As most cricketers are, South Africa pace machine Lonwabo Tsotsobe is a superstitious man. He doesn't want to gloat over the fact that he felled the Little Master in Wednesday's opening one-dayer, at Durban. He's afraid if he gives himself airs about that prize scalp, that Tendulkar will return in the series to wreak revenge on him.
"I got a big wicket (Sachin) and I am happy for that. I am not going to predict anything related to that as I don't want to get that man angry," Tsotsobe, who was adjudged man of the match on Wednesday, told reporters.
But if anyone has to be feared here, it is Tsotsobe himself. The ace pacer took four wickets in the match on Jan 12 - which were those of Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra. He has also taken Sachin's wicket once in the recently-concluded Test series. Tstosobe therefore, certainly seems to be a predator to watch out for. No one dare get into a game of cat-and-mouse with him.
Meanwhyile, South Africa skipper Graeme Smith showered praise on Tsotsobe while also paying tribute to the strong batting perfomance that his side had put on to reach 289 on a tough pitch. He also singled out batsman Hashim Amla for making a quick-fire 50 and setting the tone for the innings.
"Every time he got an opportunity he has done well. He has developed good understanding of the game and how he wants to play. He is playing with a lot of confidence. He has worked out a game-plan for himself," he said.
Smith said despite the massive win notched up by his side in the opening match, he's wary that the Indians still have a few tricks up their sleeves when they take the field in Saturday's game.
"I expect them to bounce back. We have put our foot down at the next match. After a while we will be playing at the Bull Ring. It is one of the best grounds to play cricket and that too on Saturday," he said.