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MUMBAI: On his first day after retirement from cricket, Sachin Tendulkar said he woke up at 6.30 am and made tea for his wife Anjali.
Speaking to the media on Sunday just a day after saying goodbye to cricket, Sachin revealed that when he told his children Sara and Arjun about his retirement, Arjun wanted him not to retire. He said his 14-year-old son was not happy about his decision to retire.
But the legend said he paid heed to his body after 24 years of non-stop cricket, and that it was the right time to leave.
“I felt it was the perfect time to leave the game. 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,’’ the master blaster said.
“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.’’
Sachin added the enormity of his retirement is yet to sink in. “Cricket has been my life, it is oxygen to me. In my 40 years, I have played proper cricket for at least 30 years. Seventy-five per cent of my life has been cricket. It hasn’t struck me that I won’t play cricket again. It has been a dream journey.
“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.”
However, he added that “in my heart I will always play and pray for India. Whether I am part of the team, it really doesn’t matter.’’
Speaking about his first day after retirement, the master said, “I woke up at 6:50 in the morning. Then I suddenly realized 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.’’
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