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Record-breaking Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday scotched speculation over his future in one-day cricket, saying he had no plans to retire as long as he was enjoying the game.

The master batsman, 39, on Wednesday opted out of India's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka for a one-day series and a one-offTwenty20 match, leading to speculation over his one-day career.

Tendulkar said he skipped the Sri Lanka tour to spend time with his family.

"It's not about what XYZ thinks, it's about what I feel and I feel as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue (playing one-dayers)," Tendulkar told CNN-IBN.

"I think it (speculation over retirement) has been going on since 2006. It's been six years now. I am enjoying cricket and as long as I am passionate about cricket it makes sense being part of team sport."

Tendulkar said he decided to stop playing Twenty20 internationals in 2007 because he felt he should not be part of the squad. He has figured in just one T20 international and was not part of India's 2007 World Cup-winning squad.

"I felt I should not be part of T20 squad because the team did well. When I get that feeling in one-day cricket maybe I would take that decision," said Tendulkar.

"When I feel like taking that decision (to quit one-day cricket) I will take that. I don't want the rest of the guys to take that decision for me."

Tendulkar holds four world batting records -- maximum runs in Tests (15,470) and one-day internationals (18,426) and centuries in Tests (51) and one-dayers (49).

He completed an unprecedented century of centuries during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in March.

The one-day series in Sri Lanka starts in Hambantota on July 21 while the Twenty20 match will be played on August 7.

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Comments (9)

Baba Sidni
July 16, 2012 11:13 am
A wise man once said, when Inzamam scores a century, Pakistan wins, when Tendulkar scores a century, India loses. I wonder, the grandpa has still some strength in him left to pay any sort of cricket, even scoring at a snails pace in every match. Inzamam has long since retired, while grandpa is still running on his tortoise. Can someone make a comparison of the centuries made by Inzamam, and the corresponding matches won by Pakistan, and the corresponding figures for Tendulkar?
July 8, 2012 8:00 am
He recently scored a double hundred, and completed 100 centuries. all in last year. what makes you think he is in a difficult phase of career?
July 9, 2012 10:02 am
Dear Rational: Fully agreed with you for those players who do not perform and still stick to teams, but in Tendulkar case you will be agreed that he is on his brilliance still, its just like the new birth of tendulkar. :)
July 15, 2012 1:04 pm
Who cares? You can play another 100 years.
Nadeem Mirza
July 7, 2012 5:14 am
One of the greatest batsmen of cricket do not want to admit that his body can not handle the challenges of competetive cricket anymore. Very typical. It is time that he should take a leaf out of Dravid's book and call it a quit. I think he should be tested for ban substances also and may require a sports pschologist help in this difficult period of his life.
July 7, 2012 5:48 pm
Why do you suspect that he takes a banned substance?
July 9, 2012 8:41 am
It's better to quit earlier than the twilight of your career, it's better to leave until you are forced to. It's better to leave an image of a fighting great cricketer in your fan's mind rather than a shadow of a great player.
July 9, 2012 8:44 am
Tendulkar is a mater class batsman. I prayer to my God that he should continue his brilliance with Bat in future and i wish he live long and fit. (Insha Allah)
July 9, 2012 8:52 am
Tendulkar is a master class batsman. I prayer to my God that he should continue his brilliance with Bat in future and i wish he live long and fit. (Insha Allah)
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