New Delhi: After denying Sachin Tendulkar a 100th international century on Wednesday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy promised to salute the Indian batting great when he reaches the milestone -- providing it comes against another side.
Tendulkar was 24 runs away from what could have been his 52nd Test century, to go with his 48 ODI tons, when legspinner Devendra Bishoo trapped him leg before. Tendulkar was so keen to get to the mark that he even declined a leg bye, prompting Sammy to plot his dismissal.
"When I saw him turning down the single, I went to Bishoo and told him 'let's try to go round the wicket and force him to sweep off the rough'," Sammy told reporters after his team lost the first Test by five wickets.
Sammy said he would prefer watching Sachin score 100th ton against Australia.
"But Bishoo asked to give him two more balls from over the wicket and he got him out! Sachin really wanted to get the hundred but unfortunately for him...
"Like I said before the game, I would love him to get 100 hundreds but I'd prefer watching him playing an India versus Australia series sitting on my couch and cheering for Sachin," added Sammy.
India will travel to Australia in December for four Tests, to be followed by two Twenty20 Internationals and a tri-series also involving Sri Lanka.