New Delhi: On the occasion of the release of his autobiography, Playing It My Way, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday hailed media for supporting him throughout his illustrious cricketing career.
While interacting with few journalists, the 41-year-old, stated that: "I thought from media the support I have received not only after I was playing for India but right from the school days. I remember when I scored my first hundred that was an article."
Tendulkar also mentioned that why once his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar scolded him for cheating his way into the newspaper pages. "I also remember the first time my name appeared in a newspaper my score was 24. One of the guys, who brought up the score sheet and gave it to all the newspapers told me that 'if you add six more runs and take your score to 30 your name will appear in the newspapers. It was the first game in my life and I didn't know what I was. So I told him 'if you think that is fine then do it' and he did that. But later when Achrekar got to know about it, he told Sachin 'if you wish to see your name in the newspaper then you better score runs.' And Tendulkar feels that it was a big lesson that he had learnt that day.
However, Tendulkar also stated that there were occasions when he was totally disagree with the media. “Overall, if I see the media has been fair but there have been occasions when it was impossible to agree with whatever the media has said, there have occasions I have completely disagreed," Tendulkar said.
On most of the occasions, Sachin wanted his bat to speak for himself, as he added that: "I have already said I didn't want to retaliate and I wanted to stay focussed and let my bat do all the talking. After the bat had been taken away I can speak a little bit and then hopefully respect what I have tried to express."
With Agency inputs