London, July 20: Before all the hype and expectation surrounding Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international century gets out of hand, one should take a sobering look at the Little Master's track record at Lords.
Since he toured Old Blighty for the first time over two decades ago, the Master Blaster's performances on this hallowed turf has been anything but inspiring. Tendulkar hasn't so much as notched up a fifty at the Mecca of cricket.
Indeed, his figures on this ground read more like an offering from a man trying to shirk off the blues while groping for some form. From his four outing at Lords, Tendulkar has only manged to garner 10, 27, 31, 16, 12, 37 and 16.
But like a vintage spirit, it seems the potency of this player has only matured with age and he appears to be in the prime of his life. So don't be surprised if the trademark back-foot punch holds sway this time around and his classic gamut of stroke-play beats the odds and takes him to another record.