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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Tendulkar eyeing Lord's Test ton
Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar has scored more Test centuries than any other batsman
Sachin Tendulkar admits it would be a dream come true to score a century at Lord's in what is likely to be his final Test there, starting on Thursday.

The 34-year-old has scored 37 Test tons, but does not have his name on the honours board at the home of cricket.

Tendulkar's highest score in five Test innings at Lord's is 31.

"It's an extremely special ground for me. This is a ground where all the batters dream of getting a hundred and I'm no different," he said.

Tendulkar, who has scored 10,922 runs and who is the leading all-time Test century-maker, did score 125 for the Rest of the World against MCC in 1998.

And he added: "The first time I ever saw Lord's on television was when India were in the 1983 World Cup final.

"I was only 10 and didn't really know what was happening, but I joined in all the celebrations even though I was too young to understand it.

I'm not looking too much into the future, just the next three Test matches

India skipper Rahul Dravid

"It's extremely special to be out in the middle at Lord's and one would want to make the most of it.

"I also remember visiting here as a 14-year-old kid and I had a photo of myself taken sat next to the sight screen at the Nursery End - as a kid you have big dreams and one of them was to be out there and play.

"It looks like this is going to be my last England tour but that doesn't make things different.

"God knows what's in store for me, but the previous tour to England was 2002 and now it is 2007 so it might be that 2011 or 2012 could be the next time we're here and that would take a special effort.

"I've never disclosed my targets as such. Certain things I keep to myself which nobody knows about, not even my family. It motivates me and pushes me to go out and do my best for the team.

"I'm enjoying playing and that is the reason why I walk on the cricket field. The most important thing is my love of the game."

Meanwhile, India skipper Rahul Dravid said he was looking forward to facing England spinner Monty Panesar in the series.

Dravid got his first taste of Panesar's talent in March 2006 when he was bowled by the debutant left-armer in the second innings in Nagpur.

Panesar had earlier taken his first Test wicket, that of India's most prolific run-scorer Tendulkar.

Since then Panesar, 25, has established himself as one of the best spinners in the world, taking 65 wickets in 17 Tests, although India's formidable batting line-up will present a stern test of his credentials.

"He's been bowling very well and had a lot of success over the last year," said the 34-year-old Dravid.

"He has improved since his first tour of India but we look forward to the challenge of playing him over the summer, it should be a good challenge for Monty and ourselves."

Like Tendulkar, Dravid knows that this is likely to be his final Test series in England, while others such as 32-year-old VVS Laxman and former skipper Sourav Ganguly could also be saying farewell.

"We're really not too concerned about whether it's the final tour or not, there is no additional pressure on us," said Dravid, who has played 109 Tests.

"Every time you play for your country there's pressure and responsibility that comes with it. I'm not looking too much into the future, just the next three Test matches."



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