Sachin says nobody is bigger than game

Published: Sunday, November 9, 2008, 12:46 [IST]
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New Delhi: Even after scoring more than 25,000 runs and 80 centuries in the international cricket, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar feels that nobody is bigger than the game.

''If you start feeling that you are bigger than cricket, sooner comes the fall.

''No, never no body is bigger than game. When I started learning from my coach Ramakant Achrekar, I was told clearly by him that not only I should respect the game, I should worship cricket also and than only cricket will take care of me. I still believe in that,'' Tendulkar told 'Aaj Tak'.

Speaking about his retirement plan, Sachin said,''I am not at all thinking about retirement. And if I feel like calling it a day, I will tell the world straight. There is nothing to hide and negative when you do that.'' Tendulkar, who had alreday played in the five World Cups, however, did not make any comment when asked whether he would be there to serve India in the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.

''Every cricketer wants to be a part of a World Cup winning team. Same is the thing with me. If I get a chance to be part of a world cup winning team it will be a great thing for me,'' he added.

The 35-year-old Tendulkar said he will miss Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble with whom he shared an amazing level of understanding.

''I used to talk with Ganguly in Bengali. How correct was my language I don't know. But we had great time both on the field and off the field. While batting we both understood each other better and talking to each other.

''Similarly with Kumble I have spent a lot of time. He has played for the country for 18 long years. One can't become Ganguly or Kumble overnight; it takes years of preservance to reach that level. Surely I will miss both of them,'' he said.

Tendulkar, who has been in the international arena for last 19 years and played with so many captains, said each one had different approach from others. ''I will give you an example of contrast. I played my first tournament under Srikkanth's captaincy. Srikkanth was the one, who had a terrific sense of humour. Even today he has that thing in him. On the contrary Rahul Dravid was a very serious and focused kind of person,'' Sachin said.

Replying to a question that what is the difference between an 18-year-old Sachin and a 35-year-old-Sachin he said,''Only that of age. Cricket should be in one's heart not in age.'' Tendulkar rated his century against Australia at Perth in 1992 was the most memorable innings and also the turning point of his carrer.

''1992, Perth against Australia. I was 18-yeras-old at that time and scored my third Test century on a very difficult pitch.

In the hindsight it proved be a turning point in my carrer. I gained confidence of a lifetime on that day,'' he asserted.

Tendulkar further added that he is a complete team man and he never play for records.

''I never played for records. I always want India to win.

Team's priority has always been my priority. In a game like cricket, effort is the most important thing,'' he quipped.

Speaking about sledging, the master blaser stated that this is the part and parcel of the game, however, some time without knowing the original substance media create havoc.

''Sledging was always there but now ther are more of cameras on the field. Media also has played its part. Certain things which were under control have been projected by media as out of control,'' Tendulkar added.

Tendulkar, who had bring lot of moments for the million of spectators to cherish, have the saddest moment of his life and that was missing the World Cup in 2003 so narrowly.

''2003 World Cup final was the saddest moment of my life. We were close to winning the World Cup and we are playing really good cricket at that time. We were over aggresive in that game. Had we got that kind of chance again, I am sure we would have prepared for the game in a different manner,'' he stated.


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