Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who bagged the ICC Cricketer of the Year award on Wednesday, lauded coach Gary Kirsten for India's overall success in recent times.
"Gary has been instrumental in making our batters play a plenty of deliveries in the practice session. During net practice, he himself bowls thousands and thousands of balls," Tendulkar said after receiving the award.
"Gary has been an important member of the Indian squad and along with the other support staff. I have enjoyed my game under him. He is really putting a lot of efforts," he added.
Tendulkar who has been an integral part of Indian Cricket in the past two decades or so was collecting his first major award. He was really glad that his effort was recognised by the ICC and the fans across the globe.
He said that he is really hopeful of winning the World Cup for India next year. The World Cup is will be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
"It is a big tournament. It is not only my dream but of the entire country. We are working really hard for it. We still have five months to go, we will focus on tournaments before the World Cup and would like to carry the good form to the World Cup."
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Tendulkar, declined to compare the first ICC award of his career and India's second highest civilian award saying, "I don't want to compare any award which I won."
However, he maintained that to be honoured with Padma Bhushan was "really special."