Indian cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar revealed an honest conversation he had with Arjun Tendulkar a night before Arjun hit his debut century.
Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, hit a crucial century on his debut Ranji game. The 23-year-old switched states from Goa to Mumbai in order to get more chances moving forward. He arrived at a critical stage and led Goa to a high total of 547. The all-rounder emulated Sachin Tendulkar’s 34-year-old record of hitting a century in the debut Ranji game.
Post the innings, Sachin Tendulkar talked to the media and revealed the conversation he had with Arjun before he came out to bat. He also spoke about Arjun’s upbringing and revealed the pieces of advice he offered to his son.
“Arjun has not led a normal childhood,” Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar said that he tries not to put any pressure on Arjun himself. But the pressure will never leave his shoulders, as he is the son of a cricket legend.
“Arjun has not led a normal childhood. Being a son of a cricketer who’s been around for quite some time, it’s not so easy. That’s the only reason, when I retired and I was felicitated by the media in Mumbai, my message to them was to allow Arjun to fall in love with cricket, give him that opportunity. You can follow up with various statements after he’s performed, don’t try to put pressure on him because I never had that pressure from my parents. They gave me the freedom to go out and express myself. There was no pressure or expectations, only encouragement and support and how we could go out and better ourselves. I kept telling him, ‘it’s going to be challenging. You’re not going to change the whole world. We have to change the mindset”
Sachin Tendulkar further revealed that he advised Arjun to go out and hit a hundred in his debut Ranji match to reach a respectable team total.
“I did tell him. He was batting on 4 not out, he was sent as a nightwatchman. He asked, ‘what do you think would be a good total?’ They were 210/5 down. I said, ‘at least 375 is what you need to get to’. And he said, ‘are you sure?’ I replied, ‘yeah. you need to go out and get a hundred. Do you believe you can go out and get a 100?'”
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