Sachin Tendulkar on life away from active cricket

It has been two years since the definable era of Sachin Tendulkar came to an end in cricket. But off the field, his imprint has been indelible enough as it seems nothing has changed.

Sachin Tendulkar with his family.   -  K. R. DEEPAK

Sachin Tendulkar... always a hit with his fans.   -  AP

It has been two years since the definable era of Sachin Tendulkar came to an end in cricket. But off the field, his imprint has been indelible enough as it seems nothing has changed. The buzz generated in the recently concluded Cricket All-Stars extravaganza in the U.S. seemed considerably due to him, evident in posters in the crowd and chants. In an extensive chat with The Hindu, he spoke about how he spends time amid the space he has now got in the absence of cricketing commitments, his family, and shared a few thoughts on the game.

Having lost out on spending time with his children during his career, he is now able to be more involved in their lives. “It is ironic though that when I have time now, my kids have grown and are busy with their schedules. However, whatever time we manage to spend together is really enjoyable and it is wonderful to hear what’s going on in their lives.”

But despite the time, Tendulkar was not keen to be over-involved in the shaping of the cricket career of his 16-year old son, Arjun. “I don’t think it is appropriate on anyone of us to anticipate what he is likely to become. I think it is best not to pressure children or youngsters at the age that Arjun is currently at.

 

"Since he has taken up cricket, something that I know a fair bit about, I am there to answer all his questions and share my knowledge with him and we have long discussions about the game. But, I don’t pressure him and feel he should be allowed to enjoy his game and allowed to become whatever he wishes to become as long as he is doing his best. If that’s a seamer or a batsman, it remains completely at his discretion.”

Tendulkar has known to be fond of cooking and savouring good food, something he has mentioned in his autobiography. After retirement, he has indulged in some cooking. “Yes, actually I do cook at times for my family, but this is usually only on my holidays due to paucity of time. I hope I cook well so you would have to ask my family on how they like the taste.”

In his retirement speech at the Wankhede Stadium two years ago, he mentioned the impact the ubiquitous chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin…’ had on him. Despite not being on the cricket field, that hasn’t gone away.

“I don’t actually miss this because people have never let me miss this aspect of my life. People all over the world have always showered me with utmost love and affection, which was again evident at the U.S. when we played three matches and the chants had returned. Anywhere I go, whether it is to the village in Andhra Pradesh or to a brand launch, people are always showering me with this kind of love and it reminds me of how kind God has been to me.”