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Tendulkar pays tribute to father

An emotional Sachin hoped his father had seen the feat from heaven as he created history at Kotla.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2005 13:16 IST

After surpassing childhood idol Sunil Gavaskar and pocketing the record for highest Test centuries, an emotional Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to his deceased father and hoped he had seen the feat from heaven.

After scoring his 35th Test century against Sri Lanka in the national capital on Saturday, a visibly overwhelmed Tendulkar took off his helmet, stretched his arms and was looking at the sky for quite a while amid standing ovation from the entire Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. Asked what was going through his mind, an emotional Tendulkar said, "I was remembering my father. I hope he enjoyed every bit of it from there."

Prof Ramesh Tendulkar passed away in 1999 when his son was playing cricket in 1999 World Cup and the Little Master, after attending father's funeral, returned to England and scored a century against Kenya. He had dedicated that century to his father.

Perth ton the best

Meanwhile, Tendulkar revealed that umpires had offered him light while he was in his 90s and "asked me if I wanted to continue. I said I want to complete the century today," he said.

Asked if it was his best century, Tendulkar said he rated the 1999 Perth century above all.

"Every century is special and has its place. My first century was a match-saving one and this is definitely my most memorable century," he explained.

The batting maestro said he has received calls from his family and early coach Ramakant Achrekar. Asked if Gavaskar had congratulated him, the Mumbaikar said, "Not yet."

Sunny remains 'a hero'

Heaping praise on Gavaskar, Tendulkar said. "He was my hero and will always remain a hero. He is always there to give tips and it helps."

Admitting he was feeling 'different' today, Tendulkar said, "It was quite satisfying."

Body getting old

Asked what changed since he started his career some 16 years back, the batting sensation said, " I think over the years, my body has grown old and to cope with that, I had to make change in my techniques."

"I have been playing for 16 years now and you can't compare me with guys like (MS) Dhoni, (Virender) Sehwag or Yuvraj (Singh)," he added.

Asked whether he regrets not scoring a triple century in his otherwise illustrious career, Tendulkar said, "I'm not exactly disappointed. I want to score as much as possible and that remains my goal every time I go out in the field."

Recalling the tennis elbow problem which kept him out of action for a long time, Tendulkar said, "It was very tough to come to terms with that but I think the breakhelped my body and I owe my comeback to my family and my well-wishers.

First Published: Dec 10, 2005 21:08 IST