Melbourne: Sachin Tendulkar's ability to change with times is an amazing quality, feels Aussie great Mark Taylor after watching the Little Master score an imperious 73 on day two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Former Australia captain Taylor revealed the ecstasy that he and his colleagues felt in the commentary box when Tendulkar played his signature on-drive off Ben Hilfenhaus en route his imperious 73-run knock here at the MCG on Tuesday. Tendulkar's hundredth international ton was imminent, a historic Wednesday was in the offing.
Soon, the master was dismissed by a jaffer from Peter Siddle that reversed a bit before clipping his off and middle stumps. Tendulkar played down the wrong line - the only error in an otherwise flawless innings. But, it was a ball that would have got most.
"He's looked amazing, hasn't he? I heard he's been playing the upper cut a lot of late, and he surely showed that today. He didn't put a foot wrong, it has been an absolute treat for us. When he played that on-drive off Hilfy (Ben Hilfenhaus), we all stood up and couldn't stop applauding the little genius. What a treat for cricket lovers, it doesn't matter which team you're supporting," Taylor told MiD DAY.
Taylor felt that Tendulkar's greatest ability is to evolve as a batsman. "Some of those shots he's playing here, like the upper cut, he didn't play during the 1991 tour. He just seems to keep evolving as a batsman, changing with times. That's an amazing quality to have," he said.