You won the Man of the Match award. Is it true that you cried in the dressing room because you saw all your personal efforts get wasted because the team did not perform well?
It was disappointing. Yes I cried. I felt bad because we were so close to winning the match but couldn't cross the final hurdle. I have to admit that I was not able to receive the Man of the Match award then because I was in tears. I wasn't in the right frame of mind to receive the award. I did not want to go on air in that state and set tongues wagging.
Yes it was painful because it was a tough game and we had fought that game pretty well until then. On the last day, there were a couple of partnerships that were working well. We needed 16 runs with 4 wickets left but things didn’t work out. However, I don’t mean to blame anyone from the team because such things are normal in the world of sports. But it was one of those moments when things were not working in our favour at all.
Image: In this picture taken 31 January 1999, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar waves to the crowd as he completes his century during the first Test match between Pakistan and India on Indian soil in twelve years in Madras.