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Sachin wants top spot for India to mark 20 years

Published: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 12:00 [IST]
 
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Sachin wants top spot for India

Chennai: Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar wants to celebrate his 20 years in international cricket by leading India to become the world's top ranked one-day team.

Tendulkar made his as debut as a 16-year-old against Pakistan in November 1989, since registering many records, including test and one-day aggregates and hundreds.

India enter the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa starting next week as strong contenders after staying unbeaten in one-day series over the past one year.

India is currently placed in third spot, just one point behind world champions Australia and South Africa going into the premier eight-team event starting on Tuesday.

"We definitely have the ability, the spirit, the desire, the hunger to get there (number one team)," the 36-year-old former skipper told a news a channel.

"Playing cricket for India means the world to me. I grew up dreaming about playing cricket for India. I am living my dream."

Tendulkar underlined his continued desire to excel, scoring his 44th one-day hundred last week to set up a tri-series final win over hosts Sri Lanka in Colombo.

"It is going to be a challenging season, a lot of cricket," he said. "I wish we had more test cricket, we only have three test matches this season."

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