“It is the duty of a batsman to work on his game as these world class bowlers constantly introduce something new,” said Tendulkar.

Asked what’s the secret of facing Lasith Malinga’s toe crushers, Tendulkar smiled and said: “Baal nahin ball ko dekho (Don’t watch his mop of hair but watch the ball).”

Recollecting his fond memories of Delhi when he visited the city as a player, Tendulkar said: “My first match as India’s Test captain was at Feroz Shah Kotla against Australia and we won the match.”

Another incident related to his 35th Test hundred, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar is also etched in his memory.

“That was 2005 and we were playing Sri Lanka. After first Test match in Chennai and before Delhi Test, I was having a power nap in the afternoon. In my dream, I saw myself scoring a hundred at Kotla. And I scored my 35th hundred,” Tendulkar said at promotional event in Gurgaon’s Cyber hub.

He praised the Delhi crowd for its passion for cricket.

“Delhi has extreme weathers like April-May when its extremely hot and then December-January when its cold. But Delhi-ites love their cricket and come out to support us even in IPL (in the month of April, May),” concluded the Mumbai Indians icon.

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