Oct 17, 2008 at 06:59pm IST

I play, don't think of records: Tendulkar

Mohali: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who on Friday surpassed West Indian Brian Lara's record of 11,953 Test runs, said he had converted challenges to success.

"People sometimes throw stones and you convert them into milestones," Tendulkar said after creating the new record.

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"It is definitely the biggest achievement in 19 years of my career. It can't happen overnight. The journey has been fantastic with ups and downs. It was a process of success," he said.

ALL FOR INDIA: Tendulkar raises his helmet in Mohali after becoming the leading run-scorer in test cricket.

"I wanted to shift the focus on cricket and not think of the record. But whoever I meet they keep on reminding me (of the record)."

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Asked what he decided to do before coming to bat today, Tendulkar said, "I knew I need 15 runs to get past Lara's record. But I had decided to keep it simple, concentrate on just watching the ball."

He said in his 19-year career he was not much concerned about creating personal records. "I wanted to play my best game against the opposition, not break records and while doing that if I break records, it’s a just a reflection of what I have been able to contribute as a player for Indian cricket," he said.

Tendulkar, however, could not hide the glee of achieving the world record against Australia, India's intense rivals of late.

"I would have preferred to get my record earlier. But it's nice that it has come at the right time. Australians are the top side and to get it against them was a special moment and I treasure this."

He was, though, disappointed to get out on 88 without making a hundred which would have made the match more memorable for him.

"It's disappointing that I got out, the aim was to stay there till the end and start afresh innings tomorrow but got a good ball. I thought I was a fraction late to judge that ball and get on the front foot, rather than holding there because the new ball does different things."

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