Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has described the Sydney Cricket Ground as his favourite ground outside India.
In four matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Tendulkar has scored 664 runs at an average of 221.33 from seven innings. He has two centuries and a double century, with a highest score of an unbeaten 241.
“The SCG has obviously been my favourite ground away from India,” Tendulkar said on a video released by the SCG Trust on Friday.
“It’s a terrific ground, a special place. I love the atmosphere. It’s wonderful.
“There are these certain grounds where you walk out there feeling you’re going to do well and the SCG is one of those grounds where I feel comfortable.”
The SCG Trust and Cricket NSW hope the occasion and the expectations of Tendulkar achieving the milestone in the 100th Test at the historic ground will see a rush for tickets to walk through the baffle gates.
A modest 14,600 have been sold for day one, 8,500 for day two, almost 7000 for day three and 1600 for day four.
Cricket NSW chief executive Dave Gilbert described the figures as disappointing compared to the previous series against India four years ago.
“With Tendulkar chasing his 100th hundred and given his record at the SCG we hope that translates into a big walk-up,” Gilbert said.
“The attendance in Melbourne was a record so the interest is certainly there this week.
“It’s been a late start to the international season given Australia was in South Africa but we’re confident sales will pick up.”