Now, the so-called god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar eyes the Sydney Cricket Ground for Tuesday’s second Test against Australia, an arena celebrating its own Test ton.
The SCG is lucky for Sachin Tendulkar, as the master blaster has three hundreds under his belt at this ground from the 51 tests played here with a striking average of 221.33.
While talking to media, SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier said, “You really think cosmos, the Almighty and the Hindu gods were going to allow him to score it (100th ton) anywhere but the SCG?”
Earlier, the master blaster had scored superb 148 not out in 1992, 241 not out in 2004 and 154 not out in 2008 at this ground.
Former India captain, Sourav Ganguly said, “He looked very solid at the MCG on a pitch which had a fair bit of help for the quicks. His feet have moved superbly, which is an indication that his mind is thinking the right way.”
Ganguly said, “I can guarantee you that if he keeps batting like this he will make a major impact on the remaining three Tests and probably get past that magic landmark in this country.”
Another top class batsman from India, VVS Laxman is expecting a good show in the second test match playing at the SCG. He is also having a good average at this ground, he has scored three tons with an average of 96.20.
The star batsman from Australia, Ricky Ponting has scored 1346 runs at SCG with an average of 64.10.
Talking to media, Australian batsman Mike Hussey said, “Just from walking across the ground it looks a lot less green than it has been the last few years.”
He said, “The last few years have been really seamer-friendly and there’s been overhead conditions to help that as well, but it (now) looks definitely a lighter colour and generally it has slowed down a little bit and helped the spinners as the game’s gone on.”
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Brad Haddin, Ed Cowan, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, David Warner.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha.