Have lost 50 kg says relieved Sachin


Mirpur: Relieved
after notching his 100th international century that took over a year to
come, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said it was "mentally tough" to deal with
the hype around the milestone and joked that he has lost 50kg after
getting to it.

Sachin hits 100th ton

38-year-old right-hander reached the elusive 100th international century
against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match, scoring 114 off 147 deliveries.

hasn't sunk in but I have definitely lost about 50kg," the iconic batsman
joked when asked whether the feeling has sunk after getting to a milestone
that may never be emulated. "Obviously I can't think anything at this
stage. It has been a tough phase for me. Especially tough as I was doing
reasonably well in Australia but felt that at times was a little
luckless," he added.

Even in his personal moment of glory, the
diminutive batsman stressed on how significant it was for him that his
effort contributes to the team's cause. "It doesn't matter how many 100s
you score, you still put your head down, grind it out and do the job for
the team.

"I was not thinking about the milestone, the media
started all this, wherever I went, the restaurant, room service, everyone
was talking about the 100th hundred. It became menatlly tough for me
because nobody talked about my 99 hundreds," he said. Talking about his
innings on Friday, perhaps one of the slowest ODI innings by him,
Tendulkar said it was tough to score.

"It was difficult because
the ball was not coming on to the bat," he explained. Asked what he would
tell his young followers at this moment, Tendulkar said, "Enjoy the game
and chase your dream. I had to wait for one for 22 years, the World Cup.
So dreams do come true."

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