Howzzat for an accurate prediction! Yesterday morning, thatsCricket asked the question - will Sachin score Ton No. 51 today? And sure enough, the Little Master answered in the affirmative. It was majestic innings, befitting a tense, challenging situation where India had to make up a pretty sizable deficit. He came in when India were stuttering on 28/2 and left the crease when India had progressed to 341/7. Wickets fell around him, the Proteas pace trio spit fire and venom, and the pitch gradually deteriorated, but Tendulkar stood like a rock
With another Test century to add to the kitty and with already 46 tons in one-day matches under his belt, Tendulkar has taken his hundreds' tally to a mammoth 97. Thus, he just has to hit the three-figure mark thrice more to have made a century of centuries. And with the blistering form that he is in and with five ODIs against South Africa around the corner and the World Cup to follow, the batting maestro could achieve the feat in the next two months!
Sachin seems to have hit a purple patch in the last year with his batting assuming a magical renewed vigour which puts even the budding centurions to shame. At the rate the runs keep flying off his bat, he will soon shut up all talk of his rivals Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting usurping his dominant position at the top of the runs chart.
While Kallis may be in good knick himself at the moment and in possession of an average just a shade above Tendulkar's, he seems likely to play his swansong pretty soon, whereas Tendulkar looks good for at least another two years of Test cricket. Meanwhile, Ponting is also evidently at the fag end of his career after a poor run at the crease and with selectors and fans alike, calling for his head.
Indeed the Little Master is bound to bid adieu to the game as a true champion and someone miles ahead of his contemporaries. Who says record don't matter? Tendulkar is fully deserving of every number he sets and overhauls. 100x100s awaits, Sachin. Go for it!