New Delhi: Another match. Another time that Sachin walked out to bat. 32 balls later, another collective sigh of disappointment as the Master Blaster walked back to the pavillion. India will have to wait a-while for that 100th Sachin Tendulkar 100.
Tendulkar was out for 7 on the second day of the first cricket Test match being played between India and West Indies at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi.
He shouldn't even have been at the crease when he was. He came in because two wickets fell in very quick succession, just when the opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were making merry in the middle after India bowled out the West Indies for 304 this morning. The second day of play held out great promise for India fans - the sun was shining bright and the hosts were well and truly on top.
At 89 for no loss India were cruising when Gautam Gambhir, backing up as Virender Sehwag smashed one down the ground, almost too straight, was left exposed at the other end. Run out for 41.
Sehwag perished soon thereafter, stumped by Carlton Baugh off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo. This brought Sachin Tendulkar to the crease and along with him the air of anticipation that walks out with him ever since he scored his 99th international ton in the World Cup against South Africa in Nagpur this year.
Like the many times in these many months, the ton of tons was not to be. Sachin Tendulkar was out leg before off the bowling of Fidel Edwards and India were 113 for 3.
VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh followed soon enough and the hosts were once again counting on the Wall, Rahul Dravid, to take them through.