The best team I've played with: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar with his childrens
Sara & Arjun

Sachin Tendulkar did not getgoing on Saturday night but his long-cherished dream of winning the World Cupcame true. This is what he had to say after the special victory.

Expressing his gratitude to his team-mates for dedicating the cricket World Cup to him, Sachin Tendulkar said that it was a great gesture and that MS Dhoni was the best captain he played under.

"Dhoni stayed calm and alert. He reads the situation well, is open to ideas, and doesn't show frustration. That is his biggest strength," Tendulkar said at a press conference.

"To know the likes and dislikes of every individual is very important and he has taken care of that throughout the tournament," he added.

Lauding Team India coach Gary Kirsten, who has announced that he will not continue in the post, Tendulkar wished the South African could stay on. "Personally, I would say Gary should continue, but he has family commitments. I respect his decision. We will miss him a lot," he said.

"He has probably worked harder than anyone else in the team. He worked like a machine," Tendulkar added.

"Everyone was under pressure. We had to work as a team. If one team member could not deliver in a particular match, it became the others' responsibility to turn his failure into success by giving the best shot," he said about the pressure he faced during the tournment.

"The team went into the final not thinking about lifting the Cup, but thinking of the process. We were thinking of limiting them (Sri Lanka) to the smallest total possible. In the knockout stage we peaked at the right time, clicked together at right time," he added.

Emphasising that good performance cannot be guaranteed, but good effort can, Tendulkar said: "We batted, fielded and bowled well. You saw the effort from all the players, from senior-most to junior-most. Performance no one can guarantee, but effort you can guarantee."

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