Indian cricket August 5, 2009

Tendulkar targets 15,000 Test runs

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Sachin Tendulkar has said he is not satisfied with his achievements and hopes to accumulate 15,000 runs and win the World Cup in 2011.

"I am not pleased yet with what I have done," Tendulkar, who has scored a record 12773 Test runs at an average of 54.58 from 159 matches, said in an interview with the Wisden Cricketer. "Sunil Gavaskar has told me that I have to get to 15,000 runs. He said he would be angry with me and would come and catch me if I didn't. I admire him so much and to score that many would be a terrific achievement, but that is not the only aim." His other big cricketing ambition is to "win the World Cup in 2011".

Tendulkar, 36, also spoke about how he has been consistently playing with pain. "I always play in pain, all the time. I played with a broken finger for the last three months, but you know when pain is manageable or not, and most of the time I can do it," he said. "I can still do what I did when I was 25 but the body is changing, so your thought process has to change too. I have had to change how I think, which is about taking less risk."

Tendulkar also disagreed with John Buchanan, former Australia coach, who felt Tendulkar had become susceptible to the short ball early in his innings because of a lack of footwork. "It is only his opinion; John Buchanan doesn't have to be right all the time. If I couldn't handle short deliveries, then I wouldn't still be scoring runs," he said. "Maybe he needs to change his opinion. There must be something very wrong with all the bowlers around the world that they have allowed me to score so many runs."

"I would say Virender Sehwag comes closest to my style."

Don Bradman had said Tendulkar reminded him of himself and the Indian batsman was the only modern player in Bradman's all-time XI. Does Tendulkar think the same way about anyone? "I would say Virender Sehwag comes closest to my style."

Tendulkar said he was not thinking about retirement yet but he would know when to quit cricket. "I will know when it is the right time, I won't have to be dragged away. I am the person who will make the decision and I will know whether I still belong."

He admitted life after cricket wouldn't be easy. "It's a scary thought. It has been there for my whole adult life, it will be difficult, I have been around for a long time, I can imagine when I finish I will long to face just 10 more balls but you have to move."

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  • rajkhera on August 13, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    I must remind people who say sachin didnt win as many matches for india as ponting, viv richards and lara did,do you remember what kind of bowlers they had?its bowlers make you win matches most of the time,if sachin played with bowler like ponting,lara and viv did india wouldav been unbeatable team. Amount of presure sachin carried on his shoulder from such a young age there is know way ponting lara or viv would come evan near the great man mr tendulker,we are proud of you sachin and may you carry on playing as good as you are playing for years to come,GOD BLESS YOU Sachin is number one and always will be,BEST CRICKET PLAYER EVER PLAYED CRICKET,people saying he should give chance to youngsters,i dnt think people who are saying that know anything about cricket,india need good bowler not batsman,they should be finding bowlers and sachin can keep scoring and bowlers can keep wining for india raj from hayes

  • arup_g on August 12, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    Sachin is the best batsman the world has seen and I will say that because he has played some of the best bowlers around such as McGrath, Lee and Warne, Ambrose and Walsh, Donald and Pollock, Wasim, Waqar and Sohaib and Vaas and Murali. Viv Richards was a master at the game but faced only a few tough bowlers such as teams like Austalia and England. The firepower from the other teams were lacking, especially sub-continent teams. If Richards had faced the bowlers in his own team i.e. Marshall, Garner, Croft, Holding etc, then maybe he could be considered the best. Sachin's record is unbelievable, purely for the fact he has been playing since the age of 16. Tendulkar has shown the world that nothing is impossible, and I sincerely hope that India do win the World Cup in 2011 not only for India but to be the perfect way for the great master to leave the game. I hope he manages to score 15,000 test runs and achieve 50 test match hundreds, but all we can do is pray that he is fit enough!

  • thrilseeker on August 12, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    you are the best sachin. may your legacy live on forever. keep on entertaining us a little longer. from trinidad and tobago

  • Cricket4World on August 12, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    @ pratik_vodka, you're kidding yourself mate. No-one compares to SIR DON.

  • Lucky_Shahadat on August 12, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    Yaaaaa...... he shld target 15,000 Test runs bcoz he deserves it --------------------- All Da best --------

  • Pratik_vodka on August 11, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    What some people are forgetting here .. some so called critics of Sachin... is that people love pray to Sachin not just because he makes 100's records wins india matches ... its not the stat the the man that counts. Tendulkar inspite of his countless worldy acheivements has maintained his humbleness. He still shows the spirit in the game when he scores a century or takes a wicket like it was his first. Just compare his reaction to his century in Perth in 1991 and his latest century you will see the similarity. Sachin like few others in their respective fields of life just seem like they were born to do just one thing and that one thing alone. Tendulkar is the best Batsmen in the world period ... and if i dare say dont think even Sir Don comes close.

  • aakash_chandran on August 8, 2009, 8:56 GMT

    Sachin is the god of religion cricket. He is the all time greatest in greatest. His Grace and charm can be matched by noone else in the world.No wonder he is going to reach 15000 runs in test.

  • Cricket4World on August 8, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    @deepraj1981, I'm not saying that Tendulkar's retirement won't be a very sad day for cricket. It will surely send shockwaves through the sport. He is a legend. I'm just saying that cricket will go on after Sachin. It will be a bittersweet time because India will go through what Australia has gone through. Australia dominance has passed as all but one of their legends of that period have retired. But it is an exciting time to see the new up and coming superstars make their own legacy. Indian fans should also be excited to see who will follow Tendulkars footsteps, not neccesarily fill those 'gigantic' shoes. Cricket will always be what it is because of the Tendulkar's, Ponting's and Lara's.

  • CricFan24 on August 8, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    One thing is beyond doubt. After almost 20 years No cricketer can ignite passions anywhere near as remotely as the Little Master can!!!

  • Rohan1 on August 8, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    As several ppl have mentioned the ONE (and only) reason that Lara,Ponting etc are even in the same FRAME as Tendulkar is because of a period 2003-07(when Tendulkar suffered several career threatening injuries which almost put an end to his career). In the period NOT only did lara,ponting score but just EVERY good batsman who was fit.Probably the easiest time in the history of cricket for batting. Also, for those talking about lara not going for records...how do you describe a batsman who bats on and on in dead rubbers for dead draws and then immediately declares after a record score...and then you have the gall to talk about someone else!!! as others have mentioned, when Tendulkar gets 15000 , it is only something he would have got already if injury free during the freewheeling period 2003-07.

  • rajkhera on August 13, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    I must remind people who say sachin didnt win as many matches for india as ponting, viv richards and lara did,do you remember what kind of bowlers they had?its bowlers make you win matches most of the time,if sachin played with bowler like ponting,lara and viv did india wouldav been unbeatable team. Amount of presure sachin carried on his shoulder from such a young age there is know way ponting lara or viv would come evan near the great man mr tendulker,we are proud of you sachin and may you carry on playing as good as you are playing for years to come,GOD BLESS YOU Sachin is number one and always will be,BEST CRICKET PLAYER EVER PLAYED CRICKET,people saying he should give chance to youngsters,i dnt think people who are saying that know anything about cricket,india need good bowler not batsman,they should be finding bowlers and sachin can keep scoring and bowlers can keep wining for india raj from hayes

  • arup_g on August 12, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    Sachin is the best batsman the world has seen and I will say that because he has played some of the best bowlers around such as McGrath, Lee and Warne, Ambrose and Walsh, Donald and Pollock, Wasim, Waqar and Sohaib and Vaas and Murali. Viv Richards was a master at the game but faced only a few tough bowlers such as teams like Austalia and England. The firepower from the other teams were lacking, especially sub-continent teams. If Richards had faced the bowlers in his own team i.e. Marshall, Garner, Croft, Holding etc, then maybe he could be considered the best. Sachin's record is unbelievable, purely for the fact he has been playing since the age of 16. Tendulkar has shown the world that nothing is impossible, and I sincerely hope that India do win the World Cup in 2011 not only for India but to be the perfect way for the great master to leave the game. I hope he manages to score 15,000 test runs and achieve 50 test match hundreds, but all we can do is pray that he is fit enough!

  • thrilseeker on August 12, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    you are the best sachin. may your legacy live on forever. keep on entertaining us a little longer. from trinidad and tobago

  • Cricket4World on August 12, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    @ pratik_vodka, you're kidding yourself mate. No-one compares to SIR DON.

  • Lucky_Shahadat on August 12, 2009, 7:42 GMT

    Yaaaaa...... he shld target 15,000 Test runs bcoz he deserves it --------------------- All Da best --------

  • Pratik_vodka on August 11, 2009, 5:11 GMT

    What some people are forgetting here .. some so called critics of Sachin... is that people love pray to Sachin not just because he makes 100's records wins india matches ... its not the stat the the man that counts. Tendulkar inspite of his countless worldy acheivements has maintained his humbleness. He still shows the spirit in the game when he scores a century or takes a wicket like it was his first. Just compare his reaction to his century in Perth in 1991 and his latest century you will see the similarity. Sachin like few others in their respective fields of life just seem like they were born to do just one thing and that one thing alone. Tendulkar is the best Batsmen in the world period ... and if i dare say dont think even Sir Don comes close.

