If his passion and motivation levels are any yardstick, Sachin Tendulkar is not worried with all the talks of poor form and retirement around him. In spite of playing 24 years of almost non-stop international cricket, Tendulkar says he is the same person who made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989 as a 16-year-old.
Someone who still spends a "very long" time at the nets preparing for a match, Tendulkar remains the quintessential professional who still wants to play his "best" innings ever. "Every time I get out when there is an opportunity for me to perform, do something special, I feel I could have done better, that is the innings I look forward to play," he said in a recent interview.
Tendulkar, of course, has an emotional favourite, a century dedicated to the victims of the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. "The Chennai hundred (103 not out) against England in 2009 after 26/11. That was the most important knock. It is very close to my heart because of the circumstances," he told the Hindu.