Sachin Tendulkar is a role model for millions of kids. While his cricketing feats make him a superstar, his simplicity and values make him a real-life hero.
Sachin Tendulkar’s father once told him that he would be happier to hear people talk about Sachin as a great human being than a great cricketer. And how well the Little Master has lived up to that dream. Sachin’s autobiography, Playing It My Way has given fans a sizeable insight into the cricketer’s career and personal life. ParentCircle looks at 10 values children can learn from Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest modern-day cricketer, yet he finds his feet firmly on the ground. He was strongly influenced by his father, Ramesh Tendulkar’s style of living and thoughts. About the role of his parents, Sachin writes in his book, “Humility and modesty were their hallmarks and I owe a lot of my personality to my upbringing.”
Vemparala Venkata Subrahmaniam, a renowned sports journalist, has fond memories of interviewing Sachin back in 1990. “A few days after he returned from England, where he scored his maiden Test hundred, Sachin was playing a local tournament in Hyderabad. I had approached him for an interview and his response was, ‘I need my captain’s permission’. That was stunning from someone who just grabbed worldwide headlines, and just showed why he was an epitome of discipline. That hasn’t changed over the years. I met him last year during the IPL and I still feel like I am meeting the same humble soul.”
Lesson: No matter how successful you are, it is important to be down to earth and humble, always.
Sachin may have enjoyed tremendous success in his cricketing career but he always remembers his roots. He had a routine before every series and that remained constant for a good 24 years. “Throughout my career, before each tour and each series for India, I would make four visits that were very important for me: to two temples in Mumbai, the Ganesh temple in Shivaji Park and the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi; my aunt and uncle; and to Achrekar Sir,” writes Sachin in his book.
“Had it not been for Sir, I would not be the cricketer I turned out to be,” he adds.
Lesson: Always remember to appreciate the role of God and people who have helped shape your life.
Sense of responsibility
Sachin understood the need to take care of his belongings from a very young age. The Little Master writes in his book, “As a child I had only one set of cricket clothes and the routine was to wash them as soon as I’d returned from the morning session. While I had my lunch, the clothes would dry out in the sun and I would wear them again in the afternoon. The pattern was repeated in the evening, so I could use the same set of clothes the following morning.”
Lesson: You should always know to value your belongings. Be responsible and not reckless.
Focus and Dedication
Sachin was a symbol of focus and dedication throughout his career. He never allowed issues to distract him, which is why he not only holds the record for the most runs scored but also for the most time spent in the middle by a cricketer. The world-record holder writes in his book, “Sir would place a one-rupee coin on top of the stumps and if I managed to avoid getting out, the coin was mine. Winning the one-rupee coin used to give me immense satisfaction and taught me how to concentrate even when physically drained.”
The legend was always hailed for his steady approach in every aspect of life. Shishir Hattangadi, a former Ranji cricketer for Mumbai, who also knew Sachin from a very young age, opines, “Sachin was very meticulous in his approach. He loved doing what he wanted to do and that was to play cricket. Everything else was secondary. That speaks volumes about his strong upbringing.”
Lesson: If you remain focussed and dedicated, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals.
No pain, No gain
Sachin may well be owning a fleet of cars at home, including his favourite Ferrari, but he remembers the fun he had commuting in public transport when he was a child. He writes in his book, “I used to travel on crowded buses and trains four times a day during my first year at Shardashram. And from a very young age I used to do it alone. It was a great learning experience.”
Lesson: Success doesn’t get delivered in a basket. Only when you work hard, will you taste success.
During the HERO Cup semi-final against South Africa in 1993, Sachin was suddenly tossed the ball to bowl the final over, something he was so unaccustomed to. Instead of succumbing to pressure, he accepted the responsibility, and the result followed. He remembers that great day in his book and asserts why handling pressure is not a difficult job, after all. “The key to handling pressure situations like these is to keep yourself steady, follow your instincts and think clearly,” says Sachin.
Lesson: Pressure is bound to be there in everything you do. It depends on how you handle it.
Promoting healthy habits
On more than one occasion in his career, Sachin turned down a mega endorsement deal from a top liquor brand. The legend has openly stated that he would never endorse tobacco or alcohol to youngsters as he felt it was very inappropriate to do so. During the 1996 World Cup, Sachin decided to play without a sticker on his bat simply because the team’s bat sponsor was a leading tobacco brand. “Most players had ‘Four Square’ or ‘Wills’ on their bats, but my determination not to endorse a tobacco brand meant I was playing without a bat sticker,” remembers Sachin in his book.
Lesson: Always stay away from using or promoting harmful products. After all, health is wealth.
Taking failures in one's stride
Like every other sportsperson, Sachin too had his share of ups and downs in his illustrious career. Back in 1997, India was chasing history, requiring just 120 runs to seal its maiden Test series victory in the West Indies. A prospective historic moment turned into a worst nightmare as the team folded up for a paltry 81. The impact was so devastating that Sachin even thought of quitting cricket before moral support from his wife helped him steer clear of negativity. He writes in his book, “I even contemplated moving away from the sport completely, as it seemed nothing was going my way. Anjali, as usual, managed to put things in perspective and assured me that things would surely get better in the months to come. Looking back, it was just frustration getting the better of me.” Sachin eventually went on to break many cricketing records
Lesson: Failures are the stepping stones to success. Remember to take them in your stride.
It's the little gestures
Sachin always ensured he made the common man smile, with small yet meaningful gestures. During India’s tour of Australia in 2007, Sachin hired a taxi during one of his city rides. The chauffeur was an Indian and did everything to make the Little Master feel at home. Sachin was touched by the warmth during the ride and did something unimaginable. “I was very touched by the gesture and told him that I would leave match tickets for him at Reception. Later I got one of my Test shirts signed by the team and left it with the tickets,” writes the Little Master in his book.
Lesson: Little gestures can go a long away in shaping the human being in you and in making the world a better place.
For Sachin, nothing mattered more than playing and winning for India. He writes in his book, “Right through my career, listening to the anthem while standing alongside my team-mates has given me goose bumps.”
“For me personally there is nothing that compares to playing for India. Someone who is determined to play for his country will inevitably strive towards his goal,” he adds.
Lesson: You should always love your country, even ahead of yourself.
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