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|November 29, 1999||
Building team spirit top priority: Tendulkar
Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar today said his priority in the second stint of captaincy will be to build the 'spirit of a family' among his team members.
"I take things as they come today but it is not only me this time. I have a team to look after," said Tendulkar during the third day's play against Queensland at Gabba on Sunday.
Tendulkar disagreed he had failed as a batsman in his first tenure as captain. "I don't think it was bad at all. I scored over 1,000 runs in both Tests and one-dayers," the maestro said.
Tendulkar gave fulsome praise to the Australians who have been in great winning form.
"I think they are a great side, certainly one of the toughest in international circuit today," he opined.
"He is an aggressive bowler, I am an aggressive batsman and when two aggressive cricketers meet on a field of play, it is good entertainment for the public," Tendulkar said.
The Indian captain also looked forward to meeting Glenn McGrath in Tests. "I have not faced him yet in a Test," Tendulkar pointed out.(He got this one wrong as he did face McGrath during the one off Test in Delhi in 1996 and McGrath had even got him!!)
The little master rated Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Waqar Younis, Richard Hadlee and Craig McDermott as the toughest fast bowlers he had faced during his career.
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