This comment was made after the second Test match against New Zealand in August. It is Sunil Gavaskar who made this comment, and not somebody else.
Sunil Gavaskar has also said positive things about me. When there have been a lot of positive feedback as well, why keep harping only on the negative comments? Ultimately, if I am out, I am out. I can't get stuck on one article about me and try to create something that the person is hoping to create out of it.
I need to stay focused on the game and constantly keep finding ways to improve myself. There is no stage in which one ceases to learn about cricket. One remains a student of this game for ever.
Azharuddin has also said, "It is clear that his reflexes have slowed down. His feet are not moving well in the crease, and he is constantly playing across the line.”
When I met Sir Don Bradman in 98-99 on his 90th birthday, he told me that it is natural for a batsman to change after he is 30. I have played quite well for 9 years after I turned 30. It is natural for any person to slow down as he grows older. I am a normal person as well, so why won't it happen to me?
Image: Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar gestures after being bowled out by New Zealand bowler Tim Southee during the fourth day of the second Test match between India and New Zealand at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on September 3, 2012.