After the astounding World Cup victory, a huge boost for the cricket lovers of India would be that the little master might not be hanging up his boots as of yet.
When asked about his retirement, Sachin Tendulkar said he saw no reason to change things as he was still enjoying the game.
"This is a moment to celebrate, not one to think about my future," Tendulkar told the ICC. "This is the reason I started playing cricket; to do something for the country. The process has been a long one, and I am still enjoying my game, so I don't see the reason to change anything."
India coach Gary Kirsten said he didn't think Tendulkar would stop here. "Sachin is the greatest sporting role model I've met in my life," Kirsten said. "He's had an incredible last three or four years, and he's enjoying his cricket even more. I don't think he is going to stop," ESPNcricinfo quoted Kristen as saying.
"As a young boy I dreamt of winning this trophy; that's where it all started. This is by far the best moment and it's the one I've been waiting for for 24 years. There have been heart-breaking losses; in past campaigns we lost in the semi-finals and finals. I never gave up because this was my dream and now the team has managed to win this cup for the nation," ESPNcricinfo quoted Sachin as saying.
"The victory hasn't sunk in yet because I haven't faced the general crowd outside. I've just mingled around with my friends and family. We've been in a close unit behind a wall of security. We haven't had a chance to experience or share our joy with everyone else. That's a reaction I'm really looking forward to because I can imagine what it would be like. All I've seen is their reactions on the news channels and it's absolutely fascinating," ," ESPNcricinfo quoted Sachin as saying.
India have now achieved the two things Kirsten had planned on during his tenure as coach: winning the World Cup and attaining the No. 1 ranking in Tests, but he gave all the credit to his team.
"The players are the ones who have had to deal with the pressure and expectations," ESPNcricinfo quoted Kirsten as saying. "They've prepared hard and when they've had to make the plays and make the contributions under pressure they've done that."