Former England skipper Allan Lamb has fondly remembered Sachin Tendulkar's first Test ton which he scored back in 1990 in Manchester. Lamb gave a life to Tendulkar in his innings as he became the youngest Indian to score a Test ton at 17 years and 112 days.
Ahead of India’s tour opener against England in Birmingham on Wednesday, the former England batsman could foresee a Tendulkar in Kohli.
“He's going to upset some people in the way but if he keeps scoring runs like this, he could come close to Tendulkar's record (100 international hundreds) especially with age on his side. He also plays all three formats of the game,” said Lamb, adding, “Sachin was very lucky because I put him down at slips. I made his career!”
“The shot he played against Devon Malcolm was probably the only rash stroke. He snicked it to me at head height and I palmed it over my head for four! I should've caught that,” he remembered.
Lamb himself scored 109 off 141 balls but his knocked was outclassed by a young Tendulkar who was just starting his way to stardom. “For a 17-year-old to come in and bat like that; you could see it straightaway. When he came out in Manchester, he just had so much time to play his shots. He was very selective in his strokeplay, very mature for a player of his age. He didn't play too many rash shots and was good all around the wicket." he said.
India five-match Test series against England starts with the first Test in Edgbaston from Wednesday.
(Inputs from Sportstar Live)