  • aakash_chandran on August 8, 2009, 8:56 GMT

    Sachin is the god of religion cricket. He is the all time greatest in greatest. His Grace and charm can be matched by noone else in the world.No wonder he is going to reach 15000 runs in test.

  • Cricket4World on August 8, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    @deepraj1981, I'm not saying that Tendulkar's retirement won't be a very sad day for cricket. It will surely send shockwaves through the sport. He is a legend. I'm just saying that cricket will go on after Sachin. It will be a bittersweet time because India will go through what Australia has gone through. Australia dominance has passed as all but one of their legends of that period have retired. But it is an exciting time to see the new up and coming superstars make their own legacy. Indian fans should also be excited to see who will follow Tendulkars footsteps, not neccesarily fill those 'gigantic' shoes. Cricket will always be what it is because of the Tendulkar's, Ponting's and Lara's.

  • CricFan24 on August 8, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    One thing is beyond doubt. After almost 20 years No cricketer can ignite passions anywhere near as remotely as the Little Master can!!!

  • Rohan1 on August 8, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    As several ppl have mentioned the ONE (and only) reason that Lara,Ponting etc are even in the same FRAME as Tendulkar is because of a period 2003-07(when Tendulkar suffered several career threatening injuries which almost put an end to his career). In the period NOT only did lara,ponting score but just EVERY good batsman who was fit.Probably the easiest time in the history of cricket for batting. Also, for those talking about lara not going for records...how do you describe a batsman who bats on and on in dead rubbers for dead draws and then immediately declares after a record score...and then you have the gall to talk about someone else!!! as others have mentioned, when Tendulkar gets 15000 , it is only something he would have got already if injury free during the freewheeling period 2003-07.

  • dhaval1984 on August 8, 2009, 1:32 GMT

    No one elsee is better than Sachin....All indians who criticize him are just angry because even inspite of his greatness we are not able to win a world cup during his time and rest of the world just envy because they dont have a player who is next best to Bradman!

    Our all generation has grown up watchin him....I ve been watchin him since i started understood cricket... And he is great always....Just really sad that even afteer so many years of great pleasure that he has given us still people say bad words about him...

  • ivishiknew on August 7, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    Firstly let me make this clear, I personally think Sachin is the second best batsman in the modern era behind richards. But that is not my point, my main point is that he doesn't deserve such unadulterated unhealthy worship, in fact very few men deserve it. Someone earlier even compared him to Gandhi which says it all. (The only sportsperson who comes close to deserved God-like status is Maradona because he did perform miracles and lifted everyone he played with to new levels.) So re@ChandraSG I'm not blaming Tendulkar for not producing world class fast bowlers, rather I'm blaming our country's obsession with him. Maybe if we treated Sachin as a fantastic player but kept all the accolades till after he retired then who knows he may have even thrived more without the added pressure.

  • Sach_is_Life on August 7, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    @ Topic - Tendulkar said that he's not happy with his achievements and thats same with all the champion players.SRT is a Champ.After playing for more than 20 years and achieving so much one must need some sort of inspiration to maintain the same level of intensity and i think thats what SRT's trying to do here.It doesn't mean that he'll go on even if he is not playing well.Right now he's playing really well and hope he'll continue that for another 2-3 years.Till now he'z very realistic abt his goals and there r very few occassions where he says something abt them in his interviews ( like winning against PAK in WC'03 and Winning Sharjah Cup in 98) in his entire career and now he said that his next is to reach 15000 runs in Test cricket then thats it..He'll do it for Sure..All The Best dear Master. U r The Best..IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING especially If U r Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar..!

  • 1610 on August 7, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    This is in response to all those who are going all out criticising the Legend.. I dont understand what do people expect more out of him. The man has given his entire life for the team and still people undermine his achievements.. The fact of the matter is Indian Cricket is incomplete without Sachin Tendulkar and nobody has any right to speak ill of him.. May intelligence prevail among all the thankless indian cricket fans..

  • jon_dxb on August 7, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    I consider sachin as one of the best batsmen in the world, but, not above lara, sir viv richards and few others. match winning 30 and 40 runs are more valuable than fruitless centuries, hence i consider other players to be ahead of sachin in this prospect.

  • Sach_is_Life on August 7, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    @Rajivcul - Get a life dude..Tendulkar has (91+43=)134 50+ scores out of 415 innings which means one 50+ score in 3 matches and one 100+ in every 10 matches with an avg of 44.37 in 425 Matches. Show me atleast one player who did better than SRT in ODIS in this era.Even In Test Matches he has (42+53=)95 50+ scores in 261 innings which means half century for evrey 2.7 innings and 100 for every 6 innings with an avg of 54.58 where as Ricky Poting did lil better than SRT with 50+ score in every 2.69 innings and a 100+ score for every 5.95 innings with an avg of 55.96 where as Lara has 2.83,6.82 n 52.88 respectively.Now tell me who's over rated?

  • KishoreSharma on August 7, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    Dear SatyajitM and Schrodinger. SatyajitM, I agree that Tendulkar is a legend of batting and well worth his place in the side. I am just commenting on Indian's tendency to idolise individuals and their reluctance to apply objectivity in dealing with them. I think Kapil did overstay his time in the team ! Schrodinger, I think you are being unfair to Sachin. Whether or nlot the team wins is down to the entire team and not just lone player. How many tests would Richards be perceived to have won if not for the famous bowling quarter ? Just an outline of Sachin's performances and his breathking consistency against all types of bowling, in all conditions and all formats of the game (not just the one day tournaments you refer to) indicates he is possibly the most complete batsman ever.

  • rajivcul on August 7, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    how could shane warne say that the best batsman hes ever played against is tendulkar? shane warne hardly ever bowled to lara because steve waugh was afraid to bring him into the attack whenever lara was at the crease. nice one shane

  • rajivcul on August 7, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    there have been many great batsmen in the history of cricket. tendulkar wasn't the greatest of his generation. playing so many matches has to take the credit for all of his records. one day centuries- 43 in 430. 1 in 10 is about average. test centuries 42 in 159 - just under 1 in 4 moderate for someone of his adulation. test average of less than 49 without not out. all greats average over 50 without not outs. he is a very overated player taken out of context when shane warne said he's the best he's playes against. that was a publicity stunt by warne so he could be adored by 1 billion people in india and make lots of money

  • Cancer82 on August 7, 2009, 14:43 GMT

    @Schrodinger : Adulation comes when someone is really accountable for it.. The so called "Mickey Mouse Triangular Series" is considered to be a Masterpiece by one and all in the cricketing world and those who have the IQ to understand the nuances of the game. Mind you it was a one man show. There are so many matches/instances that i can't list them here in this little coloumn. So you Mr Sachin Basher.....what do you think the other 10 in the team are doing? when go you bonkers about Sachin ONLY when it comes to leading a Team to Glory. as everybody say Cricket is Team game hope you are aware :) . So Please go back to the drawing board and get your basics right when you prepare to argue about someone who is no less than Mr.Perfect in what he does.

  • prashant1 on August 7, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Tendulkar was the primary reason I became a cricket fan for over 20 yrs. Lara was too inconsistent throught the 90s,early 2000s. Lara avg. sub 50 till 2003, Tendulkar almost 60. ONly from 2003-07 did Lara (and many many other players) fill themselves SILLY with cheap easy runs ,while Tendulkar went all downhill due to endless,serious injuries. So,since Tendulkar is the major reason I started watching cricket...then it follows that ....Tendulkar out=cricket out. Cant imagine cricket without Tendulkar-Gods own batsman

  • ChandraSG on August 7, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    @ Schrodinger

    If you say that Sachin is not a match winner... You will be the most.. illiterate cricket fan!

    Mind you... India won 20 ODIs against Ausies in the last 20 years... and Sachin is Man of the Match in 10 of them.. (this excludes innings like CB series finals when he scored crucial 90+ runs.. to take India to respectable total..)

    Sachin has most number of Man of the Match awards than any one.. in the history of the game... ! If India, couldn't produce a world class fast bowler.. it is not Sachin's fault...!!

    Sachin has scored more number of boundaries than anyother crickter... Even if you compare Boundaries per Innings rate... Sachin is much much ahead than any of the contemporary cricketers... For example.. Sachin Scored 1680 odd boundaries from 261 test innings... where as Ponting scroed only 1230+ boundaries from 226 innings...

    In ODIs Sachin scored more than 1800+ boundaries.... this is unparallel.... this shows how he gets his runs...!!

  • vinchester on August 7, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    Sachin should know that a batsman's great ness is recognised by your averages & not the runs you accumulate. In this respect Sachin is way behind The Don,Pollock, Headley & a few others. I think somebody in the BCCI hierarchy should talk to Sachin & tell him firmly but politely that enough is enough & lets make way for some promising youngsters like Vijay, Virat Kohli etc. I dont think anybody in any sport should be selected to achieve personal milestones, . Sachin should follow the example of Brian Lara who has set his recordsduring his careear & did not continue to achieve further personal landmarks. After all ultimately all records will be broken.

