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Won't part with goodies this time, says Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar and Indian captain M.S. Dhoni at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Tendulkar on Monday said that Dhoni is the best captain due to his sharp mind and calm demeanour.
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Sachin Tendulkar and Indian captain M.S. Dhoni at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Tendulkar on Monday said that Dhoni is the best captain due to his sharp mind and calm demeanour.

Over 21 years Sachin Tendulkar has given away his cricket kit — shirts, caps, pads, trousers, bat, gloves etc — for charity. But there are certain things he has decided to keep for life after winning his first World Cup; most of it is the cricket kit he carried for the final to the Wankhede Stadium on April 2.

“I will keep the shirts that I had worn during the final. I will definitely retain them. I am also going to keep the champagne bottle we opened immediately after we held the World Cup.

“The bottle I opened has been signed by the entire team. I am definitely going to retain that bottle. Then the bat and other things; they are special,'' Tendulkar told The Hindu.

What was he contemplating on his way back to the dressing room dismissed by Lasith Malinga? “Nothing. I was not contemplating anything. We had decided that we would try our best and not worry about the outcome; the result would come at the end of the game.

“So why worry about it at the beginning of the innings. Our intention was to focus on the process. We wanted to take small steps at a time.”

Play your game

What did he tell Virat Kohli? “While crossing Virat (Kohli) I just told him to play for 50 overs and we will win and also that he need not try anything extra.”

Comparing the 2003 final at Johannesburg and this one, he said, “The target then was 359 and this time 275. Here we knew that if we played for 50 overs we were going to win. I felt that the kind of batting order we had would take us through.”

Responding to the four changes made by Sri Lanka he said: “Honestly, I am not aware of what made them to make changes and I would not like to comment on their team selection. For us we were playing Sri Lanka.

“The changes made by Sri Lanka were not on our minds, we were just keen on doing our job. Of course there was some discussion on what could be their playing XI. We were not thinking whether they had picked the right combination.”

Did he dream of playing and winning the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium?

“That was my dream after we lost in 2007. I took up that challenge saying that the next World Cup final is in Mumbai and this is where I would want the trophy. So it was a challenge and I started working towards that.”

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Of the six captains he has played under in a career spanning 21 years Tendulkar rated Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the best for his sharp mind and calm demeanour.

“He (Dhoni) is the best captain I have played under. He is very sharp and always alert. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen and senior players separately,” said Tendulkar.

“Another good thing is he is always calm and never shows his frustration. These are some of the qualities that have made him such a good captain. He is a fantastic captain,” he added.

Wanted Gary to stay...

Asked about outgoing India coach Gary Kirsten, Tendulkar said he wanted the South African to continue. “Personally I want Gary to continue, but I understand he has got commitments and he must have thought about this before the tournament. I respect his decision,” he said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him, he worked as hard as the players, he is like a bowling machine, bowling 200-300 balls to the batsmen. It has always been a fabulous experience to rub shoulders with him, we will miss him,” he added.

Tendulkar feels the team peaked at the right time in the knockout stage after playing some close matches in the league stages of the tournament.

“In the knockout stage we peaked at the right time, it was most important, we knew either the batting was clicking or bowling or fielding but everything was not clicking together. But in the last three games, everybody contributed, right from seniors to juniors in the team. Results no one can guarantee, but efforts can be,” he said.

Asked about the lap on the shoulders of his teammates after winning the World Cup, Tendulkar said it was a pleasant surprise and thanked his colleagues for the gesture. “I became extremely emotional and those were tears of joy.

“It has never happened in my life. It was truly an amazing experience to do the lap. I was not expecting that and I was taken by surprise.

Thank you, teammates

“I want to thank all my teammates for that gesture. What a way to end the World Cup. It was an overwhelming experience,” he said.

To a question as to how the team prepared for the World Cup, Tendulkar said the real preparation started after the South Africa series and the Bangalore camp helped the team to gel well.

