Former Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t want his son, Arjun Tendulkar, to feel any pressure while playing so he usually doesn’t attend his matches.
Tendulkar is of the belief that parents watching their children play tends to stress the kids and they may not play to the best of their abilities. However, Tendulkar does get tempted to watch sometimes but whenever he does, he keeps it a secret.
“Fathers and mothers, when they watch their children play, they get stressed and that’s why I don’t go and watch Arjun, because I want him to have that freedom to fall in love with cricket – to stay focused on what he wants to do.”
“I don’t go and watch him play. He has to stay focused on the game. Like I didn’t like anyone watching me. Even if I go and watch his games, I’m hiding somewhere. He doesn’t know that I’m there, and nobody knows, neither does his coach, or anyone,” Tendulkar said in a conversation with Graham Bensinger.
“You broke my ribs” – Shoaib Akhtar shares anecdotes from an old conversation with Sachin Tendulkar
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar went on to share an incident with Tendulkar back at his house. Tendulkar revealed that one of Akhtar’s pacy deliveries had cracked his ribs and he was struggling to breathe.
“It always feels good sharing stories. Like I and Sachin… Sachin is a very good cook. He once told me I want to cook something for you so you come over sometime. So I went to his million-dollar home and we ate and we then shared stories. He told me ‘In Guwahati, one of your deliveries hit me and it broke my ribs.”
“Sachin then said ‘I didn’t tell it to anybody. Sourav kept telling me… ‘Sachin keep at it. Do not move. But I couldn’t say anything because I could not breathe.’ He told me he spent the night in the hospital. When I asked him why he didn’t tell me, he said ‘if I were to tell you, wouldn’t I have received a few more lethal balls from you,” Akhtar told presenter, Shonali Nagrani.