By Adveith Nair and Krishna N. Das
Having dominated international cricket for over 21 years, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar sets a world record practically every time he steps out on a cricket pitch.
The second India-Australia test that begins on Saturday will be no different. Fans will be counting down the 27 runs the little master needs to become the first ever player to chalk up 14,000 test runs. Given his recent prolific form, it is more than likely the little master will reach that milestone in the southern Indian city of Bangalore with ease.
But in a cricket-mad nation of over a billion people, the expectations don’t end there.
Fans will hope their hero will take them to victory with an innings along the lines of VVS Laxman’s match-winning knock in the first test in Mohali.
Despite his batting prowess, detractors say he has often disappointed when it comes to pressure situations - whether in the World Cup final India lost to Australia in 2003 or the second innings of the previous test, when an upper cut attempt led to his downfall.