ran to their seats, eager that they don’t miss Tendulkar scoring the magic 100th run. But all of them were shocked to watch the maestro, at 94, slash at a rising ball from speedster Ravi Rampaul into the safe hands of captain Darren Sammy at the second slip. Suddenly, the packed and noisy stadium fell silent. All the anticipation and expectations came to nought as the maestro began the slow and long walk back to the dressing room.advertisementIt took some time for the spectators to accept the reality – that Tendulkar had indeed failed to get to his 52nd Test century; he has 48 tons in ODIs. He has now gone 16 innings, or eight months and 13 days – in both Tests and ODIs – without a century, though he had come close to it on a few occasions after scoring his 99th ton, against South Africa during the World Cup on March 12.And when normalcy returned to the Wankhede Stadium, people were quick to pronounce a variety of reasons as to why the 38-year-old righthanded batsman failed to score six more runs.While some felt he was too anxious to get to the mark, others insisted that he had become habitual of playing the uppish shot over the slips due to excess ODI cricket.There were others who said that Tendulkar would like to score the much-anticipated century of his 22-year international career in the five-match One-day International series against the Caribbean team, starting on November 29 in Cuttack. As it turned out, Tendulkar has been rested for the first three ODIs.last_img

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