Mission World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar Blasts Query On Retirement And Keeps His Options Open For 2015 Tournament In Australia
Mission World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar blasts query on retirement and keeps his options open for 2015 tournament in Australia'The day I don't have it, I will think about retirement', sporting great declares By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Krishna+Kumar Krishna Kumar]
Published: 21:01 BST, 25 March 2012 | Updated: 00:27 BST, 26 March 2012
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The most prolific run machine to have ever taken the cricket field is in no hurry to return to the pavilion.
Like crisp drives dripping off his chunky willow, Sachin Tendulkar smilingly, emphatically and eloquently fielded questions from senior journalists at the Grand Hyatt in Santa Cruz on Sunday.
The Master Blaster refused to rule himself out for the 2015 World Cup, indicating that he was taking fresh guard for a long innings after scaling the 'tons of tons' summit.
Ready for anything: Sachin Tendulkar appeared relaxed and in good spirits during his interview with journalists yesterday
Asked whether he would be available for the next edition of the tournament that will be held in Australia and New Zealand, the man who turns 39 next month gave a cutting reply: 'The same question was put to me after the 2007 World Cup and my response then was that it's too far in the future.
It's the same now.'
'The same question was put to me after the 2007 World Cup and my response then was that it's too far in the future. It's the same now.'
Since his 1989 debut against Pakistan, Tendulkar has amassed nearly 34,000 international runs and notched up his 100th century against Bangladesh earlier this month to cement his place as the greatest batsman statistically.
His contemporaries Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid have already quit international cricket but Tendulkar does not seem inclined to hang up his boots, at least in the one-day format of the game, anytime soon.
Replying to another query, the right-handed batsman said he would continue to play cricket till he had passion and commitment for the game: 'The day I don't have it, I will think about retirement.'
Kapil Dev, Imran Khan and some other former greats as well as experts and commentators had expressed the opinion that Tendulkar should have quit playing One-Day Internationals when India won the 2011 World Cup.
Man of action: Tendulkar plays a shot during the Asia Cup tournament earlier this month
The media, too, was abuzz with reports on how the legendary cricketer's lingering presence was blocking the entry of younger players into the team.
The Little Master, however, dismissed detractors with the same nonchalance with which he handles the world's most intimidating bowlers: 'There are many (critics) who would have opinions. That is all they have. If I have to decide, then it is something that I would decide.'
Tendulkar, who seldom loses his cool, continued in the blunt vein: 'When I first started playing cricket, it was on my own. Those who are advising me about my retirement did not bring me into the team.'
HAIR'S WHAT HE SAID
Like everything else about him, Sachin Tendulkar's latest hairdo has generated considerable buzz among commentators and his fans.
But the Master Blaster said on Sunday that there was no particular reason for his 'straight act'.
In the recently concluded Asia Cup, Tendulkar had done away with his traditional close-cropped curly hair and was sporting straight and longer hair.
Some speculated that the change had been carried out to bring better luck since Tendulkar had failed to score his 100th international century during the past one year.
Asked why he has straightened out his curly locks, Tendulkar merely smiled and said: https://lost.trade/index.php?title=Batting_For_Britain_-_A_Rare_Breed_Of_Hero:_JACK_HOBBS:_ENGLAND_apos;S_GREATEST_CRICKETER_BY_LEO_MCINSTRY 'I just felt like growing my hair but there is no reason for it.'
He said the year 2011 was among the 'toughest in his life' and while there was endless criticism, he 'didn't lose faith in his own abilities'.
He reiterated the fact that he considered it 'selfish to retire when on the top, because when you are on the top you should serve the country instead of retiring'.
The master batsman also opened up about his personal life.
When asked who his biggest hero was, pat came the cricketer's reply: 'My hero is my father (the late Ramesh Tendulkar) because he is the one with whom everything started in my life. I follow my father as a person; I have always wanted to be like him.'
And what was the best compliment to have come his way?
Tendulkar said it was when he was included in Don Bradman's all-time Test XI.
Admitting that he was under tremendous pressure to score his 100th hundred, he said while shutting himself to media reports and others, he couldn't avoid people whom he came across daily.
And everyone had the same question. He, however, added that the wait for his 100th hundred - it stretched to over a year - was lesser when compared with his 22-year wait to get to lift the World Cup trophy.
There were also occasions that caught the maestro off-guard, like when a child in the audience asked him for some batting tips.
Tendulkar hesitated, but then smiled and said: 'Work hard, have a big heart and don't take short cuts.'
Sporting his now-famous indefinable haircut (his wife Anjali, who was in one corner of the room, diplomatically avoided commenting on it), and dressed lightly in jeans and an off-white tee with muted gold embellishments, Sachin also made it amply clear where he stood on the dressing room row over Team India's policy of rotating senior players.
