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'Sachin rattled by talk about 100th ton'

Press Trust Of India
Dec 20, 2011 at 03:08pm IST

Mumbai: Former England skipper Mike Brearley feels that the constant talk around his 100th international century has made Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar jittery.

"It is not easy analysing anyone sitting faraway. But he does look as if he is jittered," he said during a panel discussion at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit here last night.

Brearley, who is also a psycho-analyst, was replying to a query on whether the hype surrounding his long awaited century of centuries has affected him.

'Sachin jittery due to talk about 100th ton'

Mike Brearley feels that the hype around Tendulkar's 100th ton has made the batting great jittery.

Brearley, who led England to 18 Test wins, also recalled India's 2006 tour to England when Tendulkar was going through a lean patch.

"One of the things that I have admired about him is that during the Indian team's last tour to England (in 2006) he was not fully fit coming from an elbow injury. He was not in the best of form too. But he struggled and made a few 90s on the tour," he said.

"It's a fantastic tribute to a batsman who can make cricket seem so easy as to how he is willing to struggle it out," he said.

Brearley was also full of praise for veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who has gone on to score over 1,000 Test runs in the calendar year after being written off.

"Rahul strikes to me as a first class man and a cricketer. He is very courageous and is willing to battle it out. His character must be very strong and he looks very determined," he said.

Brearley felt the use of technology in cricket has made players too narrow-minded and they were not keen to learn about the game overall.

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