Mirpur: Last night
Sachin Tendulkar’s teammates had left 100 balloons in his hotel room. He
was totally unaware about it and was completely surprised to see them
floating around once he entered the room after the match.
News reporter Kuntal Chakraborty spoke exclusively to the Little Master on
how he felt after achieving the elusive 100th international ton.
from the interview:
Kuntal: Whether God was testing
the Cricketing God?
Sachin: I am not God... I am Sachin
Tendulkar. When I was young my coach taught me that till you stay as the
student of the game there will be progress. Everyday you will learn. Life
has taught me a lot of things.
Kuntal: On Vivian Richards
wanting you to play as long as you want to.
respect Sir Vivian Richards a lot. He was my idol along with Sunil
Gavaskar during my younger days. Other former players have their own set
of opinions and I respect them as well. The statements which are not
important to me don’t bother me that much.
his subdued reaction and what did he point out after scoring the 100th
Sachin: I pointed out to the Indian flag. I
wanted to convey that I did it for the country. I dedicate this hundred to
my elder brother Ajit. We shared the same goal and he sacrificed his life
for me. I dedicate this hundred to him. I would like to thank all the
Indians for my success.
Kuntal: Which was the most
memorable and the toughest hundred?
Sachin: Toughest was
the 100th hundred. It was a very difficult phase. God has his ways to give
Kuntal: After you won the World Cup people said
you should quit ODIs?
Sachin: Some people might have said
and then you guys reported it in different way.......
I mean I wanted to say critics.....
Sachin: Yes. Critics.
I don't think the critics know how my body and mind is reacting, what my
desire is and how much I can contribute. They have their own thought
process and never need to answer for anything. I will decide on my own
dream. I feel till you are in form you should continue to play. Leaving
cricket in good form will be selfish.
100th ton to brother: Sachin
accompli: Sachin completes century of centuries