Sachin Tendulkar fell short of a fairytale ton in his farewell Test on Friday but the Indian batsman's 74-run knock was embellished by a full repertoire of classy shots the 'Little Master' was renowned for during a sparkling 24-year career.
The packed Wankhede Stadium was jolted from euphoria to deathly silence within a second as West Indies captain Darren Sammy pouched a sharp slip catch off part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine to bring an end to Tendulkar's first innings knock.
A sense of disappointment and disbelief hung in the air before the crowd came to terms with the magnitude of the moment to give their favourite sporting icon a prolonged standing ovation as he returned to the pavilion at his home stadium.
"Thank you for the memories Sachin. We will miss you," an emotional Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and Tendulkar's childhood hero, said from the commentary box as the batsman marched towards the changing rooms for possibly the last time.