Bangalore, Apr 3: Fans and some players refer Sachin Tendulkar as "God of Cricket", but the Master Blaster says he is "not God" and makes mistakes.
Tendulkar, who is here in Bangalore for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6), was speaking to "NDTV" when he made this comment at the event "Eat n meet Sachin" on Wednesday.
"I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn't. (In fact) I have always had (Sunil) Gavaskar and Vivian Richards as my role models and wanted to be a combination of both," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by the news channel when he was asked how it feels on being called "God of cricket."
Tendulkar and Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers in IPL 6 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
In the past, many fans have touched Tendulkar's feet and treated him like God. Recently, Australian batsman Michael Hussey had called Tendulkar as "God of cricket".
On being asked what it meant to wear the India jersey, Tendulkar said: "Wearing the India jersey and cap was the ultimate thing for me. After that it didn't matter if I had 10 pairs of jeans or 20 T-shirts. That journey to play for India was incredible. I look back, being pushed around in trains and buses but I would be there well before practice started."
The Mumbai batsman last year completed a world record 100 international centuries. After achieving that feat, Tendulkar asked God as to why it took so long, the batsman revealed.
"(I) was not jumping or celebrating (after scoring 100th international ton). My first question to God was why did it take so long? What did I do wrong? With a billion plus people waiting for this, it shouldn't have taken so long," Tendulkar said.
Tendulkar holds every possible record in cricket history and recently retired from One Day Internationals. He is set to reach 200-Test milestone later this year. Currently, he has played in 198 Test matches and holds the record for most number of runs in the world. He is also the highest run scores in ODIs.