He appeared the usual calm, stoic self, in control of his emotions, the trademark determined look on his face very much in place. Initially the batting was far from vintage Sachin Tendulkar --he scratched, played and missed as balls flew past his bat. But it was not long before genius asserted himself, out came the punched hit off the backfoot, then the flowing cover drive.
After a hard fought day of gripping cricket, the test is set up in a most intriguing manner. India has runs on the board, and England has to bat last -- and it is anyone's guess how the wicket will behave.
If the Eden track eases out, as it often does, then England could make the best of the conditions on offer and make India sweat. But if it crumbles and spins more than today then England have a task on their hands.
Today, on day 1, the focus was more on SRT than the game. Till now the great man was out of sorts, divorced from batting form, and this sudden fall became a national debate. With all manner of opinions swirling in the air, some non-believers even asked rude questions about his future.
Faced by this strange situation, because the man has only experienced interrupted success for more than two decades, all eyes were on him when he walked out to the middle.
He appeared the usual calm, stoic self, in control of his emotions, the trademark determined look on his face very much in place .Initially the batting was far from vintage Tendulkar --he scratched, played and missed as balls flew past his bat. But it was not long before genius asserted himself, out came the punched hit off the backfoot, then the flowing cover drive.
Surely, this was not the best of SRT but, in the context of his recent contact with cricket mortality, a significant innings. Sachin battled for four hours to make tough runs, a fifty from a person from whom fans demand a hundred each time he marks a leg stump guard at the crease.
He has scored 34000 international runs, set hundreds of records. Today's knock confirms there is no let up in his appetite to carry on, there is more to come....... Batting abhi baaki hai!
Sidelight: Monty Panesar bowled more overs in one day today (35) than a bowler bowls in 6 weeks of the IPL!
Note: The author's views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of NDTV.For the latest Cricket news, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get the NDTV Cricket app for Android or iOS
Cricket administrator, Team India manager, Columnist and now Advisor to GMR Sports (Owners of Delhi Daredevils), Mr Amrit Mathur has donned various hats effortlessly.
|Now, forensic evidence show Sachin better than Don New book reveals why the Little Master is the best cricket has ever seen.|
|Preity Zinta least wealthy amongst all IPL owners Her net worth is 'only' $30 million, or Rs 183 crore...|
|Maxwell, the man looting happiness of other IPL teams And Kings XI Punjab fans are loving it!|
|Moyes shrivelled beneath Man Utd spotlight Moyes was sacked after 10 months on the job.|
|Sued while in a coma! Schumacher was sued for an accident before he fell into a coma.|