“Preparation started some time ago but the real preparation was after the South Africa series when we spent 50-55 days together in the Bangalore camp, that really helped us,” he said.

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Albert Mendonica get your thinking some tuneup as Sachin agrees with you 100% as he always plays for India to win and does not care about his personal achievements. Read his statements and develop respect he deserves.

from:  RAMACHANDER NANDURI
Posted on: Apr 18, 2011 at 00:02 IST

Any body who thinks one game results in winning world cup is sadly mistaken.Sachin's contribution cannot be judged on one performance as he scored 2 tons and 85 in all important fixtures to put India in Finals.He is first one to admire the performance of entire team it is a team sport entire team deservedly jubilious we should applaud all of them.

from:  Ramachander Nanduri
Posted on: Apr 13, 2011 at 08:11 IST

We as a nation should support victorious Indian team captain MS Dhoni's appeal to Indian Govt to Award Bharat Ratna to Master Blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulker for surpassing all the batting records and setting new bars for future generations and an exemplory on and off field behaviour admired by all his opponents for his humility and respect for all.

from:  RAMACHANDER NANDURI
Posted on: Apr 11, 2011 at 05:54 IST

Tendulkar is a man with such high potentials even at this age. Let him continue till when he really feels that he should quit as his body is responding well till now. Let him create many histories so that no one can break them and make us feel proud to tell that we are the INDIANS and we possessed The Bharath Ratna : the great SACHIN TENDULKAR. The media and INDIAN PEOPLE should stop talking about the retirement of the great man.

from:  Sumanta
Posted on: Apr 9, 2011 at 16:58 IST

@Kandeeban and Amith:
The issue of Sachin playing more or not depends on whether you want to keep your Country first or Sachin first. They are mutually exclusive as proven several times.

from:  Albert Mendonca
Posted on: Apr 9, 2011 at 00:11 IST

Sachin should focus on the next 2 years and maximize his profile in ODI's and tests and put as much distance as possible from ponting and Kallis and then retire when his efficiency drops below 50% as after that he could impact his average.

from:  Vilander
Posted on: Apr 7, 2011 at 23:47 IST

First my congratulations to Team India. victory is continued to next world cup.I am very joyful for the victory.

from:  ksendeshkannan
Posted on: Apr 7, 2011 at 15:32 IST

Ref Manjari Mishal's email: It is now time for the whole of India to wake up to the call of Anna Hazare for the real LokPal Bill to fight corruption. Time to SHOW THE SAME STRENGTH and UNITY as was shown by the whole country, especially its youth, after the World Cup victory. It is time to rise up against Corruption in a real Big way.

from:  S N Bhatia
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 15:23 IST

Tendulkar is a man with such high potentials even at this age. Let him continue till when he really feels that he should quit as his body is responding well till now. Let him create many histories so that no one can break them and make us feel proud to tell that we are the INDIANS and we possessed The Bharath Ratna : the great SACHIN TENDULKAR. The media and INDIAN PEOPLE should stop talking about the retirement of the great man

from:  Karnide
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 14:02 IST

Bravo Sachin Bravo.Any body in Right mind will not ask or want to see the gretest artist in the history of cricket as the Great Bradman himself admired Sachin's batting talent and artistry put his bat down and walk away will be like asking Ravi Varma and Hussain not to paint and Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravishanker not to play sitar so please let the artist decide Himself.I admire Sachin saying he has passion and desire to play for India.

from:  Ramachander Nanduri
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 12:46 IST

It's a mad, mad world, this is what I understood from this world cup. Celebrating a semi-finals match like a finals, just because it was against Pakistan, two days before and after coverage of the semi- finals.Whole lot of freebies for the players, after winning as if till now they were economically backward.
A comman man has to wait in long Q's for a long time,and pay heavy amount upto Rs.1 lakh(in black)from his pocket to watch the finals,where, in return he gets nothing,but a piece of paper.Whereas the players enjoy all the benefits.
I don't blame the sportspersons, it is we comman people and media who don't know what good sports or a good sports person is.It has taken 28 years for the team which has the BEST BATSMAN and BEST CAPTAIN to win a world cup.And we like mad waste our time to watch them play.

