Speaking to a select group of journalists ahead of the worldwide launch of 'Playing It My Way' here, Tendulkar sought to clarify just why he chose not to write about the scandal during which he was a part of the Indian dressing room.

The furore in the late '90s had led to a life ban on former captain Mohammed Azharuddin and bans of lesser severity on some others like Ajay Jadeja.

"I think whatever things I knew 100 per cent I have revealed because I back up those things. But the things I am not aware of fully, it would be unwise to comment on those," Tendulkar said.

"I should have some evidence, I should know something in detail to talk about it because then it makes sense and it will be appreciated by people. But if I just start talking then it will not have any value," he said.

Asked whether he felt that some players under-performed deliberately during that phase, Tendulkar chose to offer a straight bat.

"No, I mean the guys fail, but who doesn't fail in life, everyone fails. It would be unfair to just pinpoint at someone and say that he was under-performing, didn't try his best, I can't. I have played the sport for 24 years and failures do happen," he reasoned.

Another pointed question came on the perception that he never took a stand on major issues but Tendulkar said his book answers the issue.

"If you see in my book, issues on which people believed I should have taken a stand, the only things which I was 100 per cent sure of I stood for that in my book," he said.

"If you have read some of the articles I have expressed myself whole-heartedly but on things which were not first-hand information, it is unwise to do that, it is (like) a loose statement and I didn't want to fire loose statements," he said.

Tendulkar hails media for supporting him from school days

Sachin Tendulkar, pilloried in the media on a few occasions when he failed during his 24-year-old glittering international career, praised it for supporting him from his fledgling days as a schoolboy cricketer in Mumbai.

"I thought from media the support I have received not only after I was playing for India but right from the school days. I remember when I scored my first hundred that was an article," said Tendulkar in an interaction with select sports journalists here last evening.

He also said that early on he was scolded by his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar not to cheat his way into the newspaper pages after he had naively agreed to a suggestion.

"I also remember the first time my name appeared in a newspaper my score was 24. One of the guys, who brought up the score sheet and gave it to all the newspapers told me that 'if you add six more runs and take your score to 30 your name will appear in the newspapers.'

"It was the first game in my life and I didn't know what I was. So I told him 'if you think that is fine then do it' and he did that. But my Sir (Achrekar) caught me and which was a big lesson in life. Sir told me 'if you wish to see your name in the newspaper then you better score runs.'

"So that was a big lesson I learnt. But overall if I see the media has been fair but there have been occasions when it was impossible to agree with whatever the media has said, there have occasions I have completely disagreed," Tendulkar said.

"But then as I have already said I didn't want to retaliate and I wanted to stay focussed and let my bat do all the talking. After the bat had been taken away I can speak a little bit and then hopefully respect what I have tried to express," he added.

Tendulkar also revealed that it was Achrekar who made him a number 4 batsman, the position at which he excelled in Tests in his career.

"Achrekar Sir got me into that habit of batting at No. 4. And it was right from when I started maybe in school cricket I possibly batted at No. 6 and then gradually I moved up to No.4. But it was mainly No. 4 I think I started my career from," he said.

Asked whether he had asked Achrekar to bat at that position, he said: "No, I didn't. I think I was too young to ask anything about that. I said if I am getting to chance to bat it doesn't matter where as long as I am getting to bat. I was happy, I never questioned what number and all that.

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