The former fast bowler of Australia, Stuart Clark was convinced that Sachin Tendulkar will achieve the distinctive mile stone of his 100th international century during the Sydney Test. The little master will be appearing in his 186th Test and has already set his eyes on the second Test for the unique feat which will start from January 3rd, 2012.
Clarke has a close eye on the ongoing four Test series between the two countries and watched Sachin Tendulkar who nearly got a hundred in the first Test at Melbourne which was missed by 27 runs in the first innings.
The right arm medium fast bowler has played 24 Tests for the Kangaroos, grabbed 94 wickets at an excellent average of 23.86 runs per wicket with the best of 5 for 32 runs in an innings and 9 for 89 in a match. He has seen the emergence of great Indian batsman and rates him as ‘Modern – day Bradman’ while had a chance to bowl against him as well. The 36 – year-old took part in six matches against India and clinched 16 wickets averaging 34.75, the best of 4 for 28 runs in an innings and 6for 106 in a match.
Sachin Tendulkar has ruled over all types of bowlers from different corners of the world for more than two decades and especially was never afraid of the sheer pace attack. He has scored lavishly against them even at the seaming tracks and Clarke has hallmarked his potentials by describing,
“For the past 20 years, the modern-day Don Bradman has plundered attacks around the world. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were no match for him. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis did their best for little reward. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath toiled hard against him for the same result. The reality is that Tendulkar is simply too good.”
Sydney and Tendulkar.
Sydney has been a happy hunting ground for Tendulkar, he played his first Test at that venue in January, 1992, and smashed unbeaten 148 runs in the only Indian innings. He was unable to impress in the 3rd Test in January, 2000, managed 45 and four runs while he was leading the side.
The Indian team toured Australia in 2004, the run machine was unstoppable in the 4th Test in January and smashed unbeaten 241runs in the first innings and remained not out at 60 in the second innings. The second Test in January 2008 was once again remember able for him as he banged unbeaten 154 runs in the first innings followed by 12 in the second innings when he was bowled by Calrk.
Sachin Tendulkar is bound to make a difference in the second Test at Sydney and Clark was confident that the little master will please the entire cricket world by hammering his 100th ton there. He further said, ”What will make the Australian bowlers even more wary in this Test is that Tendulkar has a definite affinity with the SCG. I see no reason why he will not bring up his elusive 100th international hundred in the 100th Test match at the grand old ground.”
Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman in the history of cricket who has knocked 51 centuries in Tests and 48 in the One Day Internationals. Clarke was composed by describing,
100th Test at Sydney Cricket Ground, 100th ton for Tendulkar.