Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has enjoyed great success against Sachin Tendulkar. The India batsman was his first wicket in Tests, on debut in Mohali in 2008-09. Since then, the Victorian has scalped Tendulkar another two times in the first Test of the ongoing series at Melbourne. Two of those dismissals came when Tendulkar looked good for a century.
Got him: Peter Siddle celebrates the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2011. Pic/AFP
At Sydney too Siddle kept Tendulkar on a leash. In the first innings, Tendulkar managed only 13 runs from 35 balls off his bowling. In the second, Tendulkar scored only 12 runs off 51 balls from Siddle. However, Siddle doesn't think he has a hold over Tendulkar. "I think it's just a plan that I am going with (to keep the pressure on Tendulkar). I am being a lot more consistent than I have been in the past," he told reporters yesterday.
Siddle denied a specific plan against Tendulkar. "I'm probably lucky enough that I have got him two times in Melbourne, but obviously in Sydney a couple of other blokes (James Pattinson and Michael Clarke) got him. We're building the pressure, and whether it's against Sachin or against (Rahul) Dravid, any of their batters, if I can build the pressure and it happens from the other end, we're going to get the breakthrough," he said.
"There's no big plans in the way we go about it, it's just about all three or four quicks or five bowlers bowling together in those partnerships to create the wickets," he added.
Master is not under pressure
Tendulkar has been India's highest run-getter of the series with 226 runs from two Tests. Siddle doesn't think that the master batsman is under pressure to get his 100th international ton. "He is still averaging about 70 or 80 (in this series). So, he's obviously not doing that bad," he said.
"It's (the milestone) going to be around the corner. But, hopefully it won't happen in Australia. If we can keep the pressure going, whether we get his wicket straightaway or we keep getting wickets at the other end, the pressure will build on him," Siddle said.