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I have been given a certain role: Sachin

Having silenced his critics with a consistent performance in the ODIs, Tendulkar revealed his role in the team.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:27 IST

Having silenced his critics with a consistent performance in the ongoing one-day series against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkarsaid he has been given a "certain role" by the team and he was keen to live up to that expectation.

Tendulkar, who marked his return to form with a century in the first match in Peshawar, also said he was playing his natural game.

"I have been playing my natural game, I don't know why people say I am not playing my natural game. I have been given a certain role. You have to do what the team is expecting from you," the batting maestro said after India pulled off a thrilling five-wicket victory in the third one-dayer here.

The star batsman, who slammed a sparkling 95 to lay the platform for India's win, said the Pakistani bowlers got some assistance in the first 15 overs or so.

"The ball did quite a bit in the first 15 overs. I thought the Pakistani bowlers were bowling in good areas", he said.

"We lost a couple of early wickets, so we thought we should just hang around for a while".

On bowling ten overs in the match, Tendulkar said he resorted to bowling medium pacers as the Pakistani batsmen were strong against spin.

"They play spin very well. That's why I bowled medium pace. I felt I was cramping a little bit towards the middle of my innings, its not often that I bowl ten overs", he said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 12:27 IST