Rohit Sharma after his 111*: "Good things are happening to me after the Jaipur ODI against Australia. I won the CLT20 with Mumbai Indians and I carried forth the form into the Australia ODIs. Then I translated the form to the Test matches. Since my childhood days, I have played a lot here at this ground. Day 2 and Day 3 are the best days to bat here. It is also known for its bounce and turn. Hopefully our spinners can turn it even more and win it for Sachin tomorrow. I really thank Shami for the support. He kept his cool and went for his shots only after I reached three figures."
Irfan Pathan tweets: How can u concentrate in ur training when u know u might be seeing Sachin batting live for the last time #ThankYouSachin.
Mahesh Bhupathi tweets: Been to 2 world cup football finals but the atmosphere and the emotion at the stadium today was second to none, glad I went.
Harsha Bhogle tweets: Tendulkar says that playing cricket is like oxygen to him, he cannot imagine life without it.
17:00 (IST)WICKET! Darren Bravo is out, caught by Murali Vijay off R Ashwin for 11. West Indies go into stumps at 43/3, with a trail of 270 runs. Chris Gayle is unbeaten on 6 runs from 31 balls. Ashwin takes two wickets, while Ojha has one. India need 7 more wicket to win and the visitors need 270 more to make India bat again.
16:52 (IST)WICKET! Nightwatchman Tino Best (9) is out, LBW to Pragyan Ojha. WI 29/2.
16:49 (IST) Tino Best goes for a big hit and gets a four, over mid on.
16:44 (IST) First four for the West Indies - comes from the blade of Tino Best. WI 22/1 (8 overs), trail by 291 runs.
16:40 (IST) Tino Best has been sent as a nightwatchman.
16:38 (IST)WICKET! R Ashwin draws first blood in the second innings and Kieran Powell (9) is gone, caught at long-off by Mohd Shami. WI 15/1, trail by 198 runs.
16:25 (IST) It has so far been an edgy start by West Indies - 14/0 after 4 overs.
16:15 (IST) Players are back on the field now as Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets ready to bowl to Chris Gayle.
16:10 (IST)FACTOID: Rohit Sharma has become the second Indian after Sourav Ganguly to score hundreds in his first two innings. Only 5 players have achieved that feat - Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharan, Yasir Hameed, Ganguly and Rohit Sharma.
16:02 (IST)WICKET! India all out for 495 as Mohd Shami is the last man out, caught by Tino Best at deep backward square leg fence of Narsingh Deonarine for 11. India lead by 313, the number of runs West Indies need to make India bat again. Ten minute break for the change of innings.
15:56 (IST) Mohd Shami opens up and hits Shane Shillingford for two consecutive fours. India 487/9.
15:50 (IST)SIX! and CENTURY! Rohit Sharma you beauty, reaches his second consecutive hundred with a six, off Marlon Samuels, in 117 balls. India 479/9, lead by 297 runs.
15:39 (IST) Mohd Shami bats well here and survives two tight overs from Shillingford and Best. The tailender has scored 1 in a partnership of 55 so far. India 470/9 after 103 overs, lead by 288.
15:32 (IST) Back-to-back fours from Rohit Sharma off Tino Best takes him closer to a hundred in his second innings. India 469/9, lead by 287 runs.
15:24 (IST) Rohit Sharma is going for the jugular, tries to clear long-on and is caught on the boundary but wait it's a no-ball by Shillingford so not out, Rohit survives and gets a reprieve. India 458/9, lead by 276 runs.
15:18 (IST) Tino Best bowls a short one and Rohit (86*) hooks him between fine-leg and deep square leg for four. India 456/9, lead by 274 runs.
15:12 (IST) Rohit this time punishes Best, punches the fast bowler past mid-off for four. India 449/9, lead by 267 runs.
15:07 (IST) Rohit Sharma is seizing his chance here - first he rocks back and cuts Shilingford through point and two balls later he thumps him over deep mid-wicket for 6. India 444/9, lead by 262 runs.
15:00 (IST) Rohit is playing sensibly here, not exposing number 11 Mohd Shami. India 430/9, lead by 248 runs.
14:52 (IST)FACTOID: Darren Sammy has taken five catches today, becoming the first West Indian fielder to take 5 catches in an innings.
14:45 (IST) Rohit Sharma completes a fine half-century, his second score of fifty or more, in just 56 balls with the help of 4 fours and a six. India 419/9, lead by 237 runs.
14:38 (IST)WICKET! Pragyan Ojha (0) is run out at the non-striker's end, thanks to a brilliant direct hit from the deep mid-wicket fence. India 415/9, lead by 233 runs.
