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Hussey praises Sachin, calls him 'cricket god'

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:35 [IST]
 
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Sachin is a 'cricket god': Hussey

Adelaide, Jan 22: Completely enamoured with Sachin Tendulkar in the present series, Australian batsman Michael Hussey feels it's "inevitable" that the Indian icon would get his 100th century in due course.

"He has played brilliantly. Watching him closely, his footwork, the time he has and the straight bat, both off the front and backfoot, he's playing really well. If he continues it's inevitable," said Hussey here on Sunday as he shaped up for the final Test at Adelaide, beginning on Tuesday.

"That's the way batting goes. Sometimes you are playing well but one ball, one mistake and you are back to the pavilion. I am sure to his own mind he is batting well, his bat is as broad as ever at the moment," Hussey added.

Tendulkar hasn't got his desired 100th century from the first three Tests of the summer and his wait has only got extended to 10 Tests and 19 innings so far. But Hussey has only admiration for the iconic cricketer as described him as "cricket god" in India.

"I don't know what he is going through mentally. I haven't scored 99 centuries though I would love to be in that position and feel the pressure. I have admired him how he's gone through his whole career. To score consistently at such a long period of time, deal with external pressures is amazing.

"He is a cricket god and yet how he handles himself in India, in a cricket-mad country, where just to walk on the street means being mobbed by thousands and thousands of people...to handle all this and put it aside and perform for India for over 20 years in international cricket is just amazing," he said.

"He must be such a strong person mentally. I hope he bats well but his 100th century comes in the next series, not this one."

PTI

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