Anjali Tendulkar cannot imagine Sachin Tendulkar without cricket

Anjali Tendulkar said the last few months have been very emotional for the whole family © IANS

Nov 16, 2013

An emotional Anjali Tendulkar spoke about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement during the second Test on Day Three at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Sachin Tendulkar will retire after the end of the second Test against West Indies.

Anjali told Star Sports, “The last one month has been difficult for us. Whenever we thought of this day we became emotional. It will be difficult for us to imagine Sachin without cricket. Cricket can be without Sachin but hard for us to believe that Sachin will be without cricket.”

She went onto say that Sachin is always into cricket. “I have never seen him switching him off from the game. Even when we are holidaying in England he is always in the switch on mode. He is very conscious about the game and will never eat too much. He will always hit gym and practice with Arjun to stay fit whenever he gets a chance,” she said.

Anjali said her husband is good at hiding emotions and it would highly unlikely that the cricket legend will allow his emotions get the better of him. Sachin, however, became emotional and tears rolled down his eyes when India lifted the World Cup here at the same venue in 2011.

When asked if she would put up the goggles and hide her emotions, Anjali said: “I am also good at hiding emotions. Maybe if not today but tomorrow.”

She said their kids Sara and Arjun are the same as their father. “Sara is very much like her father. She never shows her emotions. Before they were born, Sachin was already a star. So while growing up they were still figuring what there father was,” Anjali added.

Anjali also said that Little Master was pleasantly delighted to see his son as a ball boy on the second day of the Test match in Mumbai on Friday. Tendulkar himself was also a ball boy at the same venue at Wankhede Stadium during the 1987 World Cup.

“Arjun is among the Mumbai Under-14 probables. He had a Harris Shield match on Friday and his father told him that he cannot miss the match at any cost. So Arjun went to the play his school match but found that the other opponents haven’t turned up. And so he rushed to the stadium and in the meanwhile his coach had already got the accreditation. So Sachin was pleasantly surprised to see Arjun as a ball boy,” said Anjali.

She also said that now he would give some household responsibilities to Tendulkar.

“Sachin is always worried at the paint come out here and there in the house. Hopefully now I will give him some more household responsibilities,” added Anjali.

Anjali also said that the whole Tendulkar family were overwhelmed by the fans’ reception.

(With inputs from IANS)