IPL parties not to blame forT20 WC debacle: Tendulkar

IPL parties not to blame forT20 WC debacle: Tendulkar

Legendary pair! Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar are all smiles during a  foundation stone laying ceremony in Pune on Friday. PTIIndia could not reach the semifinals of the competition and skipper Dhoni said late night parties and continuous travelling during the Indian Premier League took a toll on the players’ body.Tendulkar, however, begged to differ and said every player should be aware of his responsibilities.

“Parties and performance are two different things that cannot be related and every player should know his responsibility,” Tendulkar told reporters after laying the foundation stone of an extension of the Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital here.

Besides, Tendulkar said, parties were not new in cricket. “Parties used to be held even in the past,” he said, laying stress on observing individual’s discretion in the matter.
Tendulkar, who led Mumbai Indians to the final of IPL III, said he avoided parties since he wanted to be fresh for the next day’s match. “I did not go for any of the IPL parties. I always wanted to be ready for the next match,” he said.Tendulkar stressed the importance of physical fitness and mental toughness.

“Physical fitness helps you in being mentally tough, enhancing your confidence level,” the 37-year-old said. “When pressure builds up in the game, I try to focus on the next ball with calmness without thinking of the future course of the match.“My mood undergoes a change before every match as I start mentally preparing myself for the game,” he added.

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