Tendulkar has no plans to retire till his body is fine

New Delhi, Nov 7 (UNI) Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly have already declared their retirements from Test cricket, but batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar does not have any such plans to call it a day in immediate future and said his body is still ''doing fine''.

''My body is doing fine and at the moment I am not thinking of any plans to retire. Normally I prefer to think of the present, not of what I am going to do in the next four, five of six years of my life,'' Tendulkar said.

''If I think it is time to hang up I will let everybody know. There is nothing to hide in it. I know it will make news but that I don't think it is a negative news that I have to hide from everyone,'' he added.

Tendulkar, who scored his 40th Test century yesterday against Australia in the final Test at Nagpur, however, did not make any comment when asked whether he would be there to serve India in the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent.

''I normally prefer to think of which match I am going to play next and what sort of planning I should do and which bowling attack would be used on me.

''Even if I have to play in 2011 World Cup it is 700 days to go. For now my focus is on the next four days against Australia,'' he told 'Aaj Tak'.

The 35-year-old Tendulkar said he will miss Sourav Ganguly with whom he shared an amazing level of understanding as even a blink of the eye was enough to convey the thought when they were in the middle of a game.

''I will definitely miss him. It happened many a times with Sourav that when we were on the wicket and between the overs we used to know looking at each other's face that there is a lot of stress and the situation is important or whether it is necessary to relax.

''When you go to play the next ball then it is important to have 100 per cent concentration. But when you do not need 100 per cent concentration it is important to relax. So at that time I use to try to speak to him in Bengali whether it was correct or not. So the atmosphere gets relaxed and we play our natural game,'' he said of his 12-year association with Ganguly.

Tendulkar, who has been in the international arena for last 19 years, said he has had some great captains and all of them were different.

He said all of them have been different and Rahul Dravid was different from a Ganguly or a Krishnamachari Srikkanth as he is some one who wants to maintain peace in the dressing room.

''Rahul is a serious sort of a player. He is focussed and he likes to maintain peace in the dressing room. So he was a different captain. There is a Srikkanth who used to crack jokes and laugh.

''Srikkanth used to joke with me then (when I first played under him) and also when I became 35-year-old. When there is tension in the dressing room he would crack some jokes to try to make a relaxed atmosphere and prepare everyone for the game.

He used to prepare in a different way.

''Like Srikkanth, Sourav also used to entertain teammates.

He used to crack different jokes and try to ease off pressure,'' he noted.


Story first published: Friday, November 7, 2008, 16:08 [IST]
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