Gibson - Hype pressuring Sachin

KOLKATA, India, IANS/CMC – West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes the national hype surrounding Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international century has played a role in the legendary batsman failing to achieve the landmark so far in the series.

The sublime right-hander has managed scores of seven, 76 and 38 so far in the series, as his attempt for the unprecedented feat has ended in frustration.

“We did not have any special plan but just to bowl line and length. Looking at Sachin, it makes me feel that the expectancy on Indian people is creating much pressure on him,” Gibson said.

“Every time he walks out people start cheering. For him to cope with the pressure is remarkable. The pressure on him is enormous. We just bowl in right areas and be patient. Something always seems to happen.”

In the first innings in the Delhi Test, Tendulkar fell lbw to Edwards off a good ball but has been out to innocuous deliveries on the other occasions.

Seemingly en route to a certain hundred in the second innings, he missed a pull at a short delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and fell lbw.

In his only innings in the second Test at Eden Gardens, he pulled another long hop from Bishoo to short mid-wicket.

“They were not probably great balls. It was a short ball on Monday. There is a lot of pressure on him. Obviously he is coping with the pressure over last 20 years. I am sure he will get that hundred. We are just hoping that it’s not against us,” Gibson said.

“Hope when he goes to Australia there would be many more people in the stands. It would mean a lot more for him.”

Both Tests so far have been marked by low attendances.

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 18:50