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Tendulkar won't stop - Kirsten

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 3, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar with the World Cup on the morning after India's triumph, Mumbai, April 3, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar stands with the cup he has dreamed of holding for 24 years © Associated Press
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After winning the World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar said he had achieved the one thing he had dreamt about when he started playing cricket. But he may not hang up his boots just yet. When asked about retirement, Tendulkar deflected the question initially, before saying he saw no reason to change things as he was still enjoying the game.

"This is a moment to celebrate, not one to think about my future," Tendulkar told the ICC. "This is the reason I started playing cricket; to do something for the country. The process has been a long one, and I am still enjoying my game, so I don't see the reason to change anything."

Gary Kirsten, for whom the World Cup final was his last game as coach of India, also said he didn't think Tendulkar would stop here. "Sachin is the greatest sporting role model I've met in my life," Kirsten said. "He's had an incredible last three or four years, and he's enjoying his cricket even more. I don't think he is going to stop."

Tendulkar had to wait till his sixth World Cup campaign to win the trophy, and when asked whether this was the final accolade he needed to complete his closet-full of achievements, he said it was in fact the first thing he wanted to achieve.

"As a young boy I dreamt of winning this trophy; that's where it all started. This is by far the best moment and it's the one I've been waiting for for 24 years. There have been heart-breaking losses; in past campaigns we lost in the semi-finals and finals. I never gave up because this was my dream and now the team has managed to win this cup for the nation."

After their victory on Saturday, the Indian team spent the night celebrating with their families and friends before going to Raj Bhavan on Sunday to meet the Indian president. But what Tendulkar is looking forward to is sharing the experience with the Indian public.

"The victory hasn't sunk in yet because I haven't faced the general crowd outside. I've just mingled around with my friends and family. We've been in a close unit behind a wall of security. We haven't had a chance to experience or share our joy with everyone else. That's a reaction I'm really looking forward to because I can imagine what it would be like. All I've seen is their reactions on the news channels and it's absolutely fascinating."

India have now achieved the two things Kirsten had planned on during his tenure as coach: winning the World Cup and attaining the No. 1 ranking in Tests, but he gave all the credit to his team.

"The players are the ones who have had to deal with the pressure and expectations," he said. "They've prepared hard and when they've had to make the plays and make the contributions under pressure they've done that."

The final at the Wankhede Stadium started with an odd incident where the toss had to be redone because the match referee had not heard Kumar Sangakkara's call. Dhoni thought he had won the toss initially, but Kirsten said they weren't too worried anyway.

"I didn't hear too much about what happened at the toss, but we just got on with it because we had already spoken about how we would face obstacles in the final. We would have batted first, but we felt confident after the Australia chase that it didn't matter whether we won or lost the toss. We would have liked to bat first and put up a big total, but cometh the hour cometh the man, and MS Dhoni left his big knock of the World Cup for the final."

While Dhoni, Tendulkar and Man-of-the-Tournament Yuvraj Singh have been the centre of attention after the win, India's campaign has had several heroes. Zaheer Khan finished as the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament, with 21 scalps, and though his figures on Saturday were marred by an expensive last two overs, Kirsten acknowledged his opening spell of 5-3-6-1 played a key role in restricting Sri Lanka to a chaseable target.

"Zak's early spell was what kept them down to 270 despite a strong finish by them. We kept them anchored in their innings; they couldn't really get going. [Mahela] Jayawardene's incredible knock gave them some momentum and they did well to get to where they did. But we felt 270 was very gettable."

There has been much speculation about what Kirsten will do next, but, though he acknowledged he had been approached about the position of coach of the South African side, he said he would take a month or two off before making any decisions.

"I'm going to take some time off and spend some time with my family who haven't seen me in a while, and I'll decide on my future after one or two months. South Africa have approached me, but I've told them I'm not going to make any decisions just yet. I'm going to clear my mind for a while after this magnificent journey."

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Comments: 198 
Posted by SachinsCup on (April 6, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

Given that he still is one of our fastest outfielders and best batsman, I wouldn't put it past him to play across all formats for 2-3 years...in my heart, though, I think he will quit ODIs soon (maybe after 50 centuries) and continue playing Tests for another 2-3 years..

Posted by Sreelal_SS on (April 6, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

The moment Sachin retires i ll stop watchin CRICKET!!!..Go on Sachin.....!!.Sustain ur form upto WC2015....!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

Whole India will be having Tears on the day when Masterblaster resigns

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

@MahanBharat - I think the test nations should have to qualify for four spots in the world cup and the best 10 minnows should make up the rest.

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

The Whole Indias will cry on the day when sachin retires!!I can assume it now!!!

Posted by   on (April 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

We South Africans were aware of Kirsten's departure while India played against South Africa at Centurion. We are so glad and pleased that he is taking over Proteas

Posted by hulk777 on (April 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

For all who is asking Tendulkar to retire, Name a player who can replace Tendulkar. I can understand if Tendulkar is not performing, but asking him to retire when he is the top indian rungetter shows that you need to use your head.

Posted by anikbrad on (April 6, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

I JUST WANT SACHIN TO PLAY 2015 WC AND THEN RETIRE. HE MAY CHOOSE AND PLAY ODI. DONT JUST RETIRE. LIKE IN ABROAD TOURS WHRE WE HAVE ODIS PRIOR TPO TESTS PLAY THE BUT IF WE HAVE TEST PRIOR TO ODI SKIP THEM. SKIP MATCHES VS POOR TEAMS AND MOST HOME MATCHES. LIKE IN 2010 TO 2011 BEFORE WC SACHIN PLAYED 4 ODIS OUT OF 18 THIS IS OK. HE MUST PLY LIKE THIS. AND FOR PEOLE SAYING THAT HE IS GEEDLY AND MUST GIVE CHANCES TO YOUNGSTARS. BOGUS IF ONE DAY KOHLI/ RAINA IS BATTING BATTER THAN SAHIN AT THAT POINT THEN REPLACE HIM NOT NOW. IF DRAVID AND LAX IS BATTING BETTER THAN PUJRA/ YUVI IN TEST LET THEM PLAY. ITS ABOUT ABILITY NOT AGE. THIS IS NOW PROFFESIONAL SPORTS NOT LIKE THE AGE GAVASKAR/ CHAPPEL PLAYED. ITS ABOUT ABILITY, AND FORM NOT AGE, BRADMAN PLAYED TILL 39/ RHODES -52/ SIMPSON 43/ HADLEE-41/ WALSH-40/ SO WHATS THEFACTOR OF AGE. HE IS NOT THE LONGEST SURVIVING CRICKETER YVER AND HE DOEST NOT PAY T20 OR RARELY PLAY ODI NOW. SO WHATS THE FUSS

Posted by jazee on (April 5, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

what is the prize (gift, money) for being Man of the Series Yuvraj?

Posted by jazee on (April 5, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

I hope Sachin play the next WC 2015 and hope that indian do not get tired of him for hoping to train a youngster. I hope that Sachin keep performing until then and even if he play an average he should be guaranteed for his place in the squad. I hope Sachin records read as such: TEST 18, 000+ runs 75 centuries 100 fifties ODI 20,000 + runs 75 centries 125 fifties

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