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The West Indies were always expected to struggle in India during the hastily arranged two-Test series. They had gone down to India without much of a fight last time as well, in 2011.

Although the series against West Indies was primarily about Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell, there were still two cricket matches to be won.

Sachin Tendulkar will bid a fond farewell to the sport he has loved and excelled in over the last two decades, having made a wonderful 74 in the first innings of his final Test, against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium.

Each and every Sachin Tendulkar fan who came into the Wankhede Stadium on the second day of the Test against West Indies, and millions around the world following the match on their television sets, were hoping for a hundred from the little master in what most probably will turn out to be his last Test innings.

When Sachin Tendulkar hangs his boots at the end of the Mumbai Test at Wankhede Stadium that is currently underway, it will not only bring to an end a glorious 24-year-old career, but will also put the curtains down on a very special era in international cricket.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on Sachin Tendulkar for obvious reasons when the second Test of the series against West Indies gets underway at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

If one looks at the margin of victory at Eden Gardens, the first impression one gets is that India completely dominated the Test match. For most part they did, but it is also a fact that West Indies had their moments in the game.

Even amidst all the hype and hoopla surrounding Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series at Eden Gardens, it was a debutant who made headlines on the opening day.

Contests between India and West Indies haven’t generated much interest among cricket lovers in recent times. But, things are different things time around – and for a specific reason.