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Sachin is the ideal one, says shooter Vijay Kumar

other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 19:43 IST

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is a role model for many and the newest member to join the fan club is Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vijay Kumar.

Kumar, who won the coveted medal in 25-metre rapid fire pistol shooting event, said, "Though there are many players who give guidance, Sachin is the ideal one.

"All the players are good. Senior players like Abhinav Bindra and Jaspal Rana give us good guidance. We improve by learning from them, from their experiences.

"However, it is not necessary to have an ideal player. But, yes, we can call Sachin an ideal player," said Vijay in a press conference today.

The reticent army man is not new on the shooting circuit, Kumar had won gold medals in the last Melbourne Games too. But, despite bringing laurels to country, Vijay still remains a name unheard of.

"In the last CWG I got gold for individual and team category in the same event. My performances in Olympics and World Championships have been good," the shooter said.

It is an accepted belief that winning medals guarantee popularity but Vijay's case is different. Kumar said he is one of those who goes unnoticed amongst the likes of Abhindra Bindra and Rajyavardhan Rathore.

"All our competitions happen simultaneously. And focus goes to only those players who has been popular for a long time and newcomers go unnoticed," he said.

Speaking about the absence of Rathore from the Games, Kumar said, "Obviously we will miss him. He has been an Olympic silver medallist. But he couldn't get selected during the selection trials. He is not performing well nowadays,that's why he couldn't participate," he said.

"It has been the federation's policy that everyone has to perform in selection trials before any Games. Even if I have performed in this CWG, before the next Games there will be selection trials, and they will not see my performance of this year. Whoever leads currently will get the chance to participate," he said when asked about Rathore's exclusion from the shooting contingent for the CWG.

The ace shooter is now planning to take a few days off to spend time with his family before he starts practicing for the upcoming Asian Games in November.