  • nithesh_87 on August 7, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    @ Schrodinger so u proved that u know nothing about cricket.there was a day when i used to argue with people when they criticized sachin..now i don't argue.i pity for them.Pray for them that God gives them brain to think.for winning a 'mickey mouse triangular series in Sharjah' or 'beating Australia once every 10 games' india needed sachin to perform.if sachin had not perfomed we would never have won those games as well.and about world cup performance of sachin, again praying that God bless u!! remember cricket is a team sport.and even U want sachin to win games for India single handedly.Grow up dude.. each run sachin scored is a run scored for india..a heartbeat of cricket..let cricket live on!!!

  • guruindia on August 7, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar is the most dangerous player in the cricket history.His records are not so easy to break. He had set many milestones in history of cricketing world.There will be one day we will call him Sir Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar .

  • sidster on August 7, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    I recommend that all bowlers to take Buchannan comments seriously and start bowling short to sachin which will only hurry him to 15000 runs. BTW does does anyone remember sachin innings against KKR in the 2nd season of IPL. Well done John!!!!!

  • ivishiknew on August 7, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    The adulation that Sachin gets is sickening and reflects everything that is wrong with Indian cricket. Fans are more obsessed with individual players and personal records than team success. A country of a billion people with only one sport and we've yet to produce a world class pace bowler because everyone wants to be like Sachin, it's embarassing. For all of Sachin's stats, he has rarely led the Indian team to glory. Winning some mickey mouse triangular series in Sharjah doesn't count, neither does beating Australia once every 10 games. Constant failures in World Cups and in series abroad, yet people are happy because Sachin breaks another record. If cricket is a religion, then Tendulkar is a God the saying goes. Well last time I checked God performs miracles, scoring 15000 runs while a respectable achievement, is anything but that.

  • Parthipan on August 7, 2009, 6:22 GMT

    To all who say that Tendulkar has not won enough matches for INDIA,should always go thru what his opponents think of him. All of them needed his wicket badly, to even think of victory to their side. Cricket is a funny game, but the cricket fans are not - their memory are short lived. NOw a days a quick fire 30 or 40 is hailed as a great knock, where as when Sachin gets out after a century you argue that he should have carried on... Someone wrote that Sachin's strike rate is unfit for One day game - Hail his cricket knowledge. : ) for all his detractors pls verify sachin's recent record ( which you say poor ) against his contemprories - and you will find out where the class is and how weak your argument is. One thing for sure - Sachin will quit the game before he g=becomes a liabilty to the team

    Sachin, you are the best and we stand by you

  • SatyajitM on August 7, 2009, 5:43 GMT

    @KishoreSharma I guess you didn't read Sachin's complete statement. He says he doesn't want to be dragged along and "I will know whether I still belong.". Inspite of injuries and bad form Sachin never had a prolonged bad patch (something like less than 40 average for a period of 20 test matches). Kapil actually had prolonged bad patch, in last 6 years of his career his wickets/match was 2.8 which is below par (I was and still am a great fan of Kapil). On the other hand if you take Sachin's career and taken a period of 3 years or so and you would see his average not less than 40 (below par for him but good enough for average batsmen). His current form doesn't suggest he will do too badly in coming two to three years. To be frank India would be the beneficiary as long as he is in the team. It's not about somebody's birth right but common sense to have an ever reliable batsman in the team.

  • PrameshP on August 7, 2009, 5:40 GMT

    15000 test runs for Tendulkar. That will bring lots of joy for us. He can do it as well. I am also looking for his 50+ Test centuries. WC 2011, I will pleased if Indians done it. But my aim is difference from them. In fact I rate no 1 achievement if he will able to win Test Series in Australia. If he play vital role for doing that, that series will be very-very special for me. I want to request Mr. Tendulkar not quit Test cricket before Australian test seris n won that for us. Very-very best of luck for that moment (Not for 15000 Test runs/not for WC 2011, if that is happen we will enjoya that moment but Test series won against Australia in Australia will be most important for us. I am sure Tendulkar will done it and he will led team with mountains of runs).

  • ashwynn on August 7, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    some of us have been comparing him with Ricky and Brian of late...but the amount of pressure Sachin's has played under and the number of runs scored in all forms of the game (minus T20)..he's undoubtedly the BEST OF ALL!

    I think 15,000 runs would again symbolize the greatness of his batting techniques and his determinance!! All the best SACHIN

  • Mohit_Grover on August 6, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    To all HIS distractors, have you ever had personal landmarks in life? What is bad about setting milestones for yourself rather than being disoriented in your approach! Not sure of why there is so much criticism around this point!!

  • sweetnavin on August 6, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    SRT will get 15000 runs in d tests and atleast 50 centuries in d 1 dayers and will be most worst day for the fans of sachin in entire world when he will end his lengendry knocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  • shaurya on August 6, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    15,000 is nothing for God. I am sure 50 centuries and 15,000 will be acheived in the next 3 yrs..Jai sachin sir ki

  • shalla on August 6, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    You said it SACHIN, want to win the WC. That will be the day, and icing on the cake will be to see you receiving the Man of the Match and Man of the Series award on Wankhede Stadium in Aamachi Mumbai after India's WC victory in 2011. The perfect ending for the CHAMPION. Yor are capable of doing it, just go for it Sachin...................our all the best wishes with you.

  • deepraj1981 on August 6, 2009, 16:33 GMT

    @Kishore Sharma

    If u are following cricket closely..and especially Sachin ..then u shud believe that SRT himself wont want to be burden on the team...he will call it quits the day he will feel that he is not adding any value to the team..he wont wait for the selectors to do that,.......as he has always thought about his team..he is the ultimate team man.........he will know exactly when to go.........so dont worry about that time to come ..unless until if he fails for 4-5 innings and the so called sachin critics goes for his head starightaway..so please atleast for him allow him to play according to his willl..as he commands that kind of request.........

  • Koushik_Biswas on August 6, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    Thanks Buchanan for helping Sachin reach his goal quicker. Now all bowlers will bowl short at him, and he will merrily pull and hook instead of nudging and leaving. He will score two where he used to score one, four where he would have pushed for two. Brett Lee and Mitch Johnson still have nightmares of Sachin unleashing his trademark nudge over the wicketkeeper's head. He is the only batsman I have never seen duck under a short ball: he either sways away (the correct way of doing it, and slo-mo has revealed that his eyes follow the ball as it moves past him) or he plays it.

    On a different note, this is not the correct time to publish these comments. Media cannot tolerate a long period of lull in Indian cricket - they are constantly scared of losing viewers. India is not playing much cricket, so they want to time Sachin's comments carefully to buoy patronage. But Ponting is in the middle of Ashes, and he might read this and get more determined to score more in the next 2 tests. Think!

  • LukeTheDuke on August 6, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    I have decided that I will stop watching India play once Sachin retires, for the people who have grown up in 90s, it has been a pleasure watching Sachin play.

  • deepraj1981 on August 6, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    @Cricket4World

    itrs the feeling which we are sharing ......that is it unimaginable Indian Team without Sachin....we are definately Sachin fans and also Cricket fans....but Sachin Tendulkar has made a place in our hearts so much and in such a way that no other cricketer comes even close to it......atleast i have literally shed tears of Joy when he has hit a century.......we are so emotionally atached to him that .....thinking even of his retirement brings tears to our eyes... i hope Sachin fans (cricket fans) agree with me..........

  • kaushiq on August 6, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    i like the idea that sachin wants to win a world cup before he retires, i think thats the only big trophy place empty in his portfolio but playing to get 15000 test run and that too because someone else told him to do so? that is sickening for me to read. it shows that he is playing for a personal milestone and cricket is suppose to be a team game. does it mean that if sachin does not play well and not getting runs still he wants to continue playing? i know the indian selector dont have the guts like australian selector to axe such a high profile player based on bad performance. but this statement will be a scar on his portfolio. i remember how i laughed when shoaib akhter just came in the scene and when asked he said his aim was to bowl the fastest ball in the history and now sachin have made a similar kind of a statement. this statement really does not goes with his image. man like gavaskar should not be setting goals for others.

  • ChairmanValvod on August 6, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar. There has ever been a name in the history of all professional sports that can evoke a sense of pride so personal and dear to an entire nation. This name evokes a sense of pride in every Indian that has probably been matched or exceeded by only one other Indian in history, namely that of the Mahatma. This man is an enigma and an institution unto himself. He is without a doubt a national treasure to the second most populous nation on earth and the broader international fraternity of professional sports. Never has a single sports personality or any personality for that matter, probably in modern history carried the hopes and ambitions, defeat and sorrow alike, than this man on his proverbial gigantic shoulders. No single personality is more directly responsible for making India, the unrivaled Superpower of the International cricket world than Sachin Tendulkar. To match it all, he is the embodiment of the ultimate Gentleman sportsstar. Good Luck, godspeed, and Jai Hind!

  • Papps on August 6, 2009, 15:09 GMT

    doesn matter if SRT scores runs are not but the reading the last few lines makes heart pain. "i ll long to face 10 balls more but hav to move". its really difficult to see cricket without SRT. v always support and love yo. yo can still work wonders and keep the bowlers occupied. long live SRT.

