Hyderabad, Mar 1: Sachin Tendulkar has returned to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here. He is all set to take guard in the second Test against Australia on Saturday. It is the same venue where the Master Blaster, against the same opposition, had blasted a memorable 175 in a One Day International in 2009 and now Tendulkar has said he would have liked to have won that game than scoring a hundred.
On November 5, 2009, India were set a daunting target of 351 by Australia. At the innings break, nobody gave India a chance to scale down the runs. However, Tendulkar batted superbly to take India closer to the target. But with lack of support from others, India fell short by three runs.
Tendulkar was dismissed when India needed 19 to win. Australia held their nerve to eke out a win. India were bowled out for 347 in 49.4 overs.
Speaking to the BCCI website, bcci.tv, Tendulkar recalled that knock in Hyderabad.
"It was certainly one of my best innings, but I would have gladly traded those 175 runs for a victory," Tendulkar told the website.
Tendulkar's 175 came off 141 balls with 19 boundaries and four sixes. The next best by an Indian batsman was 59 from Suresh Raina. Captain MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh had been dismissed for single-digit scores.
Tendulkar said he was asked on few occasions to compare the knock of 175 with those twin centuries against Australia in Sharjah in 1998.
"I have been asked on a few occasions to compare the 175 with the back-to-back hundreds against the same team at Sharjah in 1998. I don't think a comparison can be made. The expectations were way higher at the final stages of the tri-series in Sharjah. The Hyderabad hundred was scored in the middle of a bilateral series, and hence the circumstances were very different, physically and even mentally," he said.
He said he was disappointed to get out with India needing 19 for victory.
"It was one of those days when nothing seemed to be out of place. I was able to execute my strokes well. Our middle order failed, but Suresh Raina batted fluently. We had a good partnership of 137. Suresh was caught behind at 299 in the 43rd over. Harbhajan Singh fell soon after, to make it 300/6, but I believed we were very much in control. It was a question of hanging in there, running well and ensuring that bad balls were dealt with harshly.
We were only 19 away when I tried to lift McKay over short fine-leg, only to be caught by Hauritz. It was a huge disappointment. The lower order tried hard, but more wickets fell, and we fell short by three runs."