Mumbai: India’s cricketing legend has said, he has not thought about retirement from cricket, “ I don’t think at this stage I need to do that”, Tendulkar replied, when asked about retirement by Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary.
This is for the first time Tendulkar has come out with a reaction on “R” word. “Where is the rush” Tendulkar further added in this exclusive interview, when asked – the whole country wants to know about it?
“I have this formula, don’t jump forward, this is how I have approached my carrier” Tendulkar further added.
Speculations are rife that Tendulkar can play his 200th test match on his home ground in Mumbai later this year. This will be his last game and he will announce his retirement thereafter.
Tendulkar’s one of the most candid interviews was aired on Zee News tonight at 8pm and Daily News and Analysis at 9 pm.
When asked by Sudhir Chaudhary about his cricket fans and whole of nation considering him “God of Cricket”, the legend refuted it – “ Mein Bhagwan nhi hoon, I just play cricket, ooper wale ki blessings hain, ab tak jo bhi meri life mein aaya uska shukriya, later in the interview Sachin said - We all make mistakes , agar mein mistakes na karta toh kabhi out hi nhi hota” I just play my game, Tendulkar said.
On a question by Sudhir Chaudhary on preparation ahead of a match and particularly on the mind game, Tendulkar said “I prepare a bit before my match, in general life mental preparation is required”.
Sudhir Chaudhary asked him on how has he managed to hold people’s trust for so long, when the game is mired in so many controversies, Tendulkar said, he has kept his life simple – “since my school, we had simple celebrations, whenever I achieved anything, Mithai was offered to God, my brother always said let people talk about the match and you move forward”, “I have a balanced lifestyle” he added.
On an emotional question by Sudhir on missing his father, Sachin said “I do miss my father, I lost my father in 1999, it’s been long time now, so many things have happened since then and I miss him. But I have some wonderful moments and I cherish. There are times when I rewind, I remember him but some things can’t be changed”.
Sachin got nostalgic when asked by Sudhir about his dream car –“When I was young my dream car was a Maruti, my dream car was a Maruti 800 at that time”.