Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman recalled that legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar failed to do much against Australia in the first innings of 1998 Chennai Test which left the latter was highly disappointed and he locked himself in the physio’s room for almost an hour after being dismissed by Shane Warne. Tendulkar’s century in the second innings was nothing less than a legendary because the way he hammered Warne who was exploiting the rough outside leg stump.
India opted to bat first and their opening pair led an excellent start with a century partnership. Tendulkar, who came to bat a No. 4, started his innings with a boundary but that turned out to be his only scoring shot of the innings.
Talking about the knock during Star Sports’ Cricket Connected, Laxman said, “Sachin was really well prepared for the Test match in Chennai. In the first innings, he was dismissed for 4 runs. He hit a boundary and then tried to play a big shot over mid-on, hitting against the turn and was caught by Mark Taylor.”
He further added, “I remember Sachin locked himself in the physio’s room and only came out after almost an hour. When he came out, we could see his eyes were red. I felt he was very emotional because he was unhappy in the manner he was dismissed.”
A resolute Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 155 in India’s second innings, a knock regarded as one of the finest of his Test career.
Recalling the same, VVS said, “Then, in the second innings, the way he blasted and hammered Shane Warne, who was bowling into the rough outside the leg stump. Warne was using the depth of the crease and when he used to pitch it up, Sachin used to hit it through the mid-off, mid-on region. He went on to get a hundred. That battle with Shane Warne is the best I have seen.”