Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval August 2, 2010

Record-breaking Tendulkar cherishes journey

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Among all of Sachin Tendulkar's achievements over the years - and there are too many to be recounted - going past Steve Waugh's world record of 168 Test caps must rank pretty high. To have been considered good enough for India for so many matches, to have been fit for so long, to have outlasted almost all his contemporaries. Suresh Raina, India's latest debutant, was still a toddler when Tendulkar bled on the pitch in Sialkot and said, "Main khelega [I'll play]".

A day before he plays his record-making Test, Tendulkar put it, the "dream that I have been living", in perspective. "The rest of things can be achieved, but for this you need an X number of years, an X number of tours, that's when this thing happens," he says. "And I am quite pleased. It has taken me 20-plus years to get here.

"It's wonderful that we have been able to play so much Test cricket. In the last few years we have played a reasonable amount of Test cricket. At one stage, in the early nineties, I hardly got any Test matches. Couple of Test occasions there were just two or three Tests in a year. It was disappointing. That is not the case now."

The thoughts, he says, go back to his first Test, in 1989, after which he thought he would never play a Test again. One-sixty-seven Tests later he says, "It's been a long journey. I still remember the first Test I played. It was a completely different feeling altogether, compared to any form of cricket I had played. And since then it has worked out pretty well. Very happy that I have had this privilege of such a long journey at the international level."

Tendulkar spoke of the preparation that goes behind doing well for such a long time. "The journey has gone by very quickly, quicker than I expected," he says. "Time flies. You just need to enjoy it, it's a circle. You are not always on the top, sometimes there are rough patches, but the simple formula that I have followed is, whenever I have gone through tough phases, I have found a reason to work harder. And try and spend all my energy at something I have been wanting to get better at.

"The pre-match preparation is extremely important. In that factor, I feel I have always been prepared. Sometimes I was able to achieve results, sometimes I wasn't, but my preparations were always there. Really proud of it."

The journey has indeed been long. The third umpire was introduced in his time, and he is there when we are talking about UDRS too. In between have come enough triumphs, and more than enough heartbreaks to break down quite a few. Tendulkar is still saying, "Main khelega."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Srini06 on August 3, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    This is for the ppl who talk rubbish abt SRT that he scored on dead pitches & just for longevity he pulls on & on etc...just FYI every cricketer has played on all the pitches but only SRT has succeeded in the past & present. In the future also the records will be unbreakable and hence SRT will remain bright forever. If you guys are jealous and envy abt his performance just bcos your favourite cricketer is not creating records, pls refrain urself from logging into this portal. Dear SRT, All ur fans from the age 3 to 90+ are the most fortunate to see your play LIVE and consider ourselves to be luckiest. Rest all will get to see video clips only after your retirement. hahahahha ! May god bless you with many such records and you score century 50s and half century 100s in both the formats. All the best legend. You are the man. We salute u.

  • on August 3, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    but without dravid indian test cricket is incomplete

  • ashraf_noor on August 3, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    while he has almost all batting record with his name except 401 runs ,, indian team should try to promote him in top order on some batting paradise pitch for some matches to give him enough chances to names this record too. aisey bhi test draw ho jatey hian so wats problem if 2-3 for sachin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,?

  • on August 3, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    A true Legend and a great son of INDIA. In my life time I have seen few living legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Gavasker, Viswanathan Anand, Sachin Tendulker.

  • Rara_Avis on August 3, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Yes, ones own,, nothing else matters, so selfish and team has second priority..Then all can achieve amount of money and fame.

  • on August 3, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I am a West Indian of east Indian descent. The WI have produced many great cricketers. I am partial to those players such as Viv Richards, Sobers etc. etc. Tendulkar is truly a special talent. He is a phenomenal batsman. I rank him among the best ever. I urge him to at least 55 hundreds. He can do it. I want him to batter all bowlers except the WI. I am willing to bet that Ponting will never surpass him. He is an excellent person in private. A good man. In the end he will always be remembered not only for his brilliance and passion but the manner in which he conducted himself. I wish to see him bat for many more tests. Good luck Mr. Tendulkar sir.

