Mumbai, May 28: Sachin Tendulkar, who bid adieu to the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a high, said on Tuesday that he is "still madly in love with cricket" and thanked the people for their support in his 23-year playing career.
Tendulkar, who won the IPL title for the first time with his team Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens on Sunday (May 26) was at the Father Agnel School ground for the presentation ceremony of the Coca-Cola Cup (National under-15 sub junior football tournament) final between Meghalaya and Orissa which the former won 1-0.
Tendulkar said it was important to be passionate about the sport. "A simple advice I can give you is be passionate about the sport. Fall madly in love with the sport and that will allow you to work harder. I was madly in love with cricket. Still am madly in love with cricket. Also the support and love I have received from all the people that has been my strength. It has allowed me to move out and give my best," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI.
"The right platform was set for me to go out and perform. A big thank you to all the people who have supported me for the last 23 years I have played," he added.