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Sachin Tendulkar mania sweeps Eden Gardens on Day 1

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar fans were today left disappointed as they could not watch him bat on the opening day of his penultimate and 199th Test,but they had moments of celebration when he took a West Indian wicket in Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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Tendulkar fans would have loved to see him bat on the opening day of the first Test itself but they were left disappointed after India lost the toss. But they had something to cheer when a tricky delivery from Tendulkar deceived West Indies player Shane Shillingford and the whole stadium stood up to cheer the retiring senior batsman. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Sachin

Shouting 'Sachin Sachin' on the top of their voices and vigorously waving the Indian tri-colour,a festive atmosphere engulfed the stadium all of a sudden as Shillingford was adjudged LBW off Tendulkar on five in the 63rd over at the Eden Gardens. This was his 46th Test wicket. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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In the two overs he bowled,Tendulkar gave only five runs,while grabbing a wicket. It was at the same venue Tendulkar had conceded just three runs in the last over in the Hero Cup semifinal in November 1993 to deny South Africa a win. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Sachin Tendulkar

It was Sachin Tendulkar written all over the Eden Gardens in Kolkata as thousands of his fans from all walks of life poured in to watch the batting legend in action one last time at the ground in his penultimate and 199th Test match. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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The toss started amid chants of 'Sachin,Sachin' but fans were left disappointed as India lost the toss and West Indies chose to bat first in the opening Test of the two-match series. Half of the seats in the 65,000 capacity Eden were empty.
Sachin Tendulkar with Captain M S Dhoni during his 199th test match against West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Tendulkar

The crowd got the opportunity to cheer Tendulkar when he went to the boundary line as a fielder from the 20th over after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced spin from both the ends. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Tendulkar

Playing his 199th match,Tendulkar was presented with a memento by Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha as both the squads wished the maestro best of luck in his farewell series.
Sachin Tendulkar with Captain M S Dhoni during his 199th test match against West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Sachin

Die-hards fans walked in with 'Sachin' painted on their faces in tri-colours. Among those in attendance were Tendulkar's wife Anjali and son Arjun,who came from Mumbai to cheer him for the second last time. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Sachin Tendulkar

Despite all the hype and hoopla surrounding his farewell series,Tendulkar appeared calm and casual as he underwent the fielding drills with his teammates about an hour before the start of play. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

Tendulkar

Office-goers,who took leaves,and school and college students,who missed their classes,were welcomed at the stadium with large Tendulkar posters,which quoted the champion batsman as saying: "Enjoy your game and chase your dreams,because dreams do come true". (PTI)

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Before the start of the game,he was seen playing a friendly football match along with his teammates and then did some catching practice in the shadow. (PTI)