Mohali: The New Zealanders don't think that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar's bad run with the willow in the drawn Test series can raise their hopes in the upcoming triangular series and Kiwi pacer Daryl Tuffey on Monday termed him as a "sleeping volcano". "You can never say that he (Tendulkar) is out of form. He is a volcano waiting to explode and we hope he doesn't do that against us in the One-dayers," Tuffey, who gave some anxious moments to the Indian star with his devastating spell on Monday said.
On Sunday, New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori had also said that Tendulkar may be temporarily having a difficult time with his batting, but he could never be taken lightly. Tuffey was instrumental in making the Indians follow-on after sending tail-enders L Balaji and Zaheer Khan back to the pavilion off successive deliveries and then returned with an inspired spell to send some shock waves through the Indian camp claiming the prized wickets of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
The right-arm fast bowler said he cherished clean bowling Tendulkar. "To have his wicket is always a great moment for any bowler." Tuffey, who finished with an impressive haul of seven wickets from this match (four in the first innings) on a pitch where seamers struggled to achieve much, praised his batsmen for giving them (the bowlers) a "great chance" to have a go at the Indian batsmen.