Adelaide perfect platform for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th ton: Curator

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is one short of achieving the elusive milestone of hundred hundreds in international cricket Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 22, 2012

Former Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett is optimistic of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar reaching his milestone of hundredth hundred in the fourth Test.

Burdett said, “Adelaide will suit him as well as anywhere else in Australia. That’s because the pitch is a batting beauty for at least two quarters of the Test match. There’s every chance that the great man, the master of cricket, will get that record come Tuesday.

“Sir Don (Donald Bradman) lived in Adelaide for a long time. He would have loved to see Tendulkar get it there. I can sense it happening.”

Burdett was also reminiscent of Tendulkar s famous lbw dismissal in 1999, when he was adjudged out despite the ball not hitting his legs.

He was quoted in MiD Day as saying, “If I’d meet him right now, I’d wish him all the best. He’s a classy man. He hasn’t enjoyed as much success in Adelaide (as compared to Sydney). I have seen him being judged lbw when he ducked at a ball in Adelaide, 1999. That ball may have hit the stumps, but it was sad to see that.”

Burdett is proud of being part of history once when West Indian batting legend Brian Lara surpassed former Australian captain Allan Border s world record of 11,174 runs to become the leading run scorer in Test cricket. The curator hopes he would be able to see Tendulkar score his elusive hundred at Adelaide.