When Sachin Tendulkar walked in to bat for the second time in the match,the sparse crowd scattered across the PCA Stadium in Mohali had hoped nothing less than another record from the Master Blaster. Even though he was run out for 21,he did become part of history as for the first time the Indian team registered three consecutive Test wins against the Aussies. India defeated Australia by six wickets to clinch the four-match series 3-0.
For whatever he has done for Indian cricket,we do expect something special from Tendulkar. I couldnt come to watch the last Test match at Mohali in 2010. This time,I tried my best to come here to watch the match. I wanted to see Sachin bat. He has looked to be in good touch in the last couple of matches, said Joginder Singh who came from Jalandhar.
Even though Sachin has played only 11 Test matches at PCA stadium,this venue holds a special place for him. Almost four-and-a-half years ago,in October 2008,he beat Brian Laras record of 11,953 runs to become the leading run scorer in Test cricket and also completed 12,000 Test runs.
In the first innings of this Test,during his innings of 37,Sachin made a record for the highest run aggregate at PCA Stadium. He eclipsed Rahul Dravids tally of 735 runs by accumulating 767 (including 21 in second innings).
Even though I am almost touching 70 now,I do try to come to the stadium whenever Sachin is playing. I remember him scoring a century (126 runs) against New Zealand in 1999. He is my favourite cricketer other than Sunil Gavaskar. He has not scored a century here since then but he came very close here in the ODIs. I dont know when he will come to play here again. I hope he does, said Ravi Verma,a retired bank official.
There were thousands like Verma who shared the same sentiment: watching Sachin play again. Now age no longer on his side,it looks unlikely though. On top of that,he has retired from ODIs as the player with maximum runs and centuries.
However,fans are not losing hope. Maybe we will see him as a Mumbai Indians player in the IPL. It is a sheer pleasure to see him bat and we just want him to keep going on, said Ankita Sharma,a student of Panjab University.