I'm lost for words: Sachin

Master blaster dedicates 50th ton to his late father

I'm lost for words: Sachin

“I am okay, it’s just another number,” he said, obviously searching for the right words.
“It’s nice, it feels good. I can’t say I am not happy, because I am, but I really don’t know how to express what I feel. All I can say is hopefully, it doesn’t stop at 50, that it continues in the future too.”

Certainly emotional beneath the surface, Tendulkar dedicated this effort to his late father.

“I am very happy that it came at this moment,” he remarked. “Yesterday was my father’s birthday, and I dedicate this to him. That was the first thought that came to my mind when I reached hundred – I wanted to do this for him. Obviously, this is also for all the people whose fabulous support I have received over the years.”

Tendulkar was asked how special it was to get it in a situation where the team needed him to fire. “I believe every time I go out to bat, the country needs me,” he replied.

“Even if I go in at 200 for two, my frame of mind is the same. I want to score runs every innings I bat in. It’s important to have that hunger, it’s that hunger which keeps me going.”

His last hundred was against Australia in Bangalore in the second week of October.
Tendulkar brushed aside suggestions that the pressure had been building after he failed to get his 50th in three Tests against New Zealand.

“You guys built it up,” he laughed. “You had already laid the foundation, I just had to build on it!”

Despite India still trailing the Proteas by 30 runs with just two second-innings wickets, Tendulkar opted to remain optimistic. “You have to be positive. If you are positive, positive things happen,” he said, asserting that he thought the Test could still be saved.
“It was extremely important to send out a message today after what happened in the first innings, and I am glad we were successful in doing that.”

This was Tendulkar’s seventh Test ton this calendar year. “I have been striking the ball well in the last couple of years,” he noted. “When you are in good form, you must cash in. I have been moving well and have been in a good frame of mind, hence all these runs perhaps.”

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