The 30-year-old from Guyana entered history books as the last bowler to have dismissed arguably greatest batsman in the game - Sachin Tendulkar. This was Tendulkar's 200th Test and last international match. Friday was the day when Tendulkar completed 24 years in international cricket, having made his Test debut on November 15, 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi.
Tendulkar was scalped by Deonarine for 74 runs in the first session of the second day today. The 40-year-old Tendulkar was in excellent touch in reaching his 68th Test fifty but expectations of a century in his final Test were extinguished by Deonarine. This was only the bowler's 20th wicket in 15th Test. This was the first time, Deonarine had got Tendulkar's wicket.
Tendulkar tried to play a cut shot but the ball bounced a bit extra and the thick edge off the bat flew to captain Darren Sammy at first slip. Sammy did a fine job to hold on to this tough chance. As he took the catch, Tendulkar began to walk, not even waiting for the umpire to raise his finger. It was the fifth ball of the 48th over and India lost Tendulkar as the third wicket with team score on 221.
The moment stunned the crowd into silence. Soon, the fans and Tendulkar's team-mates stood up to give him a standing ovation. The Master Blaster acknowledged them, waved his bat to the crowd and quietly exited into the dressing room.
For one last time, vintage Tendulkar was on view. As long as it lasted, it was memorable.
With India in strong position, it is highly unlikely that Tendulkar will get a chance to bat in the second innings. But for now, fans will have to enjoy his fielding and maybe bowling for few overs.
Tendulkar's final international innings: Caught Darren Sammy Bowled Narsingh Deonarine 74 (118 balls, 12x4).