Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am not cerebration too abundant about 50th Test ton: Tendulkar

Despite continuing on the threshhold of history, best batsman Sachin Tendulkar seemed unfazed by the media absorption and the apprehension about his 50th Test century.

"I accept it is destiny. When it is destined to appear it will happen. I am not cerebration too abundant about it. My focus is on preparation," Tendulkar said.

Should he account a ton in the three-match Test alternation adjoin South Africa alpha on Thursday, the iconic batsman from India would become the aboriginal man in the history of Test candid to get to the coveted landmark. Tendulkar, however, adopted to focus on the bout and not claimed landmarks.

"For me one affair is actual important and that is to get acclimatized to bounded acclimate conditions," Tendulkar said as apple cardinal one India adapt to face additional best South Africa.

"Preparations accept been atom on and the diffuse convenance affair has accustomed us that befalling (to get acclimatized). "We accept had acceptable net sessions beneath the advice of drillmaster Gary (Kirsten)," he said.

Tendulkar acicular out that like India, South Africa will additionally accept their assignment cut out as the alternation heralds the alpha of the division for the Proteas. Asked how difficult it is to get acclimated to adopted conditions, Tendulkar explained: "When bout starts and we footfall on the candid acreage for the aboriginal time we commonly alpha running. While commutual aboriginal lap one can calmly feel that the anatomy is not accepting abundant oxygen.

"Once you get acclimated to that affectionate of altitude again there is no problem."

South African captain Graeme Smith, who had beforehand declared Tendulkar as a "great agent of the game", additionally hoped that the adept batsman completed the landmark, admitting not adjoin his team. "Sachin is a abundant amateur and a abundant agent for the bold of cricket. I too ambition that he gets his 50th Test hundred; not in this alternation but in the abutting series," Smith said.

India couldn't pactice outdoors on the eve of the aboriginal Test due to unseasonal rain, but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unperturbed.

"Our aftermost two convenance sessions were absolutely acute so today's abridgement of convenance will not affect much," Dhoni said.

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