Sachin Tendulkar is happily retired from International Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar is happily retired from International Cricket © IANS

Nov 16, 2014

One year into retirement Sachin Tendulkar talks about life after cricket and whether he misses it at all. Between music gigs with his children, Badminton and finally spending a Christmas in London, Tendulkar has no desire to be back on the field except the moment when he batted for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s against an equally star-studded Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne.

In an interview to Mid Day, Tendulkar said, “I haven’t missed playing to be honest. The only time I felt great was when I was batting at Lord’s (for MCC vs Rest of the World in July). I hit a straight drive and cover drive off Peter Siddle in one over and that’s when I felt, ‘wow, this surely feels great’.”

After 24 years of dedicated service to Indian cricket, Tendulkar has enjoyed being back home full time as a father. In fact, he has been attending music concerts of bands Tendulkar hasn’t even heard with his kids.

“I took my kids for a music concert in London. They wanted to watch a music group so I had make sure I was with them and everything was arranged properly. I ended up taking them not knowing a single song from the band”, he said.

Although he rarely gave his emotions away on the field except perhaps during the memorable Test match against England in Chennai in 2008, as well as the day he retired. Tendulkar shared another incident, “When I went to my mother who performed aarti the day after I retired. She offered sweets to God, which was normally done when I returned from tours.”

After celebrating Christmas in London, on the bucket list of the Little Master was a New Year’s eve with old friends and Mumbai teammates. Tendulkar admits to having shook a leg with them at the party. Tendulkar remembers, “I danced a bit with the kids of my friends Amol Muzumdar, Sairaj Bahutule, Nilesh Kulkarni and Atul Ranade while we were celebrating New Year’s Eve at BKC [Bandra Kurla Complex]”, he said.

Of course, Tendulkar still remains in touch with the game and remains as passionate about Indian cricket as ever. Grooming and advising young players he’s seen from close quarters, especially those who are on the brink of establishing themselves, a good word of advice from the batting legend can go a long way in helping them find their feet in international cricket.

Tendulkar revealed that he shared some valuable thoughts to Ajinkya Rahane after his retirement, who is from the Little Master’s city and has successfully established himself in the Indian national side. Tendulkar told Rahane, “I have been quietly observing you. Your work ethic is really good and you should continue that way.”

Tendulkar continued, “He [Rahane] had played the last Test against Australia and Rohit [Sharma] had got into the side after his ODI double century against Australia. I told Ajinkya that it was all about one’s work ethic and, ‘you can only give back to the game. Continue doing that and the game will take care of you’.”