Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar knew something was wrong when he heard a click in his foot. Yet, he scored an unbeaten 122 and was adjudged man of the match.
Those were the days when no media releases were emailed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Not that the establishment sent out a detailed release on Tendulkar's injury yesterday, but information of his fracture on the sesamoid bone of his right big toe back then was next to zilch.
And since this injury was the biggest in the eyes of the media after his back trouble in 1999, there was plenty written about it before and after Tendulkar invited the media to his Bandra (West) residence to brief them. To those who know private Tendulkar, this invitation was extraordinarily unusual.