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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.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oez4TSdZvJI

2. Sachin recounts his 1st Test and facing Wasim Akram, and how Test Cricket is a completely different game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiwLKaP5moc

3. Harsha Bhogle unplugged on Sachin – a great 9 min clip where Harsha informally chats about Sachin’s ability   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-7jL7o8kYs

4. Sachin Tendulkar talks (in Marathi) about his coach Ramakant Achrekar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4d-6hBkDFQ

5. An emotional Sachin reacts at the unveiling of his wax statue for the Madame Tussauds Museum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i3fNpmBWMQ

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  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngaeaKkWjdE

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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  1. Dhananjay Joag said, on November 17, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hello Amit !

    When it’s about Sachin, I can’t resist talking and this time writing !
    I consider myself lucky that myself along with the entire generation, was able to see the rise and rise of a star – Sachin – on the horizon of Indian or should I say world cricket !
    People talk about Bradman and Bradman talked about Sachin that sSchin is like Bradman !
    Sachin is one of the few national icons – like Amitabh , Lata Mangeshkar – who change the mood of the country and unite the country.
    May god give him lon cricketing career and a long life !

    Dhananjay joag

  2. Sam said, on November 17, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Yes, sachin has been an icon or a god of cricket for me for very long time. Most people like him for his records. I don’t! Records are meant to be broken and they will be broken.
    The most important thing for me is that even after reaching to the top, he has maintained his class, his decency and boy-next-door image till now. That I consider as his greatest achievement.
    Hope he keeps contributing to Indian cricket for some more years.

  3. rahul said, on December 28, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Hi Amit,

    I have gone through all the videos which u have posted. I found one common thing in all were like inspite of being world’s greatest batsman he is so calm and knows how to handle the situation.Best part about him is he respects circket and all the people around him.. down to earth…lucky to see him smashing the bowlers

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