Scoring 100th ton was not easy: Sachin

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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 15:52 [IST]
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Pressure is off, says Tendulkar

Mumbai, Mar 21: Sachin Tendulkar, on Wednesday, said that the "pressure is off" him after scoring his 100th international hundred but added that even after scoring 99 tons it was difficult to get one more.

Tendulkar, after having waited for more than one year, registered the historic 100th international century against Bangladesh on March 17.

Tendulkar made these comments after landing in Mumbai from Dhaka where the Indian team failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final. Bangladesh won on Tuesday against Sri Lanka and that knocked India out of the tournament.

"The pressure is off. It was a difficult phase and all of us had to wait for it for a long time. But it has made everyone realise, including me, that even after scoring 99 hundreds to score another one is not easy," Tendulkar told reporters outside the Mumbai Airport on Wednesday.

"Let's look forward to the next season. This season is over and I look forward to the next season," he added.

Virat Kohli, who has bee in roaring from the Australian tour, came in for high praise from the Master Blaster. However, he had a word of advice for all the fans as he told them not to put pressure on the youngster.

"I think he (Kohli) is a very good player. He is a brilliant player. He has done well but all I can say is don't put pressure on him. Let him play freely," he said.

Talking about Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharmam, who too had a good outing against Pakistan on Sunday, Tendulkar said: "Rohit also batted really well. He showed a lot of composure and the way he built that partnership with Virat was really important for all
of us. That partnership happened at a critical moment."

Tendulkar, speaking about India's failure to reach the Asia Cup final, said the team always tries to win all matches and sometimes it does not work.

"We go out to win every match and sometimes it's not possible to win every match and sometimes the opposition plays better cricket than you and that is what happened. I would not want to take the credit away from them. I think they played well," he said.

Tendulkar will have more than 10 days of rest before leading Mumbain Indians in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) from April 4.

Indian team will now travel to South Africa for a one-off TWenty20 International against the hosts on March 30.


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