India in West Indies 2006 June 3, 2006

‘The hunger to go out there and perform'



Sachin Tendulkar: dogged by injuries and sleepless nights © Getty Images

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It seems like yesterday - well, maybe last week! - that a 16-year-old kid was charging down the pitch and hitting Abdul Qadir into the crowd. Sachin Tendulkar is 33 now, and as his career enters his last phase, he struggles with injury and a desire to play that simply isn't matched by his physical fitness. In this interview with Dileep Premachandran, which was conducted for the Cricinfo Magazine, he talks about his "desire to get back into action" and "the hunger to go out there and perform."

He tells us of "sleepless nights", of "nights full of frustration" as he waits to get back into action. He also talks of the vagaries of time, and of how he ignores what the outside world says about him. "I don't need a newspaper to make me believe that I've scored a double-hundred," he says, remembering the time a journalist asked him during the Sydney Test against Australia in 2004 if he would read the papers the next day.

It's our greatest batsman at his most candid. Listen in!

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