  • AJGWST on August 3, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats Tendu, What great achivements. I mean to score 200 in a ODI at the age of 36. And Also the fact that no one has got a score greater than 196 for so many years. Also to be able to score double century with an injury, what a GREAT player the best of the best.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 3, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Mein Khele Ga is Good! I remember his first test match as a small child.Waqar Younis also debuted in that test match and Tendulkar's stumps went for a walk. Who would have thought that Tendulkar will go on and play 161 test matches? Waqar Younis also broke Tendulkar's nose in Silakot during the same series but he showed good courage! Biggest blemish on Tendulkar's record is that he played like four test matches against two of best bowlers of his generation the two W's of Pakistan.! This was due to nonsensical policy of Indian Govt. Tendulkar's record is also average against South Africa and Pakistan. Accordingly Tendulkar will always go down as 3rd best batsman of modern day behind Lara and Ponting who scores everywhere against everyone.! I am sure Tendulkar himself would have wanted to prove his ability against the best but such as the politics in India! Mein Khele Ga and he is still playing.....!Surely best Indian batsman ever behind Sunil Gavaskar!

  • JackSparrows on August 3, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Sachin- YOU BEAUTY, your achievements have left me speechless, there are no words to describe you as a person and as a cricketer, you have been the best from the word go and will a;ways remain the best all the way, I salute you SIR from the bottom of my heart, this life has certainly been worth living purely to see a great human being like yourself. I wish you good luck for all your future endeavours and will wait for the opportunity to meet you once again in near future.

  • on August 3, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    L E G E N D - P E R I O D !!!

  • Srini06 on August 3, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    This is for the ppl who talk rubbish abt SRT that he scored on dead pitches & just for longevity he pulls on & on etc...just FYI every cricketer has played on all the pitches but only SRT has succeeded in the past & present. In the future also the records will be unbreakable and hence SRT will remain bright forever. If you guys are jealous and envy abt his performance just bcos your favourite cricketer is not creating records, pls refrain urself from logging into this portal. Dear SRT, All ur fans from the age 3 to 90+ are the most fortunate to see your play LIVE and consider ourselves to be luckiest. Rest all will get to see video clips only after your retirement. hahahahha ! May god bless you with many such records and you score century 50s and half century 100s in both the formats. All the best legend. You are the man. We salute u.

  • on August 3, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    but without dravid indian test cricket is incomplete

  • ashraf_noor on August 3, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    while he has almost all batting record with his name except 401 runs ,, indian team should try to promote him in top order on some batting paradise pitch for some matches to give him enough chances to names this record too. aisey bhi test draw ho jatey hian so wats problem if 2-3 for sachin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,?

  • on August 3, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    A true Legend and a great son of INDIA. In my life time I have seen few living legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Gavasker, Viswanathan Anand, Sachin Tendulker.

  • Rara_Avis on August 3, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Yes, ones own,, nothing else matters, so selfish and team has second priority..Then all can achieve amount of money and fame.

  • on August 3, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I am a West Indian of east Indian descent. The WI have produced many great cricketers. I am partial to those players such as Viv Richards, Sobers etc. etc. Tendulkar is truly a special talent. He is a phenomenal batsman. I rank him among the best ever. I urge him to at least 55 hundreds. He can do it. I want him to batter all bowlers except the WI. I am willing to bet that Ponting will never surpass him. He is an excellent person in private. A good man. In the end he will always be remembered not only for his brilliance and passion but the manner in which he conducted himself. I wish to see him bat for many more tests. Good luck Mr. Tendulkar sir.

  • AJGWST on August 3, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats Tendu, What great achivements. I mean to score 200 in a ODI at the age of 36. And Also the fact that no one has got a score greater than 196 for so many years. Also to be able to score double century with an injury, what a GREAT player the best of the best.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 3, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Mein Khele Ga is Good! I remember his first test match as a small child.Waqar Younis also debuted in that test match and Tendulkar's stumps went for a walk. Who would have thought that Tendulkar will go on and play 161 test matches? Waqar Younis also broke Tendulkar's nose in Silakot during the same series but he showed good courage! Biggest blemish on Tendulkar's record is that he played like four test matches against two of best bowlers of his generation the two W's of Pakistan.! This was due to nonsensical policy of Indian Govt. Tendulkar's record is also average against South Africa and Pakistan. Accordingly Tendulkar will always go down as 3rd best batsman of modern day behind Lara and Ponting who scores everywhere against everyone.! I am sure Tendulkar himself would have wanted to prove his ability against the best but such as the politics in India! Mein Khele Ga and he is still playing.....!Surely best Indian batsman ever behind Sunil Gavaskar!

