Sachin on people saying him GOD

February 20, 2009 at 4:37 am (cricket) (, , , , )


He doesn’t receive letters written in blood any more, but Sachin Tendulkar says that he does not feel comfortable when a fan touches his feet and tells him he is God. Tendulkar, whose achievements with the bat have won him fans worldwide, says the adulation never ceases to surprise him. “I used to receive letters written in blood…but not any more. It feels strange when a fan comes and touches your feet and says you are God. I don’t feel comfortable with it, but it is the way they feel about you…that happened again just a couple of weeks ago actually,” he says. In a light-hearted interview published in celebrity magazine ‘OK!’, Tendulkar spoke about his love for Ferrari cars, his post-retirement plans and how he handles criticism. Tendulkar said retirement thoughts were far away from his mind at the moment but he may start a business when he stopsplayingcompetitive cricket. “That’s a big question. I don’t know…I will definitely be involved with the game. When I retire, that is when the doors to other opportunities will open. As of now, other than just promoting various products, I haven’t opened the door to anything else. Maybe I’ll start a business,” he said. “I don’t know when that would be yet, but that will be the time I will focus my energy in different directions. Right now it’s only focussed in one direction — that is cricket,” Tendulkar said. Asked when was the last time he received some constructive criticism, the batting maestro said, “criticism is hardly ever constructive. I try and stay away from newspapers when I am playing. You get to read so many things that are not constructive, but somehow the guy who is writing it all seems to think that it’s constructive.” Tendulkar said his celebrity status has helped him wriggle out of situations that would be difficult to handle for a commoner. “There’s one time that I remember clearly…we were in Australia playing some exhibition games — it was around 1994. I was out with two other players and when we got back to the hotel, the rest of the team had already left for the airport. They had packed my bags and gone and there were no mobiles or anything. We had no way of reaching them,” he recalled. “We were to fly from Sydney to Melbourne — we had no tickets, no passports, nothing. I got to the counter at the airport and explained the situation. The guy at the counter recognised me and he gave us three boarding passes from Sydney to Melbourne…without passports, without tickets. I felt that I was truly special,” he said. Asked when was the last time he spent an entire day without watching any sport, the 35-year-old batsman replied, “On December 31 last year. I spent time with my family in Mussoorie about 7,000 feet above sea level looking at the snow-capped mountains. It was freezing and we went for a long walk. I was a fantastic feeling. That was the day when I didn’t watch sports at all.” On the one moment he felt proud of, Tendulkar said, “I was truly proud of our performance during the Chennai Test. We won against England on the last day.” Asked about the most recent prank he had played on a teammate, Tendulkar said, “I am always doing that…a while ago, we had gone to a restaurant and we actually fooled Yuvraj Singh. We put wasabi on a toast and told him it was a delicious spread that he must try. He almost ate it. We stopped him at the last minute. “Probably the last innings I batted in Mohali. I felt that I shouldn’t have played that shot. I got out on it. (Smiles) That’s what I feel every time I get out,” he said when asked about the last time he did something which he wished he hadn’t.


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NewZealand tour

February 15, 2009 at 6:45 am (cricket, sports) (, , , )

Sachin Tendulkar feels the tour to New Zealand will be a ‘challenge’. Speaking at a product launch here, Tendulkar said playing New Zealand in New Zealand was a tough proposition.

“It is a challenge playing New Zealand in New Zealand. You are not just playing against the opposition but are also playing against the conditions,” Tendulkar said.

“In Wellington, a bowler bowling at 130 kmph can bowl at 135 kmph from one end with the breeze behind him. The same bowler, bowling from the other end, can suddenly bowl five kms slower when bowling against the wind.

“The breeze also affects the batsmen. He cannot keep his eyes open for too long. It is going to be a challenge for those who have not been there before,” Tendulkar added.

“Having said that, we have been playing good cricket and hope to continue the same in New Zealand.” Tendulkar felt that despite many of the Indian players playing in New Zealand for the first time, it would not have an negative impact.
“We have experience and youth, the combination is good and lends balance to the side. There are senior players and coaches to guide the first-timers.”

‘Referrals not convincing’
Tendulkar said he was not in favour of the TV referral system. “I did not particularly like the system. There is an element of uncertainty.” The 35-year-old said he preferred the hot spot system (in which the spot where the ball hits the bat or pad is shown).

“Lbw decisions on referrals are not convincing. Through Hawk Eye, which gave you the 22-yard view, you were convinced that the ball was going to hit the wicket, but on referrals, you are not sure whether the ball is going on to hit the wicket or not. Referrals are not convincing enough.”

‘No more T20 internationals’
The only T20 cricket Tendulkar will play now is in the IPL for Team Mumbai. “I took the decision not to play T20 internationals after the England tour in 2007 when I felt my body was tired and needed rest.

“I did not want to go and not give my best. After that, the team settled down and I did not want to disturb the combination. I will not play T20 internationals anymore,” Tendulkar said. “I felt my body was tired and needed rest. I didn’t want to go out and not give my best.

The team is now settled and I do not want to disturb the combination,” he added. “As far as the IPL is concerned, I have been with Mumbai from the beginning, so there is some continuity there.”

Tendulkar will miss the two T20s against New Zealand but will travel with the team in the early hours of February 19 to get acclimatised to the conditions for the ODIs starting on March 3. On the poor decisions he was at the receiving end of in the ODIs in Sri Lanka, Tendulkar said: “It was disappointing. You want everything to go going well for you but sometime that doesn’t happen. “On a long route, there are both red and green signals. You want only the green signals to come your way so you can keep going on and on.”

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