Sachin Tendulkar's stunning century against Australia made good on his insistence to still be hungry for more runs as the India batsman notched his 49th Test century in Bangalore.
Opening batsman Murali Vijay scored his maiden Test century in a 308-run partnership with India's number four batsman. Tendulkar finished day three unbeaten on 191.
The 37-year-old legend has been in peak form in 2010, racking up six centuries in only nine Tests as well as scoring 98 runs in India’s thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in Mohali.
The leading all-time Test run scorer is also on the cusp of becoming the first man to make 50 Test match centuries, with 49 to his name in a 171 match career.
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Always room for more runs
Speaking at the ICC Awards ceremony in Bengaluru last week, Tendulkar - who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year accolade - stated his desire to keep piling on the runs after his record breaking year.
The Little Master said: "Batsmen are never full, there is always room to fill up your bag with more runs.
"It’s been a fabulous year, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
"There have been challenges along the way and that is what cricket is about - it teaches you on and off the field about pressure.
"I’d like to say that it’s been a fantastic year for the team as well and hopefully we can continue."
Honours board envy
One landmark he is yet to reach however, is a century at the Home of Cricket.
The famous Lord’s Honours Boards are missing some of the game's most accomplished figures, including Brian Lara, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting.
Lord’s hosts the first of India’s four npower Test matches with England next summer, as well as the fourth NatWest One Day International.
One last chance?
Tendulkar has a disappointing highest Test score of just 37 at the Home of Cricket from four visits. The Mumbai-born batsman will be 38 should he choose to tour England next summer.
However, the motivation of finally putting right his record at the greatest ground in the world could prove the ideal spur to keep the runs flowing.
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