  • JackSparrows on August 3, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Sachin- YOU BEAUTY, your achievements have left me speechless, there are no words to describe you as a person and as a cricketer, you have been the best from the word go and will a;ways remain the best all the way, I salute you SIR from the bottom of my heart, this life has certainly been worth living purely to see a great human being like yourself. I wish you good luck for all your future endeavours and will wait for the opportunity to meet you once again in near future.

  • on August 3, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    L E G E N D - P E R I O D !!!

  • on August 3, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I have heard this 'Main Khelega' story from none other than Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sachin is not only a legend but an inspiration.

  • on August 3, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    main khelega :)

    That's what makes him the great Sachin Tendulkar

  • on August 3, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Congrats to THE LEGEND!! he is the god of cricket. Every cricketer should learn from sachin's dedication.Even in small domestic matches he value his wicket while batting...ALL THE BEST SACHIN...

  • SumeshCudHavBeenAnHarsha on August 3, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    I salute to this larger than life image called "Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar".. Hi Sachin, I am very proud to say that you've given us a lot of moments to cherish and feel proud of owning you as ours (Indians).. Keep rocking.. But its bit tough on you but we cant resist even higher expectations from you whenever you come out to bat.. I hope you understand our emotions and feelings.. Wat I want from you is one more world cup for India.. I wont say that my dream is unrealistic and I hope you too agree with me and its only you who can give us that world cup.. All the best to you "Mr. Mahatma of Cricket"..

  • on August 3, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Man that inspired and entertained generations and still manages to do it with unmatched Charisma. Hats off to Sachin!!

  • anantha6642 on August 3, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    i salute you sachin. you are the best!!!

  • Jama on August 3, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    In my book, Sachin is the Greatest Batsman of all time, He has delivered in all parts of the world and has been such a wonderful entertainer throughout his career. Nost Stylish and davastating batsman ever.

  • on August 2, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Tendulkar is simply amazing! The best Cricket to had ever played this game.... Still carrying Billion Plus hope on his shoulder and never let his fans down on or off the field. GOD OF CRICKET

  • on August 2, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    I remember watching the India West Indies test in Madras in 1988, when Hirwani took 16 wickets. After the match, the excitement was less about defeating the mighty Windies than it was about the first class debut of the wunderkind for Bombay. I remember his hitting Qadir for all those sixes in a warm up match even before his first class debut in 1989, and the fighting 50 in his second or third test with India in trouble. Tendulkar is someone who was destined for greatness and more amazingly, lived up to (and beyond) all the hype. What was unexpected was how great a human being he turned out to be. Thanks for all the memories Sachin, and hopefully a few more - such as 50 Test Centuries and 50 ODI centuries, which now does not seem that far away.

  • McGorium on August 2, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    "Main khelega"? Wonder if that's a typo on Monga's part or Sachin's Bambaiiya Hindi coming through... For those who don't understand Hindi/Urdu, Khelega is used in third person. The first person should have been Kheloonga. However, it's often used this way (incorrectly) in Bombay's street Hindi. Anyways, just for longevity and determination to play, this guy is head and shoulders over most other cricketers.

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on August 2, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Wat a Man he is? He has now every record and is still hungry for more... Just proud to say am His Fan.. Salutes master

  • on August 2, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    One of the nicest guys to have played the game

  • on August 2, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    We r proud of u, Little Master. Just Enjoy the cricket.

    For the Next IPL season, please draft in Jonathan Foo of Guyana. He is next JP Duminy.

    Jai HInd.

  • Rajesh. on August 2, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Take a bow Sachin Tendulkar !! You are the best thing that has ever happened to India.......... !

  • vpisipati on August 2, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Tendulkar we know is amazing, as all the stats leave us in no doubt of that fact. More power to him and good luck for a few more successful years.

    Also, looking at the list of consecutive matched played, it is more amazing what Kapil has achieved. For a fast bowler to have played that many matches at a stretch, is just unbelievable. Kudos to the him as well. He is definitely the man to beat as far as overall service to the cricket crazy country I proudly belong to..

  • manasvi_lingam on August 2, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    If Tendulkar had played as many Tests as Australia and England in the 90s, he would have played over 200 matches now and would have crossed the 100 century barrier.

