India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar revealed how once a hotel room staff, who served him his dosa, advised the batting great on how to fix his bat swing. Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday, revealed this while speaking on how he battled anxiety for a major part of his 24-year-old career before realizing that his pre-game quirks were an important part of his preparation.
Tendulkar, who played from 1989-2013 for India, appeared in 463 ODIs, 200 Tests, and 1 T20I for his country, holds the record for most runs in ODIs (18426) and Tests (15921). He also made 51 Test and 49 ODI centuries and is the only batsman in world cricket to make 100 international centuries. Apart from this, he was the first male batsman to score a double century in one-day internationals, when he made 200* against South Africa in 2010.
Over Period Of Time I Realised That Besides Preparing Physically For A Game, You Have To Prepare Yourself Mentally Also: Sachin Tendulkar
Talking about mental health, which has gained significance in the COVID times with players spending a lot of time in bio-bubbles, Tendulkar said acceptability is the key.
“Over period of time I realised that besides preparing physically for a game, you have to prepare yourself mentally also. In my mind the match started long before I entered the ground. The anxiety levels were very high. I felt the anxiety for 10-12 years, had many sleepless nights before a game. Later on I started accepting that it was part of my preparation. Then I made peace with times I was not able to sleep in the night. I would start doing something to keep my mind comfortable,” said Tendulkar in an interaction organized by Unacademy.
He further said that doing little things like playing video games, ironing his clothes, making tea, and packing his bag before the game, brought him peace and reduced his anxiety levels, helping him prepare for a game.
Sachin Tendulkar Reveals That One Can Learn From Any One, Like He Did From A Hotel Staff In Chennai
He emphasized that one can learn from anyone as he did from hotel staff in Chennai during his playing days.
“That person got me dosa in the room and after keeping it on the table, he offered a piece of advice. He pointed out that my elbow guard was restricting my bat swing, which was actually the case. He helped me address that issue,” Tendulkar said.
Sachin Tendulkar recently recovered from COVID-19 and has done his part by donating money for helping those in need as India battles the second wave of COVID-19.