There's lot more to talk than my 50th Test ton: Tendulkar

There's lot more to talk than my 50th Test ton: Tendulkar

"There is much more to Test cricket than my 50th Test ton. This is not the only thing. I always focus on playing well for my country and presently I am focusing on winning the series against the New Zealand," Sachin said on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand here.

"I don't open the newspapers (to see what's written about me). I don't read them and you can see them hanging at the stand outside my hotel room. I focus on my game only.

Last 21 years have been really special for me and I throughly enjoyed my joyful journey," said Tendulkar, who managed to score 13 runs in the first innings.

On Harbhajan Singh's fairytale run with the bat in the ongoing three-Test series against the Kiwis, where the feisty off-spinner became the first number eight batsman in Test cricket to slam back-to-back centuries in a match, the maestro said, "I have always maintained that Harbhajan can score century and it was long due."

"When he scored his first century in Test cricket at Ahmedabad, I told him what took you so long to score a hundred. You have the gifted power as when you hit the ball, it covers a long distance. He is good with the bat," said the iconic batsman, who has 46 ODI hundreds to his name.

Harbhajan slammed unbeaten 111 and was involved in a record 105-run partnership for the 10th wicket with S Sreesanth to help the hosts take a first innings lead of 122 runs here at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium.

In the first Test at Ahmadabad, the 'Turbanator' scored his maiden century and a fifty.
Tendulkar said, on the fifth and final day tomorrow, India would look to get New Zealand's remaining six wickets as early as possible.

"Today, towards the end, we needed couple of New Zealand's wickets to develop pressure on them before the final day tomorrow. We managed to get one (Jesse Ryder) but another wicket would have been good. Nevertheless, we are in a good situation.

There will be some pressure on the visitors tomorrow specially in the morning session.

"Our focus would be to get remaining six New Zealand wickets as early as possible before we start our chase. We had a crucial partnership between Harbhajan and Sreesanth which helped us a lot," said Tendulkar.

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