I had sleepless nights, frustrated days: Sachin

Published: Saturday, June 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Since the shoulder operation in March, Sachin Tendulkar has been itching to return to action but with his recovery taking longer than expected, time the Master Blaster revealed he had his days of frustrations and sleepless nights.

''It's hard to express what it's like, but there have been sleepless nights, there have been days full of frustration where you just want to get back in action but the body doesn't cooperate even if your mind is ready to go out there and do it,'' a dejected Tendulkar told ''Cricinfo'' magazine.

Tendulkar, who skipped the West Indies tour and is hoping to return before the August tri-series in Sri Lanka, said it was not easy living life without playing cricket and it affects the psyche as well.

''Your thought process changes. When you have a fit body, you think differently, but when you're not 100 per cent fit, or you've just overcome an injury, then your mind works differently,'' he explained.

''It's not like a fracture where you know it'll heal in four weeks. It's not easy to forget the injuries. There are times when you spend some time in the middle and the body complains. That's when you need to hold back a bit and take it easy for a couple of practice sessions,'' he explained.

The Little Champion is not amused by claims that the wears and tears of time had taken their toll on him and he has been forced to change his approach to batting.

''I've never understood that aspect of the criticism. Change is part of our lives, and as you get older, you try to reach your destination in safer ways.

''Let me give you a small example. Earlier when I used to hit the ball in the air and get out, people used to say, Why can't you play all along the ground? It's simple. You don't need to hit the ball in the air.' ''Now, when I play all along the ground, people say: Why don't you hit the ball in the air nowadays?' Basically, people are not satisfied with what one does,'' he added.

He was also all praise for the youngsters who have been instrumental behind Team India's brilliant run in the One-dayers.

''The newer crop is talented, and they're match-winners. Even the bowlers - Munaf (Patel) has done well; (S) Sreesanth has been quite consistent; and Irfan's been around now for three years.

He's been delivering quite consistently with both bat and ball.

When the batting hasn't been up to expectations, the bowlers have made it a point to bowl some wonderful spells, and vice versa.

''We've got players who are fit and raring to go, with brilliant attitudes. With (coach Greg) Chappell around, it's a perfect combination,'' he added.

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