Sachin Tendulkar was on the cusp of making a century in the last but one of his glorious Test innings, an emotional moment for Indians that ends an era in cricket in the sub-continent.
The Master Blaster walked in to bat on the second day of the second Test between India and the West Indies at Wankhede Stadium on Friday morning. India were 157/2 at the end of the first day's play with Tendulkar (38), along with Cheteshwar Pujara (34) remaining unbeaten.
The duo walked in to bat this morning as India took the lead in the second Test against the visitors while Tendulkar reached another milestone in his career. The Indian batting maestro reached yet another half-century in Tests, which came from a straight-drive to Tino Best's bowling.
The Indian batting legend was finally dismissed for 74 with the Little Master being bowled by the right arm off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine.
Tendulkar tried to cut in a flatted delivery outside off. However, the ball bounced more than the right-handed batsman had expected, resulting in catch to the first slip, which was well taken on his face by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy.
There was a moment of silence in the crowd as they knew that it could possibly be the last time they would ever see Tendulkar bat for India. As of 60 overs, MS Dhoni's men are 282 for the loss of three wickets and have a comfortable lead of 100 runs with seven wickets remaining after the end of the first session of day two.
With the ammunition left in India's batting, one cannot rule out another innings victory in Mumbai. And should this happen, Tendulkar's innings of 74 at will be his final one in front of his home crowd.