Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sachin and his brother Ajit
Sachin’s borther Ajit who first spotted Sachin’s natural talent. While Sachin imitated his heroes in other sports (notably, McEnroe), where cricket was concerned, he had a style of his own. Ajit noticed his feel for the game and his ability to read the length of the ball. The talent was most definitely there. And it struck Ajit before anyone else. Indian cricket indeed, the world of sports – owes a huge debt to Ajit Tendulkar for it was he who set the first small steps in motion.
By the time he was 11 years old. Sachin’s facination with cricket had begun. Daily in the morning at 6 am, he would be practicing at the nets in Shivaji Park. Sachin’s aunt and uncle, Mangala Tendulkar and Suresh lived near the park. Sachin would finish school in the morning and then go to his uncle’s for luch and a rest before crossing to Shivaji Park for afternoon practice from 3 pm to 7 pm. This was his usual practice.