|Sachin Tendulkar on way to his 35 off 31 balls, at the Kotla, on Saturday. Picture by Prem Singh
Calcutta: Nowadays, every time Sachin Tendulkar steps on to the field, a record seems to fall at his feet, almost effortlessly. Such is the charisma of The Master.
On Saturday, at the Kotla, Sachin became the proud owner of yet another record — the first Asian to score 50,000 runs in all recognised forms of cricket. Sachin took 953 matches to climb this Everest of runs. The list is headed by former England captain Graham Gooch, who made 67,075 runs from 1194 matches, and Sachin is placed at the 16th spot.
But however proud may the record be, its owner remains the same humble man he always has been. So quite expectedly, when Ravi Shastri asked the icon about the record, Sachin revealed that he wasn’t even aware that he was approaching such a milestone. And instead, he chose to speak much more on his team’s six-wicket victory.
“I wasn’t aware I was so close to the 50,000-run mark… I only realised about it when it was displayed on the big screen that I was just two runs short of the mark. Actually, it feels wonderful that we won today,” Sachin said.
Attributing the semi-final win to team game, he added: “The win was possible because of the contribution from all the team members. I thought we got back into the game pretty well after they got off to a good start… So, overall it’s a terrific performance.”
Sachin scored a 31-ball 35, but it was Dwayne Smith who was the top scorer for the Mumbai Indians. Smith won the Man of the Match award for his 38-ball 59. Sachin was all praise for the West Indian: “It’s fun to watch Dwayne… He plays those big shots is such an amazing fashion… I’ve told him that I’m not backing up too much when I’m at the non-striker’s end because if he hits straight, I would be left with no time to move away.”
Asked if he feels his team, the IPL champions, have got a bright chance of winning the CLT20 as well, Sachin said: “I’m a little superstitious… I don’t like speaking about my team. All I can say is that we have done well. We held our nerves pretty well during those crunch situations.”
On his overall CLT20 experience, Sachin said: “It has been a terrific tournament so far… Only in Ahmedabad, we didn’t get to play much because of the rain…”.
He also had words of praise for the young Trinidad and Tobago side. “They are a dangerous side… They have proved in the past as well that they play this format really well.
“The good thing for us is that both (Kieron) Pollard and Smith play for us, and not for them. Those two players are such impact players that you want them to be on your side.”
Before signing off, Sachin assured that he is fit and his enjoying his time on the field. “All the parts are intact… So far so good… I enjoyed.”