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Cricket is not burden yet: Sachin

The maestro asserts he is not finished and Thursday's ton will silence critics.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 18:16 IST

Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said his unbeaten 141 against the West Indies in the DLF Cup tri-series in Kuala Lumpur showed he was not finished as a batsman as yet.

"Cricket has been my life, I am living a dream," the 33-year-old Indian star said after hitting his 40th one-day hundred, which went in vain as the West Indies were declared winners on Duckworth-Lewis method following a rain disruption.

"If it is a burden, I would know when to step aside, step back and say it is the end.

"But I am still enjoying. Everytime I go out there, there is enthusiasm. I just want to continue with that."

Riding on Tendulkar's ton, which contained 13 fours and five sixes, India made 309 for five in 50 overs.

West Indies were 141 for two in 20 overs when rains forced the play to be called off, and the Caribbean total was 29 runs more than the par score of 112 for two at that stage.

Tendulkar rated his knock highly for a combination of reasons but said he was disappointed because the team did not win.

"It will be a special hundred because it came on a difficult surface and after so many months (of being away from the game)," said the Mumbai batsman who was playing in his first match since undergoing a shoulder surgery in March.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 01:02 IST