Mussoorie, Jan 2: Speaking for the first time to the media after One Day International retirement, Sachin Tendulkar thanked fans for supporting him in his "fantastic" 23-year journey and expressed confidence in Team India in bouncing back from the first ODI defeat to Pakistan in the ongoing three-match series.
Tendulkar, who is holidaying with his family in Mussoorie, spoke to reporters on Wednesday morning. He said he had a good time with his family by playing table tennis, badminton and tennis ball cricket. The Master Blaster also said he watched a bit of cricket on TV.
India lost their opening ODI to Pakistan in Chennai on Sunday and reacting to that, Tendulkar said it was necessary to support the team and he said "they will bounce back" in the remaining two games.
"I have no doubt that team will bounce back," he said.
He added that though he was not with ODI team, his heart was always with there. "Even though I am not with the team my heart is with them."
Tendulkar retired from ODIs on December 23, Sunday. After announcing his plans to quit the 50-over game, he left for Mussoorie to spend time with family. He will next be seen in action in Ranji Trophy quarter-finals from January 6.
India and Pakistan will play second ODI on Thursday in Kolkata. The final game of the series is in Delhi on January 6.