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Tendulkar's mental strength makes him a legend: Clark

cricket Updated: Jan 03, 2012 11:02 IST
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Stating that Sachin Tendulkar's mental strength makes him a legendary batsman, former Australia pacer Stuart Clark has said the 'modern-day Don Bradman' would get to his elusive 100th international century in the second Test against Australia in Sydney.

"What will make the Australian bowlers even more wary in this Test is that Tendulkar has a definite affinity with the SCG. I see no reason why he will not bring up his elusive 100th international hundred in the 100th Test match at the grand old ground," Clark wrote in his column for 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"For the past 20 years, the modern-day Don Bradman has plundered attacks around the world. Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were no match for him. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis did their best for little reward. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath toiled hard against him for the same result. The reality is that Tendulkar is simply too good.

"The great ability of Tendulkar is his ability to make the field move around and to toy with a bowler or frustrate a captain. As a bowler, you make the decision to bowl either slightly straighter with another man on the onside or to bowl slightly wider with a heavier offside field. But against Tendulkar there is a problem - he has great wrists and can hit the same delivery to three different places," he added.

Clark said the opposition bowlers are always in for a real challenge whenever Tendulkar walks into the ground.

"When he walks through the gate and the ground announcers invite the crowd to 'welcome Sachin Tendulkar', you know as a bowler you are in for a real challenge. You ask yourself how can this man who stands just over five feet tall be so good? How does this little man have the ability to treat me with such disdain? But then you remember he is not called the 'Little Master' for nothing," said Clark.