• The clamour to let Tendulkar get his hundred has drowned out saner opinions on Indian cricket.

    A young fan is dejected after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed six runs short of his 100th hundred in international cricket in the Mumbai Test. A young fan is dejected after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed six runs short of his 100th hundred in international cricket in the Mumbai Test.

    A young fan is dejected after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed six runs short of his 100th hundred in international cricket in the Mumbai Test.

    Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems to characterize our age, Albert Einstein once said. Such was the story at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

    Just after Sachin Tendulkar narrowly missed the milestone everyone has been waiting for, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan quipped that India ought to follow on to give Tendulkar another shot at that hundredth hundred.

    The quip was demeaning to the sport. It also belittled two fine young cricketers — Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin — attempting to minimise India’s damages while trying to secure their careers. Should they have thrown their wickets so Tendulkar could bat again?

    It overlooked the fact that India were miles away from saving the follow-on, and further away from securing the match. Aren’t

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  • Day 3 at the Wankhede

    (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)


    Tendulkar was unbeaten on 67. Tomorrow may be the day.

    Stumps, Day 3 - India 281-3 - Before individual milestones take over, the bigger picture stands as thus: India are still 110 runs from avoiding the follow-on mark. But given the docile nature of this pitch, a stalemate is the most likely outcome in Mumbai.

    Tendulkar had raced to 26 off 31. The highlight shot of his innings was the uppercut for six off Fidel Edwards, immediately after Edwards beat him with a short ball first thing after lunch. But since then, Tendulkar has dragged on painfully slowly, finishing the day with 41 more runs off 102 balls.

    As Sanjay Manjrekar said, "He's made too much of an issue about Bishoo."

    This would hardly rate as one of Tendulkar's better knocks. But hardcore fans may disagree. They

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  • (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:45 pm: West Indies 575/9 at the End of Day 2

    India have made a late comeback into the game, picking up the last five wickets in just over 11 overs for under 50 runs. This was not before the first six West Indian batsmen made half centuries including the massive ton from Bravo.

    Varun Aaron

    4:00 pm: 'Better late than never' - That's what you can say about this spell from debutant pace bowler Varun Aaron. He's picked up three wickets starting with centurion Darren Bravo who chased a wide delivery. Next to go was Carlton Baugh who was done in by speed - a 144.3 km delivery knocking off his stumps. The final wicket to fall was that of captain Sammy who edged a ball pitched outside the off stump to his opposite number.

    Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhede

    2:30 pm:

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