  • KishoreSharma on August 6, 2009, 15:01 GMT

    Sachin is the most complete batsman I have ever seen since I started following cricket in the 1970s. This is partly due to his mastery of different types of bowling and different conditions and partly owing to his increadible consistency in all formats of the game. Having said this, I do agree with the comments made by SridharSampath and Anshul-Dev-Mehta. We need to get beyond this personality cult and obsessions with personal milestones in Indian cricket. There is no sentimentality in Australian cricker nor in English cricket (just read Strauss's statements about Flintoff today). When, in the future, Tendulkar does significantly decline, will the Indian selectors have the courage to tell him to go or will they stick with the ridiculour view that "he has done so much that he has the right to decide the terms of his exit"? I still remember Kapil bowling little dobbers in the early 1990s since the selectors were too scared to tell him to quit. How mature are we as a society?

  • vrghosh on August 6, 2009, 14:29 GMT

    I'm not a Cricket Reporter on daily basis nor a Cricket Journalist, but as a Sport loving person.... I must say that this kind of early declaration is a real sportsmanship.... which shows the real longivity towards the game and at the same time , a huge amount of HOPE generating factor gives an added bonus to world wide fans.... Sachin produces lots n lots of brilliant stuffs by his scoring ability in the last 20 years of fascinating cricket and once again ready to set a new milestone... It may happen that some mediaworks named it as selfish in attitude, but that is negative .... In positive side, a Ship must have a Captain to sail all over... no matter how older he is !!!!! and If cricket pundits wants to squeezed a negative aspect of this planning then stiil my brighter focus goes down to mid 1850's of Single Wicket Cricket between Alfred Mynn and Nicholas Felix.. and now enjoy the same cricketting theme with Sachin Tendulkar Vs Ricky Ponting or other guys in Cricketting Colonies..

  • azonicz on August 6, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    Hey guys the Master knows what hes doing. If he says he wants something doesn't mean he can achieve that.Its a team sport but it depends on how much he can offer to the team.He doesn't speak much but when he does he will get them.I'll want him to be part of a winning world cup team.He deserves it for the service he provided to Cricket.I hope the Indian team realizes that their Master wants to achieve something which they can b prude of.No matter what I'm happy for what he's done for cricket and as a human.Hes handled pressure like no one can. Imagine coming back from his fathers funeral he scored a century...thats how much he loves the game.Respect him for that.

  • azzu_sust on August 6, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    What a terrific discovery by Buchanan! Bowlers all around the world would consistantly bowl short to Sachin and he'd stop making runs. Congrats Bucha for the ground breaking discovery.

  • MAC2011 on August 6, 2009, 14:07 GMT

    i would like Dravid and Laxman play for next five years and 15,000 test runs if sachin does not make it

  • Darshan007 on August 6, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    I will always stand by SRT at any moment of his life. I wish him all the best and all his fan wants what he wants .We all support you and admire you.Bring INDIA WORLD CUP...And we will...

  • BlueNation on August 6, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    "Sachin Tendulkar: I am not pleased yet with what I have done". Being a big fan of Sachin. I want to see more cricket from Sachin. If he feels that he is not pleased, I always feel Yeh Dil Mange more cricket from Sachin ( I heart demands more cricket from Sachin). Go and get 2011 World Cup for India. We love to see you playing cricket for India.

  • 1948 on August 6, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    now a days Sachin not showing his talent for last one year, he must get that magic mark of 15000 runs before his retirement from test series ,he must show his talant playing better cricket ,congrats to Sachin to get that mark.

  • BlueNation on August 6, 2009, 13:33 GMT

    That is what makes you greatest person. You take criticism in a positive way, if there is any thing to change you will accept it and ignores things that doesn't matter him. This is the quality that you find in great people and you are the greatest person in cricket world. Other opinion should not affect you. You are into the cricket more than any one in this world, you know better of yourself and nobody has that talent to point out you and suggestion to you. Being an Indian I want India to win the world cup and I feel very happy to see you lifting the cup. You deserve it and we are confident that we will do it in 2011 world cup.

  • Betupie on August 6, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Tendulkar targets 15,000 Test runs Again wrong title to what he said.. it has happened every now and then. People pick up wrong key words without understanding its true meaning .

    if you read this article he says abt what gavaskar planned for him, people are ready to bounce on him those who believe that he is playing for personal achievements. Those who have seen him playing in 90's will never believe that he plays for his own milestones.. I read it somewhere.. Gavaskar made us believe that we can save matches, and tendulkar taught how to win matches. so true

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on August 6, 2009, 13:28 GMT

    Sachin is not only the proud of Indian Cricket, he is the proud of South Asian Sub-continental Cricket, and the global cricket. Hat off to you, Sachin! You can fulfill your ultimate goal. Best of Luck Sachin! We Love You!

  • RupokCFC on August 6, 2009, 13:20 GMT

    I want him to score 15,000 runs in Tests & 20,000 in ODIs, with 50 centuries in the both format (+50 wickets in Tests) before he retires . And again, I never want him retire before 2011WC. Such a great batsman he is! He could be able to do all these...

  • rajivcul on August 6, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    sachin is great and its time for him to shine now that lara is out of the picture. he was always under lara's shadows. ponting dont come close to lara or tendulkar. lara was great for his aura, invincibility, charm. tendulkar for his consistency and mastering his technique. ponting has done either. it would be great that he sets the record out of pontings reach. with a world cup, india being #1. fairytale ending to what has been a great career.

  • zapphod on August 6, 2009, 13:12 GMT

    I think it is high time he retires. What a selfish player, he needs to give a chance for the younger players to come in and become world class cricketers. Only playing for records. Ganguly/ Dravid rules...

  • avis1001 on August 6, 2009, 12:56 GMT

    Though Sachin has scored many runs but the number of times he won for India are comparatively very less. I hope he works in that direction. And the biggest achievement can be if he gets world cup to India rather than achieving his personal record to get 15K runs in tests.

  • Farce-Follower on August 6, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    Meaningless talk of 15000 runs. Win us matches, SRT. That will do. Just concentrate on Test Cricket please. The 2011 WC is just a chimera for indisciplined cricketers. SRT lacks the strike rate to ensure his contribution to a 2011 win. This whole interview is disturbing and disappointing. I hate to dissent with millions of Sachin fans. But we can never win WC 2011 if SRT expects a major role.

  • kanglei on August 6, 2009, 12:51 GMT

    It's an amazing to read this article as Sachin wants to reach 15,000 runs in test cricket. Then, how many years of age he will play with how many test matches more he will play? He mentioned that Gavaskar wanted him to score 15,000 runs.Gavaskar retired at 37 yrs of age, Lara at 37yrs, Border at 38yrs,..all great players like this. Why was Gavaskar not continued till 40 yrs of his age? For this reason, if Sachin will play upto 40 or 41yrs of life, other young primising players will not get the chance to play for the country, is this justified? If he will not retire with this jealousness of making record, no problem ; the selectors will drop him after 1 or 2 yrs very soon. He is great player no doubt, we the Indians are proud of him. On the other hand, Ricky Ponting is chasing him very closely and he is around 2yrs younger than him.He is also great player. We should know records are made for breaking. He should not dream to play WC2011, as the young Indian team can win it without him.

  • Avid.Cricket.Watcher on August 6, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    Very candid thoughts from the Little Master! I too wish him the very best in the remainder of his career. He may or may not achieve his goals. But he will never be forgotten. Great player, a gentleman and a great ambassador for the game. (Am reminded of the song: Why do all good things come to an end? Sigh!)

  • Parthipan on August 6, 2009, 12:47 GMT

    I just can't understand why you people say that Sachin plays for his personal records not for the team.This is the first instance he has come out with a personal target.When Mcgrath says he will get so and so's wicket in the series, was that a personal target or a way to lend support to the team by taking that so and so's wicket? How many times we have seen Ponting run half the distance to the dressing room on reaching a century - is this not because he reached a personal milestone. Did't you find in Cricinfo that he wants 3 in 3 centuries at Headingley in the next test - is that not a personal want? Did you don't know that Sachin was not there to get his Man of the match award in the Chennai - Ind vs Pak match even though he hit a brave century. Did not we know that he said to Gaekwad, that" he will try and do that ", when he went in to bat at Sharjah one day match against Aus.Just a man is popular should not be a reason to disgrace him. SACHIN is greater than so called TEAMPLAYER

  • nair_ottappalam on August 6, 2009, 12:28 GMT

    hi sachin,

    well,its all the while admired that you have done wonders to indian cricket as well as to your own career. at the same time, would you just think of your own body? is it really supporting you the same way as it was a few years back? the flambouyant tendulkar who used to be a nightmare to shane warne is probably not seen now-a-days. 20 years of international cricket is not a child's play. you have really done something which not everyone could dream of. kudos to all your achievements. take care

  • VouxPopuli on August 6, 2009, 12:25 GMT

    I am ardent fan of Sachin like the millions and a billion+ Indians, however, realistically speaking, he cannot (though I wish he could) go beyond 13.5 to 14K at the most. Plus, he himself having said several times that he doesn't play for records, it is a little surprising that he makes his own retirement conditional on achieving these milestones. Sachin at his devastating best is always a treat to watch, but seeing labouring pain to reach landmarks is a little be sad... All said and done, may be achieve his wishes, as he has given us immense pleasure in enjoying this game and he can have the luxury of aiming for these highly ambitious records. Three Cheers Sachin, may you remain the gentleman that you always have been...

