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Lean patch a wake-up call: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar credited his career-best unbeaten 220 to the determination to bat the entire day.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2004 00:09 IST

Sachin Tendulkar's lean patch in Tests had served as a "wake-up call" to the batting maestro who credited his career-best unbeaten 220 to the determination to bat the entire day on Saturday.

Tendulkar may have batted for close to ten hours for his unbeaten knock to announce his return to vintage form but the Indian batting star said he was still "not tired".

"I have not done much in the series, so I am not really tired," he said in a lighter vein.

Before the start of this Test, the Little Master had just 81 runs from three Tests in the series.

"I felt this year was not great Test wise. In one-dayers I was okay. I think it was just a coincidence and some bad luck.

"(In this series) I needed to hang in there instead of nicking. Getting beaten would have been better.

"A couple of wake-up calls can really help at times," he said as India batted themselves to a mammoth 650 for five on the second day of the match.

Tendulkar, 73 overnight, said he was determined not to get out today.

"I did not not want to get out come what may. I had decided that I would leave any delivery going outside the off-stump. I wanted to work it out on the legside instead. I waited the whole day to play my on-drives," said the maestro.

India had not "decided much" about their strategy tomorrow, he said but added "we would score some quick runs and then declare. We will not play for long."

First Published: Jan 03, 2004 14:27 IST