New Delhi: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Friday provided a low down how the cricket, specially in India, have evolved over the years.
Talking at the launch of New Delhi Marathon, which will be held on February 26 next year, Tendulkar said that current cricketers are more aware of what their bodies need and how to train.
"There is more awareness today, there are different training methods. It's need of the hour. The Indian team is one of the best in the world. In early 90s it was not to be seen. The infrastructure has improved. Players have learnt how to dive. The guys are particular about what to eat and when to eat?" he said. (WATCH: When India's most beloved son, Sachin Tendulkar took on Pakistan)
But during the event, the owner of hundred hundreds also said that running made a huge impact on his training in his unrivaled 24-year long career.
"Running had a positive impact on my fitness. For us it was about speed, the short bursts and recovery to play the next ball. For running between the wickets, it was run, decelerate, touch the crease and accelerate. That's what worked for me," he said.
According to reports, if boundaries are removed from all the runs he has scored, Tendulkar ran 353 kms to collect runs through between the wicket.
Tendulkar, then sharing few pearls of wisdom, said one should be smart enough to hide weaknesses against rivals. (ALSO READ: REVEALED! What Sachin Tendulkar did other than batting, and many more)
Known for his batting prowess, the former India captain have had his troubles too. And he was generous enough to allow others to know the truth.
"You can't expose weaknesses. Once I got hit in the rib-cage. The bowler kept staring at me and I kept staring at him. It had become difficult to breath but I did not show. I knew it was broken, hit on the spot. But you never stop, you keep moving forward," he admitted. (WATCH: Sachin Tendulkar touched, bowled over by kid's priceless gesture on Twitter)
He also revealed that the one aspect of cricket, which seemed like "a bit of torture" was fielding. But he said, there can't be any excuse, and he "used to spend as much time on field as possible. I would train and play for 12 hours a day, it became a routine."
Tendukar, who made his India debut as a 16-year-old in 1898 in a Test match against arch-rivals Pakistan, retired after scoring 34357 international runs in 2013. But his aura remains ever effervescent and most of his records will stand the test of time.
(With Agency inputs)