Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012. It was an emotional moment for thousands of Indian fans. Sachin Tendulkar had a special moment in the dressing room as the current Indian Test captain Virat Kohli gave him something. Virat said, “I want you to have this”, grabbing Tendulkar by the hand. “It was given to me by my father. I am giving this to you.”
Tendulkar found some threads in the pouch. Virat touched his feet and Tendulkar said, “Arre tujhe toh galey lagna hai (Hey, we should be hugging instead).” Virat did not bother. “I will miss you,” he said glassy-eyed and walked out.
This is one of the emotionally drained anecdotes of Indian dressing on the day of Sachin’s retirement at Wankhede, Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar was spending some time in Durban gym before a Test match against South Africa. Ian Chappell, who riddled Sachin penning venom, met the master blaster and said, “so this is the secret”.
Chappell once wrote that Sachin should look in the “mirror”. The former Australian captain has written the article when Sachin was going through a low point of his career.
Tendulkar while working out from the gym shot back the Aussie as he said, “You guys conveniently change your tone”. “ Your brother (Greg Chapell, former Indian coach) created all the problem. He took Indian cricket at least five years behind.”
This is one of the memorable vignettes some in Sachin’s own words, some shared by cricket historian Boria Majumdar, co-author of Sachin’s autobiography “Playing It My Way”- at the “Unknown Sachin’s Tapes” session at the Times Lit Fest here on Saturday (November 28) evening.
Tendulkar has never been involved in any controversy as he always took politically correct stance throughout his career. But, the tape revealed some shocking part of Sachin’s cricket career. About the failure as captain, Sachin said, “First time I was captain I felt there wasn’t enough support from the selectors.”
In a candid talk, Sachin revealed the pain of the tennis elbow injury. Sometimes he would chew painkillers instead of swallowing them, in the futile hope that they would work better. Once he called up his wife Anjali from the hospital and told her, “Get a video camera. You have never seen me in so much pain.”
The tapes also revealed Sachin’s dislike for Greg Chappell’s coaching method. But, the best part of the tape was Sachin’s humour as the batsman was asked by the author why he choose wife Anjali and instead of any other woman, Tendulkar slashed, “She was the only one I met. I was busy playing for India.”