from:  Rm.Hemalathaa
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 11:11 IST

From the beginning of the tournament , especially when the team had close matches , i doubted the efforts of the team and was not happy thinking that the Little Master is yet again going get disappointed. that was quite bad of me. The team had a positive energy and they knew they could win the matches which finally resulted in winning the cup. the team played like a team, everybody contributing to the efforts and ultimately achieving the goal. Thanks for a great experience,Team India....

from:  Gokul
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 09:37 IST

@Raj, I agree with you that 91 is definitely not more than 97. But Dhoni deserves the MoM for taking the burden on his shoulders when India was 3 down. No one can disagree Gautam's vital knock that added 97 at the crucial time. IMO, he cost his own MoM. The 3 runs that he missed would have made a difference. But let us not forget the leadership qualities + 91 runs off 79 balls + one dismissal is more than enough for a MoM.

from:  Karthik C
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 09:33 IST

Totally agree with you VN. People seem to have blinders on. Tendulkar certainly may be a hero at all other times, but he did not deliver on this World Cup Match. Contrary to people's wishful thinking, the man who paved India's victory over Srilanka is Gautam Gambhir. Unfortunately writing about this true hero of the day does not seem fashionable enough for the media nor for a lot of Indian cricket fans. And of course we all know, stories on Tendulkar gets more readers or viewers than coverage about Gambhir.

from:  Seetha
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 01:59 IST

Hearty congratulations to Captain Dhoni and his team and to all the people of India on their wonderful victory. It is a particularly magnificient present for that great shining star, on the sky of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.
I look forward to more and more cricket between India and Pakistan to bring us together.

from:  Sohail
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 00:13 IST

@ Albert Mendonca: I would like to ask what made you think that Sachin should go? When he is in his prime and is capable of producing magic for another, say 3 to 4 years, what is the point in asking him to go? Everybody have their own views but you cannot order somebody to stay in or get out just because you think that you are correct. Be responsible in your comments.

from:  Kandeeban
Posted on: Apr 6, 2011 at 00:11 IST

Indian team gave us a happiest moment to feel proud as an Indian. Thanks to Indian team.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 20:03 IST

Sachin and Dhoni deserve due respect and adulation, the former for natural talent honed to perfection and commitment, and the latter for always BEING IN THE PRESENT whatever the situation and cool headed fighting instinct.

from:  D S Narayanan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 19:47 IST

First of all I am proud that India won the world cup after so many years. It was a great feeling the team stuck together and saw us through there are a lot of comments about the team but i tell you no one goes through what they are going through and stop brooding over things. India is the best and will remain that way there is no one in particular to talk great about every one in the team are heros and i respect them for that
Indian cricket team you'll are and will remain the best. You have made us proud at the end of the day.

from:  Creswel
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 19:21 IST

@Albert: Tendulkar is easily the most respectable, reliable and experienced player that India has. We would like to see him play eternally.I'm sure he'll step down in the coming year, when the time is right.

from:  Amith
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 18:45 IST

I think it was because of team effort that we won the World Cup. Everyone from team management to support staff played a pivotal role.Credit must be given to all instead of few players.

from:  Nikesh Palliath
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 18:29 IST

No, Doubt sachin is one of the greatest crickter. But it does'nt mean that we need to forget the fellow players contribution. Come on, since the day we won world cup, every news channel, either regional or national news, all are highlighting that 20 years of Sachin cricket brought the cup to India after 28 years. What did he do in Final, having 450 Oneday matches experience playing in homeground just ended up with 18 runs.......what would have been the situation if Gambhir did not make 97 run? INDIA were 32- 2, it was Kohli and Gambhir who maintained their calm and exclerated the score without loosing the wicket.The two youngsters can do and manage the pressure in Final then how come 20 Years of experience player cannot. I really feel pitty for both GAMBHIR AND KOHLI, who were no at all into to the limelight since we won the WC.

