Sachin Tendulkar becomes instantly uncomfortable when asked about his records. That may sound strange about a man who now has almost every record against his name, but that's how it's. The same discomfort overpowered him when he tried to respond to his 50th Test century. "I don't know…I wouldn't say I am unhappy…of course I am happy, but then this is just another number for me," he fumbled.
And just to reiterated that it is the love of the game, not the records, that keeps his going, he pointed out how he has been skipping relatively unimportant series and matches to keep himself fresh for the bigger challenges. "Had I been chasing records, I wouldn't have missed all those matches," he said.
But as soon as the talk veered to the importance of the knock in the larger context of the match and the series, the firmness and decisiveness that he showed while handling Dale Steyn and Co. was back in his voice. "It's very important, given what happened in the first innings. We had to play well and send the message across. So, there are a lot of positives to pick from how we played in the second innings."
Like all other Indian players, he too felt that the conditions when they batted in the first innings were far different than they had been after that, but he refused to use it as an excuse for their debacle. "At this level, you can't give excuses. One has to take whatever is there and deliver," he said.