Sachin Tendulkar goes 'from 5th gear to 1st' approaching an interval or ton: Ian Chappell

Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed on 80 during India’s second innings against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 8, 2012

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell, said, Sachin Tendulkar tends to get bogged down by pressure as he approaches his ton.

Tendulkar was dismissed on 80 during India s second innings against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

The dismissal triggered a collapse of wickets to deliver Australia a crushing innings and 68-run victory inside four days in the 100th Sydney Test, after they won the four-match series’ opening Test in Melbourne by 122 runs.

The 38-year-old scored his 99th at the World Cup in March and after a lean summer in England he has been getting closer and closer.

“Tendulkar tends to go “from fifth gear to first” as he approaches an interval in play or a century,” Chappell was quoted saying in the Independent.

Even commentator Mark Nicholas had a go at the master-blaster.

“He reminds me of a golfer who gets older and forgets how to putt. It’s like a fear of failure.”