London, Jun 3: Sachin Tendulkar may have several closets full of accolades and several reems of books mentioning his achievements and feats, but the Little Mater says that he is still not satisfied in his career as he considers satisfaction the beginning of stagnation.
"When you win something or score a century you say you are happy, but not satisfied. Satisfaction is like engaging the handbrake and hoping a car moves forward," Tendulkar told the latest issue of a leading sports magazine.
Tendulkar reasserted that he is not contemplating retirement despite having chalked up more than two decades in international cricket.
"I still love cricket as much as ever. It is my job, but it is also my passion. Cricket remains in my heart, I don't need anything else to motivate me. I dreamed of playing for my country when I was young and it is still my dream, it is still fun for me," the 38-year-old right-hander said.
Tendulkar attributed his longevity and recent success to a stringent fitness regime, not playing Twenty20 Internationals and bowling only sparingly.
"I am still learning about the game. I figure something out about my batting all the time, you have to keep your mind open. I learn all the time, those small adjustments, with your footwork or bat swing can improve your game, I love doing that. You never know everything. Mentally that makes you feel so good. That is the best form of preparation," Tendulkar said.
Reminiscing about India's recent World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years, Tendulkar said when the point of victory arrived, he wasn't ready to charge ont the field, nor was he even on the balcony watching his teammates. Rather with hands joined together, and eyes closed, he was praying.
Tendulkar described the experience as "a different kind of feeling, a high, like living on a different planet, it felt as though I was flying."