Mumbai, Nov 12: Former India paceman Javagal Srinath recalled an incident during the 1996 World Cup semi-final when a lot of his team-mates were crying but Sachin Tendulkar did not as the Master Blaster said they had played the game with conviction and was not necessary to be in tears after the defeat.
Speaking at "Salaam Sachin" Conclave hosted by "India Today" Group here, Srinath went down memory lane recalling his playing days with Tendulkar, who will retire this week.
"I remember a few players were crying, I won't name them and even I tried to," Srinath said referring to India's semi-final defeat to Sri Lanka in 1996 World Cup at Eden Gardens.
"I put my towel on my face and couldn't cry. Then I looked at Sachin and he too wasn't crying. So I told him, "I am not crying and nor are you." He said, "Why should we? We played with conviction and lost it." That helped all us," added Srinath.
Sri Lanka were awarded the semi-final after crowd trouble at the Eden Gardens in the 1996 World Cup semi-final. Chasing 252, India were 120/8. Tendulkar scored 65. Srinath took three wickets.
Srinath said Tendulkar was not the one to get angry at dismissals and throw his bat around in the dressing room.
"Sachin never threw his bat around or boasted about his tons. He scored so many tons, he may have been bored actually. So, his celebrations were subdued," Srinath said.
Srinath said after scoring a hundred in Perth Test in 1992, Tendulkar changed as a player.
"The first time I met Sachin was when Karnataka played Mumbai in the Wills Trophy 1989. We knew he was a cut above the rest. later we went together to Australia.
"The ton that stands out is the ton at Perth. There was a big crack on the wicket and scored that ton against a good attack. That innings stand out I think. Then I can remember the World Cup, where he did well. He was a changed player after the ton at Perth," Srinath explained.