Birmingham: Former England captain Nasser Hussain paid tribute to Indian batting ace Sachin Tendulkar for holding his own despite the turbulence that has engulfed the visitors in the aftermath of losing back-to-back Tests.
Tendulkar has shied away from the media and in his typically jovial frame of mind, has put in the hard yards, unfazed by efforts made by the English media to mentally upset India. Hussain said Tendulkar's approach to adversity makes him an even bigger legend.
"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 further wished Tendulkar would get his hundredth hundred at England's second largest venue. "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.
It may be recalled that both Hussain (128) and Tendulkar (122) scored hundreds the last time India and England locked horns at this venue 15 years ago.
Hussain, 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."