Melbourne:Sachin Tendulkar may be the seventh best one-day batsman and the 18th best Test batsman in the World, according to the latest ICC rankings but does that still make him the most wanted by the Australian?
Probably so, simply because every Australian cricketer, fan, ex-player or commentator knows that the Bombay Bomber on his day can change the fortunes of a match.
It has been rated by many as the best knock of Sachin Tendulkar's Test career, the 241 he made in Sydney in 2004 came after a run of poor scores and was the perfect answer to his critics.
It was also a personal achievement for Sachin given that his first 100 runs didn't have a single boundary on the off side. The match might have ended in a draw but Sachin had once again proved how much he liked the Aussie attack.
Infact, the numbers back that as well from his 21 games vs. the world champions he has over 1800 runs at an average of over 50 and it gets even better when he is playing in Australia with an average of over 54 with 4 hundreds.
Off those 7 hundreds Sachin rates this 114 in bouncy Perth as one of his best, playing his first series down under the 34-year-old stunned most of Australia.
He has been the one player the Aussies have feared especially Shane Warne who has had nightmares of Tendulkar hitting him out of the park.
Glenn McGrath though has had more success against Tendulkar. On this occasion though the umpire seemed to have helped him out. The famous shoulder before wicket during the disastrous 1999-2000 series will always be remembered as one of the low points in Tendulkar's career vs. Australia.
But despite that he did well as a batsman in the series scoring close to 300 runs. But his captaincy during that tour left a lot to be desired as India were white washed 3-0.
While that may not happen on this tour, Sachin would no doubt want to end his career down under on a high by helping India stun not just Australia but the world by winning a series in Australia.