For fans all around the globe, the word cricket incomplete without the name of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. In his prolonged career of 24 careers, the Indian batsman broke almost every batting record. He amassed as many as 15,921 runs in Test cricket which included 51 centuries in 329 innings. He also scored 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs and scored 49 centuries in the ODIs.
Now that the master blaster has retired, his son Arjun Tendulkar is grabbing a lot of eyeballs in the same sport as his father. Recently, the young cricketer caught the attention of Australian media with 24-ball 48 and 4 wickets in a match at Bradman Oval.
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Speaking about his son during the Auto Expo on Wednesday, Sachin said, “He’s (Arjun) trying. Like my father gave me freedom, I’m giving him freedom. Whatever he wants to be in life, he has to give his best.”
The legendary batsman further added that he wants his son to find his own self. On being questioned if Arjun could be the next Sachin, he said, “No, he should be “Arjun”. He should be Arjun. There shouldn’t be any comparison.”
Tendulkar further added that Arjun should focus on cricket and not worry about the media pressures. He said, “Those things are there but his focus should be on the game and on his passion. That is what as a parent I would want. Comparisons would happen; if they want to do it, they will. But what I’ve learned from my father is that whatever work you’ve gone to do, keep your focus on that. Rest of the things will continue to happen.”
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On being questioned about the current Indian team, Tendulkar said, “I don’t like comparing teams. Because when we start comparing, we kind of subconsciously take away something from someone. They all have contributed in their own ways and to get to this level, all the players have sacrificed and worked hard. So I don’t like taking away something from someone.”
Sachin concluded by stating that everyone should continue to support the Indian team when they do not perform. He said, “I would rather say that whatever the team is if we are doing well right now, we should stay with them and appreciate it. If they are not doing well, then we should encourage them, and support them. Everyone wants to win. Some players have a different body language; some are different from the inside. Eventually, what matters is that everyone wants to win.”