Sunday, April 13

Sachin Wants to play 2011 World Cup

Nearly two decades of cricket may have taken a toll on Sachin Tendulkar's body, but the master batsman hopes to play in the 2011 World Cup and wants to realise his "unfulfilled dream" of winning the coveted trophy for the country.

Tendulkar, who has been rested from the second and third Test against South Africa due to a groin injury, said he would not commit himself to play in the 2011 mega event to be held in the subcontinent, but would want to call it quits with a World Cup triumph.

"Winning the World Cup is certainly still an unfulfilled dream and I would love to play in it. But 2011 is still some way to go, and I don't want to look that far and commit myself to anything," said Tendulkar who will appear for a record sixth time if he plays in the mega event to be co-hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Tendulkar, who began his international career in 1989 as a 16-year-old, said he will weigh his career options series by series without setting a timeline for retirement.

"I am enjoying my cricket at the moment and don't want to think too much into the future. I have been playing almost non-stop for 20 years and want to focus only on present. I prefer to take series by series," the master batsman who turns 35 on April 24 told media.

He said he had defended Harbhajan Singh in the Sydney racial row as the off-spinner did not say what he was accused of and it involved protecting the national pride.

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