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Sachin Tendulkar: Off-The-Field

Posted in Cricket by Amit Paranjape on November 15, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar completes 20 years of his career this week. A myriad of adjectives have been used to describe his greatness, and I don’t want to add to that huge list. After a while, words like ‘genius’, ‘legend’ and ‘master’ stop doing true justice. 

Sometimes pictures and videos speak much more than words. Here are a few interesting videos that I was able to find on the web.

Sachin has played innumerable great innings. Picking even a few would be next to impossible. A performer often reveals his true nature only when he is not on the stage. Hence my primary search focus was to find Sachin’s (often not so common) off-the-field clips. Here are five that caught my attention –

1. Tom Alter interviewing a 16 year old, shy Sachin.  Still, you can sense the underlying self-confidence in him.

2. Sachin recounts his 1st Test and facing Wasim Akram, and how Test Cricket is a completely different game

3. Harsha Bhogle unplugged on Sachin – a great 9 min clip where Harsha informally chats about Sachin’s ability

4. Sachin Tendulkar talks (in Marathi) about his coach Ramakant Achrekar

5. An emotional Sachin reacts at the unveiling of his wax statue for the Madame Tussauds Museum.

Hope you enjoy these five clips on you-tube.  Here’s one on-field innings I will leave you with.

Sachin’s first Test Century

I know it might be a stretch even for Sachin, but I hope that he plays for another 5 years, and gets to 50 Centuries in Tests and ODIs! And yes, after that great 175 against Australia…wouldn’t it be nice to see him become the first batsman to score a double hundred in an ODI?

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