Sachin Tendulkar Speech: Be the Best

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Sachin Tendulkar Speech: Be the Best

Learn English with Sachin Tendulkar. BMW Melbourne hosted a memorable night event interview with Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former international cricketer of India who served as captain of the Indian national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

In this speech, he also quotes: “I was only 16 then when I went to the bathroom, and I cried. I looked at myself in the mirror, said, this level of cricket is not for you. You’re not good enough to do all this. Fortunately, I got about six days in between. I never doubted my ability, but in the first match, I thought it was my first and the last one.”

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“People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.” Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

Interviewer:

Let’s introduce the batting master of the world, Sachin Tendulkar. Well, let’s share a few stories, I reckon. Why don’t we start right at the beginning?

Sachin Tendulkar:

Well, school cricket was exciting and the reason to start playing cricket was a strange one. I mean, I was a notorious child, difficult to manage and I took a lot of pride in that. One of the evenings, they were showing a famous Bollywood film on a TV channel. And in those days, there were not many channels back home in India. So, we friends thought this is the best time to polish off all the mangoes from the tree, which we were not meant to. And we fell down. We also brought the tree down with us. And that was a turning point of my career because my brother and my family, the rest of the family members said, this is enough. And you’re not allowing more of these complaints to come home every evening, because that was supposed to be my summer vacations, beginning of my summer vacations.

And they said that we are going to make you burn all your calories on a cricket field. You do what you want, you love cricket, go out and play with a season ball. And that’s how my career started. And gradually, I did not know. I mean, I was only 11 years old. I did not know what were the big tournaments, but the dream was there in front of me. I wanted to play for India because as a 10-year-old, I had seen Kapil Dev lift that beautiful trophy at Lords.

1983 world cup. So, I had also joined the celebrations, not knowing the significance of winning the world cup. So, that’s how my cricket started. And I always wanted to win the world cup. That was the reason I started. And as the time went by, I started enjoying cricket and I started realising the challenges of cricket. And my coach was instrumental. And along with my brother…

Interviewer:

Ajeet.

Sachin Tendulkar:

To my elder brother, Ajeet, to make me realise the importance of leading a disciplined life, a focused life, and to make me push harder, they found reasons. And even towards the end of my career, I followed that formula. If I scored runs, let the rest of the world talk about it. I think about the next game. And that right from my school days became an unwritten formula, unwritten law at home that we don’t talk about last game, we talk about next game.

And however, many runs I scored, I wanted to go out and score more than that. So, if I didn’t score, I would have a restless night. If I scored runs, I would still have a restless night thinking that how am I going to score more? And that’s how it all happened. I mean, I normally don’t discuss numbers, but this is something that I must share with all of you. I, towards the end of my school cricket career, I already started playing first class cricket. And the last season I can proudly say that I averaged 1000 in 25 because I only got out once in the whole season.

And my brother and my coach were instrumental in that because every time I scored runs, none of them said, well played, to me. And that’s why in my farewell speech, I said, to my coach that at least now you can take a chance by saying, well done. There are no more matches in my career. But something that I lived for was appreciation from my coach and my brother, which never happened. I mean, and that was something which, you know, sort of kept me giving my best all the time.

Interviewer:

I’ve asked around the room and we will have a chance to ask some questions after we have our conversation here. Many people have said simple, easy question. What was the best innings ever?

Sachin Tendulkar:

The one in Perth, 1992, I was only 18 then. And that was a fast wicket, everyone, I guess, each Aussie know how fast the wicket is, the kind of bounce it generates. So, for someone who had never experienced that kind of pace and bounce, and Australia as usual was playing terrific cricket. So, for me to who go out there and score runs on that pitch was really important. And I can almost say the turning phase of my career, because after that, I was not over confident, but I was confident to play any attack in the world. And I felt I was ready to face any attack in the world.

I was able to challenge many attacks after that in the world. But that one particular inning was the best inning. But the most meaningful innings and something which has stayed with me now and it’ll stay with me forever, has to be the one that I played against England in Chennai in 2008. That was a time when Mumbai was hit by that terrible terrorist attack. And the one-day series was cancelled. England went off to Dubai and they graciously came back to play the test series.

And when we turned up in Chennai to play the first test, none of us were in the frame of mind to play test cricket, I mean any form of cricket, because all we kept discussing was how could this happen to our nation? And why did it happen? It was the toughest phase of my career. And I would speak on the behalf of our team, it was really, really tough. And for first three and a half days, we were completely out of ideas, we could not put up a competitive performance. And England gave us a target in the fourth innings of 375 runs, 374 runs.

We were able to win that game. We chased 375 on a difficult track. But to see the entire nation celebrating that victory, even for a second, meant a lot to all of us. And I had played a significant role in that, so that is the most important innings of my life, more than even, you know, the other world cups innings or other important innings that I’ve been part of. This had a different meaning altogether. So, Chennai match.

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