  • kal07 on August 6, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    "I would say Virender Sehwag comes closest to my style." ... This statement made my day! Sachin is the greatest ever along with Sir Don. This fact cannot change ever. And someone of his stature making a statement like that has to be well thought. I say definitely YES! If India are to WIN 2011 WC, Sachin has to play the anchor role, Sehwag has to give brisk and morale boosting start and Yuvraj has to finish the job...That should be our Mantra for batting. I really don't care what Dhoni and the rest do in the batting, if they click its bonus BUT i'll only lay my money on the 3 stars I mentioned. In addition to this bowling should be decent. That would be enough. If Sachin wants WC winner's medal he will need a big help from Sehwag. I hope Sehwag will be in his prime for the WC...that is more than enough! Go India!!! Go Sachin!!! Go Sehwag!!!

  • r.kasat on August 6, 2009, 12:17 GMT

    Oh my God i cannot imagine cricket without SRT. Sachin is a role model for not only millions of aspiring cricketers but also to another millions who are not even remotely connected to cricket and that is simply because of his superb attitude. I wish SRT completes not only 15k but many more because we all would like to see Sachin on the top of every record. May God give him the strength and health to stay fit for years n years to come!!!

  • Cricket4World on August 6, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    To all you people saying that you will stop watching cricket the day Sachin retires, you are not TRUE CRICKET FANS you are only Tendulkar fans. One player is not bigger than the game he plays. We don't need these kind of fans in cricket.

  • Srikantesh on August 6, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Sachin,

    Yes! I too had these things in my opening. Also Ton Tondulkar [100 100s]. I started following Cricket with your international debut and I too know I will also loose interest in cricket by your retirement. According to me Test cricket is Best Cricket. You are performing better still. Set aside the criticism and march towards your goal which is also my dream.

    Let us don't allow some dust to settle on our gem. And that is the only thing we can offer to this 'SACCH' - The "Truth" in of Cricket.

    Srikantesh, Bangalore

  • MikeZito on August 6, 2009, 12:03 GMT

    Well, I wouldn't want to raise a huge debate, but many of the Indian players appear to be hungry after "personal" records. Sachin, seems to follow this trend during the later parts of his career. Look at what a Gilchrist, Ponting or Steve Waugh have achieved in terms of winning WORLDCUP or for that matter the quality of innings they played in crucial matches. One should look at the way Ian Healy retired when he was 5 scalps away from 400 dismissals. In any case guys, please do not bash me on this post.

  • Chan_LANKAN on August 6, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    well 2011.. itz belongs to Sri lankan dude. SL will be the next world champz...

  • Nipun on August 6, 2009, 11:32 GMT

    It's a frightening thought from everyone's perspective that Sachin is nearer than further away from retirement.Wish that day never comes.......:(

  • Chan_LANKAN on August 6, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    This guy wants to be in News.. I admire his records and as a person and as a cricketer. But this statement is issued because nobody is talking about his nowadays except Sunil G, Ravi S. Anyway Dear Sachin please step down form Mumbai Indian captaincy, for the sake of the team.

  • reeksrok on August 6, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Sachin is terrific to watch even now and it is a pity that he has to retire in another few years

  • munmun73 on August 6, 2009, 11:27 GMT

    Oh...now Mr. Buchanan has something to say about SRT??

    Sachin da: Get that elusive World Cup. Go TEAM INDIA!!

  • pak21 on August 6, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    it is always a pleasure 2 c sachin batting...despite being a pakistani fan.i believe tht cricket world would b sad without him and how an indian batting line up will look without s tendulkar....

  • deepraj1981 on August 6, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    Well indeed......its a dream of whole India to see Sachin Tendulkar...and will really pray that happens on his home ground Wankhede Stadium..wht a moment it would be.....really wish and pray that the man who has dedicated his life for cricket get this moment to cherish....we ideally would want SRT to continue forever.......as imagining Cricket without him is unthinkable.......lets all pray for him .......Critics please leave him......

  • HarishVS on August 6, 2009, 11:11 GMT

    We are lucky that Sachin has come out such decisively to serve India with many more thousands of runs. This cry of getting younger players in is something that is coming from people who may not know their cricket properly. Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Badrinath and Co. have failed miserably in terms of consistency. I think Ganguly deserved to play One day cricket still longer. We might have won one day matches of late under Dhoni without Tendulkar but the main factor in many of those victories was Virendra Sehwag or Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir. The so called younger brigade have never scored runs consistently and comfortably against every attack and alien conditions to sub-continent. Tendulkar to play till World Cup 2011 is the biggest bonus for Indian cricket. Dravid's inclusion for Champions Trophy also will add value to this Indian Batting which is thoroughly missing now-a-days with players like Raina, Rohit, Badri, etc who need a couple of more years to develop their cricket.

  • Liberal on August 6, 2009, 11:07 GMT

    the only team that can challenge ind in ind is saf, 2011 is highly likely for india if they can get their bowling rite.. 15k is a surity for sachin 4 years is a piece of cake for him. i wish he plays just a few more months than ponting and scores atleast 100 more runs hehe and save us from being forced to call ponting as the greatest please.

  • virtualshah on August 6, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    Let Sachin Decide whatever he wants...don't oppose him. A very few are of his stature... he is a role model...apart from cricketing achievements... we must admire him for teaching us how to be cool/behave while millions are keeping high hope and chanting on your name hysterically over the years. We are lucky, we have Sachin, at least, to Talk to our Grandchildren. THANKS SACHIN.

  • crickfann on August 6, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    SRT must work with team and motivate them to achieve his and millions of his countrymen dream of winning 2011WC. It is possible only when all the team willing to give what it takes. Regarding his own achievements, I think there is nobody who can breaks his present record, he is on the peak.

  • ranjil on August 6, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    ill stop watching cricket when sachin retires. thats what he means to me. for me cricket and sachin are synonyms.

  • Shrini on August 6, 2009, 10:39 GMT

    If Sachin achieves this target, it would be fair to say that there would be no person better to deserve it. He without doubt has been the greatest individual to grace the cricketing field, not only due to his mesmerising batting, but also because he personifies the term 'true sportsman'. As far as John Buchanan is concerned, Shane Warne himself has been fiercely critical of Buchanan. I hope Sachin gets to hold the World Cup, because it will be a truly fitting farewell to one of cricket's greatest legends.

  • kjaiswal on August 6, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    Sachin is closest we, indians, have to a team player. I am glad he says that one of his aims is to win the World Cup, but he wants to score 15K runs first. Because of this attitude our stars have managed so little team goals. Look at the Aussies, very few of their guys hold individual records...but they have dominated cricket for the last decade (or more). What about this for a goal: I want to win every series that we play in and if the 15K comes, it comes...

  • SridharSampath on August 6, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    I am disappointed that Sachin didn't talk about beating AUS in Aus in a Test Series as one of his goals, apart from the 2011 WC. Not entirely surprising, given the importance of personal milestones/records in Indian cricket. Thank God, he didn't mention winning IPL for Mumbai Indians ashis goal. BTW, I agree entirely with the comments made by Anshul_Dev_Mehta.

  • sharadindia on August 6, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    fel great to read dis article...i hope sachin wld play till 2015 world cup...if guys like sanath can do it then why cant sachin...i think sachin has got the real chance to complete 15 k runs in test and 20 k runs in one dayers..just he has ato put a more on his fitness..get away frm ipl n firstc class matches...this wdl increse his cricketng carrer...he is just 36 and still has atleast 4 more years to play ...he can choose the matches he wants to play...quit the matches agains bangladsh ,zimbabwe..i think he is d best one day player n one of the finest test player ever been on earth..ricky wil never been able to catch him in tests n asa far as one dayers r concerned i thnk his record wil be broken by a player of some other planet...not from earth atleast...if he plays for 4 more years then ponting wil have no chance to overcome him in tests also..my best wishes to sachin...hope he entertains us for his lifetime...sachin is d best..n others r rest...

  • vvarunkumar on August 6, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    It's amazing to see the zeal with which this amazing sportsman is thinking of playing the 2011 world cup.i think for us(mere mortals) just looking at Tendulkar play is equivalent to winning the world cup because i think without Tendulkar i don't think cricket would have been what it is around the world and in India.i think we(1,147,995,904) should take our hats off and salute this supreme personality of this amazing game.please dont ever retire in this lifetime because we want to see you play the square cut and the straight drives and the cover drives forever forever and ever!

  • CricFan24 on August 6, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    In not for Tendulkars injuries when all batsmen were piling on cheap easy runs ...Tendulkar would have had 15000 runs, more than 50 hundreds and a 60+ avg. ALREADY!!! So, when he does get it ...it would simply be Just Desserts

  • SAIFMAIHAN on August 6, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Dear Sachin, I really enjoy seeing you in the ground,particularly against pakistan. you have been a great player ever. It is remured that you will retire in near future, but we Afghan's really love you and your team mate playing in the ground. I would like you to train Sehwag for India, this would be a great service of you to your country. We hope to have great scores in the future too.

  • Amir_D on August 6, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Great player (Lara was better) and a fine example to all cricketers young and old throughout his entire career (Lara was not), but doesn't need to listen to a bighead like Gavaskar. World Cup is never going to happen for him, but good luck.

  • jhakaspakiya on August 6, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    On a lighter note...I'd say Sachin should keep playing and stay ahead of Ponting in total runs and the number of centuries scored...and just for fun, when Ponting retires, Sachin should retire the very next day....LOL

  • vivekanands on August 6, 2009, 9:03 GMT

    Sachin! You're the G.O.A.T in cricket and I want you to score a century of 100's (test + ODI), make 15k runs and win the '11 world cup!

