Leeds (England): Sachin Tendulkar, who overtook Sir Donald Bradman in the century makers list with his 30th hundred in the third Test against England on Friday, modestly reiterated that he has surpassed the legendary Don only in the century statistics.
"To score a century in every third innings is something one can only dream of - so I am not comparing myself with him. I may have statistically surpassed Sir Donald Bradman but I don't think anyone should even be compared to him," Tendulkar said emphasising that there is no comparison for the great Australian. Tendulkar, who also silenced his critics with an unbeaten innings of 185, his highest on foreign soil, said he wasn't worried all this while when questions were being asked about his ability to deliver in crunch situations. "I was not worried about others labouring over a point, I think I should worry more about how I am going to score runs," said the little master who now has only Sunil Gavaskar ahead of him with 34 centuries. "I have played 99 Tests and know what is happening in this game. My worry is to go out there and score runs and try to be as consistent as possible," he said. Captain Saurav Ganguly, who hit his 9th hundred in his 61st Test, said it is amazing how people dare question Tendulkar's ability to deliver. "Sometimes you really feel how people could even think and talk about his form. His criticism by some really surprises me. "There is not much you could say about his ability as a cricketer. We have played together for a long time and it is always a pleasure to be in the middle with him," Ganguly said. Tendulkar also moved to seventh place in the list of all-time run getters, behind Allan Border (11,174 runs), Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), Steve Waugh (9,600), Graham Gooch (8,900), Javed Miandad (8,832) and Vivian Richards (8,540). Tendulkar said it was a rewarding day and hoped that he gets more such days in office. "It was long and rewarding day. I wish these kind of days come more often," he said calling it 'special' to score a hundred at his "home county ground" where he played as Yorkshire's first overseas cricketer 10 years back. Tendulkar couldn't score a hundred when he was playing for Yorkshire even though he came close on a few occasions.
"I got close to doing it on three or four occasions so it was satisfying. I also received a standing ovation when I walked out, something which the local crowd always did when I played here," he said. The maestro said the track was a good one though there was a bit of movement with a few balls rising. "It was a good track but the odd ball took off. There was a bit of movement as well and a bit of spin but overall it is a sporting track." Ganguly, who launched into the England bowlers after reaching his century, said it had nothing to do because of deteriorating light.
"I enjoyed my batting but more than that it is a pleasure to watch Tendulkar from the other end. He just played an amazing knock today. "We had decided that in the last 10 to 15 overs we need to get some quick runs on the board," the skipper said. Ganguly who had a slice of luck, when he was dropped on 79 at first slip off Andy Caddick, didn't rate this as the best of his three hundreds scored in England. "For the sheer pleasure it gave me, I still rate my hundred in Lord's as something very special," he said. He also said there was no pressure on him when he went out to bat, indicating on the contract row between the players and BCCI. Though the day ended with six overs still to be bowled Tendulkar was willing to stay on.
"I was prepared to stay on. But everyone was finding it hard to spot the ball and it included the umpires also," Tendulkar said. "It was a decision taken by the umpires. It could be the England players might also have been struggling."