Durban, Oct 23: Mumbai Indians opener Dwayne Smith pleased to open the innings with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and termed it as a 'big achievement'.
Having admired the Indian cricketing legend since childhood, playing with the legend was a dream come true, as he said he totally cherished the season, though they are leaving South Africa without a win.
"At MI you open the batting with Sachin Tendulkar. From the time I was young, I've always admired him as a batsman and to open the batting with him is a big achievement for me. I feel a lot more confident when I'm batting with him," he said.
Sharing his experience playing with the batting legend, Smith said Sachin Tendulkar would come and offer tips whenever he played a bad shot.
"He keeps chatting to me while batting. Especially if I play a bad shot, he comes up to me and tells me it wasn't the right shot to play and explains me how to go about the game," Smith added.
Smith also said that he enjoyed the season though the team did not perform well in the tournament, as he got some valuable tips from coach Robin Singh and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
"He (Tendulkar) has been talking to me in the nets as well. I had a little glitch coming from World T20. Sachin and coach Robin Singh have been of great help to me in sorting it out.
"I don't have any problems anymore. I just want to move on from it," Smith was quoted as saying by clt20.com
"From the time I started opening, I've enjoyed this role and I still am enjoying it. As an opener you get the better part of the game.
Talking about his team's failure, the opener said Mumbai Indians did not perform well as a team, as they failed to defend their title this year.
"I just think we didnt play as a team. The batting or bowling didnt come together. We know where we went wrong. We will all go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes," he insisted.