Mumbai: Just days after former England captain Nasser Hussain billed Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest ever cricketer, the Master Blaster on Tuesday said he did not want to walk down the path of comparisons.
"There should be no comparison between me and Don Bradman. I am happy I got an opportunity to play for my country," Tendulkar said.
Hussain's comments were made after Tendulkar became the first player in the history of the game to get a double hundred in one-day internationals. He achieved the feat of scoring 200 unbeaten runs against South Africa in the second ODI in Gwalior last week.
PLAYING IT FINE: Sachin Tendulkar says there should be no comparison between him and Don Bradman.
While the entire cricketing fraternity showered heaps of praises on Tendulkar, there were also suggestions made from certain quarters that it was now time to decorate him with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
Tendulkar seemed to be more open to this suggestion.
"Who doesn't want to join the illustrious list? It will happen if it has to happen, but I want to focus on playing at the moment," he said in his own inimitable understated manner.
Tendulkar also pitched in for the sport of hockey and said while he was not an expert in the game, "I am a great fan of the Indian team".
He was also critical of the idea to give special monetary awards to goal scorers in the tournament and said: "It's a team game, all awards should be given to the entire team."