Why did it take so long, Tendulkar asked God

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Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 17:32 [IST]
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I need not prove anything now: Tendulkar

New Delhi, Mar 25: India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said he has nothing to prove anymore but the passion and love for cricket will remain as long as he enjoys the game.

The 38-year-old batting maestro's dream was to play for India and win the World Cup.

I don't think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don't think anything can be bigger than that," he said.

"I can't think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don't know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don't want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted," he added.

Tendulkar after scoring his 100th international century said, "When I reached my 100th 100, I looked at my bat and looked at the sky and asked god what wrong did I do, why did it take so long," said Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was stuck on the 99th century for a year, but kept his focus on playing cricket and scoring runs.

"At the time of the World Cup when I got to 99 hundreds, no one was discussing about my 100th hundred because the focus was on the World Cup. But after the World Cup, the media built on it and started asking. I was only focused on playing cricket like always. I just wanted to score runs," he recalled.

"But as time went by, people who were listening to the media, those people, excluding my friends and family, would wish me about the 100th hundred. But I felt cricket should be the focus and that is what I kept telling myself," Tendulkar said.

"I can say that from a cricketing point of view, it was a tough phase because the good wishes were not stopping. Now, at least they won't pray for my 100th ton and my ears will get some rest," he joked.

"I can't complain about all these good wishes."

Tendulkar focused on scoring runs despite criticisms for over a year, but he feels one should never lose hope and said he waited for 22 years for the World Cup.

"Sometimes that luck factor was missing because as far as preparations were concerned, my commitment and passion was in place. I scored 100 out of 100 on that. But you don't always achieve the results that you dream of," he said.

"Something that is more important is not to lose hope. I did not lose hope, I continued trying my best. Here I only waited for a year but for the World Cup I waited for 22 years and it happened."


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