Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international hundred would have been a consolation for India in a series in which it was completely outplayed by England, said former England captain Nasser Hussain.

“For most of Monday, I was dearly hoping that Sachin Tendulkar would score his 100th international hundred at The Oval. As someone who has played against him, knows him a bit and respects him so much, I thought it would be a fitting stage and the perfect occasion for him to get there.

“If the piece of history had come now, the whole of India would have been celebrating and the partying could have gone on for days. That would have papered over the cracks in Indian cricket and overshadowed all that Rahul Dravid has achieved this last month.

“Nothing should be allowed to obscure how bad India, with the exception of Dravid, has been. Nothing should get in the way of the fact that India was abysmal,” he added. — PTI

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