Tendulkar will create history in ODI series, says Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly (R) said that he is proud to be member of the team that featured Sachin Tendulkar Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 23, 2011

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed hopes that Sachin Tendulkar will achieve milestone of hundred hundreds in the upcoming ODI series.

Sachin Tendulkar s dismissal in The Oval Test disappointed Indian fans considering the batting maestro was just nine runs away from creating history of scoring hundred dundreds in international cricket.

Ganguly was quoted in Mid Day as saying, “His dismissal (by Bresnan) proved that cricket is a one-ball game. It doesn’t matter how much you have your eye in, one good ball can get you out.

“I know the entire nation is disappointed. A century from his blade would have at least given some respite to them since it has been a forgettable tour.”

But Ganguly was optimistic that the landmark will be achieved by the little master in limited-over format.

He said,”I am pretty confident that his hundred will come in the one-dayers. Let’s not foget Tendulkar is only human after all. He has reached 99 hundreds, so obviously he will get to the 100 mark. I cannot stop being proud of him,” added the former Indian captain.

“When I went to England for the first time with Kailash Gattani’s Star Cricket Club as a teenager, Sachin was part of that team too. I observed him and had no doubts that he would blossom into a great player. It’s been an incredible journey,” said Ganguly.

“In fact, he has not had a bad Test series in England. He started batting well at Lord’s itself. It’s just one those series when things don’t click,”said Dada admitting he was fortunate to have seen Tendulkar’s greatest efforts first hand.

“According to me, his best knocks have been Perth (1991-92), Cape Town (1996-97), Chennai (1998-99 & 2008-09) and Headingley (2002). I was fortunate to witness them from close quarters. He still has some great knocks left in him,” added Ganguly.