After a statesman-like innings befitting his status in international cricket took India to a famous victory, Sachin Tendulkar talked the talk. The concentration and composure that he displayed on the field to ensure India did not veer away from course en route to chasing 387, was matched by his words at the end of the day.
“What happened in Mumbai was extremely unfortunate and I don’t think by India winning or me scoring hundreds, people who have lost their loved ones would feel better,” Tendulkar said.
“It’s a terrible loss for all of them and our hearts are with them. All I can say is that in whatever way we can contribute to make them feel better we’ll make that effort. I would like to dedicate this hundred to all those people who have gone through such terrible times,” he added.
Tendulkar, whose unbeaten 103 formed the backbone of the historic chase, may be from Mumbai, but he showed why he was the entire nation’s favourite cricketing son. “I look at it as an attack on India, not on Mumbai,” he said.
"It is an attack on India and it should hurt every Indian, not only people from Mumbai. We are Indians and that is how I look at it."
Although he did not personally know any of those who died in the Mumbai terror attacks two parents of his daughter Sara's classmates lost their lives in the incidents, giving him a tangible connection to what happened, but still, he had no doubts about playing this game. "I was confident that our security would make us feel secure. They've done a fantastic job and only because of that people have been able to witness such a match," said Tendulkar. "I'd like to thank England for coming back to play Test cricket. We've witnessed a wonderful Test match. People are again enjoying cricket the way it's meant to be."