London: England's pace spearhead James Anderson says the hype around the Lord's Test may affect Sachin Tendukar, who is geared up to score his 100th international century during the game. It will also be the 100th England-India Test and the 2,000th in the history of the game.
"Having watched the way Sachin Tendulkar has made some of his 99 international hundreds over the years, you would have thought he'd be the last person to be affected by the fuss about making his 100th at Lord's," Anderson said in his column in The Daily Mail.
"But you only had to see the nonsense that went on the last time we played there to see how the Lord's factor can affect people. As England players, we consider it a privilege to play at the home of cricket and I've no doubt all touring teams feel the same. The history, the atmosphere, everything about the place and the fact that there's always the thought at the back of your mind that you might be playing there for the last time all add up to make the experience uniquely intense and enjoyable," he said.
Anderson said that for Tendulkar, whose highest at the Lord's is 37, the hype around the first Test starting Thursday could be detrimental.
"But with everyone so aware of the milestone and the fact that he has never made a hundred at Lord's, the hype might possibly have a detrimental effect on their side as a whole.
"I knew Sachin had never made a century at Lord's, but I didn't realise his highest Test score there was only 37. I wouldn't for a moment think he will allow the prospect of allowing his 100th ton at headquarters blur his focus. If they allow themselves to think too much about Sachin and what he might achieve next week, it could work in our favour," said Anderson.
Asked where would he bowl to get Tendulkar out, Anderson said: "There aren't many places, to be honest. But at Lord's this week, we will aim to starve India's master batsman of runs and hope we hang in long enough for him to make a mistake."
Anderson, however, not to sledge against Tendulkar.
"One thing I probably won't be trying against Sachin is sledging him. We won't make him overly welcome, of course, but in my experience if you try to get into him verbally, it normally makes him even more determined to dig in," he said.