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Not thinking about 200th Test, says Sachin Tendulkar

Press Trust of India
Sep 11, 2013 at 01:49pm IST

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said that he was not thinking about reaching the 200 Test milestone even as there was speculation that he may retire after playing that match.

"I like to take one step at a time. I have been playing for the last 23 years and I have never thought of all this (reaching milestones). I don't like taking things for granted. When I reach there then we can talk about it," Tendulkar said.

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Tendulkar was expected to play his 200th Test match in South Africa but BCCI has proposed to host a two-match series against West Indies so that he could play the milestone match before the home fans in India.

Not thinking about 200th Test, says Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar said that he was not thinking about reaching the 200 Test milestone even as there was speculation that he may retire after playing that match.

It has also been speculated that Tendulkar, who has already quit ODI and T20 formats in international cricket, will bid adieu to the game with that match, which may be arranged at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, his home ground.

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At its recent Working Committee meeting, BCCI revealed that it was planning to host West Indies before the South Africa tour.

In an incredible 24-year international career, Tendulkar became the highest run getter (15837 runs at an average of 53.86) with a record 51 centuries in world cricket.

He had announced his retirement from ODIs late last year, having played 463 games, amassing a record 18,426 runs, including 49 centuries at an average of 44.83.

One of the finest exponents of the game, Tendulkar is revered by billions of fans as "God of cricket" but the Mumbaikar said he is just a cricketer who "make mistakes" unlike the almighty.

"Mein Bhagwan nahi hoon, I just play cricket, ooper wale ki blessings hain, ab tak jo bhi meri life mein aaya uska shukriya. We all make mistakes, agar mein mistakes na karta toh kabhi out hi nahi hota. I just play my game," Tendulkar said.

Asked how he prepares ahead of a match, Tendulkar said, "I prepare a bit before my match, in general life mental preparation is required."

Asked how he managed to hold people's trust for so long, when the game is mired in so many controversies, Tendulkar said he has kept his life simple.

"Since my school, we had simple celebrations, whenever I achieved anything, Mithai was offered to God, my brother always said let people talk about the match and you move forward. I have a balanced lifestyle," he said.

Tendulkar went through a tough phase when his father Ramesh suddenly passed away in 1999 when he was playing in the World Cup in England. But Tendulkar hardly got any time to mourn the loss as he flew back and cracked 140 against Kenya to inspire India to a victory, just three days later.

"I do miss my father, I lost my father in 1999, it's been long time now, so many things have happened since then and I miss him. But I have some wonderful moments and I cherish.

There are times when I rewind, I remember him but some things can't be changed," he said.

Asked about his dream car, Tendulkar said, "When I was young my dream car was a Maruti 800 at that time."

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