Bangalore : Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar after achieving the historic 14,000 mark in test cricket said that playing for the country has been his dream since childhood and every moment in his career of 20 years have been enjoyable for him.
“I have always been focused towards my game. When I started playing cricket, I never had any goals but always wanted to perform for my country and as long as I play for India, my focus will remain so," Tendulkar told the official broadcasters . He added, “Playing for India for 20 years has been magnificent."
The little master said that he had focused really hard on his batting in the past couple of years with a great deal of support from coach Gary Kristen, he also expressed his gladness on the entire team's performance which has been no short of marvelous in the past years.
“It has always been a fantastic feeling to be a part of a successful team," said the maestro.
When questioned regarding his fitness, Sachin said he works really hard and leads a routined to stay fit at all the times, but there are times when he also has to go through a bit of jitters in between.
Asked about how India is going to approach the remaining three days of the test, he said, “It is going to be a challenge for us. The wicket is slow and has uneven bounce. We need to try and get good partnerships. We need to stay at the wicket but it is going to be hard work."
Tendulkar's latest achievement of 14,000 runs has been applauded by the fans all over the world, along with team mate Murali Vijay and Marcus North from the opposition side.
“I am living my dream now. Sachin was my childhood hero and I am lucky to bat along side with him now. It is unbelievable. I am just enjoying that feel. It is a different kind of feel for me." Vijay expressed.
Marcus North was not far behind praising the efforts of the Master Blaster expressing, “His feat of 14,000 plus runs is very special. I guess it is a credit to his career."
“In the pressures of Test cricket, he has had a long journey. He has proven to be a class player." North added.
However from the games point of view North was pretty optimistic of seeing Sachin's back early on the third day.“We will somehow work hard and remove him pretty quickly tomorrow." North said.
"Playing against someone who has had 14,000 plus runs as I have just got in to my first 1,000 runs, speaks as to how much he is respected," the Australian added.