"Ton in Chennai, Post 26/11 my best" :Tendulkar

Published: Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:38 [IST]
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Sachin rates Chennai Ton as career best

Mumbai: Maestro batsmen said that the century that he scored in Chennai against England that helped India chase 387 runs in the fourth innings post Mumbai terror attacks 26/11 as the best in his career.

It was not about the Test match but about something which happened two weeks before that. Something that had happened in Mumbai. It was difficult to prepare for a Test (under those circumstances). It was gracious of England to come here," Tendulkar, who alongwith wife Anjali, hosted a fund-raising dinner for the Crusade against Cancer Foundation.

He recounted how England had dominated almost the whole encounter until Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir brought back India in the contest.

"Generally when we win, it is the ground-smen who run to congratulate us, but on that day the grounds-women rushed to congratulate us. It was just because of something that had numbed the nation," he said.

"By no means India winning a Test match could compensate the lives lost. But for our team, we had succeeded in bringing a fraction of a smile on the faces of the people. That is why the hundred in Chennai Test match will be the best (of my career)," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 100 to turn the match for India which Inida eventually won by six wickets chasing a target of 387.

"As a child I had dreamt of playing for India and I am still living my dream. Hopefully, I am good enough to play for some more time. When I play cricket, the centre of focus should be cricket and nothing else. I may explore what I want to do when I retire from cricket. Right now I want to focus my energies on cricket," he added.

Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in the year 1989 in Karachi and he told the audience present that he was too nervous to remember his first runs of the bat. He has scored over 31000 international runs since.

"I dont remember my first run. The first match was a blur. I dont remember walking in. I was asking myself whether I belonged here. I was told by my seniors to spend sometime in the middle and luckily I could do it," he said.

Tendulkar said he did not regret quitting Twenty 20 internationals after playing just one match in this form of the game. "I made a decision in 2008 and will stick to that," he added.


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