  • Anshul_Dev_Mehta on August 6, 2009, 8:58 GMT

    Dear Sachin, Thankyou so much for coming up with this news, and also for reminding that India is a test playing nation. I have stopped following Indian cricket for a while now, and instead follow english cricket, please save cricket from the baseball virus. Thanks.

  • L4zybugg3r on August 6, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    I have to point out that just because a player can bat in 2 innings of a test does not mean they will so it will take Tendulkar a bit longer than some of you are predicting (check out his record). As much as I think they are admirable goals from a great player I also think its time for some younger talent to get a chance to play in the national side.

  • Raju_Iyer on August 6, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    To all the doubting Thomases :

    Please read the recent book , " If Cricket is a religion - then Sachin is God " by Mr. Vijay Santhanam and Shyam Balsubramaniam, two brilliant minds ( Engineer - MBAs). They have analysed threadbare all aspects of the phenomenon we know as Sachin and have thoroughly exposed the hollow arguments of his critics like Ian Chappell, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sambit Bal, S. Rajesh who have tried to heap scorn on Sachin from time to time only to eat humble crow later!

  • LordAnkur on August 6, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    It is great to know that Sachin hasn't decided to retire and will allow us the pleasure of watching his super battting....the way only he can.

    I suggest people to stop criticising,simply because it hasn't been able to deter him from scoring runs in the past and it won't do in future....

    I also find calls of youngsters in the team funny,coz i can't seem to find anybody in India who can score 5,000 test runs leave alone 30,000 Intl runs....

  • alshankar on August 6, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    @ sunny_hash, if you think sachin will ever get a treatment like sourav or rahul, think again. Sachin is beyond these. If you dont believe it, ask mike dennis.

  • amaltn on August 6, 2009, 8:41 GMT

    Its great to hear that the maestro iis planning to play the next world cup. But what i don't get is why people want him out of the way even though he is performing well. It sends the wrong message. We have this prejudice that players should call it quits when the cross 35, but ironically its the over 35s who are still the best players in the world. Australia slump to this situation because greats like hayden and gilchrist retired. Sachin has played enough cricket to know when he wants to call it a day. So please lay off him . And you go get em champ. three cheers to sachin. hip hip hurray..................

  • BaddiShining on August 6, 2009, 8:38 GMT

    Between now and the 2011 WC India is scheduled to play 16 tests (according to current FTP), incidentally this is the same number that Ricky Ponting will play in the same period (including the two remaining Ashes tests). Going by his scoring rate per test he will be scoring around 1300 to 1500 runs in the 16 matches. This will leave him around 1000 runs short, meaning a good year's worth of test cricket. Irrespective of what happens in the ODI World Cup I think he will call it quits from ODIs after the World Cup and continue for a year in tests. England tour in 2011 or Australia tour in 2012 might be a good place to quit.

  • Vansan on August 6, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    I totally agree with you sunny hash. Why here all thinks sachin can win 2011 WC for India. why make one player GOD. Do you think that Australia won the 3 WCs coz of Glenn McGrath or did India win the WC2020 coz of just one player. wake up guys sachin can play for his individual records but that doesn't mean he will win the WC2011 for India.

  • favazak on August 6, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    I am an admirer of Sachin. Everyone says senior player should leave de game 4 youngsters 2 come in! As far as oneday nd T20 is concerned India can win witot likes of Sachin! But when u talk about Test Cricket(Real Cricket) no Indian youngsters have raised thier standard enough to evn compare wit like Sachin, Dravid nd Ganguly who wer larger dan game players! Players valuing money more than thier passion 4 cricket! Likes of Dhoni & Bhaji not avilable for National award was mer ex.! We cant blame them its human everybody is running after money even u nd me! Considering these cercumstance Sachin can Play 4 another 3 yrs and hopefully will achieve 15000 runs! If India has 2 produce a better test side BCCI will have 2 only give 50% of the efforts dey 4 IPL fo Ranji Trophy! Raise de Infrastructure of domestic cricket better facilities, better pay etc. IPL is fun nd time pass! just like 3 hour bollywood movie! But Crickt is nt IPL or ODI s but Test Cricket! All de bst to Sir Sachin Tendulkar!

  • anuj2202 on August 6, 2009, 8:24 GMT

    It is good to see that Sachin is looking to score 15000plus runs and get the world cup that has eluded us since 1983. But it will be better for Indian cricket if Sachin along with other legends of modern Indian cricket start grooming the next generation of cricketers who can take over from them when he and others retire. Kumble and Ganguly are already gone, we need their replacements really fast in order to stay competitive. Likewise the time isn't far when we will need replacements for Dravid and Sachin as well. Otherwise we will start going downhill the way Australia is going now. Hence it is important that Sachin and others play an active role in mentoring the next generation of cricketers for our country.

  • Rohan1 on August 6, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    Make it 20000 Sachin ? Pleeeese. ...coz on the 7th day God created Tendulkar!!!

  • Vasanth.C on August 6, 2009, 8:19 GMT

    I am happy to note that so many fans are sceptical about Cricket with-out Sachin Tendulkar. I will pay any amount of money to fly & watch his final innings and I will swear to stop watching cricket after that. I am little surprised that he has spelled his goals (15000 Test Runs and winning WC), for he has consistently refused to answer any questions on his goals over many years.

  • Vansan on August 6, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    Hi Guys,

    I wish him good luck for his new targets. But there are lot of young talents in the queue, Sachin could simply retire after 2011 WC than to set records. Is he playing for records?? Who cares records if team cannot win matches frequently out of sub continent.

  • boris6491 on August 6, 2009, 8:13 GMT

    Even the thought of Sachin calling time on his career is unnerving.. An Indian team without Sachin Tendulkar just sounds odd.. But like all great cricketers, he has to go sometime and we will all have to get accustomed to an era minus Sachin and look forward to (hopefully) many great players in the future that can come close to, if not surpass Sachin's achievements on the cricket field. I hope he prospers in the next two years that he plays.

  • punter1973 on August 6, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Poor Sachin, is he playing to make and break records or to win a game for his Country, Captain and his fans ? Now that he is 36, he should put his sights to palying cricket year by year, depending on his ability. Is he finding Sunil as an excuse to play Test Cricket and go for the runs that he aims ? It should be him who should make a decision to play or not, not anybody else ?

    Sachin, if he plays is depriving of another good quality younger player of his chances to play for TESTS, isn't he being selfish, is this greed or for playing cricket ?

    As for winning the World Cup 2011, there are better and up coming teams who are much better than India. You can see South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England and Australia having good teams for the W C 2011. One can set his sights, but getting it is the question ?

    The T20 tells the story of the champions, doesn't it ?

    When the time comes to go, you have to go !

    Take the example of Warnie, he went when he felt it was time to go !!

    Cheers

  • prashant1 on August 6, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    We want Sachin FOREVER !! The day he stops playing cricket is the day I stop watching cricket. Cricket without Sachin? What's that?!

  • drsuso on August 6, 2009, 8:10 GMT

    He should play only if he is fit. If he has broken finger then he should take rest and give other players a chance. He should not play for his own achievements even with a broken finger. Many youngsters are waiting to get a chance. Unfortuantely we Indians don't know when to retire untile we are thrown out.

  • UmeshD on August 6, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Very interesting for Sachin to say anything like this. I guess we have very interesting times ahead till 2011 world cup. Sachin would get max 16 tests and if he's going to target 15000 test runs by then, wow. It would then be ideal for him to attain WC winning glory and retire or just play on till he likes in whatever format. What a dream !!

  • CricFan24 on August 6, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    YES!! Keep going Sachin! If not for his injuries he would ALREADY have had 15000 runs and 50+ hundreds with a 60+ avg.

  • bharatratna on August 6, 2009, 8:07 GMT

    Even Murali aimed at 1000 wickets a few years ago, but now he is content with 800. Realistically before the 2011 World Cup there may not be enough series for Sachin to score 2000+ runs. But it is quite exciting to think about Sachin retiring from tests at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2011-12 Aus series! I am sure he would be somewhere close to 15000 then, but more importantly we can expect a Steve waugh-ish send-off from the Aussie crowds!

  • CiMP on August 6, 2009, 8:05 GMT

    Thats good news! As far as I know this is the first time that Sachin has publicly shared his goals. Given his genius, determination, application and passion for his team and country he shd be able to achieve what he has set out to. And that is good news for India bcz it wd mean India wd win the ODI World Cup! Ultimately it is his form that will drive the decision when he will quit cricket. Only the formal decision may be taken up either by him or the selectors/BCCI. If the selectors/BCCI ever decide to have the temerity to decide, they must brace themselves to face the wrath of Sachin devotees!

  • TusharSK on August 6, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Hi Friends, This Tushar Khandelwal from Pune. You imagination of cricket without Sachin is impossible, definetly its my opinion but I know I am not wrong. He will score 15000 runs in test and under his guidence India will Win WC 2011. I am deying to see magical figures from Sachin's bat, like century of 50's and half century of 100's, sounds great know. And people like John Buchanan, if they are not respecting Sachin Tendulkar, the God of Cricket, actually they are insulting GOD.

