You can never keep Sachin Tendulkar out in a cricket match. On Day 1 of the Eden Gardens Test against the West Indies on Wednesday, Tendulkar, playing his 199th and penultimate game, struck in his first over as the Caribbeans lost their way and were all out for 234. Tendulkar trapped Shane Shillingford LBW with a ball that pitched in line and did not spin. Shillingford was Tendulkar's 46th Test wicket.
Former teammate and NDTV expert VVS Laxman said Tendulkar was a clever bowler and called him the "man with the golden arm." Laxman added: "He is a clever thinker, street smart and out-thinks the batsman. It was a masterstroke by Dhoni to ask him to bowl." Tendulkar finished with figures of 2-1-5-1.
Laxman said Tendulkar was a "dangerous" customer if he managed to pitch the ball in the right areas. " He always wants to take the responsibility to do well either with or ball. Even today, he wanted to bowl," said Laxman.