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Those who think T20 is for young don't know cricket: Sachin

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2009 11:26 IST
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Those who consider Twenty20 a young man's game don't know much about cricket, says Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, insisting that age has got nothing to do with a player's performance in the shortest format of the sport.

"I don't know who says that it's a young man's game. Clearly, he doesn't know much about cricket. It's a cricketers' game so it really doesn't matter whether you are young or old. It is a cricketer's match," Tendulkar told the Indian Premier League's official website.

The 36-year-old skipper of the Mumbai Indians team has been in sparkling form in the IPL having scored 163 runs at an average of over 80 in three matches. He is currently fourth on the leading IPL-II scorers' list.

Tendulkar said opening the Mumbai innings with Sri Lanka's ageless swashbuckler Sanath Jayasuriya has been a fantastic experience so far.

"... Even last year I enjoyed batting at the other end and it was fantastic. He has got excellent hand-eye co-ordination, very quick feet, very quick hands. Needless to say that he is one of the best strikers in the world," said Tendulkar.

The right-hander said he is not chasing hundreds in the event and remains focussed on ensuring wins for his team.

"I am not playing for 100s, I am playing for the team. And, if I score a hundred even better for the team. The idea is not to chase a 100. If it comes my way it's fine.

"As long as my contribution is there for the team, that is what matters. If it has helped us to get to a good total, I am a happy person," he said.