Tendulkar: ‘It’s just a number’

2010-12-20 00:00

TWO titans of Test cricket left their giant footprints on the Centurion Test this weekend and, sensibly, they each chose different days to shine.

Jacques Kallis’s long-awaited, maiden 200 in Test cricket (and a 38th ton) was finally marked on a glorious day of batting on Saturday, as the Proteas kingpin helped his side to a massive 620 for four against India.

Not to be outdone, Sachin Tendulkar held up the Proteas parade by chiselling out a 50th Test century, the first man in history to do so.

“It’s been a while coming, but thankfully I won’t have to answer that question anymore,” quipped Kallis, after previously passing 150 ten times, only to fall short of the gold standard.

“In all honesty, I would have taken it against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh even, but to make it against the best team in the world makes it extra special,” he beamed.

Kallis was helped along by a searing, 75-ball blitzkrieg of a century by AB de Villiers as the Proteas scorched away from India.

But, Tendulkar had other plans.

“It was important that we get some positives from this match, and the way Sehwag, Gambhir, and of course Dhoni all batted, there is a lot we can take going forward in the series,” he modestly said. Of course, his was the gem in the piece.

His 50th hundred moved many in the stadium, and millions more in India, but not so much the man himself.

“It’s just another number,” he said to gasps and giggles from a packed press conference.

“Of course I am happy, but I don’t really look at records when I go out there.”

Both superstars are assured of their place in cricketing immortality, but both reminded everyone just why they are so special this weekend.

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