Ever since the match-fixing scandal surfaced, Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar has steered clear from the press. He was careful not to be drawn into any controversy. Now, in an exclusive interview to Manu Joseph, he breaks his silence. But India's star batsman is still very cautious and recounts how the issue of match-fixing came as a shock to him. Sachin's advice to everyone is to focus on the game instead of the controversies. Excerpts:
Could you explain your silence about the whole issue of match-fixing?
It was a shock to me. I was surprised. I was not aware of anything. The only reason I did not speak about it is that I didn’t know anything about it. I would have given a statement if I knew something. So how can I say who is telling the truth and who is not? I have always given 100 per cent on the ground and while thinking about the game. From my point of view, the concerned people, people who have taken the responsibility, are looking into the issue. I leave it to them.
Like the CBI?
Yes, and the Board....