Tendulkar targets 2011 World Cup

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009, 12:27 [IST]
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Tendulkar targets 2011 World Cup

Mumbai: Winning 2011 world cup is my ultimate aim, said India's master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in an interview with Wisden Cricketer.

Tendulkar also said that he is aiming for amassing 15,000 runs in Test cricket.

"I am not pleased yet with what I have done. Sunil Gavaskar has told me that I have to get to 15,000 runs. He said he would be angry with me and would come and catch me if I didn't. I admire him so much and to score that many would be a terrific achievement, but that is not the only aim."

Tendulkar revealed that injuries in the recent past has forced him to make slight modifications in his game.

"I always play in pain, all the time. I played with a broken finger for the last three months, but you know when pain is manageable or not, and most of the time I can do it. I can still do what I did when I was 25 but the body is changing, so your thought process has to change too. I have had to change how I think, which is about taking less risk."

Sachin sharply reacted to Buchannn's criticism that Master Blaster was a bit vulnerable to short pitched deliveries early on his innings.

Reacting to John Buchanan"s comments that the Little Master was a bit vulnerable to short pitched stuff early on in his innings, Sachin said:

"It is his personal opinion; John Buchanan doesn't have to be right all the time. If I couldnt handle short deliveries, then I wouldn't still be scoring runs. Maybe he needs to change his opinion. There must be something very wrong with all the bowlers around the world that they have allowed me to score so many runs."

Sachin Tendulkar dismissed any chance of an early retirement from international cricket.


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