Mohali, Oct.17 : Master blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar today once again reminded his critics that he is very much in form, and warned that he is not going to hang up his gloves any time soon.
Having crossed 12,000 runs in Test matches in cricket and becoming the cricket world's top scorer in both Tests and ODIs, Tendulkar said: "It is a great feeling. Getting the milestone against Australia is certainly nice. Australians are a great side. ICC has ranked it the top side. It is a coincidence that my record came against Australia. I would have liked to score it against any side." "It is of course one of the proudest moments. The record should have come earlier. I lost my wicket on 49 in the last match. But my focus was on saving the match. Once I managed to do it, I was relieved in mind," he added.
"I thank God for the record. I thank my father. Today, I miss him. He would have definitely been a proud man," Sachin said.
"I was not under so much pressure for this record. I knew I have to be there and play my game today. And, the runs will come," he added.
Tendulkar achieved the much awaited feat of overtaking West Indian Brian Lara Charles Lara by guiding fast bowler Peter Siddle to third man for two runs. The record was broken after nearly two years and it was inevitable that Tendulkar would be next player to don the mantle for the most Test runs scored.
Tendulkar is also one-day cricket's leading run-scorer with 16,631 runs.
Lara also achieved the world record against Australia, when he went past Allan Border's tally of 11,174 runs during the Adelaide Test in 2005. They remain the only three players to cross the 11,000-run mark in Tests.
Speaking about the significance of records in life, Sachin said: "Records are meant to be broken. As a 16-year-old at the start of my cricket I just wanted to go out and enjoy the game. There were no targets. It is important to enjoy the game. I never thought of making records. It feels good that I could contribute something for India."
"I don't know what's going to happen in future. I hope in near future there would be some new 16-year-old with nothing in mind about records," Sachin quipped.
"I have not achieved this milestone overnight. It's been a fantastic journey. But it's not been all about success. It took 19 years of ups and downs. I enjoyed it," Sachin reminded everyone in the press meet.