Sachin Tendulkar: I have waited six years for this moment

Sachin Tendulkar (above) feels the presence of John Wright, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting helped Mumbai Indians and took pressure off him as well as a senior © IANS

Kolkata: May 27, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar retired from Indian Premier League after being a part of the tournament for six years. He didn’t participate in the final game against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night, however, he was seen cheering for his team. The master blaster was the first one to jump off his seat in the dugout when Mumbai finally reached the winning moments.
“I can’t wait to get my hands on that trophy,” an excited Tendulkar was quoted as saying by
“I have waited for this for six years and six years is a long time. But it’s never too late. This has been an outstanding season for us; we have thoroughly enjoyed every moment with each other. It’s been really solid. The goal for this season was to win the trophy and I am glad that we have been able to do that,” he added.
Tendulkar was Mumbai’s captain when the team had reached the IPL final last time in 2010.
He said, “It was good to reach the final but this year we made it till the end. Whoever is the captain, it doesn’t matter as long as we lift the trophy. That is what you play for and Sunday was that moment. It’s a different feeling to get your hands on that trophy and I can’t wait to celebrate with the team. We’ve really worked hard for it. After two and a half months of sheer hard work we have been able to win this trophy ours. It’s a wonderful feeling.”
Tendulkar feels the presence of John Wright, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting helped the team and took pressure off him as a senior.

“It helps having such great former players working with the team and guiding them. Even earlier we had some good leaders and this year has been fantastic. As far as my pressure goes, it is always there. I’m always under pressure to go out and deliver, irrespective of whether I am a captain or just another player. You have your expectations and you want to do your best. You want to deliver at every occasion.”
When asked about spending time with Ponting as a part of the same team, Tendulkar replied, “Unortunately, we didn’t spend much time together batting in the middle and I would have loved to do that. I knew Ricky a bit before the IPL, sitting in the opposition tent. Here we sat in the same tent. We have spent some quality time with each other in the evenings, having casual dinners and during the pre and post-match discussions. It’s really worked well and he is a fantastic guy.”
“We have got guys from West Indies, New Zealand and all over the world. Even from India we have guys from all parts of the country. We have been lucky to have developed a strong bonding between different cultures and that brings the best in us,” Tendulkar concluded.