Tendulkar does not rule out playing in 2015 World Cup

Published: March 25, 2012

Wishes an Indian breaks his record of making most runs. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar, who will turn 39 next month, is in no hurry to retire and the prolific Indian batsman has refused to rule himself out of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“Whatever lies ahead is in God’s hands. I can only try. I just want to enjoy the game and I don’t want to set targets,” Tendulkar told reporters on Sunday at a function to celebrate his 100th international century.

Since his 1989 debut against Pakistan, Tendulkar has amassed nearly 34,000 international runs and claimed his 100th century against Bangladesh this month to cement his place as statistically the greatest batsman.

His contemporaries Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid have already quit international cricket but Tendulkar said he was not sure he had played his last World Cup.

“I was asked a similar question in 2007 and I could not say then whether I would play in the 2011 World Cup,” Tendulkar said after cracking a smile.

“Possibly, I am in the same situation now. I don’t know the answer. I just want people to continue with their good wishes and prayers for me. It means a lot to me.”

Personal decision

The master batsman took a swipe at critics who said he should have retired from the one-day format of the game sooner.

“Nobody decided the timing of the start of my career. I will decide when I need to retire,” he said.

“My dream was to play for my country and play to the best of my ability. I feel I should continue while I am passionate about the game.

“The day I realise that my passion is going down or my commitment is going down, I should start thinking about my retirement.

“I feel those who say: ‘You should retire at the top’, are selfish because when you are at the top, you should keep serving the country instead of retiring.”

India won the World Cup at home last April after a gap of 28 years and will defend their title when the next edition is held in New Zealand and Australia in early 2015.

Tendulkar, who has scored more than 15,000 runs in tests and a further 18,000 in ODIs, said the greatest compliment he had received in his career was when Don Bradman included him in his all-time test XI.

“My dream was to be regarded as one of the top players of all time,” he said. “I think I have got myself into that league.

“I don’t play for records and I don’t know if my record will be broken and when. I only hope it is an Indian batsman who does it.”

Reader Comments (9)

  • Paras Vikmani
    Mar 25, 2012 - 9:11PM

    I don’t think he should play 2015 WC.
    India needs young people now.

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  • Babloo
    Mar 25, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Tendulkar has lost sight of the fact that team interests are supreme and his personal goals mean very little to other Indian cricket fans.

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  • Adeel
    Mar 25, 2012 - 9:29PM

    He would be playing till 2115 WC.. :P

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  • Mohammad
    Mar 25, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Tendulkar is exposed badly here, he does only play for personal records and not for the team.

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  • hassan
    Mar 25, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Expect all the Tendulkar-haters, born out of sheer jealousy, to crawl out of woodwork. Somehow, Tendulkar-hating seems to the uniting force of Pakistan.

    Guys,chill, he is still the best batsman in the sub-continent, even though he occasionally fails to pick deliveries bowled with 23 degree-bent elbows. ( Reg 23 degree bent bowling, I am only echoing the views of : Bob Willis, Michael Holding, Ian Botham, Dean Jones, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Duncan Fletcher, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy, Chanderpaul and Ricky Ponting.)

    As long as he is the best batsman, every captain would like to have him in the team. Period.

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  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:30AM

    @hassan….LOL…dude u need to chill…!! Accept that, AJmal is simply another Awesome bowler which Indians haven’t produced for decades…Your best batsman of subcontinent occasionally shivers facing Akhtar & Occasionally fails to pick Ajmal otherwise he is such a match winner that whenever he scores century India always win that match…& they surely require him in WC 2015 to defend the title…
    Instead of naming all the cry babies…show some guts to face Pakistani bowlers..Recommend

  • Haris
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:38AM

    please no, go away and never return! Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!

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  • Yash
    Mar 26, 2012 - 9:12AM

    @ProudPakistani:

    i guess u did not watch india vs pak asia cup match..which is just one example….talking about guts…lol

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  • Pakistaniat
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:24PM

    @Yash:
    What guts…. when he scored a century against Bangladesh, you guys lost. India could have easily scored another 25 – 30 runs had he not played so slowly to get to his century. India had all the crucial wickets in hand and yet his strike rate was well below 100… pakistanis criticize their players/stars if they make mistakes… u guys on the other hand are blinded by individual scores and records and dont dare criticize ur “God” player….

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