Mumbai: Carlton Baugh had a wry, suggestive smile when he dropped Sachin Tendulkar off Devendra Bishoo on the third afternoon of the third cricket Test here. The West Indies wicketkeeper conveyed his sneaky feeling that the great man, perhaps, was destined to get his hundredth international hundred on his home ground.
That was not to be, a case of so close and yet so far. Tendulkar was 94 - a stroke away from the magic figure. Curiously his downfall was planned by two men who kept saying right through the tour that they would do anything to stop him from getting to the landmark, Ravi Rampaul and skipper Darren Sammy.
Come to think of it, Rampaul stopped Tendulkar twice in the last eight months, first in the World Cup game in Chennai and now here on the fourth morning.