from:  Mateen
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 17:52 IST

Dhoni hitting last ball six and winning the world cup has healed a long long scar created by one Javed Miandad in Sharjah decades ago. This six has replaced that in my memory and i will relish it for the years to come. Chetan Sharma can now relax and feel better.

from:  Vasan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 17:43 IST

It was very exciting and stressful to watch but was very touched by the fact that approx 25ooo fans were singing the vandemataran song in the stadium.Great to watch cricket unifying the nation. Great scenes at the end while lifting the cup, One every Indian should be proud of.

from:  VKM
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 16:04 IST

well Gautam is behaving like a matured player now and it seems like he has taken over the position of Ms. Wall from dravid.He was the key player behind WC final win....while media has forgot the contribution of Gambhir.He was the most deserving candidate for man of the match.

from:  Sam
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 15:59 IST

It has become a fashion for the Indian media to equate Sachin with Indian cricket. So much of interviews, focus, etc on Sachin after India won the world cup. Though our performance up to the final got us there, it is what we did in the fianl match that got us the cup. And what was Sachin's contribution that day? When then we shower all the praise on him, while still saying it was a team effort? How can we forget Yuvraj and Gambhir? One gave the break in bowling and another in batting. But then, it is not the first time Indian history keeps the deserved in dark. It perhaps started even from our freedom struggle.

from:  Siva
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 15:54 IST

@VN : Gautham Gambhir is not forgotten. Nor is he undervalued. Everyone remembers the knock by Gautham and the criticality of the knock in this final. People are talking about Dhoni because of his Captaincy that led the final and Sachin for his acumen in this domain. He had motivated probably every current day cricketer as a kid. Gautham is modest to accept that Sehwag was his idol. Players have better way of expression of respect for fellow players than fans.
@Raj: "Since when is 91 more than 97?". Interesting question. But the answer lies in the scorecard, my dear. Gautham Gambhir 97 off 122 balls and Dhoni 91 off 79 balls. Had Dhoni played with the temperament that Gautham exited with after that careless shot, Sri Lanka would've been rejoicing now. I am not trying to undermine the innings by Gautam. Fantastic innings it was. But then Yuvi's and Zaheer too for the wickets and Munaf for the low run rate. It's still a team performance.

from:  Giri
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 14:32 IST

First, It was an amazing team work from the Indian Team throughout the tournament and every player contributed in some or the other match. It's a huge moment for every Indian and we should enjoy it to the fullest rather than focusing on when will Sachin go and what will he do! Does anybody come and tell you when to quit your job or is it your own decision? It's his career, his decision, why is the whole world not letting him live this moment and instead pouncing him with such questionns again and again?

from:  Priyanka Ahuja
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 14:20 IST

According to me,Dhoni played well. But Gautham played exceptionally well under pressure. So all credits goes to Gautham not for Dhoni. But i am big fan of Dhoni.I respect his captaincy and attitude.This world cup victory is the just real example for Team effort.

from:  Seenivasapperumal
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 13:50 IST

No wonder India always struggles to produce quality fast bowlers. We always talk about our batsmen! They hog the limelight. When something is left out, it goes to the fast bowlers. We would not have reached this stage without the help of Zak.... the highest wicket taker. We hardly see him in the TV. None gives importance to his contribution. Why would one aspire to become a fast bowler in India?!!!

from:  Jay
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 13:31 IST

Public won't forget about none of the team members contribution. It was Ghambir, Kohli who set the tone and then came Hero Dhoni and took away the match. The confidence he gave to the team at that point was unimaginable that too under tremendous pressure. No one can imagine except those who play in the middle. Yuvi, Zaheer, Bajji, Ashwin, Nehra, Munaf whom not.. except chawla and sreesanth all others raised their skills above 100% may be even at 200%. Why I say even without seeing 6 sixers from Yuvi or 10 wkt haul from Zaheer etc.. is it was a measured, calculated and confirmed strokes.

from:  Ravishankar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 12:47 IST

In my opinion it is partnership of Gautam & Virat which pulled india out of trouble & gave immense confidence for the lower order batsman to occupy the creaze and hit the winning score.
No doubt the contribution made by Dhoni and Yuvi is unforgettable but the Whole team has contributed for the success. Kudos to Indian Players & Garry kristen for Maneuvering these kids..

