Kolkata, Dec 6: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly's prophecy came true as the master blaster played extremely well against England at Eden Gardens although he fell 24 runs short of his 52nd Test ton. The former skipper lavished praise on the batting maestro who proved his critics wrong on Wednesday.
"Tendulkar may not have got a hundred, but he played well. It may not be one of his most fluent knocks, but it was a gutsy innings," said Ganguly.
Tendulkar scored a 155-ball 76 which included 13 boundaries and 52 runs off his innings came off boundaries.
Before the Eden Test, Sourav Ganguly had predicted that Tendulkar would play well at Eden.
Ganguly had said Tendulkar would strike form, provided he scores more than 30 in the innings. "The knock shows he is regaining confidence," Ganguly said.
Moreover, Ganguly also added that the master blaster did not negotiate Anderson well who dismissed Tendulkar for 76 on Day 1 of the Eden Test on Wednesday.
"He did not use his feet well to play (pacer) James Anderson," Ganguly said.
Though Tendulkar did not get to the three-figure mark, it was refreshing to see him play a big innings, as he had not registered a score more than 30 in the last 10 innings.
Tendulkar would have been relieved, as he had been hearing a lot from critics regarding his retirement following his poor form in the last couple of Tests.