It has been a fantastic journey: Sachin

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2008 16:39 hrs

Mohali: India's Sachin Tendulkar described his career as a "fantastic journey" after eclipsing retired West Indian Brian Lara's world record for most Test runs on Friday.

"It has taken me 19 years to get the record," the 35-year-old Tendulkar said after achieving the feat on the first day of the second Test against Australia.

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"It can't happen overnight," Tendulkar, who made his debut as a 16-year-old, told reporters.

"It has been a fantastic journey. There have been ups and downs in the process of success."

Tendulkar, among the team's senior players faced with questions of retirement, added jokingly: "If stones are thrown at you, you convert them into milestones."

The batsman needed 15 runs to surpass Lara's record of 11,953 runs, which he achieved after tea.

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He also completed 12,000 runs in Tests before being dismissed for 88. Tendulkar missed out on the record in the first Test in Bangalore, where he dug in to salvage a draw on the final day.

"I decided to just keep things simple, watching the ball, keeping my eyes on the ball and be alert," he said.

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