Bangalore: Sachin Tendulkar has kept his mind and heart on cricket in the 23 years of deliverance in the game and still continues to do so. He has expressed his views about his game, considering his will and strength to stay on top, and how much it counts on his body for him to stay in the game. A game which has remained his unrivaled passion for over two decades and still is. In an exclusive interview with Times Now, the Master Blaster has been posed with questions on his most recent performance and the idea of retiring from the game. Sachin is unlikely to give any certain answers on retirement, as he wants to take the game one step at a time. As he said “I go series by series”. And will be able to judge better after playing in November, as per TOI.
Sachin has decided to remain composed about the situation and not yet decided about his stay in the team. When asked if he was pushing too hard to stay in the sport, Sachin said “I have always been pushing myself, for the last 22 years and more, to play for India.” He feels proud to be a part of Indian team and representing his country at what he does best. The champion also pointed out that, it is when he doesn’t try hard that he should be questioned. All he cares for is playing for India and will not compromise on it. If he does stop playing he should have the satisfaction he gave his best shot. Moreover pressure brings the best out of him, he says.
When asked about his poor play against New Zealand, where he was bowled three times, almost hit the wicket with his bat and raised his hand in anger, Sachin mentioned how it feels to be out, it’s never a happy moment, and he reacted to it, which was natural. But it has become an issue and talked about.
The comments of Sunil Gavaskar and Azharuudin were quoted which pointed at the sign of slipping at the game. Sachin said that’s Gavaskar has also said things cheering him, then why dwell on the contrary. He only believes in keeping the focus on the game and the way to develop his skills. He also mentioned meeting Don Bradman in 1998-99 on his 90th birthday, and was told how natural it is for a batsman to change when he is in his thirties. Sachin is placed after Don Bradman as one of the greatest batsmen of all times.
Sachin agrees that at 39 there isn’t much cricket left in him, he is not expecting to play forever. He wants to go with his heart when it comes to retirement. Regarding the recent events and further question over his retirement he said “For instance, if this three-wicket ordeal had happened when I was 25, no one would have questioned it. Incidentally, it happened when I am 39, so questions were raised. This is natural. But I am still the best judge of what happens to my mind and body. When I feel it is time, I will take a call. It is going to be a tough call nevertheless. It is going to be tough because this is what I have been doing all my life. It is going to be difficult to suddenly hang my boots one day.”
Sachin is still considering his next series in November, which will give him a better idea of his stay. But as of now he hasn’t made any concrete plans about retirement, even though the thought of it has occurred to him, being 39, its quiet natural. The legend wants his instincts to be the judge for deciding the time to exit and there still is a lot of cricket left in him, if his age is kept aside, just considering his spirits. Whether he is probed to come up with his retirement plans or about his recent performance, Sachin has his mind set on the grounds, when he will be back again to deliver his best. He is a legend at his game to quote Mark Taylor, former Australian cricket player during the test match in Chennai in 1997-98 "We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin."