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'Pressure getting the better of Sachin'

Press Trust Of India
Nov 14, 2011 at 10:00pm IST

Kolkata: West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said they were not doing anything special to prevent Sachin Tendulkar from reaching his 100th international century and maybe it was the expectations of the fans that was getting the better of him.

Tendulkar scored 38 on Monday in India's first innings and Gibson hoped that the he will not get to the landmark figure in this series against them.

"We did not have any special plan but just to bowl line and length. Looking at Sachin, it makes me feel that the expectations on the Indian people is creating too much pressure on him," Gibson said after the opening day's play.

'Pressure getting the better of Sachin'

Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 38 on day one of the second Test against the West Indies at Kolkata. (AP Photo)

"Everytime he walks out people start cheering. For him to cope with the pressure is remarkable. The pressure on him is enormous. We just bowl in the right areas and be patient.

Something always seems to happen," Gibson said.

Tendulkar pulled a short ball from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo but was called by Marlon Samuels at short midwicket.

Bishoo had dismissed Tendulkar in the second innings of the opening Test in New Delhi as well.

"They were not probably great balls. It was a short ball today. There is a lot of pressure on him. Obviously he is coping with the pressure over the last 20 years. I am sure he will get that hundred. We are just hoping that it's not against us," Gibson said.

"Hope when he goes to Australia there would be many more people in the stands. It would mean a lot more for him."

Rahul Dravid, who slammed a century in India's 346/5 in the first day's play, said Tendulkar will surely achieve the feat.

"He is going to do it one day. It was just a short ball and he was unfortunate to find a fielder. There was one fielder on the leg side and he found him. He was batting beautifully. He was timing it well.

"He was really under great pressure. It's really just a matter of time. Sometimes you get out and he is just getting out. But he is batting really well. Sooner or later he will get that mark. I really don't think he is bothered too much about it," Dravid said.

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