Indian cricket: Tendulkar seeks the next level, Gambhir bats for Kirsten


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It’s true that geniuses and champions are never satisfied with what they have achieved.

They are always thinking of the next level, the next summit, the next goal.

They dare not rest on their laurels.

There’s always the next mountain to climb, the next peak to scale.

And so it is with Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

14,000 Test runs in test cricket, over 30,000 international runs and 49 Test centuries to his credit.

Yet, the gentleman talks about yearning to reach the next level.

"I’m really focusing now on how I can get to the next level as a batsman. How can I get even more competitive? How can I get even more consistent? How can I get better?"

What else does Tendukar have to say in his interview to The Guardian?

On dreaming, Tendulkar has this to say:

"Life would be flat without dreams. I think it’s really important to dream — and then to chase those dreams.”

2010 has been Tendulkar’s best year in recent times, reminding us of the young Sachin, unburdened by the cares of the team and varied niggling injuries.

Tendulkar is also back at the top of the ICC rankings, the first time since 2002.

It is said that all’s well with the world when Tendulkar is in full flow and so it is for cricket fans.

The full interview will be published this Saturday.

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Gary Kirsten is constantly endorsed as coach by members of the current Indian side and recent retirees.

Gautam Gambhir is the latest to join the ranks of those clamouring for his retention.

But the BCCI will wait for the 2011 World Cup to take a final decision.

The debacle at the 2007 World Cup had Greg Chappell packing his bags.

The Indian public are as unforgiving of their heroes as they are adulatory.

Scapegoats are sought and soon booted out.

When cricket is a religion, what else do you expect?

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Year: A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.

Ambrose Bierce

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