‘My mother started the ‘Sachin-Sachin’ chant’

‘Sachin-Sachin’ chant has become popular across the globe, but cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday revealed that it was his mother who actually started it.

"I used to go play downstairs and to call me back home, mother would call ‘Sachin-Sachin’,” Tednulkar said when asked when did he first hear the chant.   -  PTI

‘Sachin-Sachin’ chant has become popular across the globe, but cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday revealed that it was his mother who actually started it.

“I never thought ‘Sachin Sachin’ (chant) would continue beyond my playing days. It has now gone to the theatres. So I feel happy,” the right-handed batsman said.

He was speaking after a song from a movie “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, based on his life, was launched here in presence of music composer A. R. Rahman.

“My mother started it actually. I used to go play downstairs and to call me back home, mother would call ‘Sachin-Sachin’,” Tendulkar said when asked when did he first hear the chant.

There is an iconic picture of a young Tendulkar holding a bat.

Asked about it, Tendulkar said, “This was actually taken at home when I was playing with my brother. This was in the balcony. I was only four or five then. My positions weren’t perfect. What I enjoyed was, hitting the ball. Be it a cricket bat or a tennis racket. My brother would chuck tennis ball, few I used to hit from cricket bat, few from rackets.”

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