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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011: India's Sachin Tendulkar rules out retirement and pays tribute to coach Gary Kirsten



Sachin Tendulkar says he has no intention of retiring following India's World Cup triumph, but said the team would miss outgoing coach Gary Kirsten.




India regained the World Cup after 28 years with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai on Saturday under former South African batsman Kirsten. And much has been written about Tendulkar's achievements, the master batsman has heaped praise on his outgoing coach.
"Personally, I would say Gary (Kirsten) should continue but he has family commitments," Tendulkar told the NDTV. "I respect his decision. We will miss him a lot. It's been a pleasure to work with him. He's probably worked harder than anyone else."
India not only secured the number-one ranking in Tests and number two in one-day internationals under Kirsten, but also became a formidable force both at home and away.
Tendulkar, the world's leading run scorer in both Tests (14,692) and one-day internationals (18,111), became a World Cup winner for the first time on his sixth and probably last appearance in the tournament.
He said winning the World Cup was his biggest cricketing moment and that for now he had no intention of calling time on his career.
"I miss my father. He would be proud. My kids being there for the victory lap made it even more special," said Tendulkar who finally got his hands on the trophy on his sixth attempt. "I can't believe we're the world champions. I am enjoying cricket too much to retire from any form of the game.
"I could not have asked for anything better than this. Winning the World Cup ... it is the proudest moment of my life."
While praising his coach, Tendulkar also paid tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailing him as the "best captain" for leading the team shrewdly in the high-pressure tournament.
"He (Dhoni) reads the situation well, is open to ideas and above all he stays calm and doesn't show frustration," he said.
It was the second major title India had won under Dhoni after the World Twenty20 Championships in South Africa in 2007.
Tendulkar said India had peaked at the right time.
"In the knockout stage, we peaked at the right time. We batted, fielded and bowled well. You see effort from all players. Performance no one can guarantee, but effort you can guarantee," said Tendulkar.
India beat defending champions Australia in the quarter-finals and Pakistan in the semi-final before prevailing over Sri Lanka.

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