Despite standing on the threshold of history, Sachin Tendulkar seemed unfazed by the media attention and the anticipation around his 50th Test century.
“I believe it is destiny. When it is destined to happen it will happen. I am not thinking too much about it. My focus is on preparation,” Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar, however, preferred to focus on the match and not personal landmarks.
“For me one thing is very important and that is to get acclimatised to local weather conditions,” he said. “Preparations have been spot on and the lengthy practice session has given us that opportunity (to get acclimatised). “We have had good net sessions under the guidance of coach Gary (Kirsten),” he said.
Tendulkar pointed out that like India, South Africa will also have their task cut out as the series heralds the beginning of the season for the Proteas.
“In South Africa, players and critics always talk about getting used to pace and bounce of wickets here. For them this is going to be the start of the season, so wickets are going to be a lot fresher,” Tendulkar said.
“While playing in Johannesburg you have to be extra careful. That is in high altitude area, so supply of oxygen is a bit of a problem,” he said.
Asked how difficult it is to get used to foreign conditions, Sachin explained: “When tour starts and we step on the cricket field for the first time we normally start running. While completing first lap one can easily feel that the body is not getting enough oxygen. “Once you get used to that kind of conditions then there is no problem.”
South African captain Graeme Smith hoped that the master batsman completed the landmark, though not against his team. “Sachin is a great player and a great ambassador for the game of cricket. I too wish that he gets his 50th Test hundred; not in this series but in the next series,” Smith said.
Keywords: India-South Africa Test series