Sachin Tendulkar's intensity reaches 200 per cent against Pakistan: Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina said it was amazing to see the same kind of hunger in Tendulkar during the 2011 World Cup as he first showed way back in 1989 during his Test debut.

updated: November 12, 2013 19:45 IST
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Mumbai: Suresh RainaIt's no secret that Sachin Tendulkar meticulously goes about preparing himself before every international match but ODI specialist Suresh Raina on Tuesday revealed that the intensity and fierce competitiveness reaches 200 per cent when he is competing against arch-foes Pakistan.

"His intensity reaches 200 per cent against Pakistan. I remember when we were playing our world cup semi-final against Pakistan in Mohali, we all were tense. It was a high-voltage match for us with Prime Ministers of both sides present. The body language of players on both the sides was aggressive.

"After the toss, paaji (Sachin) had told every player to remain focussed on the job. He said 'the wicket is good and our record against Pakistan in world cup is perfect'. He had a meeting with the batsmen and fielders as our fielding unit was very strong. Paaji told us 'let's trouble them, they don't perform when put under pressure'. This showed his intensity," said Raina during 'Salaam Sachin', an event organised by the India Today Group in honour of the iconic batsman.

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