'I am a firm believer of the rule that what is discussed in team meetings does not leave the dressing room,' he said, leaving no one in doubt that his target was team captain M.S. Dhoni.
No time for goodbyes: Tendulkar hasn't ruled out playing in further Tests
On Virat Kohli, the man seen as the Next Big Thing in Indian cricket, Tendulkar said he was a good cricketer.
While hoping that the Delhi lad would continue to turn in big performances for the country for a long period, Tendulkar added that there were other good players in the team, too, who needed to be praised.
On whether his own records would ever be broken, he said: 'Records are meant to be broken,' pointing out that he would be happy 'if an Indian breaks the record'.
Regarding whether Tendulkar played to go past milestones, he replied: 'We don't set targets in team meetings about records.'
The sky's the limit: Tendulkar says that, while he might not be able to compete physically against younger players, mentally he has an advantage
Having made history, Tendulkar could now happily declare: 'I have had two dreams.
One was to play for India and the other was to lift the World Cup. Both have been fulfilled.'
Now, he seemed to be saying, he would like to do what he had always wanted to - just enjoy the game he is 'madly' in love with.
I see my setbacks as a reason to work harder
By SOURISH BHATTACHARYYA and KRISHNA KUMAR
Dedicated family man: Sachin, pictured with his wife Anjali, said his family is his source of strength
When Sachin Tendulkar walked into a sterile board room in one of the hidden corners of the cavernous ballroom area of the Grand Hyatt in Santa Cruz, he looked as if he had come prepared to unburden his feelings.
He had that glow of relief you see in a person before he makes a major confession. And unburden he did - smilingly, emphatically, eloquently - stretching what was to be a 30-minute interaction with senior journalists to about an hour, answering each question at length.
When a journalist politely brought up the subject of his age (he's a month short of 39, but he kept referring to himself as a 37-year-old), Sachin said: 'It depends on how you look at it. Yes, it's a different body, but there's a big difference between the mind of a 17- year-old and that of a 37-year-old.
The way I see it the glass is half full.'
Defending the team management's decision to 'rest' certain players, Sachin said they had sustained serious injuries, especially during the England tour, and needed time to recover.
'The team needs to take care of the players,' he said.
Taking place a day before Mukesh and Nita Ambani's grand party to celebrate Sachin's 100th hundred (and ironically, two days before the BCCI's felicitation of Rahul Dravid, whose decision to hang up his bat is being held up as an example for Sachin to follow), the interaction started with the man talking about the painful build-up to the landmark.
Was he also obsessing about it like the rest of the country?
'When you get about a hundred reminders a day, you have to think about it,' he said.
Even hotel housekeepers would tell him how they were praying for his 100th ton.
'You have to listen to them,' the icon said.
'I just wanted to enjoy the game. I wanted to go out and contribute as many runs as possible. I was really pleased with the way I was playing, and I believed luck was on my side, but somewhere the hype entered my subconscious,' he added.
Remembering the 369 days when the nation was on tenterhooks, Sachin said: 'It taught me patience.
I always use disappointments and setbacks to work harder. This game can be cruel at times.'
When he scored his historic century, Sachin recalled, he looked up and asked God, 'It's been a tough time for me. Why? What was it that I lacked?
Was it my commitment?'
What's changed in the changing room? The sound of music
Familiar sound: Singer Pitbull
Sachin may be firm about the principle of what happens in the dressing room, stays in the dressing room, but he can't stop grinning from ear to ear about one secret he's happy to share.
What is different about the dressing room now, asked one journalist, with the team's age graph dipping because of the inclusion of young men who were barely out of their diapers when Sachin got his first Test cap?
'The only difference is the music playing in the dressing room,' he said with a chuckle.
'It's completely different. I can't even pronounce the names of some the people whose music the younger players love.'
One of young Team India's favourites is Pitbull (a.k.a.
Armando Christian Perez), a name Sachin is familiar with, because the American rapper is also his son Arjun's favourite.
CELEBRATION OF ONE HUNDREDTH HUNDRED IS IN THE CAN
Coca Cola India will roll out 7.2 lakh 'golden cans' featuring Sachin Tendulkar to commemorate his historic 100th century earlier this month.
'We have put out 7.2 lakh golden cans and we don't think they will last many days,' Coca Cola India marketing director Wasim Basir said.
'Wherever we traditionally distribute cans, these cans would be available there,' he added.
The 38-year-old cricketer scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match on March 16, scoring 114 off 147 deliveries.
While nine of such cans in different colours have been launched in the markets in 2011, displaying the centuries personally picked by Sachin, the 10th limited edition golden can was put on hold awaiting his 100th ton.