Sachin Tendulkar: It was the perfect time to leave the game
Mon Nov 18 2013, 10:35 hrs
A day after Sachin Tendulkar walked off the cricket field for the last time, he revealed that not everyone in his family agreed with his decision to retire.
"Sara and Arjun were both emotional when I told them I am retiring. It was an emotional feeling for them. When I spoke to Arjun about it, he said I should continue playing... but I quickly changed the topic," Sachin Tendulkar told The Indian Express before addressing a press conference on Sunday. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Sachin Tendulkar, who wore an India team blazer to the post-retirement press conference and was accompanied by his wife Anjali, said the secret behind such a long career had been overcoming different challenges and looking for solutions. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Sachin Tendulkar said while he was still enjoying his cricket, his body had started signalling that it may be time to call it a day.
"I had a question, and when I looked for an answer, I felt it was the perfect time to leave the game," he said. "I got that feeling because, after 24 years, you have to appreciate that I had many injuries, not easy to overcome. Training was becoming an effort. Earlier, it used to be automatic," he said. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
"You reach a stage when your body gives you a message, enough of this physical load. The body requires rest. The body is not able to take more load consistently," said Sachin Tendulkar. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Asked why he touched the wicket in reverence on Saturday (November 16), Sachin Tendulkar said he just wanted to thank the game which made him an icon. "I knew that never ever in my life I would get to do that again. That is where my life started, and those 22 yards gave me everything. It's like a temple for me. I wanted to say thank you to cricket. I just thanked cricket for everything that I got in my life."(IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
"Even though physically I am not playing for India, in my heart I will always play and pray for India. Whether I am part of the team, it really doesn't matter," said Sachin Tendulkar. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)
On his first morning as a former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar said: "I woke up at 6:50 in the morning. Then I suddenly realised I don't need to quickly have a shower and get ready for the match. I made tea and had breakfast with my wife. It was a relaxed morning." (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Sachin Tendulkar said he feared his career was over when he dealt with tennis elbow in 2004 and that battling injuries had been the biggest challenge in a sparkling 24-year international career.
"I felt my career was over when I had the tennis elbow injury," said Tendulkar. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
"I could not even pick my son Arjun's plastic bat when I had the injury. When I went to the ground for the first time after my surgery (in 2005), young fielders were not letting my shots go beyond 10-15 yards. I thought I can't play anymore," he told reporters. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Sachin Tendulkar said he was confident he had made the right decision.
Tendulkar getting inside his car. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)
Sachin Tendulkar leaves the venue with his wife Anjali, whom he says is the best partneship he has ever had. (IE Photo: Vasant Prabhu)