On 17th November, the Little Master said that has been enough celebration of his 20 years in international cricket and it is time to move on now to concentrate on the Test series against Sri Lanka.
“Behind me there is the team, coach, players and family and the people pf India. I don’t need any external forces to motivate me. I value their support. But it is time to move on and concentrate at the job at hand,” Tendulkar said before the start of the first Test against Sri Lanka here.
“I thank the fans and all the people who have supported me throughout my career but I have started my preparation from yesterday. I hate losing and every time I go out to play for India I want to give my 100 per cent and contribute for the team. I need to concentrate before going for every match,” he said.
Like a true champion, in the first test of his 21st season in international cricket, he gave us more reasons to celebrate! Sachin slammed 43rd century in his fight to save the first Test against Sri Lanka in the final day. And after having recently completed 17,000 runs in the 50-over format of the game, the batting maestro achieved another milestone by becoming the first batsman to complete 30,000 international runs when he scored his 35th run in the second innings against Sri Lanka. He has so far played 160 Tests, 436 ODIs and a lone Twenty20 scoring 88 international hundreds and 144 fifties in all.
Sorry Sachin. We can't help ourselves. The miles of newsprint and hours of airtime was well worth it!