Missing ODI series was not pre-determined: Sachin

Updated: 30 October 2010 13:24 IST

Sachin Tendulkar said his decision to skip India last two ODI series was not a pre-determined one and he knows how to adjust to various formats.

Missing ODI series was not pre-determined: Sachin

Mumbai:

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said his decision to skip India's last two ODI series, in Sri Lanka and against Australia at home, was not a pre-determined one and he knows how to adjust to various formats of the game.

"The decision to skip the last two ODI series was taken at the last moment and was not pre-decided. My kit always contained coloured pads," Tendulkar said at a media conference to announce his tie-up with Pune-based reality firm Amit Enterprises Housing.

"I have been playing cricket for some time now. If I was not playing cricket there would be something to think about. Having been around for some time, I know how to adjust to the formats," he added.

The 37-year-old batting icon also said he would follow whatever was needed to keep himself in prime condition for the all-important 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.

"I know my body. I would do whatever is needed for the World Cup and it won't be pre-decided," said Tendulkar, who has often said that he is dreaming of being part of a World Cup-winning team.

Tendulkar would be playing in his sixth World Cup and second in the sub-continent.

Tendulkar, who last played a ODI against South Africa in February at Gwalior, where he became the first batsman to score a double-hundred in the 50-over format, said it was too early to think about the upcoming tour of South Africa.

"It's tough to talk now about the South Africa series and the World Cup. The focus is on the the Test series against New Zealand (commencing at Ahmedabad on November 4).

"We have got three Tests to play before South Africa. When we go there the focus would be on that. Before the World Cup, there's lot of cricket to be played," Tendulkar said.

He emphasised the importance of keeping the focus on the job closest at hand and maintain the winning momentum going into the mega-event starting on February 19, 2011.

"It's all about focus. We want to focus on the cricket before that. The momentum is important and we would like to keep that momentum."

He also described the recent whitewash of Australia in the Test series as "unbelievable" and praised the winning knock by VVS Laxman at Mohali in the opener, that India won by one wicket, as "terrific".

"It was extremely important. Against Australia, it's always a special series. We have players, who have done terrific things against them. To win 2-0 was unbelievable, especially in the first Test and win from that position. Laxman played a terrific innings. Ishant played well too," he said.

Tendulkar said, to emerge as winners at Bangalore in the second match, after having allowed Australia to rattle up close to 500 runs in the first innings, was "unbelievable".

"Even in the second Test, they had scored 475 in the second innings. To win from that position on the fifth day was unbelievable. It was special to have that crowd at Bangalore on all five days," said Tendulkar, who scored a double hundred and an unbeaten half century to lead the team to a seven-wicket victory and a series sweep.

Tendulkar said, while the team had played remarkably well over the last few years, it was equally important to keep up the good work to maintain the top rank.

"What we have been able to achieve as a team in the last few years is remarkable. (We) want to continue doing this. It feels good to be number one, but we want to continue playing well to stay there."

Asked whether he was playing his best cricket ever, a run that has fetched him the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award, the batting genius said he would aim to perform even better.

"I would like to do better, would like to work harder. I don't like to count the numbers. The closer I look at the ball is more important than the numbers (centuries, runs and the records). I believe in action, not talking and want to keep my fingers crossed," he said.

Tendulkar made it clear that age did not count and only performance should be taken into account when asked whether he was satisfied with the bench strength of the team.

"We have talented players. It does not matter whether they are seniors or juniors if they are doing well for the country. It is expected (of the player) to do well when he is in the squad of 15," said the batting maestro at another promotional event.

He got annoyed when a question was put to him whether he suffered nervousness when he reached 90s while batting and said the record books showed the truth.

"If that's the case I won't have 95 (international) hundreds. Sometimes you achieve certain targets, sometimes you don't. If you go back and look at the last 21 years, you will get the right answer," he shot back.

Reiterating the need for the Indian team to maintain the current standards of play, Tendulkar said it surprised him when people ask whether the Indian side has improved or the world standards have declined.

"We need to look at what we have achieved and what we want to do and not what the opposition is doing. The focus should be on maintaining the standard. When we play well, I don't know why, but people think otherwise (that world standard has dipped)," he said.

"If somebody plays well credit should go to them. You work hard and get the results, (but) sometimes you work hard and do not get favourable returns," he added.

The champion batsman was not willing to comment on the reported ban put by the BCCI on the use of twitter by the players on match days.

"I don't know. These are reports. I don't know what exactly has taken place between them," he said.

According to media reports, the BCCI action has followed tweeting by Rohit Sharma indicated the calling off of the rain-hit third and final ODI against Australia on October 24 before an official statement was made by the authorities.

But he added that Twitter was a fine medium to connect with the fans.

"I thought it is a great platform to connect with well-wishers. I do it when I feel like doing it and not when people think I should do it," he explained.

Topics : Cricket Australia
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