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50 is just a number for me: Tendulkar

Last updated on: December 19, 2010 23:33 IST

'I dedicate my century to my father'

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He doesn't hide the fact that he is happy but for Sachin Tendulkar, "50 is just another number."

"Yesterday was my father's (late Ramesh Tendulkar) birthday. I dedicate this century to him. As for myself, I am happy and ok to have scored runs. I really don't know how to express my feelings," Tendulkar told reporters at the end of the day's play which saw him reach 50th Test century.

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A team man to the core, Sachin feels that the Indian team should be able to save the Test match.

"I believe in positive thinking. If you remain positive, you will find positive things happening," he said.

Asked about the secret behind his stupendous form, he said, "It's a state of mind. For the last two years, I have been doing well. I have been really enjoying my batting. I believe doing well is a habit and a good habit. So if you have this good habit, you shouldn't let it go."


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'I wasn't under any kind of pressure'

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Tendulkar was also happy that the team has batted well in the second innings.

"It was extremely important for us to do well and send a strong message. The wicket was difficult to bat on in the first innings. We needed to remain positive and confident," he said.

Asked about the pressure that was around him with the entire nation waiting for his 50th Test ton with bated breath, the legend feels that it was more of a media creation.

"I wasn't under any kind of pressure. It was you guys who laid the foundation stone of pressure. I just built around that foundation stone," he said in jest.


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'I thank all my fans who have supported me'

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A champion in every sense of the term, he was gracious when he praised his rival Jacques Kallis for getting his maiden double hundred in Test cricket.

"He (Jacques) is a great player. He has been the backbone of South African batting and what he has achieved is terrific," he said.

Tendulkar also thanked his millions of fans back home in India and pledged to continue enthralling them with many more such moments.

"I thank all my fans who have supported me in all these years. I promise that I would continue to perform and make you all happy. I hope that I will keep getting your support in future also," he added.


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'Knock against Pakistan was the toughest'

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About this particular knock, Sachin said, "Scoring in situation like this gives one immense pleasure. All of us know that how the wicket behaved on the first day of the match. I don't want to give any excuse but wicket was different only on the 1st day.

However, the legend feels that his knock of 136 vs Pakistan in Chennai (1999) was the most difficult knock of his career.

"I think my knock of 136 against Pakistan at Chennai was toughest. Wicket was really deteriorating and quality of bowling attack was outstanding," he said.

Sachin also attributed his good show to the bat he has been using for almost one year.

"God has been kind to me. Yes, this bat has given amazing service to me. Normally, a bat doesn't last that long. You may get one bad awkward ball, which keeps low, and bat gets broken in the toe.

"I have been lucky as far as this bat is concerned. I know that this bat is not in best of condition as I am using it for so long. I have few bats absolutely ready for match. But the moment, I pick up this bat, I feel that no one can get me out," Sachin said with broad smile on his face.


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