Colombo: Batting sensation Sachin Tendulkar rates his century, which powered India to Compaq Cup win, as one of his best.
Tendulkar's majestic 133-ball 138 lifted India to a massive 319 for five wickets in the finals of Compaq Cup on Monday.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has given a fitting answer to his critics who say 'Sachin always fails in the finals' of any tournaments. The veteran battled oppressive heat and humidity to bat for 46 overs despite developing leg cramps in the later part of his innings. Tendulkar hit 10 fours and a sixer in his sizzling knock.
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"This is one of my best innings. I will rate this up considering the conditions and the ground, the humidity," said Tendulkar, who was declared both Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his stupendous show with bat in the tournament.
Earlier Tendulkar provided the thrust from the very start as he laid a strong foundation with a 95-run association for the opening wicket with Rahul Dravid (39) and then stitched the valuable partnership of 110 with skipper Dhoni.
Sachin said hostile conditions made batting difficult and he was happy to score at a time India needed him to perform.
"I lost all my nails. I would like to congratulate Sri Lanka for producing fantastic cricket," he said.
Veterans Rahul Dravid and Sanath Jayasuriya also did well in the tournament and Tendulkar said their success proved age was just a number.
"I think, more than age what really matters is how much you are able to give to the game," he said.
Looking ahead, Tendulkar said conditions would be better in South Africa and India would do well in the Champions Trophy there.
"In Champions Trophy, it will be different conditions but since we have played in tougher conditions here, it should not be a problem for us," he said.