Catch was clean, says Tendulkar

Published: Saturday, March 21, 2009, 8:02 [IST]
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Sachin adamant disputed catch was fair

Hamilton:  Tendulkar is adamant he caught batsman Tim McIntosh cleanly at first slip but the New Zealand camp are not sure.

Opinion was varied yesterday about whether Tendulkar completed the low first-slip catch but the cricket great bristled when questioned about the topic.

I have seen replays, and I've seen my fingers under the ball," he said last night of the television replays which appeared to cast some doubt on the catch. "Sometimes on camera it looks different. I was pretty much confident, otherwise I would not have appealed for it."

The loss of McIntosh to the third ball of the second innings, chasing 241 to make India bat again, immediately put them on the back foot.

Of his century, Tendulkar thought the ball "did take time to find the centre of my bat", a view New Zealand's bowlers might dispute.

"But once the new ball was taken I was timing it much better," he said, while pointing out that "every hundred is not fluent".

However, he deflected talk of his century by putting the team first.

"We are in a strong position. That's what really matters. We have led from the front right from the first session, but we don't want to take anything for granted."

New Zealand coach Andy Moles was disappointed with the catch decision, but accepted "that's part of the game. When you're not playing well things seem not to go for you."


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