Dec 06, 2009 at 03:34pm IST

Sachin's verdict: best Indian team ever

Mumbai: The Indian cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best ever to have represented the country, believes batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

"Yes. Right from number 1 to 7, we have a solid batting line-up," said Tendulkar when he was asked if this was one of the best Indian teams ever. India on Sunday became the number one team in Test rankings after they beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs in the third and final Test to clinch the three-match series by a 2-0 margin.

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Tendulkar credited the entire coaching team, including former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh, for India’s victory against Sri Lanka.

AT TOP OF CRICKET: Sachin Tendulkar laughs during a cricket practice session in Mumbai.

Tendulkar said along with coach Gary Kirsten, credit goes to Prasad and Robin who were part of the support staff till October.

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"All credit goes to Gary (Kirsten) and (mental conditioning coach) Paddy (Upton), along with Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad. They handled the team brilliantly. Also all the players have worked very hard in the last 18 months," he said.

Both Prasad and Singh were sacked in October after the team's dismal show in the Twenty20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

Tendulkar said the entire country had been waiting for team to become world number one.

"It's fantastic to be at this position. I have been waiting a long time to get to this position. In fact just not me, the entire nation waited for it," Tendulkar said after India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs to win the three-match series 2-0 and top the Test ranking table.

Tendulkar was also happy with the track at Brabourne Stadium, which hosted a Test match after a 36-year gap. "This pitch was a brilliant wicket. There was some turn in the first day and I knew one roll would settle it down and it did," he said.

The veteran batsman once again rubbished retirement talks and said, "People keep asking about it but I'm enjoying my game and not thinking about that at all."

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