April 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
When Sachin Tendulkar entered the Indian dressing room as a precocious, baby-faced 16-year old, one of the first things team members noted was his incredible zest for the game; it bordered on the obsession — even while sleeping! It’s an obsession that has remained till date as many who were not even born when Tendulkar started playing international cricket shared the dressing room with him. To last for two decades in any sport is truly amazing. But what is almost unparalleled in any sports is the intensity which Tendulkar has retained in 24 years and performed. Apart from the physical wear and tear, there is also the inevitable mental fatigue factor, the sheer ennui of having to do the same monotonous things day in and day out, while sacrificing many, many things in life that will never ever comeback — the wedding anniversaries, the joy of seeing the children grow, their birthdays, the joyous family occasions, the need to spend time with an ageing mother…. Those are priceless moments in life.