Kolkata: West Indies batting great Brian Lara Saturday expressed disappointment over the India-West Indies match ending in three days, denying him the pleasure of watching Sachin Tendulkar in action in his penultimate match.
“I am disappointed. I hoped to see Sachin in action at Eden Gardens in his last match at the venue,” Lara said on his arrival in the city. Lara was scheduled to watch the fourth and fifth days of play. However, the match ended Friday as the West Indies collapsed in their second knock to hand India an innings and 51 run win.
“I always thought we (the Windies) would fight back. It’s really disappointing to see the way they collapsed. Never thought it would get over by the third day…” Lara said after his arrival this morning.
Here on an invitation from the Cricket Association of Bengal, Lara was to felicitate Tendulkar in his last outing at the Eden but debutant Mohammad Shami had other plans. His devastating spell of reverse swing blew the West Indies batting away in the second innings as the latter crashed to a humiliating defeat.
Disappointed not to see Tendulkar in action, Lara said, “Hope the match lasts for five days in Mumbai and I would see Tendulkar bat for one last time.” Lara is expected to leave for Mumbai. Meanwhile, both the teams excluding Sachin Tendulkar, who was the first to leave last evening, left for Mumbai this afternoon to play the second and final Test at the Wankhede from November 14-18.