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Tendulkar wants to carry on
Friday 03 June 2011

Sachin Tendulkar's dedication to the sport of cricket is and always will remain unparalleled. The legend has always been at the forefront of setting new records and creating a new standard for players to follow.

But despite all his achievements and honours, the master is still hungry for more success as he hopes to carry on wearing the Indian colours for the foreseeable future.

"When you win something or score a century you say you are happy, but not satisfied. Satisfaction is like engaging the handbrake and hoping a car moves forward," Tendulkar told the latest issue of Sky Sports Magazine.

"I am not satisfied yet with my career and what I have done, not at all. I feel the moment you start to feel satisfied, then it is only natural that you begin to cool down and lose it," he revealed.

The 38-year-old World Cup winner is not even thinking about retirement at this stage as he wants to continue representing his country.

"I still love cricket as much as ever. It is my job, but it is also my passion. Cricket remains in my heart, I don't need anything else to motivate me. I dreamed of playing for my country when I was young and it is still my dream, it is still fun for me," he said.

Learning never stops and even Tendulkar admits that the sport always surprises him and he is constantly learning something.

"I am still learning about the game. I figure something out about my batting all the time, you have to keep your mind open. I learn all the time, those small adjustments, with your footwork or bat swing can improve your game, I love doing that. You never know everything. Mentally that makes you feel so good. That is the best form of preparation," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar described the experience of winning the World Cup as "a different kind of feeling, a high, like living on a different planet, it felt as though I was flying."

He had waited 22 years for this moment. For all his personal records - and he boasts the most Test runs and Test centuries, and the most One-Day runs and One-Day centuries - Tendulkar wanted something tangible, a trophy to lift, a medal to wear, and to win something as part of an Indian team.

Tendulkar had played in the previous five World Cups, but had fallen short each time. The experience left him feeling "shattered beyond words."

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