Tendulkar - Big total is key

Little Master leads India recovery on Bradman's home ground

Last Updated: 24/01/08 1:31pm

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Tendulkar celebrates his century with VVS Laxman

Tendulkar celebrates his century with VVS Laxman

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Sachin Tendulkar was delighted to add the Adelaide Oval to the lengthy list of Australian grounds where he has scored Test hundreds.

"It was good to get a big one here (Adelaide). It also happens to be Sir Don's home ground."
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The right-hander was unbeaten on 124 as India closed day one of the fourth and final Test on 309-5. The tourists must win to level the series.

Although he had made five tons before Down Under, this was the first time Tendulkar had managed to do so in Adelaide - the home ground of Sir Donald Bradman.

He admitted afterwards that he was overwhelmed by the response of the crowd when he reached three figures for the second time in the series.

Special

"I know that Adelaide hasn't been a great ground for me," Tendulkar said.

"It was good to get a big one here. It also happens to be Sir Don's home ground.

"When I was batting I was obviously not thinking of that, but it was good to get a hundred.

"The reception of the crowd was truly special, very moving. I don't know, sometimes I need to look at the scoreboard to figure out if I'm batting on 100 plus or batting on zero."

Tendulkar's innings was also crucial for his team. After getting the chance to bat first on a flat pitch, India were in trouble when they slumped to 156-4.

Big total

However 'The Little Master' was at his best to rescue the situation, although he acknowledges that his job is far from done heading into day two.

With the pitch looking likely to break up, meaning it is likely to suit India's spin twins of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, the 34-year-old knows a big first innings total is vital.

"In the first innings to put a big total on the board is the key," he said.

"If you look at the wicket there will be some big cracks there later in the match.

"So the first innings is very important and we want to score as many runs as we can tomorrow."

Australia spinner Hogg hailed Tendulkar's efforts and said "Any innings when Sachin is batting is a joy to watch but you'd rather him be making the hundreds against someone else.

"It's just fantastic to be out there and to be playing against him. He's up there as the greatest player the world has ever seen. You can put him alongside Brian Lara and the Don (Don Bradman).

"It's just a fantastic opportunity to play against someone of that calibre.

"He deserves that standing ovation when he comes out and hopefully he plays a few more years down the track because he's such a fantastic player to watch."

Despite a relatively even first day, Hogg still believes Australia are well placed to secure a series victory.

"The game is pretty even at the moment," Hogg added. "But I think if we can make inroads tomorrow with the new ball, and we can roll India before they get to 400 I think we are in the box seat."

Hogg finished the day with figures of one for 78 from his 18 overs, with Tendulkar in particular taking a liking to the left-armer's bowling.

The 36-year-old is confident, however, that he will play a bigger role as the match progresses.

"It should take more spin as the game goes on," he said.

"Over the years it has always been pretty good for batting here if you get in and I trust our batsmen to bat well and then we need to bowl well in the second innings."

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