Indian cricket August 5, 2009

Tendulkar targets 15,000 Test runs

Cricinfo staff

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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  • raj 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 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!

  • mudassar 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

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

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

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

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

  • Pratik 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 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.

  • Sean 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.

  • K. 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!!!

  • Rohan 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 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.

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