London, Aug 24: Sachin Tendulkar's 100th hundred in international cricket at The Oval would have been merely a consolation at the fag end of a series in which India were completely outplayed by the stronger English side, feels former England captain Nasser Hussain.
Tendulkar was given out leg before to England's Tim Bresnan for 91 on the final day of the fourth Test on Aug 22 which India lost by an innings and eight runs to suffer a 0-4 series whitewash.
"For most of Monday, I was dearly hoping that Sachin Tendulkar would score his 100th international hundred at The Oval. As someone who has played against him, knows him a bit and respects him so much, I thought this would be a fitting stage and the perfect occasion for him to get there.
There was a sell-out crowd here with a large Indian support and it also seemed right that the piece of history should come in a big Test match rather than a one-day game. I was also hoping I would be able to commentate on the big moment. But now I think it is best for India that he got out when he did," Hussain wrote in his column for ''Daily Mail''.
Hussain said Tendulkar's century would have stole the show from in-form Rahul Dravid, who has been India's stand-alone performer in the series with three fighting centuries.
"If the piece of history had come now, the whole of India would have been celebrating and the partying could have gone on for days. And that would have papered over the cracks in Indian cricket and overshadowed all that Rahul Dravid has achieved this last month.
"Nothing should be allowed to obscure how bad India, with the exception of Dravid, have been. Nothing should get in the way of the fact they have been absolutely abysmal."