Sachin Tendulkar on Friday created history by becoming the first batsman in the history of the game to score 100 international centuries but his 100th century went in vain as the team ultimately lost to Bangladesh.
After being dismissed for 114, he said: “I was not thinking about the milestone. It hasn’t sunk in.”
Tendulkar had twice been out in the 90s after scoring his 99th century against South Africa in March 2011.
The right-hander, who holds the record for scoring the most Test and one-day runs, has also scored 51 Test tons.
Tendulkar, whose own celebration was a little muted, was immediately congratulated by the Bangladesh players after he jogged through for the single to bring up his century, scored off Shakib Al Hasan.
The hundred was Tendulkar’s first against Bangladesh in one-day cricket and he added another 14 runs before edging a Mashrafe Mortaza delivery to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
He added: “A year ago when I got my 99th hundred no-one spoke about it during the World Cup, then I guess it was the media who began talking about it.
“Wherever I went, to a restaurant, the house keeping, the room service, whoever I met just spoke about the 100th hundred.
“It became a little difficult mentally, because I am not playing only for my 100th hundred.
“The 99 hundreds that I scored, nobody spoke about them. Everyone had their opinion but eventually I have got to do what is important for the team.
“I have lost about 50 kilos. Enjoy the game and chase your dreams. I had to wait for 22 years for one dream, the World Cup.”