West Indies in India, 2011-12

Tendulkar plays down hype around 100th ton

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November 19, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar cuts during his half-century, India v West Indies, 1st Test, New Delhi, 4th day, November 9, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar's previous international century came during the 2011 World Cup © AFP
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Sachin Tendulkar has played down the hype surrounding his much-awaited 100th international century, saying it is "just a number". Tendulkar was unable to reach the landmark during the Test series in England and missed out in the first two Tests of the ongoing series against West Indies. He has another opportunity this series, at his home ground, the Wakhede Stadium, the venue for the third Test starting November 22.

"I feel it is just a number," Tendulkar told Mid-Day "I am not thinking about it. I am thinking about playing good cricket. I am enjoying my game.

"When I got my 90th international century, nobody said anything. Even before my 99th century, nobody said anything. So why now? I don't understand.

"I know everyone is talking and thinking about my 100th century. I want to be relaxed and let cricket decide its own course. I am not rushing into anything, just concentrating on my normal game."

Tendulkar reached his 99th century against South Africa during the World Cup earlier in the year. He's had three half-centuries since, and the closest he's got to scoring a century was when he made 91 at The Oval against England in the final Test of that tour. He recently completed 22 years in international cricket; he made his international debut on November 15, 1989, against Pakistan in Karachi.

"It's a wonderful feeling," he said. "It gives me immense pleasure and terrific satisfaction that I've been able to serve my country for such a long time."

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Posted by thebigone on (November 21, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

he will get it against england next winter

Posted by AjaySridharan on (November 21, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

Dhoni and Sachin should be rested for this match. It is an inconsequential game, and both need to stay fit for the upcoming Australia tour. It is worthless risking both of them. A whitewash is immaterial. Sachi's 100th 100 is irrelevant. It's just a number which when accomplished would mean nothing much. The fans will scream for a while and then what?! Sachin...go take some rest, and reserve your best for Australia. I'd rather see you score match winning 70s and 80s than score meaningless 100s in a losing cause.

Posted by muthuthewaves on (November 21, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Sachin is not the one who changes his game after scoring a century. The same wil be reflecting even if he scores 100 centuries. He never play for records. He dont have any retirement plans after his 100tons. He wil be enjoying his game. Thats wat we need. We wish to see the master batting for another 2years atleast. It wil be a pleasure if he plays next world cup too. We, sachin fans are true game lovers. We wish to see the true game so we need sachin forever. Long live the master. Keep going little champion.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (November 21, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

MUMBAI IS A SPINNER WICKET AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO MAKE BIG SCORE THERE. I WAS THERE IN 2004 TO SEE TENDULKAR. INDIA VS AUSTRALIA. I BOUGHT SEASON TICKETS AND THE MATCH FINISHED IN THREE DAYS.TUNDULKAR SCORED 1 AND 55. HARBHAJAN AND KARTIK BOWLED AUSTRALIA OUT THE LAST DAY. CLARKE FOR AUSTRALIA GOT 6 FOR 18. A NONE STARTER FOR BOWLER. I DO NOT SEE SACHIN MAKE THE 100 ON HIS HOME GROUND PROVIDING THEY PREPARE A BATTING WICKET. WHICH LEAVES SEHWAG,GAMBHIR AND DRAVID WITH BIG SCORES, IF THAT THE CASE. ALTHOUGH THIS GAME HAS VERY LITTLE FOR INDIA AS THE ALREADY WON THE SERIES. KHOLI HAS A CHANCE IN THIS GAME TO PROVE HIMSELF IN THE TOP SIX BATSMEN IN INDIA. S.N. SINGH U.S.A.

Posted by ptnair on (November 21, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

@aneeshk_k - Well said. Some body was commenting that Sachin is a flat track bully. Well, whoever said that, please try to understant that we donot change pitch in between a game for a batsman. All players are playing in the same pitch. Why can't others play in flat tracks? If if they do, why can't they break Sachin's record? Why can't they stay fit for 20+ years in cricket? Sachin has got what a player should have- dedication. Go for it Sachin. We can wait for another 100 matches for your 100th century. because we (Sachin fans) know that you are going to cut loose after that :)

Posted by ptnair on (November 21, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

@ Bala Krishnan - You will be seeing half empty gallaries then... atleast for some time... :)

Posted by ptnair on (November 21, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

@ghaleecha --- you are totally,completely, universaly wrong :) He did help the team several times. 20 times when he got 100s in ODIs, India won the match. Just take an example - 2011 ICC World Cup Semi Final against Pakistan. The only other person who score runs past 50 was Misbah Ul Haq(56). Sachin scored 89 in that match. Ofcourse he was lucky multiple times. But it is cricket. You make a mistake, you pay for it. India won for 29 runs. What would have been the result if Sachin was out in the first chance? Somebody had responded in cricinfo. It is a team game. Not an one man show.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

cricket world knows forever ur most runs and records, just hit that 100 quickly and think about 'RETIREMENT' .. youngsters on the queue to perform... i am expecting your retirement after the AUSTRALIA TOUR.. do u have any idea like when your son entering the field u will the field or both want to play in a game together... I want SACHIN to RETIRE SOON for YOUNG INDIA..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Best of luck Sachin.. Go and get the 100th ton....

Posted by Sreelal_SS on (November 21, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

play yo natural game 2 get 2 yo 100th ton,Sachin!!!... n seriously dont mind those bashers!!!!...al the vry best!!!!

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