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Tendulkar hopes an Indian would break his record

Maharashtra,Sports, Sun, 25 Mar 2012 IANS

Mumbai, March 25 (IANS) India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar Sunday said it would be tough to predict when and who will break his record of 100 international centuries but hoped to see an Indian surpassing it.


"I don't know. I don't think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed). I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it's an Indian," said Tendulkar during a felicitation programme here to commemorate his 100th international ton that he achieved during the recently held Asia Cup.


Asked about his reaction after completing his century against Bangladesh, Tendulkar said: "When I reached my 100th 100, I looked at my bat and looked at the sky and asked god what wrong did I do, why did it take so long."


Tendulkar, however, said that there were no celebrations after scoring the 100th century since India lost the match against Bangladesh.


"I don't think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration," he said.


The 38-year-old Tendulkar also said that no one should tell him when to retire.


"I will play till I have the desire. I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team," he said.


Tendulkar also said that it would be selfish on his part to retire on top.


"When I feel I don't have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring. I play for the team, not for my personal records", said Tendulkar.


Tendulkar said he was unhappy with dressing room discussions being leaked to the media.


"I think what happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room. That is what I feel personally," he said.


Tendulkar also said that being named in Don Bradman's all-time Test XI was the biggest compliment.


"I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment," he said.


The batting maestro said he draws strength from his coaches and family. "I get my strength from my coaches and family," he said.


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