Colombo: Sachin Tendulkar, who scored his 48h Test century against Sri Lanka on 3rd day of Colombo Test reckoned that India still needed the all important 60 runs to avoid follow-on and the hard work to make something out of the otherwise placid Test was not over yet.
In the post-match interview, Tendulkar said that the conditions were ideal for batting but with increasing humidity and body cramps, it was tough for him to concentrate for a long innings.
Even at the age of 36, Tendulkar spent around 15 hours on the field today while fielding and batting and the senior batsman said he works a lot to keep his fitness intact.
"Recovery is always a very important issue, specially in conditions like this which are very tough. One needs plenty of rest and so it would be an early night for me tonight so that I get up and start fresh tomorrow.”
He scored a brilliant century to steady Indian innings after Sri Lankan spinners inflicted four crucial blows in the day. When asked if the Indian batsmen faced difficulty facing mystery spinner Mendis again, Sachin said that though the bowler has been successful against Indians, they now have sorted him out.
Tendukar praised both Mendis and Randiv for their efforts but said it will be difficult for them to fill in the vaccum created by retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.
"Both the bowlers, did very well. Of course, it is always difficult to emulate Murali and it is not going to be easy for Mendis and Randiv. It would be a big responsibility for them to fill up his place," Tendulkar said.
This was Tendulkar’s 5th hundred in this calendar year. The batsman has been his prolific best this year slamming 677 runs at an average of 96.71.