New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar may not be in the best of form of late but the senior Indian batsman on Thursday said that he was not bothered by the opinion of others about his retirement and would just stick to his job.
"Lots of people have been talking about this question (of retirement). If I remember correctly, this question began in 2005 and it has been continuing since then. But my answer has been I will stick to my job and you stick to your job," he said at a function here.
"It does not affect me," Tendulkar said when asked whether the constant talk of when he would retire had irritated him or affected his performance.
Tendulkar was taking part in a discussion after the launch of a e-newspaper in the presence of minister of communications and information technology Kapil Sibal and minister of information and broadcasting Manish Tewari here.
Tendulkar talked about how media speculated on his 100th international century after he scored his 99th ton during the 2011 World Cup.
"It was the media doing all the build-up. I scored my 99th international hundred during the World Cup. You (media) kept quiet during the World Cup, not discussing about my 100th ton as there were other more important matter of India winning the tournament. After the World Cup there was again this focus on my 100th international ton," he said.
Some of Tendulkar's counter questions to queries prevented the media from asking follow-up questions. Asked if he read newspapers often, Tendulkar shot back, "Main newspaper parte rahunga to kaun khelega (If I keep on reading newspaper then who will play)."
On the question of the likes of former captains Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman giving opinions about him, though not necessarily negative, Tendulkar asked, "You think they were talking wrong things about me?"
On a serious note, Tendulkar said that he was not bothered by the opinion of the others.
"People are free to give their opinions. Lots of people are giving opinions about me. Some have played the game and they were giving opinions. Some have not played the game and they are also giving opinions. But I don't worry about opinions," he said.
"It's a package deal. You won't score a hundred everytime you go out to bat. And like that you won't get positive comments all the time. So I can't control on what others say.
What I can do is to just focus on the things I can handle, that is to play to the best of my ability," he added.
Tendulkar said his family does not discuss cricket and so the game was not at the centre of things in his household.
"We don't discuss cricket in our family. Our family discuss other issues of the day but not cricket. When I want to discuss cricket, I do it with my brother," said Tendulkar.