A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Tendulkar vows to put cricket before politics

Tendulkar believes winning the 2011 World Cup was the greatest achievement of his international career

Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar has guaranteed that he will not quit playing cricket to join in the political scene, after being nominated for a Rajya Sabha seat.

Tendulkar, who noted that it was an absolute honour to be nominated, also stated that he would always be a sportsman.

“I am not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket,” Tendulkar said.

When asked about scoring his 100th hundred, Tendulkar said: “John Wright (the then coach) had told me in 2003 that I could become the first player to score hundred centuries. One has to keep chasing dreams till they come true, sometimes, success is waiting round the corner and one should always think of taking that extra step to achieve it.”

Tendulkar, who was part of the Indian side that won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, making them the first team to ever accomplish the feat, said: “Outside the stadium, my driver told me that fans are dancing on my car. I told him not to stop them. I did not worry about the dents to the car. The Cup had brought the whole country together and it was the greatest day of my life.”

The ‘little master’, also noted that when batting during a tough game, one should never let the pressure get to them.

“While batting, it is important to concentrate on the present moment without thinking of the problems faced in the past. You have half a second to react while facing the next ball. One has to keep the mind blank and heart rate down to make the right decision,” he said.

Tendulkar, also stated that the appreciation of the fans and good wishes from all his friends and family kept him going everyday.

“I am passionate about cricket. Cricket is my life. Keep praying for me so that I can derive strength from them. I pray to God to guide me in making right decisions,” he said.

When asked about how he handled success and failure, Tendulkar said: “This mind training has come to me from my family. When I used to play school and club cricket, there was an unwritten rule not to discuss the performance and get ready for next match. It was a simple formula. Whatever has happened, cannot be changed, be it success or failure. The only celebration at home if I did well, was offering of a sweet to God by my mother.”

Tendulkar, who has been sponsoring underprivileged children through a number of charities, claims that he does not need the publicity since it is done out of his own good will.

“I have been supporting deprived children by sponsoring their education through ‘Apanalaya Centre’ for many years. But this is for my personal satisfaction and I do not need any publicity,” he said.

With Tendulkar stating that cricket will always come first before politics, some fans have taken this as an indication that the ‘little master’ has no plans to call it a day on his illustrious career just yet.

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