Port of Spain (Trinidad): Ace Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar conceded on Friday that he could not match cricketing legend Don Bradman despite equalling the Australian's mark of 29 Test centuries.
"It surely feels good to equal Sir Don Bradman's record. But nobody can match him and that's one thing that's accepted all over the world," he said after scoring an unbeaten 113 against the West Indies in the second Test here. "It's a nice feeling to know that my name is going to be there when they show the number of hundreds scored in Tests," said Tendulkar, whose 29th ton (Sachin also turns 29 on April 24) helped his team post 262 for four on the opening day. Only former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is now ahead of both Tendulkar and Bradman with 34 Test centuries. The Australian, however, took only 52 Tests for his 29 hundreds, while Gavaskar needed 125 and Tendulkar 93. Gavaskar has a more impressive record than Tendulkar at the Queen's Park Oval here, having hammered four Test centuries at this venue. This was Tendulkar's first Test century in seven matches in the West Indies. "Gavaskar is a great player. I'm happy I have been able to score a hundred at this venue. I missed three centuries on the last tour in 1997, so this time it was on my mind," Tendulkar said. "I always wanted to score a hundred in the West Indies. While growing up, you saw so much exciting cricket in the West Indies. As a batsman, you always want to be there and score runs. "I'd like to dedicate this century to my father. I'm sure he'd have loved it," said Tendulkar, who lost his father during the 1999 World Cup. The champion batsman said it was not easy batting on this pitch and the aim was to put up a big partnership. "Batting was not easy on this two-paced wicket. The ball jumped up from some places and kept low a few times. "A big stand was very important, especially after we had lost two wickets. It was vital for Rahul (Dravid) and me to stay there. He batted extremely well and we succeeded in scoring a good total." Tendulkar and Dravid (67) steadied the innings with a 124-run stand for the third wicket after two wickets had fallen for 38. Tendulkar said he wanted to keep playing as long as he was enjoying the game. "I don't know how far I'll go. Perhaps, as far as possible. When I started playing cricket, I never thought how far I would like to go. I just want to go out and play and enjoy. I just want to do less talking and more batting."
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