Batting at 38 not out, the world anticipated one final masterclass from the master on day two of his final and 200th Test.
After the 'Sachin Festival' at the Eden Gardens, the carnival moved to the Wankhede Stadium in Sachin Tendulkar's hometown Mumbai, where he will make a grand exit from the game at the end of the second Test (his 200th) against West Indies.
India skipper MS Dhoni somewhat disappointed the crowd by deciding to field first, and a few also booed the decision when Ravi Shastri announced it on the microphone. But Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin made sure that India batted on the opening day. WI were bowled out for 182 and Tendulkar stayed not out at stumps, batting at 38* and raising hopes of one final masterclass from him.
Here's how Cricketnext tracked Sachin on Day w in Mumbai:
Sachin came out to practice with his Tri-colour bat to a huge cheer of "Sachiiiin...Sachiiiiin". Just a few knocks to feel the middle of the bat before resuming in the middle on day two.
68th Test fifty
It didn't take Sachin long to get going. In fact, some believed he was playing the best in long, long time. And when a signature Tendulkar straight drive brought up his 68th Test fifty with a boundary, the whole Wankhede was as its feet to applaud India's favourite cricketing son.
The long walk back
That dreaded moment, when Sachin Tendulkar took his last walk off the cricket field, brought a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. Narsingh Deonarine got him out caught at slip by Darren Sammy for 74, but then again, it was not about runs. It was about his farewell, and he once again entertained us in what could be his last knock if India don't bat again, which is highly likely.
Back on the field
Most of the crowd wanted India to make a competitive declaration to keep the hopes of Sachin batting again alive, but after centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, India took a 313-run lead to turn Sachin's second innings into a thin possibility. However, India did get bowled out for 495, which allowed the fans to welcome Sachin back on the field.