Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar today has every luxury at his service. Be it name, fame, respect, recognition, financial foothold, or anything else, you name it and he has it.
Though, there was a time when Tendulkar was just 12 years old and had no money to hire a cab and had to walk with two big bags from Dadar station to Shivaji Park after an Under-15 cricket match in Pune.
The master blaster on Tuesday recalled the old nostalgic memories when he was just an ordinary name in India and not the cricketing god.
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“I was only 12 years old and was selected to play for Mumbai U-15 team. I was excited, carried some money and we went to Pune to play three matches and it started raining there. So I was hoping that the rain stopped and we got some cricket to play.
“When I got my turn I was out on 4, run out, I was only 12 and I could barely run at a decent pace. I was disappointed and came back to the dressing room crying and after that I did not get another chance to bat,” Tendulkar said.
Because it had rained we had nothing to do the whole day, go out watch a movie, eat and without knowing how to spend money and how to equally pace myself and save money.”
“I finished everything and when I came back to Mumbai by train there was not a penny in my pocket. I was carrying two big bags, we got off at Dadar station and from Dadar station I had to walk to Shivaji Park because I had no money in my pocket,” the 43-year-old added.
“Can you imagine if I had a phone in my hand, one SMS and my father or my mother would have transferred the money to my account and I could have travelled by cab.”
Tendulkar, who played 200 Test matches, also remembered how he was the first player to be declared run out by a third umpire.
“When it comes to technology, I was given run out by the third umpire in 1992. Sometimes technology can’t go your way. While fielding you need right decisions from the third umpire but not while batting.”
Sachin Tendulkar also recalled a time when technology and computer came into the Indian dressing room for the first time in 2002.
“A lot of changes have taken place. When I started playing cricket that was ages ago, 1989, we did not have a proper sponsor so guys who had been around for a while they had t-shirts and trousers and all that. We on our first tour had limited resources of getting top clothing, so from there it all started, we suddenly were told that there is going to a computer in the dressing room which was 2002-03,” he said.
“What is a computer doing in the dressing room, computer is not going to teach you how to bat, but over a period of time we realised that planning and executing those plans it was not left up to imagination.”
“We could actually set up a projector and have all those data displayed on the screen. And if we spoke about, do not bowl to this batsman in this area — it was not us 15 players imagining, it was actually there in front of us and those kind of things helped us in planning them and to be able to execute those plans, the thought process was clear,” Tendulkar concluded.