India keen on regaining No 1 Test spot: Tendulkar

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Published: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9:14 [IST]
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We weren't over-confident after WC win

Mumbai, June 2: Master Blaster Sachin Tendular feels team India's focus is on regaining the top spot in Tests rather than thinking about taking revenge on the No 1 Test team Engalnd in the upcoming home series scheduled in November this year.

"It's not about revenge [the home series against England]. It's taking pride to play for India and for me that is really important. It [revenge] can be against any other nation but I take a lot of pride in playing for India. That's what matters to me. It doesn't matter with whom we play as long as we produce quality performance," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar further added saying that the team's focus is now on regaining the numero one spot, as they played quality cricket post the 2007 World Cup debacle to get to that position but couldn't sustain there.

"For four years, I mean post 2007 World Cup till the 2011 World Cup, we played quality cricket and got to No 1 ranking, which does not happen overnight. It takes some time and only when you produce good cricket for number of years. We were able to get there but slipped down. It's important to again get back there," Tendulkar told a news channel.

Having lost eight consecutive Test matches against England and Australia in 2011, Tendulkar feels that those defeats in England and Down Under were not because of over-confidence.

"I wouldn't say that World Cup victory had something to do with that [losses in England and Australia] and the players became complacent or over-confident. It was nothing like that."

Tendulkar defended his team and also admits that the team went through a rough patch but wants to ensure that such performances do not get repeated.

“We all know our responsibilities. You go out there to perform well but sometimes it just does not work. They have been tough tours for us and we need to regroup ourselves and take stronger steps forward and check that these performances [losses] don't get repeated. It was a rough patch. Prior to that we really played well for three years," he said.

He further added saying that IPL, being a domestic league might provide a platform for showing talent, but cannot replace international tournaments.

"Club cricket can never replace international cricket but it's a brilliant platform. Cricket is the only sport which has three formats - T20 cricket gives the opportunity to new players to showcase their talent."

"More importantly, it gives a chance to first class players who may have worked hard for years but never made it to the national team. It helps them earn money which is important because they sacrificed many of their years to fulfill their dreams to play for India," he said.


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