Sydney Jan 2 (): One of Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite cricket grounds is the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). He has excellent record at the SCG, scoring 664 runs in four matches at an average of 221.33. It is seen as the best chance for Sachin to score his elusive 100th ton at his favourite ground and after he started the series well and top scoring in both the Indian innings in the first test.
Hussey said Tendulkar standing on the threshold of a remarkable milestone is likely to score the hundred at “one of his favourites ground in the world”, making it ominous for the home team ahead of the second Test.
“I am a bit nervous because the stars seem to be aligning with Sachin needing one more 100,” Hussey told reporters before the practice session at the SCG Sunday. “The 100th Test match in Sydney – he has made runs here before – it is a little bit ominous but hopefully we can make him wait until after this series and he can get a 100 in the first game of the next series that he plays,” he said.
“I can assure you that everyone in our dressing-room does not want him to make a 100. I think our bowlers down in Melbourne did an outstanding job, not just to Sachin but to all of their batsmen,” he added.
Cricketing fans across the world are eagerly waiting for Tendulkar’s much awaited hundred. Hussey himself made a remark that it’s not something strange to see Australian fans supporting Sachin.
“They have got one of the best batting line-ups ever and the plans that we set and the way they the bowlers executed them were second to none. For a reasonably inexperienced attack to be able to do that job, and for long periods of time which is something we have been really working on, it is a real testament to the bowling group,” Hussey commented on Australia’s bowling attack.
“Just from walking across the ground, the pitch looks a lot less green than it has been over the last few years. Certainly, in the last few years, I think the Sydney pitch has changed texture from when it used to be a real dust bowl and helped the spinners. The last few years have been really seamer friendly and there has been overhead conditions to help that as well,” Hussey said on the SCG pitch.