It's only a matter of time before Tendulkar hits his 100th ton: Lara

Brian Lara is presently in India to attend the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas function Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Jan 11, 2012

Former West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara believes that it is only a matter of time that Sachin Tendulkar hits his 100th international ton, and says that the records created by Indian batting star will be beyond anybody s reach in years to come.

“It’s only a matter of time now. He’s a legend and just too good not to get it. Ricky Ponting hadn’t scored a century in two years till he got one at Sydney the other day. Such things happen even to the best and Sachin will get to his 100th hundred sooner than later,” Lara said.

Lara, who holds the record of highest individual score in Test cricket, cited his example of going through rough patches several times in his career.

“Most of the milestones Sachin is creating now will be beyond others. No one will be able to touch them,” Lara was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

The former cricketer said Tendulkar might be getting bogged down by the ever-growing burden of expectations.

“There will be a certain amount of anxiety, some his own and some from expectations of fans and people around him,” Lara said.

Tendulkar’s bid for an unprecedented century of international centuries has been the talking point since he cracked his 99th hundred against South Africa at the ICC 2011 World Cup in March.

The Little Master has now gone 17 Test innings and four one-dayers without a century despite twice entering into 90s. He looked set to complete the elusive century on Friday before falling for 80.

Tendulkar already holds four batting world records – most runs in Tests (15,409) and One-Day Internationals (18,111) and most hundreds in Tests (51) and one-dayers (48).