He has left the field but continues to create a legacy for others to look up to.
A luminary in international cricket, the maker and breaker of records and the man who struck a chord with millions through his simplicity, Sachin Tendulkar gets candid about life after cricket, his success mantra and more. In conversation with Exhibit Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Ramesh Somani, we met an unexplored side to the master blaster.
ex: You have an unmatched record of scoring a century of centuries, something that is afresh in the minds of your fans till date. Do you recall how you felt when you scored your first ever century?
Very much so. More than being the 1st century, we saved the Test match which was more important. The first century is always special no matter how many centuries you score after that. This was in England in 1990, and if I am not mistaken, we were at 138 with 5 or 6 down, when Manoj Prabhakar and I had that partnership and we saved the game. We had to play out for over 2 sessions, and there were moments when they put a lot of pressure on us. But we were able to stand up to all those challenges. It was a big, moment for me. I still remember when I got back to the hotel room, my entire family and all my friends, almost 30 people must have called to congratulate me. The following day was 15th August, which is already special for the entire country. This was well timed with this moment.
ex: The infamous ‘nervous 90s’ was a challenging phase in your career. What advice would you give cricketers who are not in their best form?
All I can say is that there were also another 100 times where I went through those 90s and reached a 100. All you youngsters should just go out and enjoy your game. There are going to be ups and downs in your career but focus on the process and the result will take care of itself. If you constantly start focusing on the result and not the process, then there are a number of elements which come in the forefront, and you start losing your concentration, your focus and what you are expected to do. It’s important to prepare yourself, plan properly and of course, be able to execute everything you have planned and prepared.
ex: The IPL Season is back! you’ve transitioned from playing to mentoring over the years. can you give us an insight into how that journey has been?
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