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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar: Not Thinking About the Landmark

Millions across the world have been waiting for his historic 100th century but Sachin Tendulkar says that he would prefer to just enjoy the game without thinking much about the hype surrounding the landmark.

"Well, it is easier said than done. It is just a number.

But yes, I mean, there has been lot of hype around that and I want to enjoy cricket and I think that is important," Tendulkar told a channel in an interview.

"In the series, certainly focus would be on enjoying cricket and winning," the iconic batsman said.

Tendulkar scored his 99th century in Nagpur versus South Africa in March last year during the World Cup.

Incidentally, his last Test hundred was also against the Proteas at Cape Town in January, last year.

India is currently closed in a four-Test series against Australia with the second match heavily moved in favour of the hosts after the second day's play here.


Asked how he works on for a match, Tendulkar said his preparations start much before the game.

"I just pack my bags on the eve of the match. For me, the planning starts may be a week before the game, if there is not much time between the matches, then you similarly need to switch off and switch on before the game. So it will depend on the time I have before a game," he said.
Tendulkar has broken the majority of records in international cricket but the champion batsman said from the time he picked up his cricket bat, it has been a wonderful quest and his love for the game also is still the same.

"I don't remember picking up a cricket bat the first time. I must have been 4 or 5 years old, like just any other child in India", Tendulkar said.

"It is fun to pick up a bat and hit the ball as hard as possible and that passion and love for cricket expanded as time went by and it has been a great journey and still madly in love with the sport."

Asked about his first experience of playing international cricket, Tendulkar said: "It was quite an experience to remember. Well, I got out after scoring 15 runs and thought, probably, I was not good enough to play at this level and I was just hoping that I get another opportunity."

He has been playing international cricket for the last two decades and Tendulkar said the most defining moment in time of his life was the phase when he first read his name in the newspapers after his performance in school-level cricket.

"When I saw that, it changed everything. The first hundred that I scored changed everything and I would say that phase was the most defining moment of my life."

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