When <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/sachin-tendulkar">Sachin Tendulkar</a> finished his retirement speech after playing his final match of his illustrious international career in 2013 at the Wankhede Stadium, the stadium resonated with chants of 'Sa-chin Sa-chin' that has been inextricably linked with Indian cricket for almost 25 years. Seven years on, those chants are still heard today! <p></p> <p></p>On Tuesday, the <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/india">Indian</a> batting maestro launched his own cricket academy in association with Middlesex County Cricket Club Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. <p></p> <p></p>Tendulkar, who carried the hopes of a nation in a career which spanned for 24 years, said there were times when he was not able to perform to his expectations. <p></p> <p></p>"In my life, I have learnt so many things, but there were number of occasions where I was not able to perform to my expectations. I failed also, but sport and the right team taught me to get back on my feet again and not find short-cuts," Tendulkar said after launching the new facility with former England captain Mike Gatting and other Middlesex officials. <p></p> <p></p>"And that is what I am going to share with the kids here, there will be tough challenges along the way but don't find short-cuts, don't cheat, otherwise you will get exposed in front of the whole world," his message loud and clear. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">It's always been a joy to spend time with youngsters.</p> <p></p>At TMGA we began by conducting ? camps in India &amp; the UK. On the auspicious day of Ganesh Jayanti, we climb one more step in that journey as we launch our first full fledged Academy &amp; Sports Centre at DY Patil, Navi Mumbai. <a href="https://t.co/hd3aOR7ENr">pic.twitter.com/hd3aOR7ENr</a> <p></p> <p></p>Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) <a href="https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/1222093225730592771?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p></p>Tendulkar then elaborated on how his brother Ajit and coach Ramakant Achrekar helped him during his formative years. "The two important people in my life I can think of right now is my brother (Ajit) who was my first coach and continues to be. I started discussing cricket with my brother from the day one of my career and even on the last day of my career when I was dismissed, we were still discussing that evening how I got dismissed and what could I have done knowing that I may not go out to bat again. So, his contribution is invaluable," Tendulkar recalled. <p></p> <p></p>"The second person, my coach Ramakant Achrekar Sir, I miss him today. He has played a huge role in my life in making me who I am today. Those childhood experiences will stay with me and what he did for me, not just for me, but I have got another India player Vinod Kambli, we both thought of Achrekar sir today. This is a big step in my life because the game has given me everything, whatever I am today is because of cricket, so I consider this as an opportunity to give something back to the sport which has given me everything," he added. <p></p> <p></p>And immediately after he finished his speech, the volunteers in the background began shouting 'Sa-chin, Sa-chin' quite like what it was at the Wankhede, well, almost!