  • legend1984 on August 2, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    For me cricket is sachin. bcci cricket team doesn't deserve such a player...

  • on August 2, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    i like the hunger for runs even after 21 years

  • hasan.cheema on August 2, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    he is no doubt one of the best cricketer.. Hasan from Pakistan

  • kool_Indian on August 2, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    God Tussi Great Ho..!!! We Love You Sachin, we hope, wish n pray that you WIN the world cup for India in 2011..!!!

  • VipulPatki on August 2, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Amidst all the brouhaha, Sachin scales new heights! I hope Sachin remembers this test for the victory as well...

  • on August 2, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    He is perhaps the greatest cricketer.... the one who carried on his shoulders the expectations of a 100 billion peoples and every time he has given them a reason of joy... His batting brings smile to the kings and even to the street urchins.... every time one gets frustrated and get over by the hardships n sorrows of life you were there to give enough reason to be happy, cry with joy and again gain strength to fight back.... Sachin you have been that source of inspiration to us INDIANS.... I salute the GOD of cricket... You have been my idol ... Oh GREAT KING of CRICKET may you play on and on and on..........

  • bvnathan on August 2, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Sachin - HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS !!! 20+ years of International Cricket has been a long journey and it is absolutely amazing that you still hold good ... Hope the INDIA team collaborates with your dream of winning the 2011 ICC-Worldcup comes true, which you miss very badly

  • mrgupta on August 2, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Pure Genius! that's how i want to describe the biggest sportsperson in our sporting history. I was also quite young when i read in a cricket book "Sachin will be the next Gavaskar". He had played just one Ranji Match and was only 6-7 years elder to me. The Fact that he has been even better than the Great Sunil Gavaskar proves that he has been able to justify all the expectations that have been there since the day he held the Cricket bat. Since so many years i have heard quite a few names who were said to be the "Next Big Thing" in Cricket but none of them lasted. Sachin has been there since close to 21 years now. Though i am a big Cricket fan i fear that the day Sachin bids adieu to Cricket i may too loose the interest in the game. From what i have heard about this great man he is even better in his personal life than he is on the field that's how good a Human being he has been. I wish you achieve the 100 century mark soon. Best of Luck Sachin Sir!

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on August 2, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    great achievement..... congratulation Master, one more record in ur name..... now all Indian People wants from Sachin is to win a world cup... hope u will bat really well in this world cup... and make a century in the finals... plz don't get out on 4 runs, as u did in 2003 world cup, u win the world cup, and shut all the mouths, those u say that u can't handle pressure, and get out when India need u the most, dont' worry sir Ponting is not great as u, he surely get help from his bowlers to become a great batsman, I wonder what might be the result of those 168 matches u played, if Muralitharan and u were in the same team...... 100 wins, 20 loose, 48 draws

  • on August 2, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    No wonder, He played more tests than any other and scored more than others. And more over his main contribution in Dead Asian Pitches. Hats off to the dead pitch master

  • MadeInIndia on August 2, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Why is Tendulkar so much after records? He speaks about it exclusively and then says he is not after records and all other BS.

    Tendya, whether you achieve records or not, your position in the eyes of the people will not change. You are always the icon of the modern cricket era and you will be.

  • on August 2, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    To think, players like Dhoni and Raina were only toddlers and wouldn't havbe dreamt of playing alongside a legend. Dhoni, wouldn't even have dreamt to captain such a player.

  • ratedstfu44 on August 2, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Indians are happy to draw the 2nd test.....they dont have desire to win.....at least they made sure that they have ignored being Whitewash.

    Dropping Gambhir is good, becoz india have backup batsman who is in form,,,murli vijay.

  • on August 2, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    The little champion achieves yet another milestone.. None would be surprised as only he is expected to break all batting records.. this one though is a notch higher than batting feat. In an age where T20s are making the news, the master batsman is THE best ambassador for the Test Cricket..and may this gem of a player keeps saying..."Main khelega."

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 2, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Sachin is the greatest cricketer ever.................i congratulate him on this achievement...

