Mumbai, Nov 25 (): Sachin Tendulkar has missed out again! The iconic batsman came very close to his historic 100th international century only to miss it by six runs in the third cricket test against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
Ravi Rampaul had him caught by Darren Sammy at second slip to disappoint the hordes of fans that turned up in the last two days to watch the ‘Master’ score that 100th hundred.
The crowd, who were packed into the Wankhede Stadium in anticipation of Tendulkar’s achievement, were left stunned as their idol came so close to the feat that has been expected of him since the World Cup earlier this year.
The disappointment was writ large on Sachin’s face as he slowly trudged back to the pavilion with the crowd stunned into silence. Starting on his overnight score of 67 not out, the legendary batsman was in a mood to get the coveted ton as quickly as possible.
Sachin Tendulkar’s last international century came on March 12 during a World Cup group league match against South Africa at Nagpur. It has been more than eight months that the entire nation has been waiting with bated breath for the elusive century.
Anticipation has grown after he made his 99th hundred against South Africa at the World Cup, and interest centred on him throughout India’s troubled summer tour of England where the nearest he came to three figures was scoring 91 on the last day of the Test series at the Oval.
Tendulkar is unlikely to get a chance to bat again in this Test. He has to wait until the five-game one-day international series that starts on Tuesday.
He remains the leading all-time Test run-scorer by a distance, having passed the 15,000 mark in the first test of the series, and is more than 2,000 ahead of his nearest challenger – his long-term team-mate Rahul Dravid, who became only the second man to score 13,000 test runs.