Chennai: Sachin Tendulkar played his first Test at Chepauk 20 years ago, making 165 against England in a series that India would win 3-0. James Pattinson was two then, barely old enough to grip a cricket ball. These two men, at opposite ends of the experience spectrum, were the key protagonists during an enthralling second day's cricket in the first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday (February 23).
Tendulkar, who has scored hundreds in his two previous Tests against Australia at this venue, finished the day on 71. India, at 182 for 3, were still 198 adrift of Australia's total of 380, an effort underpinned by Michael Clarke's superb 130. Pattinson bowled just six overs, in two spells of three, but his ferocious pace and subtle movement were enough to knock over each of India's top three.
Tendulkar's last act with the bat on this famous old ground was an unbeaten hundred as India chased down 387 against England in December 2008. When he arrived at the crease on Saturday, to rapturous acclaim from the stands, the scoreboard showed 12 for 2. The first ball he faced from a fired-up Pattinson was driven beautifully through cover for four. The second was deflected even more deftly, behind point. After missing the third, he moved across his stumps and glanced the next to fine leg for four more.