  • prashant1 on August 2, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    From the almanack report of the 1989 match vs. Pak : "But on the afternoon of the fourth day the match sprang to life when Akram and Imran reduced India to 38 for four. They were rescued by Sidhu and Tendulkar, who stood firm in a century stand, even though the youngster was bounced repeatedly by the Pakistan pacemen. At one stage umpire Holder had to warn Akram for intimidatory bowling. Tendulkar batted for three and a quarter hours for his second fifty of the series............." 21 yrs on Tendulkar is still "rescuing" India.

  • cricslave on August 2, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Wow.. Thats indeed a nice small article.. I really like the way "THE MASTER" has thought and played the game.. I wish sachin keeps telling the phrase "Main khelega." ...

    Raghav

  • Cricketencyclopedia on August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Let me say congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar who will be playing in his 169th test match, which will be the record for the most test appearances. Sachin Tendulkar is one of my favourite interenational cricketers. The first time I've seen or heard of him was in the 1997 test series against the West Indies, which featured another star batsman in Brain Charles Lara. As one sports commentator truly said, ''Tendulkar is like fine wine, he becomes better with age.'' It is very true because at the age of 37, there are no signs of weariness or fatigue from the little master himself which is very good. To you Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, I wish you all the best in your 169th test match, & in all your future endeavours as well.

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    A great legend and this man surely deserves the record for most caps in Tests. Humble, down-to-earth and a sweet student of the game. It seems inevitable that his records will ever break. Even with injuries and setbacks he has shown the tendency and hunger for more runs and achievements. The WC 2011 would be a fitting farewell for the Little Master.

  • JP_the_genius on August 2, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    CONGRATS SACHIN!!!!!! One more record goes to him!!! Well Played! Carry on!

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    No wonder in why Sachin got most runs, he played most number of test matches then any other. And his most of the runs came in the dead Asian Pitches!

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    i hope he will play till 2013 wc.. go sachin go..

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on August 2, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    JAI HO TENDULKAR. WE SALUTE YOU MASTER. U R THE GREATSET CRICKETER THE WORLD HAS SEEN. HOPE U CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER 20YEARS.

  • rubs_lin on August 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Wat a gr8 achiver.. sachin only possible to play many no of years .. he can able to play more than 25 yrs..

  • Murlax on August 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I was a 3 year old toddler when Sachin played his first Test match. To have lived my entire childhood ogling at ever run scored by this GOD has truly been a privilege.

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    sach is lyf........... thats all i can't say any more.................

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  • on August 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    sach is lyf........... thats all i can't say any more.................

  • Murlax on August 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I was a 3 year old toddler when Sachin played his first Test match. To have lived my entire childhood ogling at ever run scored by this GOD has truly been a privilege.

  • rubs_lin on August 2, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Wat a gr8 achiver.. sachin only possible to play many no of years .. he can able to play more than 25 yrs..

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on August 2, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    JAI HO TENDULKAR. WE SALUTE YOU MASTER. U R THE GREATSET CRICKETER THE WORLD HAS SEEN. HOPE U CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER 20YEARS.

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    i hope he will play till 2013 wc.. go sachin go..

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    No wonder in why Sachin got most runs, he played most number of test matches then any other. And his most of the runs came in the dead Asian Pitches!

  • JP_the_genius on August 2, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    CONGRATS SACHIN!!!!!! One more record goes to him!!! Well Played! Carry on!

  • on August 2, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    A great legend and this man surely deserves the record for most caps in Tests. Humble, down-to-earth and a sweet student of the game. It seems inevitable that his records will ever break. Even with injuries and setbacks he has shown the tendency and hunger for more runs and achievements. The WC 2011 would be a fitting farewell for the Little Master.

  • Cricketencyclopedia on August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Let me say congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar who will be playing in his 169th test match, which will be the record for the most test appearances. Sachin Tendulkar is one of my favourite interenational cricketers. The first time I've seen or heard of him was in the 1997 test series against the West Indies, which featured another star batsman in Brain Charles Lara. As one sports commentator truly said, ''Tendulkar is like fine wine, he becomes better with age.'' It is very true because at the age of 37, there are no signs of weariness or fatigue from the little master himself which is very good. To you Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, I wish you all the best in your 169th test match, & in all your future endeavours as well.

  • cricslave on August 2, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Wow.. Thats indeed a nice small article.. I really like the way "THE MASTER" has thought and played the game.. I wish sachin keeps telling the phrase "Main khelega." ...

    Raghav