The current decade may belong to Virat Kohli; however, at the start of the past decade, Sachin Tendulkar was most under focus in anticipation of completing a unique feat. It would be a long time before the Master Blaster reached that and there were several close calls in between where he could have made it but couldn’t. English fast bowler Tim Bresnan shared one such moment and revealed the aftermath of Sachin Tendulkar’s failure to reach the milestone.
In the 2011 World Cup game against South Africa, Sachin reached his 99th international hundred, being one away from completing a century of centuries. Hence, every time he came out to bat, the 47-year old was under pressure with the fans’ eyes glued on him, waiting for the glorious moment. Sadly, Tendulkar got close on many occasions but also got paltry scores amongst those.
But the 4th Test at the Oval against England in 2011 was when Sachin Tendulkar reached well within its sights. The right-handed batsman was at 91 when Tim Bresnan bowled a delivery that swung from the off-stump and struck Tendulkar on the pad in front of the leg-stump. Bresnan made a loud appeal, and umpire Rod Tucker adjudged him out on that occasion, making the dream come crashing down. After winning all four Tests, the Englishmen dethroned India from the number one Test spot.
Sachin Tendulkar was on 99 international hundreds, and there were no referrals in that series because the BCCI didn’t like them: Tim Bresnan
Speaking about the same, Bresnan told that the ball that he bowled was probably missing leg, and Rod Tucker went on to signal him out. Post that, the two men received death threats over social media due to the controversial decision. The Yorkshire pacer also claimed that Tucker arranged for security protection around his residence in Australia.
“It was at The Oval in the last Test of the series. This ball, it was probably missing leg anyway, and umpire Hill [Tucker], Aussie lad, shot him out. He was on 80-odd as well , definitely going to get it [his century]. We win the series and go to number one in the world. We both got death threats, me and this umpire, we got death threats for ages after,” the 35-year-old said as quoted by India Today.
I got them on Twitter and he had people writing to him to his home address and stuff, getting proper death threats going, ‘How dare you give him out? It was missing leg.’ I caught up with him a few months later and he was like, ‘Mate, I’ve had to get a security guard and stuff.’ He had police protection around his gaff in Australia,” he added.
Against Bangladesh in 2012, the Mumbai batsman finally managed to breach the 100 international centuries mark by reaching his 49th ODI ton. Nevertheless, the match resulted in a loss for India and Sachin Tendulkar was criticised for playing slowly.