Home > News >

Sachin Tendulkar says he would have been a doctor or tennis player if not a cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar addressed the students during the opening of a school in Chennai © IANS
Sachin Tendulkar addressed the students during the opening of a school in Chennai © IANS

Jan 18, 2014

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar said that he would have been a doctor or played tennis if he had not taken up cricket. Tendulkar spoke at a private function in Chennai on Friday.

“If cricket had not happened, I’d have maybe become a doctor. Now, it’s difficult to imagine life without cricket. But I think I’d have been a sportsman for sure — as my second love was tennis, I’d have perhaps become a lawn tennis player,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by Times of India.

He shared his experiences in life with the students of Velammal Group of Schools in Chennai, who gave a gala welcome to the retired Indian batsman during a felicitation programme.

Emphasising on the need to be a good human being, Tendulkar said, “When I first played for India, my dad took me aside and asked me ‘You have reached a landmark, so what next?’ I said I’d continue to play for India. He told me that everything in life will be temporary – you can play cricket for ten, twenty years but that’s still temporary. The only thing that will stay with you till your last breath is the person you are. When you play cricket, people will appreciate. But I will be happy if people appreciate you for being a good person. And I hope you ‘priceless diamonds’ too follow that.”

The Little Master who has played many memorable knocks in Chennai said, “Whenever I played cricket in Chennai, it was the most disciplined crowd. They know their cricket. I have to admit that this city knows how to back the Indian cricket team — it’s not that other cities don’t know — but as far as discipline is concerned, Chennai is No. 1.”

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Highlights

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

10 little known facts about Jacques Kallis

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

England England vs India England vs India 2014 Ian Bell India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India vs England 2014 3rd Test stats highlights: Day 5

Naman Ojha to replace Wriddhiman Saha in Indian squad for England tour

England retain squad for 4th Test against India at Old Trafford

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Players who were questioned did well, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook heaps praise on Moeen Ali after England’s win over India in 3rd Test at Southampton

Top 12 cricketing moments between England’s two Test wins

Naman Ojha’s selection for India’s tour of England is a step in right direction

India vs England 2014 3rd Test stats highlights: Day 5

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Highlights

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Naman Ojha’s selection for India’s tour of England is a step in right direction

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Exclusive: Aamir Khan’s PK poster leaks!

Meow chat app stalks users on social networks

Hrithik Roshan to do a cameo in Farhan Akhtar and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Bombay Samurai!

India vs England 2014 3rd Test stats highlights: Day 5

BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; Open to more such acquisitions

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here