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Sachin happy to get match practice before Oz Tests

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Updated: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 14:54 [IST]
 
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Mumbai, Feb 9: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar feels his unbeaten 140 against Rest of India in the Irani Cup tie on Friday was good as he got some match practice ahead of an important series against Australia.

"It's a big series against Australia. I am sure everyone is looking forward to it. Always nice to get some match practice before a big series," said Tendulkar after scoring an unbeaten 140 for Ranji champions Mumbai against Rest of India on Friday.

Having equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record of 81 centuries, Sachin Tendulkar's innings was a morale booster as he spent around 343 minutes at the crease, planned his innings quite well as he hit 18 boundaries and 2 sixes during his 197-ball knock.

Tendulkar happy to get some match practice

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the Irani Cup tie against Rest of India in Mumbai on Friday.

Sachin Tendulkar in action

Sachin Tendulkar in action during the Irani Cup tie against Rest of India in Mumbai on Friday.

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his half century

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his half-century during a Irani Cup tie against Rest of India in Mumbai on Friday.

Tendulkar's ton equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record

Mumbai batsman Sachin Tendulkar made an unbeaten 140 against Rest of India on day three of the Irani Cup tie played at Wankhede on Friday.

"It was the kind of surface where you needed to spend a little time to understand the bounce and the pace and the movement off the pitch," Tendulkar said.

Talking to the reporters on Friday after his unbeaten 140, which helped him equal Sunil Gavaskar's record of 81 centuries, said "I had to take a little bit of time. Although I got a boundary off the second ball, I didn't get deliveries in my hitting zone early on, so I had to wait for my time."

"I keep changing consistently as per the demands. I keep making small changes...I just trusted my instinct. I went how I felt how I needed to go according to the situation. You can't plan a whole innings at same pace," he elaborated.

A century ahead of the team's important Test series against Australia is indeed a morale booster. With Sachin Tendulkar not faring well against the Aussies during India's tour of Australia in 2011-12, pressure will be on the master blaster as India play a four-match Test series starting Feb 22.

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Story first published:  Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:06 [IST]
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