Ahmedabad, Nov 9: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar feels that the four-match Test series against England would be challenging and a closely contested series during a live conversation with fans on Thursday.
Tendulkar keeping in mind the humiliating 4-0 loss to England last year, said history has nothing to do with the upcoming four-match Test series as the team has changed focus on the first Test that begins on Nov 15 and is looking forward to perform well.
"I think we need to leave that thing behind. We also need to consider that immediately after that series when England came to India, we beat them 5-0, which cannot be forgotten. Many things have happened in the past. It is a fresh series and we need to see we produce the best performance," Tendulkar said.
The 39-year old also felt that the series with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell and others, seems to be a challenging one for the home team, and would be a closely fought series.
"It will a good and interesting series and a closely fought series," he said at a live conversation with his admirers at Airtel's 'Talk to Me Live' programme.
About the preparation, Tendulkar said players are quite confident as most of them played a Ranji Trophy match, when he was questioned by a fan during the live conversation.
"Most of the guys in the team have played first class match. We start our practice session from tomorrow before we go to Ahmedabad. So there are still 6-7 days to practice together as a team," he said in response to a question from a fan.
When enquired about the Member of the Order of Australia honour, Sachin said he was privileged to have received it.
"I am really happy to get the honour by the Australian government. I had many moments in Australia. For the last 20 years from 1991, I have been playing in Australia.
Talking about the tours to Australia, Tendulkar shared his views on the same when he was questioned by a fan.
"I played 6-7 tours, it used to be challenging series, when you perform there, people notice and appreciate your effort and performance. I got good exposures at the right time."
While another admirer pointed out that the veteran batsman is not bowling often these days and wanted to know the reason behind it, as Sachin explained saying that he would bowl occasionally.
"Since 2007-08 Australia tour, I have cut down on my bowling. Occasionally when needed I bowled and now we have good bowlers in team, so no need to bowl now."
Given India's good run against England at home, one cannot pick the home team as favourites as the No 1 Test team can put up a good fight after preparing well for the Test series in the tour games.