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Cricket has changed a lot, says Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar feels cricket has changed a lot in recent times with fitness becoming an integral part of the game.

cricket Updated: Oct 04, 2007 00:34 IST

Sachin Tendulkar feels cricket has changed a lot in recent times with fitness becoming an integral part of the game.

“The youngsters in the team were enjoying their game and it was good to see them in a positive frame of mind,” Tendulkar said.

Asked about the happiest moment in his cricket career, he said “I cherish the wins against Australia, England and South Africa on their home turf as it was my dream to taste success in away games.”

Former captain Rahul Dravid said the Twenty20 format was still evolving but stressed the basics were the same in all forms of cricket.

Fielding should be superlative and teams were “playing positive aggressive cricket,” he said, referring to the shortest version of the game.

The former captain said that in his formative years he was told not to play the ball in the air and score runs through grounded shots.

Former cricketers honoured

The 10th Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence for Indian players in the last 75 years were presented here on Tuesday night. India’s current ODI captain MS Dhoni was present at the occasion as were former skippers like Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar, Bishen Singh Bedi, Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, EAS Prasanna and BS Chandrasekhar. The period in question was divided into six eras — 1932-47, 1947-61, 1961-71, 1971-81, 1981-97 and 1997-2006. India’s first Test captain CK Nayudu was declared the Castrol Indian Cricketer for the era 1932-47. His daughter Chandra receiving the award.

Others awardees

1947-61 – Vinoo Mankad, 1961-71 – MAK Pataudi, 1971-81 – Sunil Gavaskar, 1981-97 – Kapil Dev, 1997-2006 – Rahul Dravid & Sachin Tendulkar. Most Successful Captain: Sourav Ganguly. Outstanding Woman Cricketer: Jhulan Goswami.