Mohali:The family man beneath the champion cricketer came to the fore again and Sachin Tendulkar said he missed his deceased father after eclipsing Brian Lara's world record for most runs in Test cricket's history.
Once he reached the mark, Tendulkar took off his helmet and looked upwards, as if muttering a silent prayer.
"When I looked up, I had two thoughts in my mind. First I thanked the almighty for all he has given to me. Then I thanked my father. Today I miss him. Definitely he would have been a proud man today," Tendulkar said.
On this momentous occasion, none of his family members was around and the batting great explained, his family members don't believe in public display of emotions.
"I don't play for records and it's not that everyone has to be around. We'll celebrate. They all value this, they all must be extremely happy for me, I know. But it's not my family style to go over the top. As long as I know their feeling, it's important and I know that everyone must be extremely happy for me."
Asked how his son would celebrate the feat, Tendulkar said, "Well, I'm not sure because he always surprises me."
Tendulkar said today's historic feat was one of the proudest moments of his career.
"Of course it is. I mean whenever the team wins or does well, it's a fantastic feeling. Of course there was some excitement in mind but I had a big task ahead. It was an important knock for when I went into bat, we had lost three wickets in no time. It was important to get a partnership," Tendulkar said, of his 142-run stand with Sourav Ganguly.
On whether he felt any pressure, Tendulkar said, "Not much really. I just wanted to go out and watch every ball as closely as possible."
Since making his debut in 1989 in Pakistan, Tendulkar has only grown in stature, establishing himself as arguably the best batsman since Don Bradman and the Little Champion was both philosophical and nostalgic as he looked back at the path he has traversed.
"It has been a fantastic journey and I've enjoyed it. It's not only about success, there has been ups and downs, various challenged. Success is a process. During that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you and you convert them to milestones. It's a great feeling to overcome the obstacles with great support from my family, well-wishers and everyone around. Everyone wants me to do well," he said.
Asked by an Australian journalist if he thought Ricky Ponting would better the mark he set, Tendulkar said, "All records are meant to be broken, so we need to see what happens in future. Talk about today and I'm quite pleased it came my way. Don't know about future. I was 16-year-old and had no target, maybe there is another 16-year-old who won't be having any target and who knows where he's going to go?"