Home > Sachin Tendulkar Retirement > Sachin Retirement Features >

‘Sachin Tendulkar will never tell us why he really retired, but kuch toh hua hai

'Sachin Tendulkar will never tell us why he really retired, but kuch toh hua hai’

Lata Mangeshkar (left) seen felicitating Sachin Tendulkar at a function organised by the Mumbai Marathi Sports Journalists Association in 2006. Photo Credit: DNA.

By Lata Mangeshkar

Sachin Tendulkar is very dear to me. His decision to retire from cricket has saddened me deeply. Frankly, there was a lot of pressure on him. For reasons best known to them, some people insisted that he retire. But why should he have retired until and unless he felt he should?

One tends to get tired of all the external pressures imposed on one’s abilities. Cricket is a very difficult game. One tends to get tired, tends to give underwhelming performances. It doesn’t mean the artiste has lost his talent. Luckily and by God’s grace, I never had to face such attacks on my capabilities.

I never felt the pressures that Sachin must have felt. There were public discussions on whether he should retire. I don’t understand why. I didn’t like it. Did people think Sachin lacked the wisdom to know when to quit? Whether it’s a game of cricket or singing we know when to call it a day. Let the artiste decide when to retire.

There was a time not long ago when Sachin was iconised. Later they wanted him to go. Why do we do such things to our heroes? Sachin is like a son to me. I am saddened by his retirement. But I know he will take his cricketing career to the next level. Maybe he will train new generations of cricketers.

There can never be another Sachin. I remember how shocked I was when Sunil Gavaskar had announced his retirement. I feel the same sense of shock now when Sachin has called it a day.

I grew up with cricket. We had the game going on in my backyard when I was a child. I’ve watched generations of cricketers play. Sachin is one of his kind. Sachin will never tell us why he really retired. He doesn’t believe in saying too much. Kuch toh hua hai.

He must have taken the decision after great deliberation. There was pressure on him from some quarters to retire. Sachin didn’t succumb to those pressures. I am sure he has quit because he thought it was the right time to do so.

Don Bradman, who is considered the ultimate cricketer, had said that Sachin plays like him. What bigger endorsement of Sachin’s talent could there be? There is nothing more to be said.

(Lata Mangeshkar is very close to Sachin Tendulkar, who calls her “aai” (mother). The Nightingale of India, who has sung in 36 languages in a career spanning seven decades, was talking to Subhash K Jha. The article first appeared in DNA)

Read More HereCelebrities on Sachin Tendulkar

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Dubai

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

Phil Hughes passes away: Video tribute

Live Cricket Score, Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 4th ODI at Dhaka: Brendan Taylor dismissed after hitting fifty

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day 2: Visitors finish at 249/1 at stumps

Phillip Hughes 7th-youngest Test cricketer to die

Phillip Hughes: A brief look at the career of one of Australia’s most promising talents

Phillip Hughes: Rest in peace

Australia England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 Phil Hughes Phil Hughes Death Phil Hughes head injury Phillip Hughes

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah Day 2: New Zealand finish on 249/1 at stumps

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 3rd Test at Sharjah: Brendon McCullum reaches 150 off 137 balls

Phillip Hughes’ death: Australian women cricketers mourn

Phillip Hughes’ death: Cricket Australia thanks sports community

Phil Hughes’ family wants India vs Australia 1st Test at Brisbane to go on as per schedule

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mahmudullah record second-highest fifth wicket partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

Sean Abbott will find the road ahead a living nightmare

Phillip Hughes’ death: What happens to India vs Australia Test series?

Phillip Hughes 63 not out, forever

Henry Blofeld: Nephew of an England captain?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Pukaar’s Rannvijay Singh will face new challenges with ‘Zen Life’

Yami Gautam Birthday: The Vicky Donor girl turns 26 (In Pics)

6 medical miracles that will blow your mind

OPEC daily basket price closes over three US dollars lower

Badlapur new poster: Varun Dhawan stuns us with his deadly rugged avatar – view pic!

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

6 must-have aromatherapy oils for your medicine cabinet

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here