Aus media laments Tendulkar missing out on 100th ton
The omens were in "perfect symmetry" for Sachin Tendulkar to hit his elusive 100th international ton at the SCG but that was not to be, bemoaned the Australian media after the Indian batting icon fell short of the feat once again.
In a write-up under the heading 'Amen to the omens', 'Daily Telegraph' pieced together interesting inferences of numbers in the second Test to expect Tendulkar finally scoring his 100th international ton.
"The short odds said that Sachin Tendulkar's century was inevitable. He was backed in from $4 to $3.75 with TAB Sportsbet, then again to $3.50, with 80 per cent of every dollar taken coming for Tendulkar to make the ton." the newspaper said.
"It had the perfect symmetry. Tendulkar was chasing his 100th international 100. The SCG was celebrating its 100th Test. He was playing at the ground he has long claimed was his favourite outside India, where he averaged 221 heading into this Test.
"... the pitch flattened out to become the ideal batting strip. The evidence was there by the hundreds ... Michael Clarke's 329 not out, Ricky Ponting's 134 to get his first century in almost two years and Mike Hussey's 150 not out, another career resurrection. There are moments like this in sport wherever you look. Where sometimes it just all comes together," it said.
According to the write-up, the Australians have a belief that Tendulkar is so proficient that he was most vulnerable to the ball he does not normally practice for and that's how he fell to Clarke.
"There is a belief among the Australians that Tendulkar, the greatest batsman since Bradman, is so proficient that he is most vulnerable to the ball you can't practice for. The kind of balls part-timers like Clarke throw down," it said.