  • sathishdas on August 6, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    This interview is very unlike Tendulkar!!! You dont see him quiet often talk about critics in such blunt way . He is always diplomatic towards criticism which makes me doubt the authenticity of this mail!!!

  • Rajit on August 6, 2009, 8:01 GMT

    The thought of Sachin retiring is scary... he is a true legend I pray that his wish comes true... he is a true legend ,the game of cricket has seen both on and off the field...All the best to Him...

  • Stolen1 on August 6, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    Sachin, you just eroded our confusion whether you will be retiring before the World cup or not. Being a fanatic fan i have a peace of mind now and you have really set realistic target for yourself and i wish you may achieved all your future resolution with great stlye. Please show us some of your hey days aggression in your batting. Being Sachin ardent fan letting the cricket lovers know that sachin is living legend and no one can emulate his batting and cricket acumen.

    Good wishes.

  • Nishad on August 6, 2009, 7:47 GMT

    Sachin is the most respected cricketr today. We all have enjoyed the was he has played all these years. People may try many things but they cannot shake the determination of this man. May he achieve all his dreams, win the world cup and score 15000 test runs. Like he said that retiring is a scary thought for him it is for some of us as well. We cant imagine cricket without Sachin.

  • sunny_hash on August 6, 2009, 7:38 GMT

    i fink tendulkar should retire from cricket n give way to younsters other wise he would be thrown out f the team like ganguly n dravid ,now his time is over he has to retire unselfishly other wise india can never win world cup 2011

  • bill123 on August 6, 2009, 7:33 GMT

    I can not imagine cricket without Sachin. He should play till we are watching cricket. He can not retire. The game will not be so glorious without Sachin. And yes he will one the world cup for India.

  • Asad_Ali on August 6, 2009, 7:31 GMT

    Hi Guys, i am a a huge cricket fan, well i was born and raised in Pakistan so you know cricket is like a religion to us in Pakistan or India, and i think 15,000 runs is doable for Sachin, and i mean yeah he needs at least 41 innings to scora that many runs if he plays on the average he is been playing but i personally think that a bat like Sachin only gets better and he still has time and no question about his skills, i think he will be able to score 15000 runs, and i wish him all the best for his 15000 and good luck to team india for WC2011.( As long as its not against Pakistan :-) jus kiddin;)

  • RHARKI on August 6, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Somebody once asked me as to what will happen when Sachin retires from cricket? I replied, "The world will never be the same again"

  • Santhosh3186 on August 6, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    As per Sachin's record, even with an average of 50 and few more test matches for safety, he needs 25 more test match at the max to achieve the feat. Hope BCCI will understand the need for having more test match cricket instead of going for money through IPL. BCCI should take the responsibility of letting down test match cricket for money...

  • nadster101 on August 6, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    Tendulkar is great...one of the most humble sporstmen ever. I hope he makes it to 15k runs, but it's going to make him play for at least another 3 years-39 years...that's going to be hard with so much T20 going on people have stopped watching classic test cricket. It's sad we're not playing any more test matches for this year and next year there's going to be a lot more focus on the t20 wc, and preparation for the 2011 wc. In their current calendar there doesn't seem to be any more test matches for india for at least another year. In all probability, ponting might just break tendulkar's record of 42 100s by the end of this year- hopefully that won't happen, but india have to start playing a lot more matches for tendulkar to get to 50 100s as well.

  • Happydummy on August 6, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    I find the negative comments a bit ridiculous. Tendulkar averages 54 in Tests. He needs a little over 2000 runs in Test cricket for the 15K mark. If he plays by his average, and since there are 2 innings per test, he needs to play a little over 20 tests to reach the milestone. He says he wants to win the 2011 World Cup. He never said he will retire after winning it. He might continue playing just tests after the world cup to get the 15k mark. Stop saying that Sachin will definitely retire after the World Cup. It might be just ODIs if he hasn't gotten the 15K in Tests!

  • rakshit_dosti on August 6, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    I won't comment on his goals but like to See Sachin playing forever. He should play until his body says No.

  • dyogesh on August 6, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    I remember Rohit Brijnath, an avid sachin fan himself questioning Sachin's continutation in the game after 2007 WC. But by the end of the year, he accepted that it was a mistaken call and that it is better to just sit back and enjoy the ride with Sachin. 15,000 runs and 2011 World cup would be incredible chapters in what is already an incredible journey. Isn't it funny that just two years back everybody opined that his time is up ? Its better not to predict geniuses for " they have their own way".

  • Anand_8 on August 6, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    GOD came to international cricket the year i was born-1989..!!Still he is playing to his full ability with the charisma he had then..He s the undebatable greatest player cricket has ever seen.Yes,there are very few test matches to be played due to IPL,etc,but i still feel Sachin wud still reach 15000 runs in tests wit ease.I pray to the Almighty dat India must win 2011WC as every player must play well to win it..But im sure he ll reach 15k runs..John Buchanan needs to gain undue attraction by criticising God,which all cricketing fans wud know is utter ignorance of nobody other than himself..GOD S GREAT!!!Ur die hard fan forever

  • paddlesweep on August 6, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    Of all the cricketers of my generation, I respect Sachin Tendulkar the most -- not just in terms of his prowess as a cricketer but also as someone who knows how to carry the mantle of a role model to millions around the globe. However, he may be stretching his imagination a bit in thinking he can carry on to achieve the targets he is talking about with his current fitness levels. As one ages, cricket can seem like a cruel mistress. I hope, for his sake, he does not mistime hanging up his boots. A legion of greats have historically, failed to read the clock and often rued falling for those "ten balls more". Aspirations to a World Cup win, one feels, is just a smokescreen to that 15 grand ambition because the demand and rigors of modern-day ODIs would probably not allow him that luxury at the age of 38plus. Maybe he could eschew ODIs as he has T20 and go on to the Test 15 design. There, too, Ricky Ponting will be hot on his heels. Wish him all the luck in the world, though!

  • Baundele on August 6, 2009, 6:41 GMT

    I would say, Sachin seems like a bit greedy here. He is one of the players that I respect most; but he should leave before he is forced to leave. The mood of Indian cricket fans swing very rapidly. The people who are worshiping him as God would not take much time to term him as Endulkar. Sachin should make way to the younger players. He is still one of the greatest players of alltime, if he does not score any more runs. Why he needs to target 15000? And world cup for India? No way!

  • rohan110883 on August 6, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    I will stop watching cricket , how many people think same like me ... I hope he will be a inidian cericket team coach or commenteator.........we love sachin , we pray sachin............life and cricket without sachin is like world without god......Hope my son play like sachin......

  • Gaja-Ba on August 6, 2009, 6:12 GMT

    Sachin say's he's "not pleased yet with what I have done" and hopes to win the world cup 2011 for India and get 15k Test runs. He has been around for so long, and reached a GOD alike status. But I don't think he's capable of achieving either of his goals. Indian team is not so strong now than last year and no sign of getting better. Shewag and Yuvraj are only players who can make impact as I can see. On the other hand, Sachin himself is not a force like he was. He can still score a ton on his day, but I don't see he can hang on untill reaching 15000 Test runs. I wish if he could.

  • JagDada on August 6, 2009, 6:10 GMT

    Yes - Sachin has got right target in his mind i.e. to score over 15000 test runs and also win 2011 World Cup for India in formidable company of MS Dhoni and his boys. Well shall I add one more to his wish-list !? Triple Century in a Test, which shall be apt 'icing' on his cake !!

  • romel55 on August 6, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    Unfortunately I don't think sachin checks out the the Indian test calendar....I think very few chances are there for him to make 15,000 mark...IPL is responsible for brainwashing the board and sad end of great careers of sachin and rahul...Can any one tell me how many tests India is going to play in 2009?

  • BellCurve on August 6, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    I am sorry to say but there is no way that India will win the 2011 world cup and there is no way that Tendulkar will score 15,000 runs. Just now way at all. Tendulkar should retire now or very soon. Otherwise he risks going out on a low.

  • Wrungun on August 6, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    Let me tell you all one instance....last month when I flew back from London, I ran into Sachin. Myself, a co--traveller and Sachin family in the lift!!! Just us! Can it be any better??? I shook hands and greeted him. He was very courteous, thanked and responded very well. So did Anjali. For a person of his stature, they were so very courteous. I felt so shy to ask for a click. When somebody mentions that he is not good, I only pity them. We all know that they are trying to get some attention. Thats it. Mr. John Buchanan, let me tell you this not just as an Indian but as a vivid cricket lover, THERE CANNOT BE ANOTHER SACHIN IN THIS GAME. BATTING=SACHIN. Please do not disgrace youself. You were just a successful coach of a team with superstars. Even I would have been a great coach with that team. If you really had the muscle in you, you should have shown it with KKR. Sorry, you dont have it in you.

  • rahil_kapur on August 6, 2009, 5:47 GMT

    Cricket means Sachin to me..! And there is no doubt in my mind that he would surpass this feat also as he has done in the past so many times and has made all of us proud of his achievements. Winning 2011 WC would be the best thing to happen to Indian Cricket and what else one needs if it is the Little Master himself who leads the team to glory.. I am already waiting for it to happen..!