14:35 (IST)FACTOID: Shane Shillingford has registered his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket and fifth in-a-row.
14:32 (IST)WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4) is caught by Darren Sammy at backward short leg off Shane Shillingford, who picks up another five-wicket haul. India 414/8, lead by 232 runs.
14:29 (IST) All in readiness now for the final session of play, Rohit Sharma to face Shane Shillingford.
14:15 (IST) Read: Sachin is Time magazine's 'Person of the Moment'
14:10 (IST) It's tea time at the Wankhede Stadium on Day 2 and India are 413/7 after 89 overs. A total of 131 runs were scored and 4 wickets fell. Rohit Sharma is batting on 44 and giving him company is Bhuvneshwar Kumar on 4*. Shane Shillingford has four wickets for 142 runs.
14:05 (IST)WICKET! R Ashwin falls to the pull shot and Shannon Gabriel picks up the wicket. Ashwin had no room to play the pull and got a top edge, only for the bowler to complete a simple catch on the follow through. Ashwin made 30 from 32 balls. India 409/7, lead by 227 runs.
13:57 (IST) A stand and deliver shot from R Ashwin, pulls Tino Best through mid-wicket. India 407/6, lead by 225.
13:53 (IST) Read - Sachin Tendulkar fails to break 15-year-old jinx at Wankhede
13:50 (IST) Rohit Sharma cuts it over the slips and gully off Tino Best and gets a four. India bring up the 400, in their 85th over.
13:43 (IST) R Ashwin (24*) hits Shannon Gabriel for consecutive fours in the 84th over.
13:36 (IST) R Ashwin drills Tino Best for four past the mid-wicket region. 384/6 after 83 overs.
13:28 (IST) Sourav Ganguly says while commentary: "Hanging his bat out has been MS Dhoni's weakness. He does not come full forward against the quick bowlers."
13:26 (IST)SIX! R Ashwin rocks back and glides the ball from the face of the bat, using Shannon Gabriel's pace for six over third man.
13:23 (IST)WICKET! MS Dhoni (4) is gone, caught by Darren Sammy at second slip off Tino Best and the West Indies strike with the second new-ball. India 366/6 after 81 overs.
13:17 (IST) Rohit Sharma continues from where he left off at the Eden Gardens. Shillingford drops it short and Rohit smashes it over mid-wicket for four.
13:13 (IST) Yuvraj Singh while doing TV commentary says - "Everytime you look up to Sachin, whether he gets a hundred or not, he will remain humble. He sets high standards for us to follow on the field."
13:08 (IST)WICKET! Shane Shillingford breaks Cheteshwar Pujara's resolve! Pujara (113 off 167 balls, 12x4s) tries to turn it on the on side but gets a leading edge and Shillingford takes a simple catch. India 354/5 and lead by 172 runs.
13:00 (IST) Pujara latches on to it and gets an easy four. Marlon Samuels dropped it short and Pujara hammered it past the covers for four. India 350/4, lead by 168.
12:55 (IST)SIX! New-man Rohit Sharma plays the big shot off Shane Shillingford and it clears long on with ease. Two balls later, Rohit leans back and hits it past short third man for four. India
12:50 (IST)Cheteshwar Pujara reaches his 5th hundred - and his second consecutive hundred at the Wankhede Stadium. India 331/4 after 73 overs, lead by 149 runs.
12:46 (IST) Aamir Khan on TV: "Sachin deserves a film on him. If ever a script comes up that shows his class, temperament, it should be done. It would be an honour to play his role in a film."
12:42 (IST) Rohit Sharma, playing his first Test at home, receives a rousing reception at the Wankhede.
12:40 (IST)WICKET! Virat Kohli is gone, caught at first slip off Shillingford. India 318/4 after 70 overs. Kohli made 57 from 78 balls with the help of 5 fours.
12:38 (IST) Kohli rocks back and pulls Shillingford for four past backward square-leg.
12:32 (IST) Some quiet overs from the West Indians as Kohli and Pujara look to consolidate. India 309/3 after 69 overs.
12:22 (IST) Kohli, with that single off the last ball of 64th over, has reached his 7th fifty in Tests and 3rd against the West Indies.
12:21: (IST) Pujara brings out the scoop shot and it's a four. Pujara enters the nineties on 91*. India 302/3, lead by 120 runs.
12:12 (IST) Narsingh Deonarine starts off proceedings in the second session and Pujara, Kohli gather 5 runs from the 61st over.
