Bangalore, Mar 23: Former India Test captain Anil Kumble paid tributes to legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar for scoring the incredible 100th international century, saying Tendulkar could adapt to any given condition which was the hallmark of a great player.
"I have been a witness to 80 of those 100 hundreds and at least on 20 occasions, I have been at the other end. I would invariably arrive when he would be in his 80's and the second new-ball would be due. My job on each and every occasion was to ensure that I don't give my wicket easily which would help him to get his hundred."
Tendulkar remembered a funny incident after scoring his 100th century during his highest Test score of 248 in Bangladesh involving him and Kumble when both had some horrible mix-ups.
"Don't talk about it. I still get embarrassed when I watch the footages of that match," he smiled.
For Kumble, one memorable incident was Tendulkar's maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford in 1990 which was incidentally his debut Test.
"I was made to stand at the Old Trafford balcony for more than three hours as it was Kiran More's diktat. Since Sachin was scoring runs and we were playing to save the Test, everyone got superstitious. It was difficult standing there for two hours, but I was instructed by Kiran to stand at the same position for hours. Only during tea break did I get a chance to sit," he said.
When asked which was the most memorable hundreds Tendulkar scored, Kumble said, "Obviously, the 242 at Sydney was another Herculean effort where he didn't hit a single cover drive till he reached 200. The 100 against Pakistan and the 155 against Australia (both in Chennai) where Shane Warne was bowling from round the wicket were some of the knocks I would never forget."
"The brilliant thing about Sachin is his adaptability. He could quickly adapt in any given condition. That's the hallmark of a great player," Kumble said.