I am not retiring, says Sachin Tendulkar

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Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 15:42 [IST]
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Mumbai, Sep 4: Sachin Tendulkar has said he is not thinking of retirement at the moment and he does not "jump forward" which has been his "formula".

For the last few days, the whole talk in Indian cricket has revolved around Tendulkar's landmark 200th Test which will be played in November against West Indies.

I am not retiring, says Sachin Tendulkar

BCCI has arranged a two-Test series against West Indies so that Tendulkar's historic 200th game is in India.

Speaking for the first time after the announcement, Tendulkar, when asked about his retirement, told "Zee News" on Tuesday (September 3), "I don't think at this stage I need to do that".

"Where is the rush" Tendulkar added.

"I have this formula, don't jump forward, this is how I have approached my career," he stated when probed further.

About his 200th Test, Tendulkar told "CNN IBN" "I like to take one step at a time. I have been playing for the last 23 years and I have never thought of all this (reaching milestones). I don't like taking things for granted. When I reach there then we can talk about it."

When queried about being called by his fans as "God of cricket", Tendulkar said he is not and just plays the game.

"Mein Bhagwan nahi hoon (I am not God), I just play cricket, ooper wale ki blessings hain, ab tak jo bhi meri life mein aaya uska shukriya (God's blessing are there and whatever I have is thanks to the Almighty)," the Master Blaster said.

The 40-year-old said he missed his father, who passed away during the 1999 World Cup.

"I do miss my father, I lost my father in 1999, it's been long time now, so many things have happened since then and I miss him. But I have some wonderful moments and I cherish. There are times when I rewind, I remember him but some things can't be changed," he said.

On his dream car, Tendulkar said, "When I was young my dream car was a Maruti 800 at that time."


Story first published:  Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 11:08 [IST]
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