Don't over-react about my form, Sachin to critics

Published: Sunday, August 4, 2002, 0:49 [IST]
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Worcester (England): Sachin Tendulkar has a message for those who have made a big hue and cry about his failure in the first Test at Lord's - "don't over-react". His captain Saurav Ganguly too wants "people to go a little easy" on the master batsman. Tendulkar hit a stupendous 169 against Worcestershire on Friday including over hundred runs in the final session and then made his point in a humble manner.

"I think people are just over-reacting, I know what I am doing," said Tendulkar as he made his way to the team's coach bus wading his way through hundreds of spectators seeking his autograph. Tendulkar failed in both the innings of the Lord's Test, scoring 16 runs and 12 runs, as India crashed to a 170-run defeat against England to be one-down in the four-Test series. "I am worried about what I need to do rather than worry about what people write about me," said the maestro "I just want to go out and play my game."

Tendulkar said he understood the expectations were high where his performance was concerned but added "expectations are high because people write these things... People just worry". Tendulkar mentioned his performance in recent matches, both in Tests and One-day Internationals, to drive home his point. "In the last five or six Tests, I have scored over 400 runs. Even in the One-day championships, I have scored 350 runs so I am not bothered."

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