Bangalore: We all the fans of the cricket but even the big fans of 39-year-old cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar is usually being honoured as ”God of Cricket”. Although he might be revered by billions of fans but Sachin Tendulkar insists he is “not God of cricket” as many would like to call him as he does “make mistakes” unlike the almighty.
“I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t,” Tendulkar said at a promotional event on Wednesday.
“I wanted to be like Sunil Gavaskar as a kid. When I grew up and started watching players from outside, someone who attracted me was Vivian Richards. Everything that he did was effortless. I always thought I should be a combination of these two,” Tendulkar said, while answering questions from children. Master Blaster has almost all the batting records that are there to be taken under his belt. He wanted to be a combination of Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards. Sachin has been considered “the most complete batsman in modern cricket.
“When I got to my 100th international century, I was not jumping or celebrating. My first question to God was why did it take so long? What did I do wrong? With a billion plus people waiting for this, it shouldn’t have taken so long,” he said.
“Where did I fall short? I used to practice hard, maybe harder. I got close to getting a hundred in the semifinal against Pakistan (in the 2011 World Cup) but at that stage, everybody’s focus was on the World Cup. After that it was a big disappointment. But such is life, it is always better late then never,” he said.
When Sachin was asked that what he would had if he would not have been a cricketer, Tendulkar quipped he didn’t really have much of a choice. I would play cricket to avoid studies. (But) I tried to maintain a balance between cricket and studies – it didn’t work. Cricket gave me sleepless nights. I would play even if it was dark outside, such was my passion. Difficult for me to imagine a life without cricket. If at all – tennis.
Wearing the India jersey and cap was the ultimate thing for me. After that it didn’t matter if I had 10 pairs of jeans or 20 T-shirts. That journey to play for India was incredible. I look back, being pushed around in trains and buses but I would be there well before practice started. In the end, Sachin said that sometimes he wonders how he survived (in cricket) for so long.
No matter what Sachin say about himself, for fans if cricket is “Dharma” then Sachin will always be considered as “God of cricket.”
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