“Bangladesh is a very good cricket team. They have played superb today. Some people has been saying they do not know how to play cricket.. I think those people are wrong,” Tendulkar told a press briefing after the match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
“Though, Bangladesh lost the match against Pakistan, they did fight to win that match,” he added.
The batting genius believed in spite of putting a huge total of 289, India lost the match due to the patience showed by Bangladesh’s batsmen.
Saying India’s score was competitive in any ground, the 38-year-old added, “From the start of the run chase, the Bangladeshi batsmen were positive.”
When asked about his reaction after scoring the 100th century, he said “he was under pressure”.
“Yes, I have to be honest. I am human and I have emotions so I was frustrated. It does play on your mind,” he said at the post-match press conference.
The master blaster’s 49th one-day hundred, on top of the 51 he has made for India in Test cricket, brought him a century of centuries and immortality within the game.
“I don’t believe in records … I like to play and practice. I will continue playing as long as I enjoy the game,” he said when asked whether he would quit now.
It had been a long time coming, and some had started to doubt that the ‘Little Master’ would ever reach the milestone, having gone an almost unprecedented 33 international innings without reaching 100. His last ton came just over a year ago, on Mar 12, 2011, in a one-dayer against South Africa in Nagpur.
The Little Master had endured a hard time of it since then, by his own high standards. He averaged just 37.4 in international cricket between his 99th and 100th hundreds. Over his entire career, which began a week before the Berlin Wall came down, he has averaged 49.
He said India’s match against Pakistan was very important for his team.
“The match (against Pakistan) is an important for us to reach the finals of the Asia Cup. It is always a big challenge for me to play against Pakistan,” he said.