Known for his impeccable timing and grace, West Indies legend Brian Lara arrived a day too late to witness Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate Test appearance in Kolkata. Little could the Prince of cricket have imagined that India would wrap up Tendulkar's 199th Test inside three days, denying the master blaster the opportunity to bat for a second time at Eden Gardens. Tendulkar was LBW for 10 in the first innings, trapped by a Shane Shillingford 'doosra'.
Lara arrived in Kolkata on Saturday for what was to be the fourth day of the Eden Test. After following the Eden Test for three days on TV in London, Lara missed 'live' action on the Tendulkar mania that gripped Kolkata for almost a week. India thrashed West Indies by an innings and 51 runs to go up 1-0 on the two-match series.