Mumbai: They say ‘like father, like son’. In this case, the father’s soubriquet is God. So to make his son pull off equally spectacular feats would be a very tall order.
However, with the grit and determination of God – also popularly known as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar- you could trust there would be a blueprint already in place.
As whispers have it, Sachin is not only supportive of his son Arjun’s ambition to become a cricketer; he is meticulously putting a plan on the drawing board to chart out another pathway to super success.
Considering the money bags that Sachin owns, investment is not a problem.
Of what sources say, Tendulkar has already booked a 1BHK flat in Panvel, 45 km from Mumbai for Arjun to stay and concentrate on the game. This way he would be able to stay away from his house and family, the limelight and the many diversions that the hub of city entices with.
Arjun is also already attending the Karnala Sports Academy during weekends to hone his skills.
“Arjun wants to become a cricketer. The Karnala Sports Academy where he trains is very close to Panvel,” the source said.
In view of the infamous Mumbai traffic snarls it makes perfect sense for Arjun to stay in the new flat and get groomed at the academy rather than wasting precious time by commuting from Bandra.
“Also, the proposed new international airport is just 3kms away from the flat. So, it could be used as a stopover for Tendulkars who travels abroad frequently,” he added.
Importantly, every halt at the new flat would mean Sachin would be able to keep a hawk’s eye of his son’s progress. In the quality time the father-son duo spends together, one can bet the number of cricketing tips and success mantras that would be passed on to Arjun.
This is not the first time a cricketer’s son is aspiring to become a cricketer. But most children have failed to emulate their father’s success in the international arena.
For instance, Rohan Gavaskar, son of Sunil Gavaskar, has played for the Indian team for 11 ODIs, but could not make a lasting impression on the field. Stuart Binny, son of Roger Binny, is still struggling to make a mark in the domestic circuit. Roger Binny was the highest wicket-taker in the epic World Cup win of 1983.
In that sense, the idea to purchase a flat and install his son near a cricketing academy is a real sixer.
After all, Sachin is too well aware of other people’s past failures and when it comes to his son, he would not want to leave anything to chance …or even to God!