Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday turned philosophical when asked about the long wait he had to endure to score his 100th international ton.
"I have always believed in god. My father was a believer and my mother is a believer. Even when I was a schoolboy and playing at Shivaji Park, during breaks, I used to run to a Ganpati temple nearby and drink water from the tap there every day. I got the feeling of getting positive energy after drinking the water," Tendulkar said during an interaction with a select group of journalists on Sunday,
"When I got to my 100th hundred, I looked at the bat and looked upwards towards God and said "it's been a tough time for me, why? Where did I lack in my commitment?". Finally it had happened and I was really thrilled and looked at the dressing room and pointed my bat to the players and also to the Indian flag that I have on my helmet. This is what I have done for the nation and everyone has been a part of it," the legendary batsman said.
"I remember my coach ( Ramakant Achrekar) telling me when I was a kid, this game can be cruel at times... don't worry, everyone goes through these patches. When you are doing well you don't question yourself ...why are these things happening to me. You feel you are doing well and I have managed all these things. Even a bad phase will pass by...nothing will stay permanently you will overcome these obstacles," the maestro reminisced.
"In my school days, I learnt a lot, these things have helped me...above all to respect the game - that's something I have learnt... to respect the game," said the champion batsman, who will turn 39 on April 24.
Tendulkar, whose 99th hundred was registered on March 12 last year during the World Cup against South Africa at Nagpur, had come agonisingly close to notching the century of centuries on a few occasions, but had to wait till March 16 this year when he completed the landmark against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
He described in detail the trials and tribulations he underwent before achieving this milestone in his 22-year-old international career, and felt the luck factor had deserted him.