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 12:40 IST

Congratulations to each Indian for winning the World Cup'11....The way our dear team played after we had lost Sehwag and Sachin clearly reflects: "Your struggle gives you strength,when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, THIS IS STRENGTH" as quoted by Mahatama Gandhi.Entire Nation is proud of team India!!!

from:  Manjari Mishal
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 12:12 IST

Why is all the coverage focusing on Tendulkar and Dhoni. Aren't we forgetting the other real hero who actually scored runs on the big day? Why is Gautam Gambhir becoming a forgotten byline?

from:  VN
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 09:21 IST

Team India did excellent, however, man of the match should have been Gautam. Since when is 91 more than 97?? Gautam stablized the innings and established a winning foundation.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 09:15 IST

Well done Team India. you have done India proud. Good luck for the next one.

from:  SK
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 08:26 IST

I am an ordinary cricket lover of India-- like the other millions.When we lost Sehwag second ball, it was shocking. Then when we lost Sachin at the score of 31, the depression started to set in. But then we, about 25 of us watching the match together, decided-- No depression, Only cheering. And we cheered every run till that magnificent six by Dhoni to seal the win.
The joy went into the soul. And has remained there even while I am writing this. And I felt proud to be an Indian.All the muck we have been watching-- corruption-wise-- was washed away at that moment.I recall another moment when I felt so proud to be an Indian was when Rajiv Gandhi, as our PM visiting USA, had given a speech to the US congress.
Let all of us learn from this experience and take a vow that each one of us in our own way will think of some good for the country and will never do anything which is deterimental to our Nation's pride

from:  A.K.Luthra
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 07:11 IST

More than the resounding victory of the Global Trophy, the humble opinion or approach of every team member, especially Master Batsman Mr.Sachin touched the hearts of 1.21 Billion Indians, including me.

from:  Dr.D.Ilangovan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2011 at 05:47 IST

Now that he is a man of records, he will want to ensure he scores 100 centuries and then leave.
Sachin....you've played long and well and created a lot of records for yourself...its time now to relinquish...please go.

from:  Albert Mendonca
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 21:30 IST

First my congratulations to Team India. I never thought that we, as Indians, will ever take the Cricket World Cup. But, of course, you never give up of HOPE of winning the world cup. After reading the above article, I felt that Sachin is such a sweet person has a great admirations for his teammates and how humble and honest he is saying about his childhood experience with the cricket world. That God gave him the wisdom of thinking and playing for himself and the country. Today I went to Indian store to buy some Indian sweets for my colleagues to distribute in the office. Congratulations and God Bless everyone related to cricket team and keep it up.

from:  Davis Chalissery
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 20:20 IST

I congratulate team India for wining World Cup

from:  Shivam Sharma
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 19:34 IST

MS Dhoni is a very good captain. He's cool under pressure, generally makes the right decisions, a fearless and aggressive competitor. India need more of his ilk in all walks of life in India.

from:  Vipul Dave.
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 18:41 IST

I am proud to be an Indian. I am very happy for the victory.

from:  Hira Khan
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 18:37 IST

Congratulations team India.

from:  Renjith AP
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 17:48 IST

Sachin's Humbleness, Dedication and Determination will be remembered for years.

from:  Ganeshan
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 17:03 IST

world cup is over...media should stop grinding world cup news again again..media it is time to move on....

from:  Rajdeep
Posted on: Apr 4, 2011 at 15:36 IST
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