Tendulkar laughs off talk of retiring ahead of England tour

INDIA’S talisman Sachin Tendulkar maintains thoughts of retirement couldn’t be further from his mind following Saturday’s World Cup final victory.

A hundredth international century may have eluded the Little Master, as captain MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir steered India to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, but with a World Cup winners’ medal now part of his astonishing array of honours Tendulkar could be forgiven for calling time on his 20-year career.

But with a box office tour of England on the horizon this summer, and the chance to register that landmark ton at Lord’s, the 37-year-old isn’t ready for retirement yet.

He said: “No. This is a moment to enjoy and celebrate. It’s not about what I’m going to do in the future. This is a special moment which I really want to enjoy and live it to its fullest.

“I started playing cricket dreaming of lifting the trophy one day and that is where it all started. I am speechless to be honest.

“This was the reason why I started playing cricket. I wanted to achieve something, do something for the country. The process has been a long one and I’ve continued to enjoy my game. I don’t see any reason why I need to change anything right now.”