India focusing on getting back to No 1 position in Tests: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar believes that World Cup victory didn’t make India complacent AFP

Mumbai: Jun 1, 2012

Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar said India will focus to get back to the pinnacle of Test rankings rather than thinking about taking revenge against England in the upcoming home series in November.

“It’s not about revenge (the home series against England). It’s taking pride to play for India and for me that is really important. It (revenge) can be against any other nation but I take lot of pride in playing for India. That’s what matters to me. It doesn’t matter with whom we play. As long as we produce quality performance expected from us, that is important,” said Tendulkar.

“For four years, I mean post-2007 World Cup till the 2011 World Cup, we played quality cricket and got to No 1 ranking. No 1 ranking does not happen overnight. It takes some time and only when you produce good cricket for number of years. We were able to get there but slipped down. It’s important to again get back there,” Tendulkar told NDTV.

India lost eight consecutive Test matches against England and Australia last season but the maestro feels that the defeats in England and Down Under was not because of over-confidence.

“I wouldn’t say that World Cup victory had something to do with that (losses in England and Australia) and the players became complacent or over-confident. It was nothing like that.

“We all know our responsibilities. You go out there to perform well but sometimes it just does not work. They have been tough tours for us and we need to regroup ourselves and take stronger steps forward and see to it that these performances don’t get repeated,” said the 39-year-old cricketer. (PTI)