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Tendulkar: ODIs take a toll on my body

He admits for the first time it is becoming difficult for him to play ODIs with long recovery time after matches.

cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2007 21:26 IST

Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that it is increasingly becoming difficult for him to play one-day cricket with long recovery time after matches taking toll on his body.

"I enjoy every moment I have on a cricket field, but the recovery times between games these days are difficult, especially for one-day internationals, and that's my major obstacle," he said. <b1>

"It does take its toll on the body. When you are 22 or 23, you recover a lot more quickly. But at 34, it's not so easy," he was quoted as saying by

The Times

on Monday.

Tendulkar recently opted out of the Twenty20 World Championships but refused to agree that he was old enough to call it quits. "My body will tell me when I have played enough cricket, but I don't feel old just yet. I still think I'm a young boy at heart."

He, however, confirmed that this was likely to be his last tour of England. "Whatever cricket is left in me, I would like to make the most of it. I don't know what the future has in store, but I don't think I'll be touring England again, because that will be in four or five years," he said.

First Published: Sep 03, 2007 15:31 IST