Mumbai: India will play host to the English cricket team in November but Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, put to rest any speculation of the hosts treating it as a grudge contest for their humiliating defeat last year at the hands of Andrew Strauss and his side.
Maintaining that the losses in England and the dismal showing Down Under was not because of 'over-confidence and being complacent', Tendulkar said reaching the top in a sport takes time and effort. "Players didn't become complacent or over-confident because of the World Cup victory. No. 1 ranking for our team didn't happen overnight. We got there and then we slipped. Sometimes it just doesn't work."
Tendulkar, however, did add that the focus was on getting back to the top. "Every player has a role in the side and we will try to play as is expected from us. We will not treat it as a revenge match because any cricket match for us is about winning for the country. We will play to win so that we can come good on our talent and skill," he said.