Tendulkar lauds Mumbai's batting trio

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 11:19 [IST]
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Not losing wickets was the key: Sachin

Mohali, Apr 26: Sachin Tendulkar praises Mumbai Indians' batsmen for a stunning four wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab after tasting revenge in the return-leg tie at Mohali on Wednesday.

Tendulkar who step down as captain recently after leading the team in the last four editions praised the trio Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Robin Peterson for playing sensibly under pressure.

"(The boys were) fabulous. We sort of made the foundation. But ideally we should have more runs on the board in the first six overs. The good thing was that we did not lose wickets upfront," Tendulkar, said.

"Later, Rohit Sharma was charged up. Rayudu and Peterson were amazing," Tendulkar, who was presented a plaque by Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia for scoring 100 international hundred, said.

He also felt, his opening partner James Franklin could have done a better job at the start of the innings.

When asked about the historic feat that he achieved recently, Tendulkar said, "I have put on some weight after that. Now it's back to square one. I am glad I have achieved it. Better late than never."

Tendulkar, who celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday, thanked all his fans for wishing him and said it means a lot to him.

"It was wonderful that so many people wished me. I got many messages and I value all wishes."

Moreover, Ambati Rayudu who won the man of the match award for his match-winning 34 off 17 balls said that, Tendulkar had helped him in batting in the last three four days and "it paid off today," after his team's stunning 4 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab.


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