WC failure made me a better cricketer: Sachin

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Asserting that there is still a lot of cricket left in him, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has maintained his earlier stand of continuing his illustrious career and added that there are still a few unfulfilled dreams that he would prefer to achieve before he bids adieu.

The 35-year-old Mumbaikar, who has a series of batting records to his name, claims that the first round exit from the 2007 World Cup was something that really hurt him.

However, the batting genius said the World Cup debacle gave him an added motivation to work harder on his game and helped him emerge a more sound cricketer.

In an interview to CNN's Talk Asia programme, Tendulkar talked about at length on his life, career and retirement.

''There's definitely cricket left in me,'' Tendulkar asserted.

''It (2007 World Cup) was a disappointing moment...A huge disappointing moment. But I came back and I started working.. On my game. I trained harder and I wanted to perform better,'' he said.

While other cricketers only dreamt of batting great Sir Donald Bradman, Tendulkar managed to attract Australia's run machine, who once said, ''Sachin reminds me of my playing days and had I been playing in this era, this (Sachin) is how I would have batted.'' However, Tendulkar himself admires West Indies' Brian Lara for his special batting talent.

''I think that someone that I would like to watch is Brian Lara.

I think he's special,'' Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar also added that with so much of media attention on cricket, the game has come under a scanner and at times it is made a mountain out of a mole hill.

''Now that there's a lot of media attention on the players, and everything is put under a microscope so sometimes it's blown out of proportion, sometimes the player is at fault,'' Tendulklar said.


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