Nathan bowls his way into history
NATHAN Hauritz now has his name in the Test cricket history books – not the way the former Hervey Bay junior would have wanted though.
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in Test history to score 14,000 runs after he cut Hauritz, an off-spinner, through coverpoint for four on day two of the second Test in Bangalore on Sunday evening.
The 37-year-old Tendulkar then wasted little time in adding to his score by hitting Hauritz to the boundary for another four the next ball.
No other player in history has reached 13,000 runs and Tendulkar’s closest rival is Australian captain Ricky Ponting on 12,178.
Tendulkar, who started his innings needing 27 runs to reach the landmark, finished the day unbeaten on 44 with India 350 runs behind, on two for 128.
Hauritz ended the historic day with figures of none for 45 off 11.2 overs.
Before day three started yesterday, Hauritz said he didn’t mind being part of history.
“He (Tendulkar) is a maestro, so to be playing in the same game when he scored that 14,000th run, let alone be the bowler he scored it off, is was something I won’t forget,” he said.
“Besides, I am not the first bowler to get smashed for four by him and I doubt I’ll be the last – he’s still looking good.”
Hauritz has dismissed Tendulkar once before in Test cricket, almost 10 years ago in Mumbai, and he said he wouldn’t mind doing it again.
“We need to get him out early on day three if we want to put them (India) under pressure,” he said.
“We’ve got to win this Test to save the series and that means we’ve got to bowl them out twice.
“That won’t be an easy assignment.
“Hopefully, I can get a chance to have a long bowl and give it (the ball) a rip.”