New Delhi: For many, the name Sachin Tendulkar spells God. Many more worship him, dedicating pandals and creating larger than life size statues. But the greatest run-scorer in cricket has revealed that he is a mere mortal, who makes mistakes.
Talking to BBC Radio 5, Tendulkar said that “I'm no cricketing god. I've made lots of mistakes on the field. I've loved playing cricket, but I'm normal Sachin and that's how it should be.”
Having achieved unparalleled success and the associated fame, Tendulkar retired in 2013. In a career spanning more than 24 years, he scored 15,921 Test runs in record 200 matches for India. He also scored another 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals. These are the numbers which will stand the test of time.
Affectionately called Little Master, the 41-year-old recently released his much anticipated autobiography wherein he relives his cricketing years. Compared only to the legendary Australian Sir Donald Bradman, Tendulkar started playing cricket at the age of eleven and made earned his national cap in the tender age of sixteen against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Tendulkar has lived a controversy free life thus carrying a God-like aura. Whenever he went out to bat, a country devoid of success in sporting fields ceased to exist and pray in union.
Accepting the uncompromised love and adulation from his fans, the owner of hundred hundreds said “I consider myself fortunate the people like me, people love me. It's a special thing. I'm blessed I think.”
“I don't want to take anything for granted. I am only thankful to everyone for being so kind to me and it's never enough,” continued the favourite son of India.
With agency inputs