Nagpur:Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday said his 40th Test century was very satisfying because it came in the series-deciding fourth and final match against Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
"This match is very important in deciding the series and making a century in this match is very satisfying," said the ace batsman at the end of the first day's play at the newly built VCA stadium in Jamtha.
Tendulkar made 109, his 10th ton against Australia and fourth in this city, before getting out at the fag end of the day after coming in when India were in some trouble at 116 for three before lunch.
He put on 146 runs with VVS Laxman, playing in his 100th Test, to pull the hosts around to a close of play total of 303 for five.
Tendulkar said India were in a good position now though ideally it should have not lost more than three wickets at close.
"We are in a good position. But we should have lost not more than three wickets. The wicket is helping the spinners and has some bounce too. We have an advantage in winning the toss but we need to put a good total and more importantly need to get the opposition out for a small score," he said.
Tendulkar said he was playing well without getting to three figures in the last seven games.
"I am batting well but three-figure innings eluded me. But that is not everything. I am more satisfied that on four occasions (in the period) I have played crucial innings and contributed to the team's purpose," he said.
Tendulkar, dropped twice in the deep when on 85 and then 96 off debutant off-spinner Jason Krezja, did not agree that the Australian bowler was unlucky and also said there were no specific plans for attacking him.
"I don't think he was unlucky. There were no specific plans to attack him but we played the ball on merit," he said.
Tendulkar said the planned retirement of Sourav Ganguly after this match had not taken the focus of the team or the player himself.
"The emotions are under control. Even Sourav had not thought about it when he walked out to bat. Once you cross the line the thought process changes and the focus is there (on the immediate issue at hand)," he said.
He also did not agree with the view that after having crossed Brian Lara's record for the highest number of Test runs at Mohali in the second Test, he's batting more freely. "I don't think so. I have batted as per the situation and pitch conditions," he said.
The champion batsman complimented debutant opener Murali Vijay by saying the 24-year-old youngster, pitch-forked into the Test battle against the world champions, batted well in making 33 and putting on 98 for the first wicket with Virender Sehwag who made a quick-fire 66.
"Vijay batted very well. He looked calm and composed," Tendulkar said about India's latest Test player.