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Hussain lauds Tendulkar’s focus
Wednesday 10 August 2011

Former England captain Nasser Hussain paid tribute to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for holding his own despite the turbulence that has engulfed the visitors in the aftermath of losing back-to-back Tests.

"As a youngster, if you ever wanted to learn how to behave in front of the media, maintain your integrity, or deal with adversity, there's no reason to look beyond Sachin," Hussain told MiD DAY on the eve of Wednesday's third Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

"Even when I played against him, I always noticed how he would purely focus on his batting, on his game, despite so much happening around him. In other words, he never reacts to any sledges. He is there, standing still, and batting like only he can. It's a tremendous testament to his fantastic technique and temperament," added Hussain.

Hussain went on to add that he wished to see Tendulkar score his 100th international ton in the third Test at Edgbaston.

"I wish he gets it here (at Edgbaston). It's a historic ground and it will be a fitting place to do it. I am still banking on England to win the series 3-0, but it would be nice to watch Tendulkar score a gem," said Hussain.

The now cricket commentator, however, ruled out the possibility of an Indian fight back in the series though: "The two leading run-scorers in the history of Test cricket (Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) are a part of this Indian team. However, the team has not shown any encouraging signs. I am backing England to go the distance because they have taken more initiative."

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