The anticipation of a 100th international century from Sachin Tendulkar will arouse interest in a three-test series between India and the West Indies which begin in New Delhi on Sunday.
The Little Master's return along with crowd favorites Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh could also help arrest a slide in attendance after a recent limited overs series against England was played to half-full galleries, a rarity in cricket-crazy India.
Tendulkar, who returns after a toe injury kept him out of recent engagements including the home games against England, has scored 51 centuries in tests and 48 in one-dayers.
Fans have been waiting for the milestone since this year's World Cup, when Tendulkar inched closer by hitting tons against England and South Africa.
But the 38-year-old missed a tour of the West Indies during which India won a three-test series 1-0 and could only play tests during a full tour of England, which ended disastrously for injury-hit India as it failed to win a single game.
England whitewashed India 4-0 in tests to also wrest the top ranking from the one-day world champion.
India, now with most of its stalwarts back in action, will use the series against the West Indies to prepare for an upcoming tour of Australia.