Sachin Tendulkar: I wanted to be like John McEnroe

Sachin Tendulkar said he used to walk with headbands and wrist bands so that people call him John McEnroe but that didn’t happen so he picked up a cricket bat AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: June 9, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar, who shared his childhood memories during an event revealed that he wanted to be like tennis legend John McEnroe.

“I wanted to be like John McEnroe. I used to walk with headbands and wrist bands. So that people call me John McEnroe. But that didn’t happen so I picked up a cricket bat,” Tendulkar was quoted saying by NDTV.com.

“I grew up watching Sunil Gavaskar and he was all the way my idol. Then I started watching Sir Viv Richards and was fascinated by him. So when I played in the nets and played a wrong shot my brother told me Gavaskar would never do that.”

Taking about his debut against Pakistan, Sachin said: “It taught me it can’t get worse, so if I can face this, I can play international cricket.”

When asked if the sledging by the English players, in his next series against England where he played a series-winning role, distracted him, he said: “I was just 16, I was not supposed to understand what they were saying.”

Sachin, who holds the records of most number of runs in ODIs and Test cricket, said that his family has been with him through the toughest phase.

“There have been tough times too. You can’t have a path without speed breakers. But all you need to do is change gears. My family has helped me during rough times. My wife Anjali, my brother Ajit have helped me cope up because I can open up with them,” he added.