I will play till I have the desire, says Tendulkar

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Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 16:53 [IST]
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I play for the team, not records: Sachin

New Delhi, Mar 25: India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who recently scored his 100th century against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup said he doesn't intend to retire soon despite being criticised for over a year.

"I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team.

"I get my strength from my coaches and family. When I feel I don't have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring," he said.

The batting maestro, during a lengthy interaction with the media, hoped his record of 100 international centuries will be broken by a fellow Indian.

"I don't know. I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it's an Indian. I don't think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed) but I hope it's an Indian whenever it happens," Tendulkar, who reached the milestone during the recent Asia Cup, told reporters here.

After reaching the milestone, India went on to lose the match against Bangladesh. The batting legend said there were no celebrations despite scoring the elusive hundred.

"I don't think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration," he recalled.

Regarded as the best batsman to ever play the game, Tendulkar said being included in legendary Sir Don Bradman's all-time Test XI was the biggest compliment for him.

"I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment," he said.

When asked about India's early exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said credit should also go to the rivals who played better than them.

"All three teams won two matches, it eventually boiled down to who beat whom. I want to clarify that Bangladesh are a good team and played well in all the four matches. The rival teams also come to win. Sometimes you play well but the other team plays better," he explained.


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