Fans get shortchanged in build-up to Sachin Tendulkar’s last test
While Sachin Tendulkar gets set to say goodbye to cricket, his true fans will find it hard to be present at the venue to pay a real tribute
At tea-time on Day 3 of the first Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata (6-8 November), Sachin Tendulkar was the last Indian player to walk off the field. He was headed straight for the pavilion when Sourav Ganguly held his arm and ushered him to a little group of children standing near the boundary rope. They were all wearing white T-shirts with 199 emblazoned on them, to mark his 199th Test. The children were holding tricoloured balloons attached to a large portrait of Tendulkar, to be set loose by him. Similar groups of children were stationed encircling Eden Gardens, each with a bunch of balloons plus small pictures—a total of 199 balloons. All flew, except the one Tendulkar launched himself. The portrait attached to it was just too heavy.