The India-West Indies clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will forever be remembered as Sachin Tendulkar's farewell game in Test cricket. However, one look at the scorecard will indicate how one-sided the two-match series has been. While Generation Next, featuring newcomers Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, showed the depth of talent available in India, West Indies were a pale shadow of their glorious past. Like Brian Lara said to NDTV recently, Caribbean cricket is in real doldrums. It is hard to imagine a West Indian team losing back-to-back Test matches inside three days.
Skipper Darren Sammy was visibly distraught after the second Test. "We are very disappointed with our performance. The side had come here hoping to play much, much better. We were an embarrassment," he said on Saturday.
The Caribbeans had come to India on the back of six successive Test wins - two each against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. However in 'alien' conditions, against a higher-ranked Indian side, Sammy and Co. fell well short of the mark. "We robbed Indian fans of good cricket. This series has been a reality check for us," he added.