Tendulkar, along with Mumbai coach Ashok Mankad and captain Sameer Dighe, were talking to the media after Mumbai had registered an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Tamil Nadu to enter the Ranji Trophy final, the premier domestic competition in India.
Sachin admitted that even though they had taken the lead, he felt the match was still open. The lead was of only five runs and two days were still to go.
He complimented the bowlers for doing a fine job in the second innings. They had bowled really well always keeping the pressure on the Tamil Nadu batsmen. ''It was not that they were taking wickets at every ball, but they bowled a disciplined line-and-length and kept the pressue on,'' he added.
On his own innings, which gave Mumbai the important first innings lead, Sachin said he was very determined and focussed. ''I had decided to hang in there to the very end.''
Sachin said that when Kambli and he were batting, it looked like they would make it easily. However, Kambli got out and then Amol Mujumdar. ''We had a good partnership going before Amol got out. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals, which meant that the pressure was always on us,'' he added.
Sachin also had words of appreciation for Hemang Badani, the Tamil Nadu batsman who made a superb hundred in the first innings and was the only one to stand up to the Mumbai bowling in the second. On whether he is ready for Test cricket, Sachin said it was too early to pass any comment. "I have not seen him much, but over here he showed class and character."
The Mumbai coach also praised the Tamil Nadu team. He said they were a good side, but felt they lacked in the spin bowling department.