The Kotla was stunned when Sachin Tendulkar was declared leg before wicket to Fidel Edwards yesterday. The crowd's hopes of witnessing history (his 100th international century) were destroyed when Australian umpire Rod Tucker's hand went up.
Sachin Tendulkar. Pic/Imtiyaz Khan
Former India captain Ravi Shastri, who has seen many of Tendulkar's 99 centuries, reckoned that the batting maestro will score his 100th ton at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata where the second Test will be held. "I have a gut feeling, he will get to his milestone in Kolkata. There will be a larger crowd than this too," said Shastri.
Incidentally, umpire Tucker had declared Tendulkar out -- leg before to Tim Bresnan for 91 -- in his previous Test innings at the Oval in August.
It can be recalled that Tendulkar scored a hundred in the last Test he played in Kolkata -- 106 against South Africa in 2010. West Indians will remember his 176 in the second innings of the 2002 Test which saved India from the blushes.
Apart from these two efforts, Tendulkar has not reached three figures at Eden Gardens in the longer version of the game.