Let cricket decide its own course, says Tendulkar

Tuesday's home Test in Mumbai against West Indies provides him an opportunity to reach 100 international centuries in fairy tale fashion. But Sachin Tendulkar says...

A fairy tale situation awaits Sachin Tendulkar: Completing his 100th international century in Tuesday's Test against the West Indies on his home turf -- the Wankhede Stadium. There is enough reason to believe that the next Test being held in Mumbai will add more pressure on Tendulkar to achieve the milestone, imminent since the World Cup earlier this year.  But the master batsman did not show any trace of anxiety when he spoke to MiD DAY here in Kolkata where India beat West Indies in the second Test inside four days.

"I am not thinking about that. I feel it (100 hundreds) is just a number. I am thinking about playing good cricket. I am enjoying my game," said Tendulkar, who missed out on the milestone by 26 runs in the second innings of the opening Test in Delhi. In Kolkata, he was dismissed for 38 in India's only innings.

"I know everyone's 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 my normal game." International cricket's
senior-most player cannot understand the hype surrounding his 100th international century, a major feat
notwithstanding. "I'm under no pressure, but I want to say something: 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," he emphasised.

However, Tendulkar has scored one Test hundred in his eight Tests at Wankhede -- 148 against Sri Lanka (December 1997). During the Kolkata Test, he completed 22 years of international cricket -- an unprecedented feat because he has never had a long break in the game. The 22-year completion brought a smile to his face. "It's a wonderful feeling. It gives me immense pleasure and terrific satisfaction that I've been able to serve my country for such a long time! This feeling I can't express in any language," he said.



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