12:05 (IST) Players make their way on to the field. Wankhede crowd not as vociferous as it was at the start of the first session.
12:00 (IST) Shane Warne tweets: I think MSDhoni should declare !!! Hahaha #Sachin looked fantastic today, such a shame he didn't go on & make a big 100 !!!!!
11:55 (IST) Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: Don't often get emotional about this sport. But I did today when I saw Tendulkar walking back to the dressing room out on 74.
11:50 (IST) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan says during lunch break on TV - "Sachin played a fantastic innings, and it was a fitting end. Sachin is special to entire film industry he is like a jewel and pride of India. Sachin has had a big impact on the mind of all Indians. I admire for him because of all his qualities."
11:40 (IST) Ravi Shastri during the break: "It was a near perfect innings from Sachin. It deserved a lot more than just 74, it deserved a hundred."
11:35 (IST) Tom Moody tweets: Probably the last time Sachin makes that painful walk off the field after being dismissed, it's been an amazing journey by a unique man!
11:31 (IST) Virat Kohli hits a four off Shillingford on the first ball and takes a single of the fifth ball to take India's lead to hundred. It's lunch time now India 282/3 after 60 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara is unbeaten on 85* and Virat Kohli is batting on a solid 36*.
11:27 (IST) Nearing lunch time now and Pujara is sensibly not looking for expansive strokes. India 277/3, lead by 95. Last over before lunch coming up.
11:22 (IST) Pujara and Kohli are now toying with the bowling, both hit a four each off Darren Sammy in the 57th over.
11:15 (IST) A single run taken by Sachin was applauded by claps, cheers and roars, the singles taken by Pujara and Kohli are not even clapped for.
11:10 (IST) Appeal for a catch by the West Indies players as Pujara is caught by Kieran Powell off Shane Shillingford, but umpire Nigel Llong checks with third umpire and after a long list of replays, the decision is not out. Pujara survives on 75. India 257/3, lead by 75 runs.
11:05 (IST) Anjum Chopra tweets: Its a difficult pill to digest...#Sachin is dismissed.
11:00 (IST)SACHIN FACTOID: In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in history to be given out by a third umpire.
10:55 (IST) Pujara, not overawed by the situation is continuing his big appetite for runs. This time he makes room and cuts Shillingford past short third man for four. India have rocketed to 243/3, with a 61-run lead.
10:50 (IST) The commentators - Sunil Gavaskar and Alan Wilkins - seem to have had a lump in there throat.
10:45 (IST) All the celebs at the stadium, the packed to the rafters Wankhede gives an emotional send-off, with loud cheers. Pin drop silence after Sachin got out. Even the boundaries from the blade of Kohli and Pujara are not cheered as heavily as a Sachin single was.
10:40 (IST)SACHIN IS OUT, ON 74! Sachin is out and Wankhede rises to applaud the Master Blaster. Narsingh Deonarine has his name etched in history as he dismisses the retiring maestro. Sachin attempted a late cut and was out caught by Darren Sammy at first slip. Sammy has mixed emotions after taking the catch. Tendulkar made 74 off 118 balls with the help of 12 fours.
Tough to concentrate on our delhi-mumbai game today as the great man is batting some kilometers away at wankhede.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 15, 2013
10:28 (IST) Hrithik Roshan is seen enjoying Sachin's batting at Wankhede.
10:24 (IST) Arjun Tendulkar is the MCA ball boy today. Incidentally, Sachin Tendulkar too was a ball boy in the 1987 World Cup, two years later, he went on to make his Test debut.
10:20 (IST) Cheteshwar Pujara you beauty, donning the role of a best supporting actor, has reached his fourth Test fifty. India 208/2 (45 overs), lead by 26 runs.
10:14 (IST) Meanwhile, off the field here is Rahul Gandhi chit-chatting with Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
10:10 (IST) Sachin punches Best off the back foot and it races to the extra cover boundary. And, Sourav Ganguly says - "To be honest, I have not seen Sachin bat like this for a long long time."
10:05 (IST) As India take lead, the big scorecard read - "Sachingenuis" On the field though, Sachin gives an informal nudge to Tino Best as the fast bowler finishes the 41st over with a bouncer. India 184/2, lead by 2 runs.
09:59 (IST)SACHIN FACTOID: Sachin Tendulkar has now been involved in 86 100-run partnerships. Rahul Dravid was involved in 88 partnerships of 100 runs or more.
09:55 (IST) Wife Anjali signals to Sachin - stay there (image left).
