Nagpur ground is lucky venue for me, says Sachin

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2002, 0:17 [IST]
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Nagpur: The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium is a lucky ground for master batsman Sachin Tendulkar who notched up his 28th hundred on Saturday to take the third place in the list of highest century makers."I think the VCA ground is lucky for me as I got a fine 179 against the West Indies (in 1995) and then I scored the second double century of my career against Zimbabwe in November 2000 here," Tendulkar told reporters after placing his side in a comfortable position with a solid unbeaten 137. Only Sunil Gavaskar, who has 34 hundreds, and Sir Donald Bradman (29) have scored more centuries in Test cricket than Tendulkar.

"Obviously I feel good scoring this century because batting on this wicket has been slightly tougher than the last time around and I would like to keep going till we get a good lead for our bowlers to bowl at," Tendulkar said, adding that a lead of 230 to 250 should be a good target to defend against Zimbabwe. Asked why he did not play more attacking shots, Tendulkar said, "I did not feel the need to take the aerial route on Saturday and if need arises on Sunday, I will not hesitate to take chances and go after the bowling.

"As the ball was not coming on to the bat, it was a bit hard to go after the bowling. At times the ball kept very low forcing to keep us guessing all the time," he said.

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