I was educated on how to play ODI innings: Hussain

Published: Friday, July 5, 2002, 20:58 [IST]
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Chester-le-Street (England): While Sachin Tendulkar did the batting, Nasser Hussain did the learning.

The little maestro, who was in full flow enroute to his 105 not out on Thursday, might not have known that the English skipper was 'educating' himself seeing the champion wield the willow in a stupendous fashion. "I think we learnt more about batting than fielding today. We learnt how to go in a One-day innings from a great player," Hussain said after the One-dayer was abandoned due to rains. Tendulkar's unbeaten 108-ball knock helped his side reach an imposing 285 for four in 50 overs after the team was reeling at 52 for three at one stage. With Rahul Dravid (82), he put on 169 for the fourth wicket, an Indian record against England surpassing the previous best of 164 between Tendulkar himself and Vinod Kambli at Jaipur during the 1992-93 series. Hussain was so overwhelmed by Tendulkar's innings that it was difficult for him to find fault with the English fielding or bowling which was mauled by the champion batsman.

"I think credit is due to one great player who showed how to rebuild an innings. Today the little master showed us how to play a One-day innings. I have no complaints over our bowling or fielding." Hussain said his team only stood a chance of restricting the Indians if they were able to break the Tendulkar-Dravid stand. "We were right there till the 40th over. Upto 41st, we were just hoping to get a wicket in that spell."

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