Sachin Tendulkar’s glittering international career comes to an end in his home city of Mumbai, as India face the West Indies in the second and final Test of their series.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Start time: 4 a.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports 1
Weather: According to Accuweather, there will be sunshine for the most part during this game, with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday.
One storyline dominates this final game of the two-match series between India and the West Indies, as 40-year-old Sachin Tendulkar takes his final bow in international cricket.
The first game between these sides saw the West Indies collapse to defeat by an innings and 51 runs inside three days.
Ravichandran Ashwin also impressed with bat and ball, scoring 124 from No. 8 and taking five wickets in the match.
Those three individuals overshadowed Tendulkar, the star attraction, who made just 10 with the bat but took the wicket of Shane Shillingford with the ball in the first innings.
According to ESPN, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lavished praise on his debutants after the game, especially the 23-year-old Shami who led a “disciplined bowling performance.”
Now, the series concludes in Mumbai, and the authorities have formed a committee to decide upon the best way to thank and congratulate Tendulkar for his achievements in his career.
Led by India’s sports minister, Padmakar Valvi, the committee’s aim is to make Tendulkar’s retirement celebrations as memorable as possible.
India (from): MS Dhoni (capt. and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, M. Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma.
West Indies (from): Darren Sammy (capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cotterell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton.
This is it for the Little Master, as Sachin Tendulkar bids international cricket a final farewell on his home turf.
He will want to go out with a bang, and given his penchant for rising to the occasion, expect him to be on top form and to give cricket fans everywhere something else to remember him for.
The 39-year-old is also in the twilight of his career, but his two scores of over 30 in the previous game show he is still in decent touch and should present the Indian bowlers with a significant challenge.
Tendulkar’s retirement may overshadow what could be an interesting game, although given his long and successful career, it is richly deserved.
The West Indies will be desperate to spoil his party, and if their batsmen can find form and cope with the spinning track in Mumbai, they may be in a good position to cause some problems.
However, it is difficult to bet against India on their own turf, especially after their demolition job of the tourists last time out.