09:54 (IST) Fifty for Sachin, No.68 for him in Test cricket and he gets it in some style, a brilliant way to get it - straight drive past mid-off for four off Tino Best. India 176 for 2, trail West Indies by 6 runs.
09:45 (IST) A loud appeal for caught behind by Tino Best but Sachin didn't hit it, just missed the outside edge as he went for an upper cut. A huge roar by the Wankhede crowd as the umpire says not out, a sigh of relief for wife Anjali Tendulkar. India 168/2 after 37 overs.
09:40 (IST) Rahul Gandhi has arrived at the Wankhede Stadium. Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan is seen along with wife Kiran Rao and his Lagaan director Ashutosh Gowarikar. interestingly, Aamir is wearing the same navy blue T shirt, he wore yesterday.
09:39 (IST) Another four for Sachin (47*), this time the fine sweep past fine-leg. India 167/2 after 36 overs.
09:38 (IST) First four for Sachin, first four for India on Day 2 - Sachin gives himself room and cuts it backward of point for four.
09:33 (IST) A single taken by Pujara on the fourth ball has the Wankhede crowd goes ballistic as Sachin comes on strike. The Master Blaster goes forward in defence positively to his first ball.
09:30 (IST) First ball of Day 2 and it's yorker from Best and Pujara digs it out for no run.
09:29 (IST) All in readiness now as Tino Best will bowl the first ball to Cheteshwar Pujara.
09:25 (IST) Players start to make their way in to the middle as the Wankhede crowd, expectantly, much more than yesterday, is giving rousing welcome to the 'God of cricket' at his home ground.
09:15 (IST) Read our mood story ahead of the start of the Day 2 - Sachin Tendulkar: 38 not out, India prays for a century
09:10 (IST) Ravi Shastri and Ian Bishop during pitch report: "This pitch will be on its best today. It will be a little harder and might be a touch quicker. Enough in the pitch to keep the bowlers interested. There is a bit of darker colour on the grass, that indicates a bit of moisture on the surface. So that first hour, get two or three wickets. Yesterday we saw Shami and Bhuvi move the ball. Once the moisture dries up."
09:00 (IST) R Ashwin before start of play: "It's not a bad achievement - to become the quickest Indian to reach 100 Test wickets. It's not a good start but it's a great start. I think it's also bowling in partnerships, not just one or two is important in the team. For example, Shami did well in Kolkata and I had to aid him with some tight spells. It's important to back up. It's more about line and length for me. I've been working on my alignment at the crease with the bowling coach. This morning when we were coming to the ground, a couple of people were standing on their cars and waving to Sachin, I can't imagine myself standing on a car and doing that. It was an amazing sight to watch, brings back memories of watching a cricket match at Chepauk in the 90s."
Good morning from Mumbai. Fingers crossed for #Sachin today. I'm putting him down for 200 if he gets through the first 30 mins !!!! Agree ?— Shane Warne (@warne888) November 15, 2013
08:50 (IST) Sachin Tendulkar is seen practising in the square, receiving a few throw downs. He is coming a lot forward while defending.
08:40 (IST) Sunil Gavaskar: The young West Indian batsmen do not look technically sound for the Test format. They had the best side in Tests some years ago but now their batting is a worry. For them to move forward in Test cricket, the young players like Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell will have to step up.
08:35 (IST) Sunil Gavaskar: "If Sachin can keep out the first 15 minutes today, he will go on to get a century."
08:30 (IST) There are more spectators today at the Wankhede as compared to Day 1. More due to the prospect of seeing Sachin batting from ball one on Day 2.
08:25 (IST) Ganguly: Whenever I could, I told Sachin to get forward to the quick bowlers and whenever I see him doing that with ease, I know he is in full control and that is very pleasing to see."
08:15 (IST) Ganguly on Indian spinners: "You still have to pick up wickets in India so there's no harm if R Ashwin has more scalps at home then away. Pragyan Ojha will be a very good bowler on good surfaces overseas as well because he gets that angle into the batsman and turns it away from there. Ojha is also a very good Day 1 bowler in a Test match as he is tight in his line and length and does not allow batsman to get away."
08:00 (IST) Sourav Ganguly ahead of the Day 2 action: "This could the last innings for Sachin Tendulkar as I do not see India batting again in this Test. It is a very good track to bat and at 157 for 2, there is still a lot of batting to come."
07:52 (IST) The anticipation on Day 2 is such that the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, too is on his way to Mumbai the catch a glimpse of Sachin. Rahul Gandhi may arrive as well.
07:45 (IST) Welcome to our coverage of the second Test between India and West Indies as all eyes will again be on Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who will resume his knock of 38 not out on Day 2.
