New Delhi: There was a certain buzz as Sachin Tendulkar walked to the wicket on a Sunday afternoon; nobody was saying it loudly but on the minds of thousands of adoring fans there was a question - has the batting maestro played his last international match in India?
For 24 years over 198 Tests, 463 ODIs and a single T20 match, every time he has come out to bat or made his way back to the pavilion he has been cheered in virtually every single cricket ground in the world. Therefore, the applause he got on Sunday in the final moments of the final Test against Australia was not unusual.
But there was little doubt that the day was different as the diminutive Master-Blaster emerged from the pavilion, turned his head to look into the sun and slowly made his way to the wicket with India needing 32 runs for a historic 4-0 sweep against Australia. Was it his last Test innings on the Indian soil?