  • mumbaiguy79 on August 6, 2009, 5:45 GMT

    I live, sleep, drink, eat cricket. If you prick me the color of my blood will be cricket. When Sachin retires I will stop watching cricket!

  • AshokSoni on August 6, 2009, 5:42 GMT

    I would love to see Sachin score more than 15000 runs Now as he has commited we sincerely hope he will definitely fulfill Sunil Gavaskar's desire like me to see him always at the top of the All Time Greats' List But he should not forget in between Gavaskar was not happy the way he getting out to some very ordinary deliveries So I would like to achievethe desired target as a Hero as he started in a convincing manner so should he retire in the same fashion!

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 6, 2009, 5:38 GMT

    Buchanan's was a cheap attempt to get under Tendulkar's skin before the start if the 07-08 Australia series. As it happened, 1) It was a cheap shot, 2) India contested the series extremely competitively and 3) Tendulkar scored 2 150s in the tests and a series winning hundred in the final. Not bad for someone who apparently can't play the short stuff!! If only that most-revered of Coaches(as per Warne!!) could have concentrated as much on Ponting's ability to play spin!!

  • Santhosh3186 on August 6, 2009, 5:36 GMT

    This is one of the open statements that Sachin has ever gave. I have never seen him directly answer to any critic or some queries related to his performance and retirement. He answers with his bat. Lets all hope Sachin starts his wish of winning the world cup 2011 with a win in the upcoming champions trophy. Go SACHIN go!!! We LOVE you!!! INDIA loves you!!!

  • avkris on August 6, 2009, 5:29 GMT

    i can never forget the tears in the eyes of sachin after the 2003 WC final, even the best player of the tournament award was no consolation for him...hopefully he will win it in 2 years time on home turf...gud luck sachin, gud luck Team India..

  • nikunjforu on August 6, 2009, 5:20 GMT

    no set aim for 20000 runs.Pleaseeeeeee.

  • AdityaRavindran on August 6, 2009, 5:16 GMT

    Sachin's been my role model right from the time I played cricket. His on field and off field behaviour has been outstanding. I'm just crazy about him. He's my only GOD. I cant imagine the game without him.. Sachin, we'll definitely win the 2011 cup.. And I'll be the happiest person to see you hold that cup. :)

  • abhijithsimha on August 6, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    So i can keep watching cricket atleast until 2011.... oh and finally its time to develop new loyalties if i wish to go on about watching cricket.... but just wished he hoped for 20000 runs instead of 15000, and should keep going till the 2015 WC if god forbid India cant make it in 2011... cant get enough of Sachin can we??

  • Graduated_Cheetah on August 6, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    Hell Yeah :) This is the right step by the Master Blaster ... Set a target for himself and work towards achieving it ... I hope he acomplishes 15000 test mark ...

  • Sachim on August 6, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    He is the best cricket player and I know he will be able to amass 15,000 Test runs and make India win 2011 World Cup.

  • Maxgilli on August 6, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    I don't think it would be difficult only for Sachin Tendulkar to imagine life without cricket. I think it would be difficult for an entire generation, which grew up watching the boy wonder grew into a master batsman. I was 6 or 7 years old, when I first watched Sachin and till now he has been the name synonymous with Indian Cricket and it is hard to imagine an Indian Team without Sachin. I wish he could win us the 2011 world cup and sign out in style.

  • Ilin on August 6, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    greatest players never satisfies. i will stop watching cricket when sachin would retire.

  • Arsh on August 6, 2009, 4:57 GMT

    Wishing him tons of good luck. But man, its hard to imagine Indian cricket - Tendulkar.

  • bejoyk on August 6, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    I wish Sachin wins the World Cup for India & for himself, may Jesus Christ (son of God) help. God Bless

  • pathan310 on August 6, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    SACHIN IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE WORLD THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PLAY AS LONG AS HE WANT AND I DARE ANY ADMINISTRATION DROPPING HIM. HE HAS ACHIEVE SO MANY RECORDS FOR INDIA AND IS STILL GOING. I THINK IF HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN T20 SQUAD , INDIA WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY PLAYED FINAL. WISH YOU ALWAYS THE BEST SACHIN.

  • sna123 on August 6, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    I will stop watching cricket if sachin retires..Hes the best ... a LEGEND !!!!

  • AshyZ on August 6, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    I wish him all the best. He will surely reach all the milestone which he has set for himself. He is simply the Best. For me, a cricket match does not interest me when I see he is not playing the match. And I know it would be the case for a lot of people. He really is a Great in the not only the world of Cricket but also in the world of sports.

  • vinchester on August 6, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer, but it is not his birthright, that he will be in the team for the next world cup. he should leave it to the selectors. the same applies to when he leaves the game. Frankly he has achieved all humanly possible, & his records will not be erased in the near future. I think he should leave the one day game now which requires fresh legs on the field. just as he has done in 20 20. He can thus conserve his energy & also be injury free for the tests.

  • tRIvIaL on August 6, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Hopefully the whole of India get behind this genius and get him that elusive trophy...the greatest since the Don. (the cherry on the cake would be him scoring the first 200 in an one-dayer)

  • Ilin on August 6, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    im greatly obbliged that sachin mentioned his Misssion 2011.for him there would be no place to win it for india,but on his own soil.Tendulkar always replies by his BAT.greatest ever plyer.today too when he comes on the field,stadium rocks man.and for buchanen he should be recall that due to tendulkar,many bowlers lost their confidence and careers like fleming and kasparowicz,who were not only thrashed by him but smashed plenty of sixes on their SHORT PITCHED BALLS.ricky ponting cant even touched his shadow,ever.there can be no other TENDULKAR.

  • ashishmitta on August 6, 2009, 4:28 GMT

    As for my opinios there are N number od Records and Achievement which Sachin has achieved in his 20 year cricket journey till now.

    But he would surely be missing the three things:

    Memeber of ODI world Cup winning Team Scoring a Triple Century in Test Cricket Highest Run Scorer in an Inning in an ODI

    I am very much sure that he can single handedly achieve all these things.. Best of Luck..:)

  • akshay4india on August 6, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Good Luck! Supporting Tendulkar 100%. He is a legend, and i can't imagine life without him.

  • Hitarth1987 on August 6, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I always knew he had world-cup 2011 on his mind (I knew it when he didn't retire from One-Day cricket after the CB series win in Australia) after India crashed out of world cup-2007. A world cup is the only trophy missing from his collection and he will be charged up for that now.

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  • Hitarth1987 on August 6, 2009, 3:47 GMT

    I always knew he had world-cup 2011 on his mind (I knew it when he didn't retire from One-Day cricket after the CB series win in Australia) after India crashed out of world cup-2007. A world cup is the only trophy missing from his collection and he will be charged up for that now.

  • akshay4india on August 6, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    Good Luck! Supporting Tendulkar 100%. He is a legend, and i can't imagine life without him.

  • ashishmitta on August 6, 2009, 4:28 GMT

    As for my opinios there are N number od Records and Achievement which Sachin has achieved in his 20 year cricket journey till now.

    But he would surely be missing the three things:

    Memeber of ODI world Cup winning Team Scoring a Triple Century in Test Cricket Highest Run Scorer in an Inning in an ODI

    I am very much sure that he can single handedly achieve all these things.. Best of Luck..:)

  • Ilin on August 6, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    im greatly obbliged that sachin mentioned his Misssion 2011.for him there would be no place to win it for india,but on his own soil.Tendulkar always replies by his BAT.greatest ever plyer.today too when he comes on the field,stadium rocks man.and for buchanen he should be recall that due to tendulkar,many bowlers lost their confidence and careers like fleming and kasparowicz,who were not only thrashed by him but smashed plenty of sixes on their SHORT PITCHED BALLS.ricky ponting cant even touched his shadow,ever.there can be no other TENDULKAR.

  • tRIvIaL on August 6, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Hopefully the whole of India get behind this genius and get him that elusive trophy...the greatest since the Don. (the cherry on the cake would be him scoring the first 200 in an one-dayer)

  • vinchester on August 6, 2009, 4:46 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer, but it is not his birthright, that he will be in the team for the next world cup. he should leave it to the selectors. the same applies to when he leaves the game. Frankly he has achieved all humanly possible, & his records will not be erased in the near future. I think he should leave the one day game now which requires fresh legs on the field. just as he has done in 20 20. He can thus conserve his energy & also be injury free for the tests.

  • AshyZ on August 6, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    I wish him all the best. He will surely reach all the milestone which he has set for himself. He is simply the Best. For me, a cricket match does not interest me when I see he is not playing the match. And I know it would be the case for a lot of people. He really is a Great in the not only the world of Cricket but also in the world of sports.

  • sna123 on August 6, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    I will stop watching cricket if sachin retires..Hes the best ... a LEGEND !!!!

  • pathan310 on August 6, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    SACHIN IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE WORLD THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PLAY AS LONG AS HE WANT AND I DARE ANY ADMINISTRATION DROPPING HIM. HE HAS ACHIEVE SO MANY RECORDS FOR INDIA AND IS STILL GOING. I THINK IF HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN T20 SQUAD , INDIA WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY PLAYED FINAL. WISH YOU ALWAYS THE BEST SACHIN.

  • bejoyk on August 6, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    I wish Sachin wins the World Cup for India & for himself, may Jesus Christ (son of God) help. God Bless