Media is putting pressure on Tendulkar: Dhoni

Dhoni asks media not to pressurise Tendulkar for 100th international ton

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni yesterday requested the media not to put pressure on Sachin Tendulkar for scoring his 100th international century and said the milestone was round the corner. Tendulkar fell 24 short of his 100th international century but his fine 76 gave India a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the first cricket Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla here.

So near, yet so far: Tendulkar en route to his knock of 76 against
West Indies
at Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday. Pics/AFP

"We are not under pressure as a team. The media is putting pressure on him. Let him score his hundred and he will do that at some point of time. He is pretty good at doing that (scoring centuries). Let him score the hundred without pressure," Dhoni told reporters.

Dhoni said expectations from Tendulkar are as high as "Everest" and that the batting maestro was very much aware of it. If you are talking about the gentleman, expectations from him by the people have been as high as (Mount) Everest.

"Since his second year in international cricket he has been the star. When he scores 50, people say he had not scored runs and it has been like that each and every match," Dhoni said. "What we have seen is that any individual, when he reaches a milestone, he may take a little bit longer time than usual. But I think it's around the corner. We have to wait and see," he added.

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