Age has not changed his approach to the game

Published: Saturday, April 24, 2004, 20:50 [IST]
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Mumbai:Under the scanner over his performance in Pakistan, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who turns 31 on Saturday, said that he has not changed his game much nor has age affected his approach.

"I dont think I have changed much. May be a little bit here and there as you cannot change the original game you have," he said, adding age has not changed his approach towards the game.

On his performance in the just concluded series against Pakistan, which has come under media scrutiny, he said "Probably I could have performed better. But as a whole I am satisfied with the performance as the team won both the One-day and Test series."

"I still feel young like when I started of as a Test player. But it is a sort of in-between age (31), neither young nor old," Tendulkar said.

He thanked his fans for their support and said the fact that his birthday was celebrated in such a manner every year was a great feeling.

"I am really surprised that each year April 24 is made out to be an event. But it is a great feeling and I would take this opportunity to thank my fans."

Commenting on West Indian skipper Brian Lara's record-breaking knock of 400 not out against England, Tendulkar said it was a great performance by him.

"Records are meant to be broken. I only hope that this fantastic record will not be broken in a hurry as it is a great achievement from a great player."

The master-blaster, however, denied that bowlers world over were losing their sting even though three Test batting records were made in the last 10 years.

"It is the batting that has improved and five years down the line things might change," he said.

Asked about his plans to write a book on his experiences over the years, Tendulkar said he was thinking on those lines and might pen down something after he hangs his boots.

He, however, denied that he had any ambition to become a full time businessman after retiring from cricket and said, "I am not a businessman but a cricketer. The business part is handled by Sanjay Narang on whom I have full trust in running the restaurant and I don't want to involve myself much."

Tendulkar had launched a chain of restaurants named after him a couple of years ago the second of which is to be inaugurated shortly.

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