Exactly 24 years ago on November 15 in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar started his Test career, against Pakistan in Karachi. On Friday, the Little Master, playing his 200th and final Test match, will be aiming to go out on a high. Tendulkar, overnight on 38, will take fresh guard as India seek to overtake, West Indies' first innings score of 182 and take a commanding lead on Day 2 of the second Test at Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar and Pujara (34 not out) have scored 80 runs for the third wicket and will look to build their partnership on a Wankhede wicket that is affording spin and bounce. But Friday will be a big day for Sachin Tendulkar as 32000 fans inside the stadium and millions outside will eagerly await the legend's 52nd Test century.
Pragyan Ojha's five-wicket haul and Sachin's sensational 38 not out highlighted India's dominance over West Indies on Day 1 of the second Test, at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. India were 157 for two wickets at close, trailing by 25 runs in their first innings.
All eyes were on Tendulkar - playing his 200th and final Test - and fans erupted in jubilation when the Little Master came in to bat at the fall of Murali Vijay's wicket at 77. The hosts were in a spot of bother having lost two wickets but Tendulkar stamped his class to pulverize the opposition.
The primary tormentor of West Indies though was Ojha and his vicious left-arm spin. The 27-year-old bowler claimed five wickets for 40 runs, his third versus West Indies, to skittle out the opposition after they were asked to bat. Ravichandran Ashwin, too, contributed with his three wickets, becoming the fastest Indian to complete 100 Test wickets.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Darren Sammy (captain), Shane Shillingford, Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel.
India : Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni(captain/wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Mohammed Shami.
Ojha dedicates fifer to the Master Blaster
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha on Thursday dedicated his five-wicket haul to retiring batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing the 200th and final Test match of his illustrious career.
Riding on Ojha's superb show with the ball, India bundled out the hapless West Indies for a meagre 182 runs in their first innings and then went on to score 157 for two in the second Test of Tendulkar's farewell series.
"It's a great feeling getting five wickets in a special Test match like this. When you get a five-wicket haul, it holds a special place for you. I would like to dedicate this haul to Sachin paaji. It is a special one. I am happy that I got this haul in his (Sachin) 200th Test," Ojha told reporters after the end of first day's play here. (Click here to continue reading)
President hails Sachin's achievements
President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday joined millions of cricket fans to hail the achievements of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his last Test match, and expressed hope that the legendary cricketer will continue to serve the game as well as the nation.
Terming Tendulkar as "a great Ambassador of the game and of India" Mukherjee said he is a true icon who has inspired youth across the country by not only his stupendous records but by his conduct on and off the field.
"Sachin Tendular has decided to call it a day as far as cricket is concerned but I have no doubts that he will continue to serve the game and the nation," Mukherjee said. (Read more)
Rashid Latif wants Sachin to be appointed as peace ambassador
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has called on cricket authorities in India to appoint Sachin Tendulkar as a peace ambassador to improve ties between the two countries.
"Tendulkar is a cricket icon not only in India but also in Pakistan. There is a lot of respect for him in our country. He can play a big role in removing misunderstandings and distrust among the people of both the countries," Latif said. (Read full story here)
"Sachin, Sachin!" the chant will be heard across the Wankhede Stadium as Sachin Tendulkar bids goodbye to international cricket. The greatest player of our generation has called it quits after a 24-year long career, glittered with records galore. (Cheer for Sachin)
The Master Blaster has captured they imagination of the viewing public since his initiation as a 16-year-old and is the best since Don Bradman. Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting have come close, but they do not match the longevity of the legend. (Will Sachin's records be broken?)
West Indies have the privilege of being Sachin's final opponents, but after being humbled in the first Test, their main priority will be to level the series. A five-day contest is what many hope and expect. A pivotal Sachin role in victory would rank alongside Snow White as the best fairytale in history. As Windies captain Darren Sammy suggests, every single bowler would be looking to take Sachin's wicket.
MS Dhoni though doesn't seem like the type who believes in fairytales and was more pragmatic in his approach to the game. He called for level heads with the hope that India 'can do it for Sachin'.
And The Man himself! What did he have to say? In his quiet demeanour, Sachin took to Twitter to thunk his fans for the support during the past 24 years. (Read: Thank you Mahi, for a great journey)
The stage has been set, the platform in place, the placards raised. Sachin Tendulkar will take centre-stage one final time at his home turf.
For the rest of us, it's a perfect time to commit crimes. As a poster at Sydney Cricket Ground once said, 'Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. You won't be noticed, because even the Lord is watching.'