Everything came off the middle of the bat till 'God' of cricket took the liberty to break cricket's grammar book and was caught out. Excitement and anticipation transformed into sadness after Sachin Tendulkar departed after scoring a classy 74, his first 'mistake' costing him his wicket in what perhaps could be his final Test innings.
Day 2 was all about Tendulkar. Among the many celebrities at Wankhede, Aamir Khan was one of the first to arrive. For the 32,000 or more who turned up at the stadium, nobody needed a wake-up call this morning. "Main 100 nahi.. 135 soch ke aaya tha..Taaki 16,000 poore ho jaayein (Not a hundred, I was thinking of 135 so that he completed 16000 Test runs)", said Aamir, who kept his promise of wearing his good-luck charm, the blue T-shirt.
Starting at his overnight score of 38, Tendulkar walked out with Cheteshwar Pujara (unbeaten on 34) with intent and the body language looked good as West Indies predictably started with pace and spin to break the partnership that was already worth 80 runs. Tendulkar started off where he had left. Best bend his back and tested Tendulkar with a probing line, but Tendulkar held his nerves, shut off the "Sachiin, Sachiin" chants and started middling the ball right away.