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Down the memory lane

Sachin Tendulkar

Mumbai: Once again terming it his best Test hundred, Sachin Tendulkar said his career took flight following the 114 on a bouncy Waca pitch back in 1992, adding that the innings against a hostile Australian attack in Perth gave him immense confidence.

“One innings that changed my career or gave shape to it was in Perth, 1992. Perth, at least at that time, was regarded to be the fastest wicket and the hostility of the Australian fast bowlers was something very difficult to handle.

“I was able to score a 100 and I was only 19 then,” he said during an interaction with school children, here, on Wednesday.

“And just two matches before that, I had scored a hundred in Sydney, but they were two different kinds of surfaces. I knew that Perth was the kind of wicket, which I would not get to play anywhere in the world. And If I can bat on Perth and score runs, then I’m possibly equipped to go on any other track that is fast and bouncy and score runs there.

“My career was just starting. I had done well for a couple of years by then, but it really took off after that Perth innings because I felt I was ready to take on the world.

“By no means I was over confident, but I became a confident cricketer where I was equipped to face any challenge put up against me,” The Master added. (PTI)