Selfish to retire when on top says Sachin

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Mirpur: A phenomenal
century of hundreds under his belt but iconic Indian cricketer Sachin
Tendulkar is in no mood to consider retirement as he feels going out on
top is a "selfish thought". Tendulkar struck his 100th international
century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh yesterday, ending a
year-long wait to get to the milestone which might remain unsurpassed.

But
the 38-year-old is not even thinking about bidding adieu to his over
two-decade long career just yet. "My belief is that if I feel I can
contribute, I am mentally there where I feel I am bringing value to the
team then I should be playing. It's a very selfish thought that when you
are at the top you should retire," Tendulkar told a news channel.

 "When
you are at the top, you should serve the nation. When I feel I am not in a
frame of mind to contribute to nation, that's when I should retire not
when somebody says. That's a selfish statement that one should retire on
top," he explained. The diminnutive right-hander, who sits on a pile of
records and runs, said it was tough to deal with the hype around the 100th
ton and the fact that the wait lingered on made it harder.

"(There
is) more of a relief because my 99th hundred was against South Africa
(druing the World Cup) and after that media didn't speak about my 100th
hundred while the World Cup was on," he recalled. "I missed the West
Indies tour and somehow there is speculation that I wanted to score the
100 in England at Lord's but a hundred doesn't come as and when you want",
he said.





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