He missed the landmark hundred by a mere six runs, but more than being disappointed, Sachin Tendulkar would be feeling relieved. Considering the fact that he was playing on his home ground, getting to his 100th hundred on this Wankhede Stadium wicket would have left him with an empty feeling.
For a player of his stature, history would have seen it as a desperate measure --- an anti-climax to such a special milestone.
It was promised to be the best track of the series, which was supposed to have everything --- pace, bounce, movement and spin towards the end. Four days have passed and the pacers and spinners are still searching for some assistance from the track.
India have a dubious history of producing batting paradises, the Wankhede track is another example of that.
It looks as if it was an effort to help Tendulkar achieve the coveted mark. Given that the series had been decided, the game was always going to be about one man, and, thanks to his presence, the association got the best turnout of the series. But this line of thought is fine for fans, not for the guardians of the game.
It was not only a poor advertisement for the game, the home association let Tendulkar down as well. For someone whose best hundreds have come on much more challenging surfaces, it meant a lack of trust in his ability.
Ironically, the manner of his dismissal suggested that the easy surface played a role in the fall.
Resuming on 67, Tendulkar was literally toying with the West Indies bowling and galloped into the 90s. But as it often happens when a batsman finds things too easy, he is tempted to take extra risks. That was the case with Tendulkar. It had happened to Rahul Dravid on Thursday, when he cut, to lose his wicket.
In Tendulkar's case, he tried to convert a short of a length delivery, which was not wide enough to force on the off-side, and paid the price.