Tendulkar's 199th turned out to be something spectacular for India but the big one is coming up on 14th, November. The last of this series and the one that will bring the curtains down on a stupendous career. Sachin Tendulkar playing his last Test on his home ground is something we know you simply wouldn't miss. Join us here for that as we bring you the best coverage we can for The 200th. Cheers and goodbye until then.
A stat from Bharath Seervi to wrap up the tweets: Indians getting Man of the Match award on their Test Debut: Pravin Amre, RP Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, ROHIT SHARMA
Ayaz menon tweets something a lot of people would agree to: Rohit & Shami should have shared Man of The Match award. Nine wickets for debutant fast bowler on this pitch was special too
Harsha Bhogle tweets: magnificent eden gardens. nobody has left. goosebumps as sourav hugs sachin
Rohit: "It was really worth it. It can't get better than this. It is such a memorable Test and we are really proud. We (Ashwin and himself) wanted to bat till we get enough lead. We just wanted to stick in and capitalise on the loose balls. We ran very well and rotated the strike regularly. I mentioned that today morning was going to be important. We wanted to take enough lead and put them under pressure. That's exactly what happened. The bowlers did a fantastic job. I really love the Eden Gardens. The crowd is always fantastic and I'm going to take back something special today."
Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match for his brilliant 177.
MS Dhoni: "This was a fantastic performance. I felt the 2nd day was the worst day to bat. As it went on, despite a few spots, it was easy to bat on as the ball came on slower. Shami bowled in great lengths and lines. He has very good seam positioning. That's the reason he got 9 wickets. He's able to swing it both ways. You have to believe in destiny. Rohit was set to make his debut long before but he injured his ankle at Nagpur and missed out. He is enjoying his cricket now and is taking a lot more responsibility. If your 8, 9 and 10 can contribute, it helps a lot. Ashwin can bat like a batsman. He batted very well with Rohit. He bowled beautifully too and it helps others as well if you are not giving away runs."
Sammy: "We keep singing the same song. We keep getting ourselves in good positions in Test matches but we give it away. Even when India was batting, we were in a good position for a while. Getting bowled out in less than 60 overs is never any good for a Test side. One of our goals is to bat long and last beyond the 2nd new ball. Shillingford bowled very well. He's able to bowl long spells. We have to improve, myself included. We thought two spinners was the way to go here. We will look at it and come up with the best combination for Mumbai."
Sachin Tendulkar is being felicitated with a shawl and being presented with some mementos by the chief minister of West Bengal. Sourav Ganguly 'crowns' (with a turban) Sachin as the crowd goes delirious.
Ashwin: "It's a great ground. It has a great history for Indian cricket. I have batted well here but I was not aware of the record (he has the best batting average at Eden Gardens). I am happy to perform better. I was batting nicely and as the ball started to come on the bat, I improved. We just reminded ourselves that once we cross the milestones, we will keep on enjoying. I had a lot of fun with Rohit out there. I am happy with my bowling as well. Got some good inputs from Duncan (Fletcher) and Joey (Dawes). I just put them to use and the results showed."
Shane Shillingford was the standout performer for the visitors but him apart, no one else managed to create an impression. Marlon Samuels' fifty in the first innings was the only other notable performance but the collapse in the 2nd innings, when they were bowled out in under two sessions, would be something very difficult to digest.
The victory has also brought an end to West Indies' 6-match winning streak. What's more? This is the first time that India have won 5 Tests in succession.
There were some terrific individual performances that earned India this victory but it all gelled together quite perfectly. In the end, it was the telling contributing from two debutants that won the match. Rohit Sharma's long awaited Test debut could not have panned out better. A big hundred under pressure and his partnership with the ever improving Ashwin broke the game open. Mohammad Shami, as the figures show, was the best Indian bowler on show. His biggest weapon was the reverse swing and don't be surprised if he becomes synonymous with that for years to come.
Shami to Cottrell, out Bowled!! That's it. It was the swing in again that does the trick. Cottrell plays all over it and the stumps are shattered. Shami finishes with 5/47 and 9 wickets in the match. Cottrell b Shami 5(7) [4s-1]
Shami to Cottrell, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!
Shami still in search of that five-fer. His best chance is now with Cottrell on strike.
Ashwin to Chanderpaul, no run, loud appeal turned down, this was pushed through quicker and was going on with the angle from round the wicket. It hit Chanderpaul in front of leg and was probably sliding down
Ashwin to Chanderpaul, no run, floated outside off, Chanderpaul defends it to silly point
Ashwin to Chanderpaul, no run, Ashwin gives it a real rip this time and gets the ball to turn big outside off. Chanderpaul plays inside the line and is beaten
Ashwin to Cottrell, 1 run, floated up straight from round the wicket, Cottrell squirts it behind square on the offside and takes a single after some initial hesitancy
Ashwin to Cottrell, no run, tossed up outside off and very slow through the air, Cottrell watches it closely and blocks
Ashwin to Cottrell, FOUR, flighted outside off by Ashwin, Cottrell drives it to the long off fence and gets off the mark in Tests with a boundary
Shami to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off again and shooting through very low after Chanderpaul leaves
Shami to Chanderpaul, FOUR, overpitched by Shami and well outside off as well. Chanderpaul reaches out and guides it neatly through cover for a boundary
Shami to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller this time but way outside off, Chanderpaul leaves again