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'Will not relax after breaking Lara’s record'

cricket Updated: Sep 30, 2008 00:14 IST
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Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said there was no question of relaxing after breaking retired West Indian Brian Lara's world record of 11,953 Test runs.

“I have to concentrate and try and play well. Record etc... It's okay. If you play well, and if it (record) happens, it's good”, the ace batsman who is just 76 runs short of that milestone, told reporters.

Tendulkar said his focus was on playing well, and it's not as if he has to make 76 runs and after that he can relax.

He said the team had set certain targets in the four Test series against Ricky Ponting's side, and focus of every player is to achieve that target.

Tendulkar missed the Irani Trophy last week. An elbow injury during the Third Test against Sri Lanka last month had forced him out of the subsequent one-day series.

Tendulkar said he was happy with the rehabilitation and had been working with the trainer.

“Last two-three weeks have been quite good,” Tendulkar said, adding, he was pleased with the progress.

Preparatory camp ahead of Aussie series

India’s top cricket players began a week-long preparatory camp ahead of the four-Test match series against Australia starting here on October nine.

Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, M S Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, V V S Laxman, Mohammed Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, R P Singh, Munaf Patel and Ishant Sharma participated in a mix of warm-up, fielding and catching drills.

Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma, who were the other two members of the team that toured Sri Lanka, were not present as they have been picked to play for the Yuvraj Singh-led Board President's XI's match against Australia beginning in Hyderabad on October two.

Coach Gary Kirsten, mental and physical trainer and strategic leadership coach Paddy Upton, bowling coach B K Venkatesh Pradesh and fielding coach Robin Singh guided the proceedings which lasted two-and-half-hours at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Tendulkar said the first session went off well. “It feels good. When you come back into the team, you feel certain energy”, the ace batsman who missed the Irani Trophy last week said.

An elbow injury during the third Test against Sri Lanka last month had forced him out of the subsequent one-day series. “It's mainly fitness targeting session. I thoroughly enjoyed it (first day of the camp)”, he added.

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