Why Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not let Sachin Tendulkar participate in team huddle

Sachin Tendulkar tells NDTV that he's planning to write an autobiography and devote time to kids.

Updated: November 18, 2013 00:02 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar told NDTV that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't let him join team huddle during the team's victory moment against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium. (Read: Full transcript of Sachin's interview)

In an exclusive chat, the Master Blaster who retired on Saturday after playing his 200th Test, said when he ran in to join team huddle after the ninth West Indian wicket (Shane Shillingford) fell, Tendulkar was politely asked to stay away from team celebration.

"It was a fairy-tale farewell. The kind of send-off my team gave me, I think that was also very emotional. Before that I knew when West Indies lost nine wickets, the whole team gathered in the middle and MS Dhoni said 'Paaji, you please leave us alone, you go because we're planning something for you. We don't want you to be here' And, I'm like wondering what are they planning, they're up to something," Sachin told NDTV on Sunday.

After the hugs and embraces, an emotional Tendulkar was given a never-seen-before "running" guard of honour by Dhoni and Company as the 'God' of cricket walked all the way back to the pavilion acknowledging the cheer from an almost packed Wankhede crowd. How team gave a mobile guard of honour, cheering the person genius as he walked to the boundary.

Dhoni and Virat Kohli were the first to lift the Little Master on their shoulders and take him for a lap of honour. Tendulkar admits he will miss all those cherished moments of being with the team.

"I will miss being with the team because when you're travelling with the team the energy is something. Every time you are thinking about the opposition, and you want to be a step ahead of the opposition. So even if you are having dinner, casually, or even cracking jokes with your friends, but somewhere it will come that this is how you need to bowl to a particular batsman or rather when that bowler bowls we need to do this and this is how you need to face the ball. So somewhere you sub conscious mind is constantly working and your mind is constantly occupied thinking about the game. So I will miss that," he said.

Tendulkar also said that he is planning to write an autobiography, where every page will depict the 24 years of his illustrious career. The book is expected to capture the dream journey of a middle class boy who climbed the summit of excellence to end up becoming the only player in the world to record 100 hundreds in international cricket.

"Yes, I'm planning to write an autobiography and obviously fair amount of work has gone behind that but we're still some time away from it. Something I would like the people to know about my life," he said.

Tendulkar said that his priority post retirement will be his children - Arjun and Sara. "I feel sad for both, Arjun and Sara, because I've spent so much time away from them missed their birthdays, annual days and sports days and various holidays, where children look forward to time with their parents. There were times when I could not be there because of my cricket commitments. I've lost out on all those years, they've really grown up. I would like to give them all of my time, all the attention and that's my priority now," Tendulkar said.

Apart from recalling 2011 World Cup as the highest point in his career, the 40-year-old also testified about the disappointment and challenges he faced in his long career.

"I would say injuries was a challenging time, where I thought my career was over, when I got operated on my tennis elbow, it was difficult to lift a cricket bat. Most disappointing time I would say was 2003 World Cup, when we got so close to winning the trophy, got in the finals and then we missed an opportunity so that was really disappointing," he said.

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