Mumbai: Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said India would focus to get back to the pinnacle of Test rankings rather than thinking about taking revenge against England in the upcoming home series in November.
"It's not about revenge [the home series against England]. It's taking pride to play for India and for me that is really important. It [revenge] can be against any other nation but I take a lot of pride in playing for India. That's what matters to me. It doesn't matter with whom we play as long as we produce quality performance," Tendulkar said.
"For four years, I mean post 2007 World Cup till the 2011 World Cup, we played quality cricket and got to No 1 ranking, which does not happen overnight. It takes some time and only when you produce good cricket for number of years. We were able to get there but slipped down. It's important to again get back there," Tendulkar told a news channel.
India lost eight consecutive Test matches against England and Australia last season but Sachin feels that the defeats in England and Down Under were not because of over-confidence. "I wouldn't say that World Cup victory had something to do with that [losses in England and Australia] and the players became complacent or over-confident. It was nothing like that.
“We all know our responsibilities. You go out there to perform well but sometimes it just does not work. They have been tough tours for us and we need to regroup ourselves and take stronger steps forward and check that these performances [losses] don't get repeated. It was a rough patch. Prior to that we really played well for three years," he said.
Tendulkar said club cricket can never replace international tournament but a competition like IPL provides an ideal platform for domestic players to showcase their talent. "Club cricket can never replace international cricket but it's a brilliant platform. Cricket is the only sport which has three formats - T20 cricket gives the opportunity to new players to showcase their talent.
"More importantly, it gives a chance to first class players who may have worked hard for years but never made it to the national team. It helps them earn money which is important because they sacrificed many of their years to fulfill their dreams to play for India," he said.