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IPL desk in Mirpur 16 March 2012 - 06:33pm IST

Dreams do come true: Tendulkar

Legend advises kids to enjoy the game, chase their dreams

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar finally scored his landmark hundredth international century, awaited by fans, experts and the cricketing fraternity, in the fourth match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. The 38-year-old spoke to Ramiz Raja in a TV interview after his 147-ball 114.

Excerpts from the mid-innings interview


On the momentous century

It’s slightly tough knowing that I started off the season batting reasonably well. In Australia, at times I felt luckless. It doesn’t matter how many hundreds you score; you still have to put your head down and grind it out and do the job for the team.

On whether he was thinking about the milestone in the lead-up to it

I was not, to be honest. Precisely a year ago, when I got my 99th hundred, no one spoke [about the impending landmark] during the World Cup. And then it was the media, I guess, who started all this. Everywhere, wherever I went ¬– at restaurants, the [hotel] housekeeping, room service – all were just talking about the hundredth hundred. And it became a little difficult mentally because I am not just playing for my hundredth hundred. The 99th hundred that I scored, nobody spoke about that. Everyone has their opinion but eventually I had to do what was important for the team.

On what was going through his mind batting in the 80s and 90s

It was slightly different because I felt the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat and when I was talking to Virat [Kohli], he was also [saying] the same [thing]. The total that we had in mind was about 275-280; if we could get to that total, then that would be a good [score]. I didn’t bat much in the last match but what Virat had to say was that the wicket was a bit slower than the last one.

On his achievement

It hasn’t sunk in, but I definitely lost about 50 kilos.

On being asked to send a message to kids who want to emulate him


Enjoy the game and chase your dreams; I think dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years to win the World Cup. Don’t stop chasing your dream.

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