Sachin Tendulkar fell six runs short of his 100th century in international cricket as India reached 376-6 in reply to the West Indies’ 590 in the final Test.
Tendulkar, seeking to become the first cricketer to reach the milestone, had cruised to 94 after resuming at 67 on day four in Mumbai before edging a Ravi Rampaul delivery to West Indies captain Darren Sammy at second slip. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got out before the lunch break.
Tendulkar, who’s scored 51 centuries in elite five-day Tests and 48 in one-day internationals, has been stuck on 99 hundreds since hitting 111 against South Africa at the Cricket World Cup in March.
He averaged 34 in the four-match Test series in England in July and August that the home team swept 4-0. His highest score in the first three matches was 56, then he got to 91 in the second innings of the fourth match before getting out leg-before-wicket.
Two weeks ago, Tendulkar scored 76 as India successfully chased a target of 276 to win the first Test against the West Indies. He was 24 runs short of his century when he was out lbw while attempting a pull shot. He made 38 in his only innings in the second match, which India won by an innings and 15 runs.
The 38-year-old Tendulkar, who made his debut against India’s archrival Pakistan in 1989, now has 15,180 Test runs atop the career run-scoring list. His average -- at 56.22 per Test innings -- is the highest by any Indian who batted at least 20 times and 16th in a list headed by Donald Bradman on 99.94.